When I was very little, or at least little a bit littler, I remember looking at a Globe with my school friend Jenny and planning various imaginary trips. It was on one of those occasions when I saw not only how vast Russia actually is but how close the Eastern coast is to Japan.
Now, I am taking that journey. Overland from Woolwich to Japan - all 5,900 miles of it. Luckily years of commuting on the Jubilee line and having experienced the number 53 through New Cross, I feel as prepared as I can be for cramped and challenging travelling conditions. Even in London you can feel like you are on a safari.
Once I get to Japan, I will fly to South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and then home. I am scared and excited all at the same time. Let's see what happens....
(For your interest, experiences on the number 53 included someone trying to steal my shoes while I was still wearing them, and witnessing someone having their hair set on fire. Actually I should really have written this blog from the bus because God knows there was enough material).