31 October 2005

Tokyo, Japan

The trip started with fins that were too big. That is to say, the bag I was trying to pack my scuba gear in was too small to fit my fins and wetsuit so I had to put them in the internal frame backpack. If it weren't for the scuba gear I packed remarkably light, considering I'm going to be in Asia until December 19th.
The buses into Tokyo from the Narita airport are an amazing diplay of efficiency, though locating an ATM in the airport is somewhat less straightforward. I then managed to type in too many zeros and withdrew several hundreds of dollars by mistake, but I'll just change the Yen to Baht when I arrive in Bangkok.
Tokyo is a HUGE city. 33 million people, and not nearly as bilingual as we in the West imagine it to be. It's clean and modern though, with little police boxes on every corner.
A few observations from my first hours in the trenches:
1) The Japanese all wear suits. Even the cab drivers.
2) They have an obsession with their toilets. They all have control panels and some are even remote control. If you push the wrong button looking for flush, you'll get sprayed with warm water (bidet).
3)Have you ever seen an icefish? It's looks like a three inch long, white eel. They were on my spaghetti (I wasn't feeling adventurous yet. It was 6am my time).

More to come, without a doubt.

22 October 2005

Better Post Soon

But in the meantime you should check out my website. I just spent two days updating all the material (which should have been spent packing).

My Website

Also, anyone who wants a postcard from SE Asia, send me your address!

Pics from my last night in NYC (which I remember none of after dinner):

09 October 2005


Every weekend seems to outdo the last. The bartender at 515 that we did shots with (and flirted with shamelessly) remembered us and did shots of Petrone with us last night. Quality. It was raining something awful and people filtered into 515 from other parties over the night, so it was a diverse cross-section of my NYC friends, made for some interesting stories to tell over brunch. I think last night was also the first time I've been genuinely hit on by middle aged men who actually think they have a chance. Eew. That would be a no. Friday night was Baker Street where the bartenders are two brillinatly fun Irish guys - Jacky saw Oasis twice, I'm so jealous! Best of the pics below... rest on the Flickr stream. Enjoy.

03 October 2005

I love my life!

Another BRILLIANT weekend! (pictures below)
Friday - McKinsey first round interview (I looked sharp in my suit too). When I got out there was a msg on my phone to meet Cara and Eric in midtown for drinks. Off to drinks I went, where I was hit on by a lawyer. Got a msg while drinking that I made 2nd round at McKinsey!
Saturday - Got some errands done before meeting up with Cara and Eric again and heading up to Sutton Place. Pictures below are from that night. The brown-haired, blue-stripy-tie one is the one I think is hot ;) Cara played with the Captain, and the third one was so sweet (a PhD).
Sunday - Up on time to get to Long Island for tennis with Fabrice and Sarah. Great fun and fantastic to be outdoors! Back in the city for burgers and ice cream with Cara and then drinks with Justin. Drinks with Justin went well so I'll be seeing him again Wednesday - he thinks he can get me strong enough to do pull ups!
Monday - Unfortunate little trip to the dentist, but then errands (no work!) and a new shipment of wine came from dad's vineyard! My new little 12" computer came too - so I've been playing with that most of the night (so cheap, ebay rules). Eamon (stripy tie boy below) emailed me back - I swear, my stomach actually flipped!

I have Friday off (yay), although I have to go to the dentist. I can't believe how quickly time is going right now. Just as I really come into a life I love, I'm leaving :( Philly is only two hours away but honestly, it might as well be another planet. *sigh* I guess there's nothing to do but enjoy what I've got - the party girl in me gets some time to play.

Great quote from Eric - "When I was 13 I didn't care about sex, I just wanted to be a ninja."

Pictures - Captain Wood, Brian, Cara, and I

I like the one in the stripy tie ;)

Cara, Eric, and I

As always, see the flickr photostream for more.