On my way
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
70Trip End Mar 17, 2013
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Well, I'm on my way. I must admit, I've felt less prepared for this trip than usual. I'll be traveling by plane and it's been a while since I've done that. I've gotten used to just throwing everything I might need in the car so packing for this trip was a real challenge. I've also had trouble making some reservations mostly due to language problems. I'll be moving around a lot on this trip so the amount of luggage was a concern. On my previous trip to Japan I brought my skis. I decided to rent skis this time so I could leave mine at home. I thought that would make my luggage much more manageable, and I'm sure it had, but, somehow, I still wound up with about 150 pounds of luggage.
But, whether I felt prepared or not, I managed to take care of everything critical before I left, my taxi showed up on time, I caught my plane and it was on time, I didn't have a problem getting on the plane with a carry-on bag and a backpack, I had only a minor hiccup with my rental car reservation that was easily resolved, the hotel had my reservation and I've only remembered three things I forgot to pack. Things were off to a good start.
After checking in I headed for a restaurant called The Walrus and the Carpenter for dinner. It was on The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America list in 2012. I didn't know much about the place but I quickly discovered that their menu is pretty meat and fish intensive. I ordered three tapas-sized courses: a sunchoke soup with orange zest and olive oil; speck with ricotta, preserved pumpkin and 30-year-old balsamic; and a Roquefort cheese with prune chutney plate. It was a good meal. After dinner I headed back to my hotel for the night.