Hi, my name is Mark, known simply as Savage among my friends. I've lived all across the United States. I'm not currently traveling, but I hope to share one or two rather bland past travels, some future local travels that for some reason I've never done (despite them being on my doorstep... take things for granted sometimes) and eventually my future trek into Central America &/or Europe.
If you're wondering how I came to post on this blog, I'll give you a little background. In 1989 I moved to the US from a sleepy little village called Holt in North Norfolk, England, which is close to a sleepy little village called Hempstead. ; ) I just recently found the Friends Reunited website that allows me to find old friends from my school days in England. So I saw Ali's name, and voila, here I am!
I've read many of the blogs here from back to front and then read them again. There are many excellent writers/bloggers, and have been over the years.
February 20th 2005
So, I thought I was going to get some sleep… 5am rolled around, and I was wide awake!! How was this possible? I’d been up for a day and a half, and I’m wide awake after 5 hours sleep? Hell, if I could do this back home, I’d be alright. Still dark outside, everyone else still asleep, and probably will be for hours to come. Ali doesn’t have any time differences to deal with, and since I’m not in a Hostel, I know I’ll be on my own here. Whatever… I figure it’s a good time to walk aimlessly around the apartment, take a few totally miscellaneous pictures, and find something to do. GO FOR A WALK! Of course! As I look at the door, I’m totally lost already! The lock was this huge contraption that ... read more
February 19th 2005
On the road again... well, more like in the air again, then on the road, followed by the rail… whatever. This time, off to Italy. While there I was to meet up with two people I hadn't seen in many years. Samantha was my first girlfriend in High School here in the States. Over on a one-year exchange program from Italy, our paths crossed in the School Library, and before long I was her English Boy and she was my Italian Girl in the middle of the California desert. We hadn't seen each other for 12 years, recently reunited via an Alumni site I run. Ali was also to meet me while in Italy... we had attended Primary School and High School together back in England some 16 years earlier. Again, like Japan, my trip started ... read more
January 1st 2005
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year from Las Vegas!! Take care everyone!... read more
August 10th 2004
For the past few months, I've been getting antsy again. I don't get much time to travel, working two jobs and all, but sometimes you just have to get away for your own sanity. Well, sanity can sometimes be lost just figuring out where to go, at least for me. First I thought about going back to Japan. I had such a great time in April that I would love to go back. But after thinking about it, I wasn't sure I wanted such an expensive trip this time around. Staying in Tokyo, or even traveling around the countryside is a little pricey. So then I drooled over Around the World plane tickets, planning out all of these exotic destinations which I knew I could never afford, nor have the time to visit, I just wondered ... read more
April 25th 2004
Very lazy day, well, more of a recovery day I suppose. Also my last day, and it’s making me very sad. I really don’t want to leave Japan… I’ve had such a wonderful time, and I feel that for the most part I could just hang out at the guest house all day and have a good time. In the short time I’ve been here, I’m quasi pro at telling people where to go and what to do when they arrive at the house. Strange feeling that, especially when I don’t even really know where to go and what to do in Vegas. MJ asked me into his office in the afternoon, he wanted to talk to me about something. Didn’t know what to make out of that, and thought there might be some last minute ... read more
April 24th 2004
After last nights entertainment, I was doubting Yoshi was going to be up for going to Ueno Park… heck, I was doubting I could do anything today. But I finally fell out of bed, hung around in the lounge for a little while, then Ryan asked if I wanted to go to view of Tokyo in Roppongi. I needed to get some good pictures, so I figured this would be the opportune time to take care of business. We find the place, wait in line, and once we get to the front find out the observation deck is closed. Aha… that probably explains the people all turning around and leaving the line. Darn language barriers! People were still there for some strange art exhibit though, so we didn’t know any better. So now our only other ... read more
April 23rd 2004
To tell you the truth, I can’t remember what I did during the daytime this day. But according to the pictures, I spent the night partying away in Shibuya with Yoshi and Ryan, which clues me in to the last part of the day! : ) A lazy day of sitting around the Guest House, and walking around Azabujuban. I called Yoshi up from the now trusty pay phone at the Mini Mart, and arranged to meet him at the same statue in Shibuya as I’d met him at the first time. Meeting time, roughly 5:30pm, so I left with plenty of time to spare to allow for some getting lost time. Little did I expect to find it right off the bat this time, having stopped for a few minutes in the station to overlook ... read more
April 19th 2004
Today I took off with one of the guys from the Guest house, a fellow Brit by the name of Indrin. Well, he’s kinda a brit, but that’s a minor technicality. Anyhow, I had no plans for the day, so he mentioned something about having to go to Tokyo Station to buy tickets for the Shinshokin (Bullet Train) to Kyoto. Asked if I could tag along and that was that. Tokyo Station is a pretty damn big station, and after about 20 minutes of walking around, we found the place to buy tickets. Joy of joy, nothing much was to be found in English, so I figured the old guy behind the counter was gonna be a tough one. I popped out the old phrase book, and had everything ready for Indrin, but, as with everything ... read more
April 18th 2004
Sunday just didn’t start off how I anticipated. I expected to sleep in till 8 or 9 since I’d been awake for so long, but ended waking up at about 4am. There wasn’t a chance of getting back to sleep either, so after an hour of trying, I went up to the lounge to play around on the Internet. Of course, at 5am everyone was still asleep, Andrew, the Aussie from the station was asleep on the couch, he hadn’t made a reservation, so there was no room for him to sleep except on the couch. I thought I’d start getting ready for the day, take a shower and all, and noticed I’d forgotten my toothpaste. I don’t think I forgot it though, I just can’t find where the hell I packed it. So, a trip ... read more
April 16th 2004
This was a long and boring trip, hence the long and boring story. Enjoy my insanity. Man, what a night. Got off work at midnight, went around and did some last minute packing and laundry, and thought I’d have no problem dozing off at about 1am or so. Alas, that didn’t seem to work out. I guess I was more anxious about the trip than I thought. After tossing and turning for a while, I got out of bed and took care of a few things I was going to do in the morning. Tried to sleep again… wasn’t happening. Got up and surfed the net a bit, checked out a few sites, posted a few messages. It’s now 3am; I have to be up at 6am to be ready for the Taxi at about 7:15. ... read more