being a teacher, I'm consumed by research and "logistical" preparation
I'm the kind of guy who does a lot of research before attacking a major task. This has manifested itself in my work as an educator, my previous life as an investment adviser, and I am taking this forward in preparing for this trip to Asia.
It's been a major task getting the decks cleared this summer to prepare for this hectic trip through the three main Asian areas we will be visiting. Check my map above for our current inventory. It will be up there for every day of this blog.
So, many of the days show me in this mode getting ready to use our full technology to research, then document and blog. There has been a heavy usage of search engines to find what you can and can't do, especially when it comes to blogging in China. There have also been some books that have been helpful. I know Bruce is using the DK guidebook, and the Lonely Planet series.
My concerns are more mundane. (How to not be an "ugly American" or how to deal with asia's famous "squat toilets." At my age and girth, squatting is something that presents certain anatomical challenges.) Any way, I'm sure have more to say about this and other concepts of great "international import" once we get over there. I will try to keep a regular blog even though we don't have "wheels up" until August 4th. And that's just for Boston!
We head out of the country from JFK on August 5th. First stop, as you can see from the map, is Seoul. I'm currently starting to go through some of my Dad's old letter from his time with the Marine Corps in Korea from 1952-1953. I'm sure he would be stunned to the see the ground today.