Archive for 27th February 2011

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The conventional route

A panicked, banged-up itinerary bordering on the unconventional finally materialised a day or 2 ago, when I finally got the courage to go to Takayama from Tokyo (the forbidden element being the immense train journeys I’d have to undertake in those couple of days). I’ve always been called ambitious when it comes to travel planning and I’m taking some advice gleaned from all forums and friends that staying a few more days in a place could be a good thing. It now looks like this and resembles quite embarrassingly, some tourist itinerary: Tokyo – Takayama/Shirakawa-Go – Kyoto, with tons of day trips in between (in red) on the Shinkansen....

Impulse

For years now, I’ve talked about Japan as my personal fetish, the last, unexplored frontier that I don’t quite dare broach for reasons that were never quite so articulated. I knew that I’d be lost in translation, despite the successful trips that millions of non-Japanese have pulled off without knowing the language and the highly regulated etiquette that earn most gaijin -foreigners – the term “barbarians”. Tokyo itself sounds intimidating and the names of cities just sound the same to me, but I swore that I would plan for myself an ambitious, north-south tour of epic proportions that stretched from the national parks of Hokkaido to the memorial sites of...

Archaeological digs and travel

I always thought that, in the distant future when I make millions, the funds could be used for silly and idling activities at spas and shopping trips befitting some grand old dame.¬†And then, I thought perhaps I could use that money to study again – be it for a PhD, or another postgraduate degree (though heaven knows just what), or do a complete turnaround and get into the bio-sciences like an overgrown child. Or, as I recently found out, dedicate time and money to archaeological digs (though it’s not as though I’ve already stashed away millions in secret offshore account), a long-forgotten teenage dream spurred on by the romanticism of...