We're going on a pilgrimage. We just realized that our train passes are valid starting today, so we need to take a long trip to start it off.
Fourteen hours to the island prefecture of Shikoku sounds about right. In Shikoku there is a traditional 88 temple pilgrimage through the countryside and woods that covers 993 miles. Most people do it in 40-60 days on foot, although others wimp out and take the bus.
We don't have time for that, unfortunately, but we're going to head out tonight and walk for a day or two.
For more info, check out this page. I've got to get ready!
Wow! That temple tour just made it into my 101 Things I Want To Do In My Life. Also, the wiki for travellers is awesome. Thanks!
@Tynan and Todd: I'd be really happy to finally see that video of you guys packing everything in that tiny Deuter backpack. Come on, you can do it :-) Pretty please with sugar on top.
When I was ten I went to a Christian summer camp called Camp Calumet. We stayed in cabins with our counselors and a dozen other kids.
By a stroke of luck my best friend Ryan and I ended up in the cabin with the cool counselors. I don't remember either of their names, or even what they looked like, but I remember that one of them had a sticker on his guitar case that asked, "Y B Normal?"
It was a cheesy sticker, of course, but as an impressionable kid it made me think. My counselor was probably the coolest guy I knew at the time, so I instantly equated being not normal with being cool.
Recently I have been watching a-lot of Running Man, and this inspired me to come up with a new watermark as a parody of their original logo. I hope nobody starts issuing warning letters, its really just for fun!
Earlier this year, on 17th January during the festival of Thaipusam, Hindus gather to celebrate the full moon in the month of Thai. The Kavadi is a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from the God Murugan.
On Thaipusam, devotees undertake a pilgrimage while engaging in several acts of devotion, such as carrying kavadi (burdens). The most basic form of burden may entail carrying a pot of milk, but piercing of the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common.