I'm going on a trip
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
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
Kyoto, Japan where I'll clear my head from whatever happened in Tokyo
Okayama, Japan the underrated gem of Japan
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
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
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
New York City, USA you can get a delicious dinner here after 11pm, or so I've heard
Bogota, Colombia tierra de pasión
Atlanta, USA where the players play
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!
Until next time,