I started staying in hostels this year when I travel (for pleasure). I LOVE it. Its fun, you meet new people and arn't stuck in a boring hotel room. I met some rather interesting people including a world medal winning russian swimmer (who didnt seem impressed by her own work), multiple accountant couples (Is this a thing?), and Australians (except, oddly, in Australia).
Hostels also taught me what I wont do anymore: Sharing human sized, dog kennels with 14 other men in a capsule hotel is where I may be drawing the line. Not because I am not a fan of cramped spaces, or dislike bathing with naked japanese businessmen, but because it can get hot in the capsule hotels.
Recently divorced, I cant cook, but I am learning. I recently bought a calphalon set of cookware, and steaming dim sum is my new favorite thing ever!!
On a recent trip to Amsterdam I discovered that I like art, music and drama -- who knew?!!! Recently, I went to a modern art museum in Amsterdam and saw a really generic looking "cloth on handle" sculpture. To me, it looked sort of obvious. But, after listening to the audio guide, it turned out to be a seminal work in feminist sculpture. (Which to be honest sounded a little sexist. How is a sculpture feminist? Why does it have to be a reflection on gender?). I spent 4 hours in the Rodin museum recently -- and it is barely the size of a 3 rooms. Nevertheless, I am rather obviously still in the baby stages of art (and likely music and drama). My less-than-extensive experience with art, drama and music can be explained in 6 words: "I would like to learn more."
I have had an adventurous last few months. All of the following happened to me within the last few months:
1. Had a Japanese bus driver shout at me in Japanese knowing fully well I had no idea what he was talking about.
2. Had a korean fish lady come out of her stall to stop me taking pictures of her stall. (Who organizes a public stall and then says no pictures? If you want privacy have a "secret stall".)
3. Had Japanese, Korean school and Vietnamese girls ask to take pictures with me/ call me handsome on separate occasions as they felt up my hand.
4. Taught Vietnamese kids English.
5. Had a Singaporean woman ask her husband to take a picture of me and her.. and then started feeling up my leg.
6. I was homeless for a night in Sydney when I couldn't find a single hotel that would have me on friday night. (Apparently the entire town is booked that night.)
7. Lost my passport (once in Vietnam) and computer (once in Brisbane and once in Sydney -- I think Australia wants my computer).
8. A woman was checking me out recently... and crashed into a door. It may be the greatest compliment I have ever gotten. (Educational/smartness compliments are sooo passe' for me.)
2 Other weird (but awesomely-amazing things) I have done in my life:
A. Taught blind kids martial arts
B. Did a 10 hour overnight hike to see a temple, but once I got there, I was too tired to actually see the temple -- so I stayed outside.
C. I have own medals in national and international martial art tournaments across the world.
So, I am really excited to go out and do exciting stuff:
I enjoy hiking up hills in random parts of the world!! My "favorite" was being told that there was a "gate" just up a mile, near Seoul, Korea. Turns out, it was literally "up" - It was a hill that was at a 70 degree angle and up boulders!! After that trip, I now want to find more places I can go up boulders and explore.
Goals for 2014: I want to do a 185 mile bike ride!!