Sunday Soliloquy #6

  • I have updated my Destinations page with click through maps for California, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and Italy!  I now have a more organized layout (I think) for finding place-specific blog posts.  I still need to figure out the best way to organize itinerary/top recommendations so that people can use my site for a little more practical help with trip planning.
  • I am getting so excited for my Japan trip!  My parents just left and I cannot wait until April (although I have a few work things that have to get done between now and then so I don’t want the time to go too quickly!).  My Japan Rail pass voucher came this week so I’m very happy.  I don’t know if I will maximize its value since I plan to hang out in the Tokyo area for the most part but I don’t care!  Now that I’m out of SOFA status, I want to revel in my ability to have the quintessential tourist ticket!
  • I’m starting to make a wish list for things that sound like fun in Japan.  They might not happen but at least I can weigh different options.  Items include a mini-trip to the art island of Naoshima, a mini-trip to Kanazawa, a baseball game, a shopping tour with Hillary and her Mom on 4/22, and a two night stay at the New Sanno (the last two are both definitely happening).  I am also excited to explore more of Tokyo since I didn’t go as much as I’d like because I was on call a lot when I lived in Japan. Another idea I had was to head north and see the late Sakura but IDK how motivated I’ll actually be for that.  Finally, if the snow conditions are really good, heading out to Nagano for Spring skiing could also be fun.
  • I am currently reading Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, which is a weird, not-so-little book about traveling, travelers, and the fleeting moments and intersections within lives.  There are a lot of vignettes and even a few snippets but it’s so lyrical that I can’t stop reading.  But I either need to pick up the pace or put it aside because I haven’t started my book club book yet, which is “due” Tuesday night!  That book is My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, which I just opened on my Kindle and it’s only 300 pages.  Phew.  I can get that done since I read quite quickly, as long as the work isn’t professional reading.
  • I recently watched the Fyre Festival documentary on Netflix.  OMG, what a disaster.  I had not been super-interested in watching it until I heard on The High Low podcast about Andy King, the breakout star of the show due to one particularly memorable scene and the memes (“me me”) it inspired.  I might watch the Netflix documentary series 7 Days Out… which is about successful event planners 1 week before a big event.

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    Screenshot from Netflix.com follow-up interview

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