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I'm going on a trip

April 17, 2013

fortune cookies always come true
fortune cookies always come true

I've been telling people I'm going on a trip, but I haven't been able to explain it well. Trying to condense my loosely planned adventure into a couple sentences during a conversation has been tough. Most of the time, it's me spurting out a handful of cities before giving up.

So here's my attempt to lay down the details in writing. I've also sprinkled in some pictures for a creative touch. Hopefully it will give everybody who cares to know (hi mom!) a better idea about where I'm going and what kinds of things I might be doing there. I'll also be adding new posts that are based in reality and contain pictures I actually took. These posts are likely to be written during a red eye flight on a plane where nobody speaks English though, so don't have your hopes set too high.

Also, according to everybody older than 40 that I've talked to about this trip, the world is filled with dangerous people who might mug/kill/steal/make fun of me. They are probably right. So in addition to not doing anything stupid, I'll be using this blog to keep people updated. That way people will know that I'm either ok, or captured by foreign nationals and forced to write fake blog entries about my trip while I'm tied to a chair with electric cords on my nipples and pressed for my valuable secret insights on the Silicon Valley startup scene.

Anyways... with out further ado, the itinerary:

Seattle, USA like San Francisco, except they think Starbucks is cool

support your local coffee shop
support your local coffee shop
To start things off, I'll be taking a train up the Pacific coast to the damp yet awesome city of Seattle. It was a bit of a gamble to go with the 23 hour train ride over the 1 hour plane ride, but like many people who live in San Francisco, "ride a train up the pacific coast" is on my bucket list. So I had to.

Once I get there, I'll meet up with a Dave. We'll do some cool Seattle stuff – like underground rapping, throwing fish, and discussing foreign policy with homeless people.


Tokyo, Japan go for the anime, stay for the anime themed bars

scene from a great documentary on about drifting races in Tokyo
scene from a great documentary on about drifting races in Tokyo
My first international stop will be Tokyo, the center of Japanese pop culture. From the little I know about Japanese pop culture, I expect be giggling to myself the whole time I'm there. I'm going to be staying in a capsule hotel and seeking out delicious sushi restaurants and video game themed bars.


Kyoto, Japan where I'll clear my head from whatever happened in Tokyo

I want to take a picture of this
I want to take a picture of this
I'll then take one of the most advanced bullet trains in the world to Kyoto. All I know about Kyoto is that it's a historically rich city with some really neat temples. I'll spend a day wandering around and meditating.


Okayama, Japan the underrated gem of Japan

hugging cute statues is said to bring you good luck in Okayama
hugging cute statues is said to bring you good luck in Okayama

Okayama, not to be confused with Okinawa, or Okazaki, or Osaka, is the last city I will be visiting in Japan. While not a common tourist destination, I've heard it's a great city. Some people even call it the Indianapolis of Japan.

Plus, Brian Hines lives there. He is pictured above. He is reason alone to visit anywhere.


Dubai, UAE home of some damn cool skyscrapers

seems to be compensating for something
seems to be compensating for something

If you play around on Kayak long enough, you can finagle your way into some pretty sweet deals. Especially if your ok with visiting a random place in the world. Observe:

Flight cost without Dubai: 1600$

Cost of a flight from Okayama to Dubai: 500$
Cost of a flight from Dubai to Sofia: 400$
Cost of three nights of AirBNB in Dubai: 120$
Flight cost + a 2 day stay in Dubai: 1020$

I have no special reason to stay in Dubai besides the fact that I basically saved 500$ on travel. Also, I love skyscrapers.


Sofia, Bulgaria above Greece

hopefully this will clear things up for you
hopefully this will clear things up for you
When I tell a people I'm going to Bulgaria, the reaction ranges from "What made you decide to go to Bulgaria?" to "Where the heck is Bulgaria?".

I will not answer these questions for you here. I will only say that I'll be working for a month on a programming project while I'm there, and visiting a very cool person. This person has asked to go by the code name, Maverick. If you would like to more, you'll have to just ask me about it.


Somewhere in Europe

wherever I need to go, a train will be able to take me there
wherever I need to go, a train will be able to take me there
I then have an unplanned week and a half to explore Europe. I just have to end up in Paris. I'll be meeting up with friends finishing up a month long hike in Spain. I will have just finished coding for a month. We will be tired physically, mentally, emotionally. Who knows what that will lead to...


New York City, USA you can get a delicious dinner here after 11pm, or so I've heard

I prefer red bridges, but this one is too cool i guess.
I prefer red bridges, but this one is too cool i guess.
I'll be meeting up with my brother for a couple days in The New York City. This is where I plan to develop my inferiority complex to New York City as a San Franciscan. Then I can remark about how stuff is open later there, and how the public transportation is better there, and how much cooler it is there. I hope Andrew P Carey will help me out with this.


Bogota, Colombia tierra de pasión

this guy loves Columbia
this guy loves Columbia
I have never met anyone more patriotic than David, a Columbian bud of mine. The man sells Colombia. If Colombia is exactly as David has described, it's the most amazing place on Earth. Heck, if everyone in Colombia is even half as awesome as David, it's the most amazing place on Earth.


Atlanta, USA where the players play

good food, good people, good beer
good food, good people, good beer

Back in the South, Atlanta will be the perfect place to top this journey off. I'll be able to get my USA back on by hanging out with great friends, eating good food, and drinking good beer. My family is even driving over to visit!


me, the last time I left the US of A
me, the last time I left the US of A

Until next time,
-Shane

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