Thursday, September 6, 2007

Stitching Blogger's Question of the Week

The SBQ for this week:
Would you ever stitch one of your BAPs a second time? (This does not include starting over because of mistakes, bad fabric, etc., rather stitching something from the first stitch for a second time.)
Well, seeing that I haven't really finished any BAPs, I don't think I would stitch them a second time. :-) The biggest project that I have started is Victorian Wedding Remembrance. I won't be able to finish it until I find all the pieces of my stand. And that won't happen any time soon. I suppose Pineapple Fish is also a BAP. At least I have spent years working on it. I did a lot on it in the beginning of the year, but not much lately. I would much rather start a new BAP, like a Wentzler or Miribilia, than go back to another BAP at this time. Ah, starting is so easy, finishing is hard.

Thoughts on Visiting Japan

Don't go in the middle of summer of if at all possible. It was incredibly hot and humid the entire time we were there. I sweated gallons. Don't expect any English menus. Even plastic food can be problematical as you can't really tell if that breaded thing is animal, vegetable or mineral. Do take public transportation. There are Japan Rail passes you can buy before you go and Tokyo Metro passes you can buy there. All the stations have names in English lettering. They are incredibly easy to use. All the streets, hotels, and stores are very clean and very small. It may be hard to find something there if you need it, especially clothing and shoes in Western sizes. Not many of the Japanese speak English, but they are all very polite and honest. I had a good time, but I am very glad to be home.

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U is for Underground

The London Underground was the first foreign public transportation that I ever attempted. I grew up partly around Chicago and went to Northwestern University in Evanston, so I was used to using public transportation, but there is something about relying on a strange transportation system that can be unnerving the first time you use it. When I first went to London, I studied the Underground maps and planned my excursions from museum to museum. During later trips, I knew my way around well enough to get a Photocard to use with a multi-day Travelcard. My experience in London suited me well in Paris. I used Paris Viste passes and traveled all around the city. By the time we went to Japan, the internet provided me with lots of transportation information. I could now learn more about their travel systems before I even left the States. We got a prepaid, four day flexipass for Japan Rail East. I printed out the Japan Rail East route maps and the Tokyo Metro Subway route maps. We used them every day. I like these public transportation systems and yet I would never use public transportation in the United States. I am too used to my car being able to transport me whenever and where ever I like. My preference is always to drive somewhere, but in places that a car is not practical or safe (like Paris!), I am glad that they have such a wonderful public transportation system.


3 comments:

TinkerBlue said...

I love the tube in London. It is so easy to get around. I lived there for 4 years and never missed having a car. Now I live in Vancouver, BC and I miss having a decent public tranist system. I used to complain about Sydney's trains but I'd take them over Vancouver anyday.

Kendra said...

My sister is a huge fan of public transportation...she hates driving. She's lived in New York City, Chicago, and Paris, plus has visited several other large cities, so she's gotten accustomed to catching a bus or train or whatever. Me, I'm a car person...of course where we live, there is NO public transportation. Other than the campus buses at Purdue, I haven't lived anywhere where I could have used public transportation - we've always lived out away from town.

Chiasmata said...

I'm a strong supporter of public transport, but in Sydney it's more a pennance than anything else. Glad you enjoyed experiencing Japan.