I decided to go home for 48 hours of Christmas time at my mom’s house in Minneapolis. It was everything I wanted, but the rain yesterday turned a 5-drive to Janesville into 7-hour one. (I did stop a few times to reorganize my podcasts –recommendations below!) I’m just happy to be out of the driver’s seat for the next month.
Anxious about the prospective craziness of a major airport the day after Christmas, I insisted that we take the early bus this morning. Security line took us a whopping 6 minutes. Of course.
Here’s a barebones itinerary of our plans and our movements:
- Dec 26: Depart from Chicago for Hong Kong (direct)
- 27-30: Hong Kong with Kevin and one of his former teammates, Sam
- 30-31: One night in Bangkok (Sam goes home)
- 31: Arrive in Bhutan
- Jan 1: Begin Bhutan trek
- 3: End trek.
- 4-7: See other sites in Bhutan (tour group has taken care of everything). Kevin leaves on Jan 5.
- 7-9: Bangkok, including a dinner at Nahm “the best Thai restaurant in the world” (air quotes because chef is Australian)
- 10-11: Khao Yi National Park for hiking and guided tours, hopefully see elephants and monkeys
- 12-14: More Bangkok, including a cooking class (as per my request)
- 15-16: Tokyo, with possible airbnb “experience” (a new offering that the apartment hosting site is trying): bike tour through old Tokyo
- 17-18: Two nights at Yuzawa, one day of skiing, then relaxing in onsen
- 19-20: More Tokyo
- 21: Depart from Tokyo for Chicago (direct)
But first: conquer a 16 hour flight! Josh has his gameboy charged and I’ve downloaded tons podcasts and audio books (Josh got me some sick noise-canceling headphones for Christmas).
Speaking of podcasts, here are my favorites from the commute to the Twin Cities and back:
- Stranglers – chronicles the investigation of a serial killer in Boston, and the stories of his victims.
- Criminal – standalone stories about loosely or closely related to criminal activity
- FreshAir (with Dave Davies) about fake news
- Reply All – stories about the internet
- Newest Hidden Brain episode about the issues with science research