Hopes and expectations

Hey folks, Jake here.
Now it's two weeks and one day until I take off to Japan. I still haven't quite understood it yet - where did the time go? I still feel like I have so much left to do and prepare!
At the same time, I couldn't be more excited and impatient - I've been waiting for this for over a year. Waiting, preppring, getting real psyched. I'm going to have one full month in Japan, a country I've dreamed of visiting since I was 14.

I just have so much I want to do there! I want to meet scouts from all over the world. I want to talk to them and, more importantly, learn from them. Get new perspectives on life - not just diferent kinds of scouting, but how it can be living as a teenager in different parts of the world. Make new memories. Share stories. Mess up and go the wrong way or grab the wrong person, only to laugh it off with a new friend afterwards. Try scouting in a whole new enviroment. Get to know myself a whole lot better, being thrown into new situations and seing how I handle them.

Then, there's also the other stuff that we're going to do in my small patrol, when we're travelling around Japan on our own. We've planned to go to Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, and Mt. Fuji. I am so, so excited about Mt. Fuji - since I'm a climber, anyting big and vertical is an immediate interest of mine. Last time I travelled, to New Zealand, I think I climbed three or four different volcanoes!

Me, on the slopes of Mt. Doom. (No, really. It's Ngauruhoe, the volcano used as Mt. Doom in the LotR movie trilogy)

Another huge thing will be going to Tokyo. I've been dressing in the Japanese fashion style Lolita for a really long time (check out my picture blog here if you want to see what it looks like!) and Tokyo is the one place to go if you want to see the very best of it. I'm expecting to see so much stuff from different cultures while on this trip, and this will be extra fun, as it's something I'm already familiar with.

It all just feels so surreal. My next post will be the evening before we depart; I get so nervous thinking about it I get hysteric giggles! But in the end, I don't think there'll be a moment to regret. I'm ready to have the adventure of a lifetime.

Last note: My IST package is finally here! Look at the cool bag! And the shirt! And all of the sporks! I was kind of bummed that we didn't get the chopstick ones that Light My Fire have designed, but they are still super cool and pretty! I feel like a rainbow with all my gear out, haha.

Until next time,