Friday March 25th, 2011 12:40 vs. The World (Part Two)

Up late as usual, I popped over to Reddit, one of my usual sites. Reading some of the first news stories about of the earthquake, I assumed that everything would be back to normal by the time we would be arriving in Tokyo. Waking up the next morning, I began to read about how the earthquake caused a giant tsunami and that northern Japan was mess. At this point I began to worry. Mike and Alex figured that things would probably be fine by the time we get there.

It’s at this point where shit got real, real nuclear. The nail in the coffin came to me after listening to an interview with two Spanish tourists in Tokyo on NPR. They pretty much stated that the overpopulated city of Tokyo was like a ghost town. The question became “where do we go instead?” Due to cost alone, our options quickly narrowed themselves to Hong Kong or Taiwan. To add an additional feather in Taiwan’s cap, my friend John had been living in Taiwan for the last 5 years and I saw Taipei was ranked #2 in a list of the most underrated cities (behind Detroit). Hours of skype later, we ironed our plans out.

So here I am, sitting at O’Hare staring at this giant airplane that is going to take me to the other side of the planet. I have no idea what I’m in for when I land. Just that sweet sweet feeling of wonder/terror.

Oh and I thought I should mention that I’ve created an account for Mike to post here as well. So If you start reading something thoughtfully worded using the lexicon of a social sciences graduate student or an in-depth description of what a fish’s butt tastes like, they’re probably his words.

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