• asia,  japan,  travel

    Soggy start to Interspeech – Day 2

    Photos It was another early morning, as my body seems convinced that 6 am is a perfectly acceptable wake-up time. The early hour did work out well for chatting with family on the other continent, so I was able to catch up during my morning surfage. Due to my lack of dinner last evening, I was fabulously hungry, so I popped down to the front desk and invested in a quality breakfast snack–Pocky! The steady drumming of rain against the…

  • asia,  japan,  travel

    Beating heart of the city – Day 1

    Photos Despite setting my alarm to wake me at 8 am, my internal clock decided that 6 am would be better. After a shower, in a tub with a ceiling just high enough to fit me, and a chat with the husband and sister, I got myself ready for the day. My itinerary was somewhat loose, as I only had a few specific sights I wanted to hit. A quick spot of yogurt for breakfast and I was off. The…

  • asia,  japan,  travel

    Winging my way to Tokyo – Day 0

    It was with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I headed off to O’Hare airport. While I was eager for a chance to visit Japan again, it would also mark the beginning of a six-week separation from my husband. D was kind enough to go with me 3 stops over to catch the Pace bus that goes all the way to the airport. While it is possible to take the El all the way, it would have required going…

  • asia

    Japan

    Bangkok > Tokyo – we have touchdown (Mar. 5/6) So it turned out to be a kind of an awesome day being grounded. I wandered over to the airport to try and find a United airlines agent to no avail, and thus made the journey back on their shuttle bus, along with another guy who was similarly trying to figure out what was going on. After returning to the hotel, I ended up sleeping for a good chunk of the…

  • asia,  thailand,  travel

    Thailand

    Bangkok – we have lift off Photos (Feb. 7) And so it begins..I left for the airport at the ungoldly hour of 3:30 in the morning with an odd mixture of trepidation, elation and nausea. A couple of Advil remedied the latter. I’ve never travelled alone before, at least not internationally, so the logistics of getting through the necessary check-points with the right forms filled out and without looking like a maniacal terrorist (perhaps a challenge for anyone at 4am) were…