Friday, September 15, 2006

Musings of the wandering traveller's mind

As I sit here at 10:30pm on this Friday night musing over the possibilities of my "home coming" to Japan, my mind is excited (and confused) with all the potential, energy and expectation that are wrapped up in this trip.

So far I will be staying in Tokyo for a week, many hours of meticulous planning and research(which really should have been used for studying) have already gone into this first week, and not much else has gone into the following 2 weeks- when it comes down to it... I'M EXCITED!!! Having never been to Tokyo before, and having become a budding photography enthusiast (armed with a big piece of expensive photographic equipment) throughout this year, of course I am going to plan. I want fantastic shots of Japan, and when you don't have a lot of money to spend, photography is a great way to spend your time in a new, foreign city- creating angles and views others have never seen before.

It seems my trip has become something of an personal inspiration in terms of travel and adventure- I have always wanted to see other parts of the world, but with the onset and planning of this trip I have been frequenting trekking stores (no I'm not trekking I just needed travel gear) and photography sites, blogs and travel photography group websites which have acted as a catalyst for my goals of trekking and seeing the world resurfacing.
One of these goals being to trek through China, Nepal, Tibet (and any other country that suddenly springs to mind with inspiration)- I also have a sudden urge to climb Mt Fuji??

I also want photos- Those amazing shots that tell you so much about a place and capture its personality all in a single frame- pure genius, hopefully my photographic skill and creative eye will have been excercised enough to get the shots I want while I am in Japan.

So far on the "To Japasnap" list is:

1. Harajuku- I'm only in Tokyo for 1 Sunday so this is what I will spend the time doing
2. Tokyo Tower- There is no way I am paying for this ridiculous tourist trap, but I will get photos of it :-)
3. Day to day life- I want photos that tell a story, that sum up my experience and show off Japanese day to day life

Also the number 1 (and only thing) on my "to buy" list:

1. Canon
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - Oh baby! the big expensive camera lense that I want!

So until my wandering traveller's mind feels the need to post again, I bid you all in the famous words of renowned television and radio Journalist, Edward R. Murrow, "Good night, and good luck".