On the way home from Suma this Saturday I stopped by in Shinsaibashi (Osaka) for a WhyNot Party. After it concluded, I had an hour to kill before a friend would finish work and come to meet up at midnight. So I sat outside and recharged with a brief nap.
When I woke up, my backpack – which I’d placed about half an inch from me – was gone. With it went my extremely customized $500 AT&T Tilt (cellphone), 6gb microsd card, underwater camera case, my favorite tanktop, 3 round-trip tickets to Tokushima, and a really awesome beer mug I brought back from Tel Aviv. The backpack itself was the removable outer portion of my backpacking backpack, which by itself cannot be replaced.
Then, when running to the police station to report it stolen, I tripped in my flipflops and severely ripped open the front of my big toe.
So much for nothing ever getting stolen in Japan 😡
…And so much for all that time I spent getting Garmin Mobile XT setup with routable maps of Asia.
Still, that being said, it does feel great to be back in Kansai. The summer vibe is here in full force, and after just one day I’ve already bumped into four old friends. The city streets are packed with activity, many pedestrians wearing beautifully decorated summer kimonos; fireworks light up the evening skies nearly every night of the week; street performers fill the riverside promenade with music; and of course, Suma Beach is overflowing with young, shockingly attractive partygoers.
Oh yeah…and it’s about 10,000 degrees outside and humid 😆
On an unrelated note, Singapore Airlines is seriously the best airline I’ve ever flown. It’s not just reputation – it’s true. The meals were good, the service better, and the selection of available entertainment was staggering.
I just wish their weight limit on luggage were a tad bit higher 😛