All entries for Saturday 25 March 2006

March 25, 2006

Oooh…big shiney world…

As some of you know, I've been trying to formulate an exciting plan for this summer, cos I'll be damned if I'm getting another boring-as factory job for three months! oh no, friends, those days are over.

The initial plan was to go do some in-school observation and participation in India, then volunteer in Thailand for a couple of weeks.

Well, the schools aren't getting back to me, even though apparently the representative from the institute was going to see one of them this holiday and speak to her for me…This may still happen, and that inittial plan may still go ahead…

However, being ignored has caused me to formulate a more selfish plan…that and looking up the destination of a book I've just finished reading, "geisha of Gion", it's supposed to be more realistic than "memoirs of a Geisha", and this woman was supposedly the best Geiko (adult, qualified Geisha) so far, Iwasaki Mineko. All the talk of Kimono, dancing and the changing state of the Gion Kobu where it all took place put it in my head that the Kyoto region would be a marvellous place to go, and I'd always had an incling of rounding up my travels in Tokyo, so why not 2 destinations in Japan?

This lead onto, why not start there instead, and come down south through China, then Laos/Vietnam and finish in Thailand? And if it's no cheaper/easier to get a just-inside-Asia plane ticket, I might just extend it to New Zealand and Oz too-whistle-stop, I know, but having visited Europe a few years ago I know how much you can see in a day, and the advantages of over-night travel.

This is all still very planning-stages, but I've gotten all enthused now, and if I keep telling people what I'm up to I'll be even more inclined to fulfill what I claimed I could do!

And of course, I have the wonderful, knowledgable Miss Emma Dovener to prod and question over the why's and wherefores of the whole thing, as she did a similar trip a couple of years ago!

I am researching a lot of the comings and goings of the region on Forbidden Planet-weather and tourist season wise august and definately September are cheap times to go, even if I will get a bit warm, and politically it seems my brother's trip to Paris next week will be more dangerous!

I shouldn't joke about that, but I'm sure he'll be fine.

Ah, the infamous college music residential…:-S

Just watch out for the balconies, that's all I can say!


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