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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FALL 2010 WORLD ODYSSEY: Honolulu to Tokyo

My Fall 2010 World Odyssey begins this morning from Honolulu.  I will visit:

  Japan
  South Korea
  China
  Switzerland
  Kenya
  Tanzania
  Qatar
  Norway
  Netherlands
  Italy
  USA
    DC
    Austin
    Las Vegas

For any burglers reading this blog, someone will be taking care of my apartment.  

I will maintain a Spring/Fall global schedule for reasons of weather, fall colors, spring flowers, and mostly, to place Pearl's ashes at sites she wanted to visit, but we never did.  We did not go to the Taj Mahal (the Spring 2010 site) because traveling through India is a royal pain; Mount Kilimanjaro (19,344 ft) involves injections, tse-tse flies and altitude; Machu Picchu is only 7,970 feet high, but travel to Peru can be trying; and...  

The flight to Narita was comfortable, but not particularly memorable.   The plane actually locked and left fifteen minutes early.   

I look forward to airline food on certain flights. However, United First Class has become almost pedestrian.  This did  start with a Henriot Brut Milleseme 1995 champagne before flight and a Bloody Mary at the half an hour mark, with mixed nuts. There were four white wines, and I had a Simi Sauvignon Blanc 2008 with the Malayan beef skewer in curry sauce, Kahlua corn vanilla bisque and green salad.  The Washoku Zen Selection (layered egg, salmon temari, burdock wrapped in glazed beef, seared tuna with wasabi dressing, somen noodles, simmered shiitake mushrooms, pan-seared monkfish and oyster mushrooms) came with a hot Gekkeikan Daiginjo sake.  The Edy’s grand ice cream was topped with Kahlua.  The Maple Blue cheese from Wisconsin was salty, but was well-balanced with a Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2003.

The food was good, but not exceptional.  If you’re counting, only up to six drinks thus far, but with four and a half hours to go and a second meal, pork tonkatsu with curry sauce, yet to come, all that I was able to consume were a Glenlivet on rocks and Kirin Lager Beer.  The Lufthansa Delhi to Munich flight of this past Spring was a lot more excessive.  But coming up will be Swiss Air from Shanghai to Zurich.  Stay tuned.

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The Dow Jones Industrials went up 46 to 10,858, while world markets were mostly down.  Gold increased $15/toz to $1308 and closed at another all-time high, while crude oil is at $76/barrel.

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There is this currently mild storm at 35 MPH that will traipse over Cuba and Florida.  Nothing in the West Pacific to ruin my trip.

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