It is 4:07 PM on Monday, August 13th. I’m sitting at the Hub in Ikebukuro and the end of the Japan trip draws close. I wasn’t able to write as much as I wanted in my journal this trip due to a problem with the power cord. I had forgotten that Japan only uses a two socket plug and my computer power cords were three pronged. It was an absolute saga to try and get a connector. First we went to a local computer store but it didn’t appear like they had anything. So my wife ordered one off of Amazon and we went on our trip to Karuizawa and Kusatsu. When we came back we were surprised that it still hadn’t arrived so checking Amazon she discovered that the order wasn’t placed due to an expired credit card. We fixed that and ordered it. It arrived in two days and guess what, the plug didn’t fit.
I’m at SFO airport awaiting the boarding to Japan. Getting ready to travel, especially internationally and for a long trip is always such a pain UNTIL I get to the airport. It is then I am excited.
The pain part is packing, getting the house in order, locked, making sure the plants are watered and fish are fed. Making sure everything is turned off, doors are locked and everything in order for the return. I don’t sleep very well the night before, especially when I have an early flight and then I’m anxious to get to the airport because you never know when you’ll have major delays with the traffic, lines at check-in and security. No matter how many times I travel I always leave too early. It never takes me more than an hour from when I leave my house until I’m past security but I still get anxious.
I’m here in the Charlotte Airport and we’ve been delayed due to weather for four hours. A terrible storm went through the airport and I think this is only the second time I’ve been in an airport that stopped all traffic due to inclement weather. I learned that when the flashing light outside turns red all traffic must stop.
It is 1:22 PM and I’m at CLT. The two week vacation is now over and I’m heading back to California. As usual the trip went quickly but Asheville in particular has been a complete blur due to all the activities, kids running around and of course local craft beer.
We took a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica on the 8th of this month. I won ‘Best in Class’ again at work and although we now have to pay for our ‘+1’ I decided it was worth a quick getaway.
It was more difficult this time to find interesting things to do. Yes, boozing at the swim up bar at the resort is always fun but if I’m going to travel to another country I certainly want to learn about its history and visit the historical sights. There isn’t too much to see in Montego Bay since at emancipation the former slaves burned most of the history down. I had already visited the Great House at Rose Hall and I really had to research for other things to do.