Photo Entry - Japan
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February 9th, 2007 – by: chivato
Anyway, TB.com doesn't make it easy to have disjointed photo entries (i.e. here's a photo entry from all these different places all in one spot!) unless you specify that each image actually comes from a location that is the same .... so in the captions on the photo I say where they're from.
So while I'm sitting at my computer in london at the moment, each of these photos are from japan.
Update: wow, this is more of PITA than I thought. Since each entry is not a single page I cannot just associate the pictures with a particular entry unless I have multiple days or multiple different locations in order to make them separate (unless I am missing something). Anyone wandering around know how to make a generic sum-up, slide show entry?
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February 9th, 2007 – by: chivato
Lets just leave it at its most simple: I love NZ. Its pretty much the perfect place for travel or at least I think so. What's there not to love? Nature, hiking, sky diving, good drink, good food, good people.. fairly simple.
Australia was next: I didn't do a tour or anything, just had about 3 weeks to spend in the country so I took it pretty easy, pretty slow. I flew between Sydney and Melbourne using Virgin Blue (Blue being Australian slag for red-head, not sure how that works out, http://www.
Then off to thailand. I had originally booked a tour through explore and ended up on a tour with Imaginative Traveller after they cancelled on me. In any regard, I spent time mostly around the major urban centers, Bangkok and Chaing Mai although some time was definitely a bit off the beaten track. I enjoyed my time in thailand even if I missed out on beaches and .. beaches. In any regard, Thailand was fab. The culture is a bit surprising, esp the odd loyalty, regard they have to their monarchy and their mild mannered approach to just about everything in life. Then again, if I had regular thai massages, I'd probably be a less stressed out human being as well.
This never made the journal but I think its an interesting story.
Ride back to the hotel, the guy attempts to ferry me over to a 'good massage place' before my flight (and probably get robbed, have vital organs removed, etc) which I declined, grabbed my bag from the room and got a different cab to the airport (which is *WAY OUT OF* bangkok).
I hand the driver about twice the cab fare because its a long drive and because he didn't try any shifty kinds of detours. Grab my bags and head out to the check in counter. At the checkin line, I take out my status card (it lets me check in at the business class line and the economy line was LONG) and reach into my pocket for my passport. Its not there. The only time that I had pulled my passport out of its bag when I wasn't checking in for a flight or crossing a border and I was starting to hyperventilate. I might have left it in the cab.
I had left it in the cab.
I run out to the curb where the cab left me. I'm on the verge of tears at this point. I had an interview in two days in Germany, I knew that anything like this would take days and days to get replaced and if it took longer than a week, I'd probably end up missing christmas. I see a cab dropping someone else off, it looks like the one that I got out of, but being a "normal person" I hadn't bothered to copy down or even take notice of the cab number or anything like that. He can't help me, he doesn't understand what I mean when I ask if there is a "cab company associated with the colors, if there was a dispatch that could be called, to ask if a cab had just dropped someone off, if they could check the back seat.
I get even a bit more upset since I really don't want any issues with police because my passport is missing. (I've had passport issues before ... )
He looked at me and said "come with me". So I followed, into the terminal (there is only one at the new airport) and he told me to go to the customer information desk. I didn't understand, I just looked at the guy and said "How is customer information supposed to help me?" .. "Just go there". "Where is it?" There weren't any signs. He was being patient, which is a good trait but I think he must have known that I was on the brink.
To customer information we go. I ask about a passport and the guy looks at me "oh, you're the guy that's missing his passport.. we have it right here, your passport and your iPod". I'm so relieved that I almost let go right there...
Not sure what else to say. Humanity can do some pretty ugly stuff but sometimes its something as simple as having a cab driver drop your stuff off to customer information at an airport that can help reinforce the idea that its not all swirling around the bowl at least not all the time.
And my last piece of advice (maybe the last piece of advice) is to tip your rides to the airport well. You never know what might happen.