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a travel blog

complications of an uneasy kind
April 10, 2024
The first real vacation of my life, and to Japan no less, so of course something complicated will arise. But it’s nothing as devastating as a lost passport; I just can’t fix it immediately, and it might remain a struggle.

My goal: not to stress out over it. Do what I can to resolve this, and learn a bit more about being calm through adversity.
March 8, 2024
Travel is always political, although sometimes in tangential ways. I am getting dental care just before I leave, and I think it’s awful that health care is denied to so many people while remaining a source of huge profits for a few. Travel opens the mind and brings people together; the world would be a better place if more people could afford to travel and had the health to do so.
anxiety & gyoza
February 18, 2024
I know how to apply mindfulness techniques when anxiety strikes; thanks to the VA, I got that help a few years back. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared as possible when heading to a country where I can’t even read the street signs. Google Maps is a great anti-anxiety tool in this regard.
after arrival
February 16, 2024
Heading to a country where you don’t know the language is a huge challenge. Heading into the unknown pushes lot of anxiety buttons for me. The simple answer: lots of preparation.
Omiya Station
February 14, 2024
A lot of people look for scenes from their favorite anime when in Japan. It’s a whole way of tourism for some. It’s not a big part of my plan, but I just happened to see something familiar this morning and started thinking about this more.
back to planning
February 11, 2024
I wasn’t able to put a lot of energy into planning the trip in January, but now I need to get serious about this adventure to Japan. Plans to make, things to buy, lists to build. I have my passport, my tickets, and my time off-work all taken care off. Yay, basics.
Japanese rail spoils you for options
January 27, 2024
Japan has numerous private companies running competing rail lines, and they often serve the same destination but with different riderships.
planning is fun
January 20, 2024
“I have always found trip planning almost as pleasurable as travel itself.”

That was Michael Grady, one of my co-granddads, responding to a FB post about my upcoming trip to Japan. He’s right. I’m having a lot of fun with the planning.
the first step
January 19, 2024
I’m sixty-seven years old as I write this! 67? Apart from nearly five years after high school, when I lived in England (serving in the Air Force and then nearly two years after), I never really gone anywhere. I have had no real vacations. But now, at last, this is about to change.