Moving to a new home

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Hello blog readers, as I stated a few times last week, I am changing things up for this blog and well, it’s time to make a move. I am moving all of the writing over to a new platform, starting fresh. It is titled: Matt of Mind.

If you enjoy the blog and all of the randomness of it, please follow, like, and subscribe to the new blog platform. I wanted to get a fresh start for my writing and instead of tweaking this blog and spinning my wheels on what to do, I simply decided on a fresh start. So please, follow the other blog and thanks for always reading!

Short trip to New York

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Despite a rainy/snowy Thursday, NYC was great.

So my quick business trip to New York is over today. I flew into JFK on Wednesday afternoon under 60 degree and sunny skies. By Thursday, as the image above shows, it was in the 30s and snowing as I headed to my work conference at Baruch College in Manhattan. Overall it was a short but solid trip. My hotel was great and walking distance to everything. I found NYC pizza, a NYC bakery, and I ventured to find Shake Shack before leaving and it is everything everyone has talked about. I enjoyed my Friday night in the city but as I pack up my bag on Saturday morning, I am eager to get home. NYC is and always will be amazing, but as I write this, its 19 degrees outside and its in the 80s back home. This Florida boy is eager to get to JFK and get back. Peace out NYC, thanks for being a great host city again.

What are food costs in Japan?

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This quick blog is more of a question to those who have traveled to Japan than an actual update post. I am trying to prepare a budget and want to get an estimate of food costs in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, and possibly Kyoto). The trip will be 9 days in total, which includes the travel days, so I am estimating 27 meals (9 days, 3 meals a day). Of course there will be vending machine grabs for a quick snack of drink, etc. that will be extra, but I think 27 meals is a good starting point.

As for the amount per meal? Well this is where I did some help. I am estimating $15 per meal, bringing the food budget for the trip to $405 (27 * 15) and pushing it towards $450 to be overly prepared in case something costs extra or I want to buy something else. I want to be overly prepared so I don’t run out of money and come up short!

So my question is to those who have traveled to Japan, are the numbers good estimates? I know some meals will be cheaper than $15, but again, I’m trying to be overly prepared and want to price everything high and not come up short.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Declaration for Japan

It’s been years, a lot of years since I said I was going to Japan. I worked, planned, tried to save up the pennies, but it just never came to be. I have a million reasons but they all become excuses. I am writing this blog post more for myself and am screaming at myself from this day moving forward, YOU ARE GOING TO JAPAN IN 2017 AND NO MORE REASONS FOR NO.

I’m working, planning, saving, and will go to Japan in 2017. I turn 30 this year, have never been outside of the USA, and need to do this for myself. I want to get out, explore, and see another side of the world. I will fight, battle, and scrap my way to get there. This will happen whether I go with a group or I travel solo. I have no reason to put this off anymore, let’s do this.