Leaving South London

In bike, leaving, travelling on January 17, 2010 at 1:24 am

The axiom buy cheap buy twice sprang to mind as I dragged the just broken bike bag down the street to the tube station. The fucker was overweight 31 kilos, which probably put paid to it, so I’m gonna have to buy another one In Japan, or at least a strap so I can move the bike around. Not an auspicious start to travelling with a bike, gonna have to lighten the load, probably in oz. It’ll be alright though just remember these three words in this order improvise, Adapt, Overcome. The marines know their shit, right now I’m thinking of making a strap out of some string and bungee cords. Pretty sure it’ll fuck itself up but you got to try. Anyone know any good bike bag sellers in Tokyo?
Writng this on the iPhone and really want to pull out the laptop and write huge missives.
Feel like I need to document everything, if i dont it didn’t happen. Never been on a night flight apart from I think my first to Barbados when I was like six, remember being amazed by how big the wheels were, so much bigger than little young me, think I’ve been in love with flying ever since.
Speaking of big things. Before I left the country I got to hold the hand of one felix atticus pippin (I’m welling up already, and I’m hoping these constant tear filled moments don’t continue every time I think of the friends I left behind) but back to the point in hand, I didn’t so much as hold his hand as his tiny tiny long nailed fingers grasped the very end of my forefinger. So small and yet so strong already, so much fight in him, I’m looking forward to making his acquaintance when I get back.

  1. Ohayo Goziamasu! Or is Konban wa? Glad you away OK (discounting bike strap fuckery), thanks for linking to the blog. Hope you love Japan as much as I did.

    Mata ne (Later)

  2. Your eyes well up because your feelings are strong. You are alive! And all of you is at it’s purest because in a sense you are out of the groove, and floating above it all now, for 500 days…Amazing x

  3. by the way Andrew, this blog looks amazing, and the writing is brilliant to read x Hoorah!!

  4. you’ll stop fretting over those you’ve left behind when stuff starts happening but don’t be surprised if massive homesickness hits you in about a month. push through, push through, don’t call everyone you know and you’ll be cool.

    hugs through cyberspace!

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