Seattle public transportation is a joke, and pricey for what you (don’t) get. Not to mention the endless “ infrastructure improvement” projects that always that either go nowhere, or don’t make a noticeable positive difference. NYC subways—while providing some great people watching—smelled like piss at best and were full of people that seemed dangerously unhinged. Europe was disorganized and pretty hit-or-miss. Australia... Well. Most of Australia was a drunken haze as my first real international trip, so I can’t really comment.
Tokyo has shown me the way.
The infrastructure here is absolutely mind-blowing. You can seemingly get anywhere, quickly and cheap via the trains and subways. Even with no understanding of Japanese, buying a suica card (what you use to pay for all sorts of things), loading it up at various terminals and finding your way around is as easy as can be. Maps are everywhere, layouts are well thought-out, employees and security guards are happy to help and appear to take pride in their jobs... And when people talk about Japan’s tendency to always be on time, they’re not joking. There has not been a single instance so far where anything has arrived late.
And then there’s just walking. I’ve never been to such a walkable city in my life. For how massive and dense the city is, there’s greenery everywhere, super wide walking paths, infinite shortcuts through air-conditioned shopping centers.... The journey is every bit as enjoyable as the destination here.
I love this city. The food has been incredible, from the cheap stuff ($4 drinks and $7 meals? You can hardly find double that price in Seattle), to the high-end.
We went out to a Yakiniku place last night, which is where servers bring you a ton of cuts of beef, that you grill over coals in the center of your table. They tell you what is meant to be eaten with salt, with lemon juice, with sweet chili sauce, etc. The course we ordered went up to the highest grade of wagyu beef, and eating that was the closest I’ve come to heaven. For the final course, a server brought out paper-thin slices of beef and cooked them himself for 5 seconds per side. He broke an egg yolk and mixed it into the beef, then wrapped the eggy slice of beef around a small rice ball and directed us to eat the entire thing. Easily the best meal I’ve had in years, if not in my life.
AAnyways, it’s time for some breakfast. I’m thinking a local bakery.
How are all of you doing?