Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, Well that's it mate, the Japanese Adventure has come to an end and the next time you hear from me will be from Seoul in South Korea. Can you believe it! I can't, but soon I will be stepping foot in South Korea. HHHhhmmmph! Who ever would have thought? Not me! So here I sit with my sleeper bus ticket to Tokyo and am just about ready to go! The last few days have been pretty cool. I've been spending time with heaps of people from all over the world. We've been doing some walking and I've shown some to some of the temples I went to last time and we've discovered a few more. But mostly I've been resting my feet by finding beautiful parks and gardens and sitting down to relax and read. It's been pretty frustrating also as I've wanted to join the others on their big walks around the town but I have had to sit and convince myself that I have already spent time here and have seen a small amount of the several thousand temples and sites there are to see here. You simply can't see everything! Nights though have been a different story. I've hit the town with quite a few people and though I've spent a little more than I wanted to I must also be thankful to Foreign English Teachers here in Japan who have allowed me to 'shout a few rounds' but whom have also allowed me several nights like in Nara, to simply have fun and not worry about a budget! Once again....Note to self....Remember what comes around goes around! Oh yeah, there was a great story last night told by Scottz the Scotsman. I really don't know if that's his real name but I dubbed him Scottz upon first beer and it's been that ever since he joined us at our Happy Hostel. In Europe he and one of his buddies had a bag piping routine where they would take off a piece of clothing after each song until they were fully naked! What a pisser mate! Today I finally got rid of my old huge sloppy back pack. Remember after giving away a heap of belongings in China I left half my stuff in a hotel room in Tokyo and have been carting the left overs around ever since, in the same big back pack. It was time to up date. So after messing around with 'Welsh Shane's' 45 Litre pack I thought that was the way to go. I would have to rid a few more things but there were several things I had never looked at since leaving Australia so it really wasn't a hassle. It cost me around two hundred Aussie dollars and that was after a small discount for my old 'used' back pack. This one sadly is a top loader but I couldn't afford any of the front loaders, plus they didn't come as small as 40 Litres. My Day Pack also folds neatly into this one. I probably will never need to store it in this one happily it shows that I even have spare room! In a 40 litre pack! So yes I am now down to a 40 Litre back pack. It is thin and more than comfortable. More importantly, it is light and only filled with the basics that I have used each day or at least several times a week including my sleeping bag which I thought about getting rid of but it cost too much money and I'm yet to hit Russia so maybe I will need it again. Believe me it came in very handy in China! The rest ....... GONE! Problem...being a top loader it is hard to lock. The answer was given by the Store Guy when he bought over a bike lock and slipped it through the top and front handles. The handles seem to be sewn on very strongly and the bike lock is strong enough so 'drug' safety at airports shouldn't be a problem as when its all connected there really isn't any room to move. Very happily I handed over my old 'Floppy Joe' and some money and left with a full, light and comfortable 40 Litre Pack! Isn't it strange how quickly we can learn yet still being reluctant to change something 'just incase!' After several months traveling I halved my load yet didn't go in search of a new pack just incase I needed the space I had just created. How stupid is that! But then after another month more I figured out the 'basics' of what a traveller really does need and today even shed more of my load. I guess it really wasn't that stupid to carry around 'air' for another month as it gave me the confidence to create even more air and downsize! Anyhow, it is time to go catch my sleeper bus to Tokyo and tomorrow I shall board a plane to South Korea! My Gawd! I'm really going to South Korea! Beers N Cheers toya....shane Accommodation: Sleeper Bus from Kyoto to Tokyo! ____________________________________________________________ ___ The soundtrack to this entry was from the Charlatans The album was 'The Charlatans' Awesome band, every album offers a different sound! What more do you need from a band! Unless that is, you like THEIR sound...ie: SOD! *****(2007) Talking about back packs and the litres one needs to travel. I can now easily and happily travel with my 28 Litre 'Air Comfort' pack for several months without a problem. I still have my 40 Litre as I need this to move the rest of my belongings to and from different schools. 'The rest of my stuff' is mainly teaching stuff, but the next time I do the 'Big Adventure' I will happily only take my 28 litre. How? Easy, microfibre cloths roll down to half of cotton and as they don't smell and wash and dry in half the time you really only need half the clothing. Wonderful, how wonderful microfibre is!