I really hate writing about something I don’t care about. I realized that thoroughly about half way through a paper on Japanese international cooperation. Bureaucracy is boring, and with the number of steps I had to write about for a single project to get done, I’m going to guess inefficient too.
It takes me significantly less time to write one of these blogs and I think they are much better written anyway.
With that rant out of the way, lets discuss something else. How about Nepal. I’m going. I leave Narita airport January 22nd and will spend over two weeks walking, riding, and whatever ever else from town to town with a backpack on my back, a porter with my big backpack (I’m so spoiled :p) and a guide. It might be cheaper if I went on my own, but there is only so much I trust myself. In Japan, I can ask for directions in Japanese. In Nepal, not so much. As with anything I am excited about, I have compulsively researched. It is a terrible habit. It all starts with a “Oh, I should probably figure this out. It won’t take long. Just a quick google.” Two hours later I know the difference between various types of backpacks, their merits, and have watched reviews on all the ones I’ve been considering. Terrible. Half a night gone. I guess it isn’t all bad; I learn something and it is fun. So to answer your question, I think I am going with the Teton 3400 backpack. It is small enough that I will be able to use it for various things later but should still be large enough to fit all my stuff (assuming I pack light, but I always do). Most of the reviews are for the Teton 4000 (just 600 cubic inches larger), but I think they have given me a good idea of how it all works. Come January, I’m stuffing however many tiny white undershirts and boxers I can in the thing, two long sleeve shirts, a jacket, and sleeping bag (I get that from the company). If it doesn’t all fit, then it looks like someone drew the short straw sitting next to me on the way home. I kid; I can do laundry at the hotel in Kathmandu when I get back, so I’ll be clean at the airport.
Doesn’t it sound wonderful though? Two weeks of small towns, new cultures, and beautiful countryside. I’m going to be in picture heaven and, when I get back, I’ll probably dump a good 2000 or more on all of you. You only think I’m kidding. I took 600 in two days. Think what I can do in 16. Heck, at that same rate I would take 4800 pictures. I have no idea what I’d do with all that.
I’m going to take my tablet. Maybe I’ll keep a running blog while I am there. Like the pictures, if I keep the same pace it might be a small book by the time I get back.
That is all a long way off. It seems close, but that’s just cause I’m anxious. Closer at hand is Mom, Dad, Justin, and Stormy’s visit. No idea what we are going to do. There is not plan yet other than staying in Tokyo. Don’t worry though; we will have something to do. If all else fails, I’ll do what I do best, get us all hopelessly lost and spend hours getting back. Akihabara will be an odd place for mom and dad. You guys will be soooooo out of place. It is worth going though. That whole part of the culture will be so new to you. Where to in the city? It’s kinda like New York. There is a place for everything and everything everyplace. And temples, and Fuji-san, and maybe church, and my little area, and my school, and the Ghibli museum. It’ll be fun.
What else should I ramble about….
Well school has been a bit more work lately. I’ve begun to have reports due and things like that. They all have turned out ok, other than the first international cooperation report I did, I’m a bit miffed on that one. Turns out what you wrote really didn’t matter; you just had to site the source he wanted. Made sure to do that this time. Did a report on Japanese debt for Finance class also. I learn nothing in that class, but I learned a lot from doing the report. I probably could have winged it, but it was a fairly interesting subject. Turns out, one of the most important aspects to sustaining debt is how close your deficit is to your annual growth. So if you have a 3% deficit with 3% annual GDP growth, you will likely be fine. Unfortunately for us and Japan, we are not that close. I’ve also come to be a bit wary of the Japanese general leadership structure; it is based on seniority, secrets, and silence. No one wants to compete; they just want to go on. So governments do nothing and companies seem stagnant.
And as I do this all I am telling my mom what to buy for the trip and all that stuff. This is so much work. Now I know why we have travel agents. Well the one good part about the stuff is that I get to keep it. Maybe I’ll take a trekking trip or two in Japan too.
I love to travel. I really do. The thrill of exploration, the beautiful scenery, the interesting people. I love it. I’m definitely going to have to find a job that lets me travel.