Music Scene in Kyoto? Being an exchange student in Japan?
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I have the option of studying overseas for a year as a part of the Japanese program I'm enrolled in at Uni. According to one of my professors, a lot of my peers don't seem too interested in heading over there... so I can very nearly pick and choose what part of Japan I can study in. This will be first time in the Northern hemisphere.
I'm looking at going to Kyoto to study, seeing as a lot of the exchange students I've befriended at my uni are from there. Sadly, most of these people are what /mu/ might call "plebs" and know fuck all about their local music scene. Do any of you guys know much about it? Any decent bands or venues I should know about? I've researched a little myself and can't really find much. Basically, if there is a decent enough scene, then Kyoto is where I'm headed, otherwise...
There are a couple of Universities in Tokyo that I have the option of going to as well. Apparently, Tokyo has an incredible scene, especially in Koenji. Is quite easy for foreigners to make friends at Unis in Japan?
I'm sorry if this kinda thing doesn't belong here.
Half a day in NY
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So, upon returning of some other place, i will have a long-ass layover in NY. I expect to arrive at 5:20 to JFK and have to leave from LGA at 4:50 PM, which gives me at least 5-6 hours to roam the city.
I'll be carrying my daypack and a wheelie bag which will most likely be stuffed from souvenirs and shit. Any suggestions about what to do one morning in NY and where to leave the luggage as i do my business?.
I've never been to NY before, by the way.
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So I know there are millions of posts on here about how to afford living off of nothing but your travels... but my question is a little more specific, so here goes....
I've traveled a lot in my life (all throughout America, Central America, Europe and some of the Middle East... never South East Asia though) and am interested in making this a permanent life style. I currently have a good job ($50,000 a year plus benefits and union) and have my student loans payed off and around $20,000 in savings. I would like to complete everything on my bucket list before I'm 30 (currently 28), here's the list:
- live off the grid for a while (I hate the idea of not being self sufficient)
- see the Northern Lights (hopefully from northern Alaska)
- Work on a farm/understand low-tech sustainable energy
- Write a book
So I'm thinking about quitting my job and doing it all at once. There are some off-grid farms on the west coast that I may be able to do a work for stay at (I probably wouldn't get paid though), then I was thinking about heading up to alaska and seeing if I could get a seasonal job to fund some adventures up there (maybe working on a fishing boat or something.. even though I've never done anything even close to that kind of work). Then, finding a decent place to stay for cheap and trying to write.
Has anyone down anything like this? If so, what are the pitfalls that I'm not thinking of? Is there a way to plan this in advance? I'm hoping to leave in the Fall of 2014.