This was the last day of our Japan trip! Our flight back to Singapore was at midnight so we had a full day to fill with whatever we liked. I personally had two things I wanted to do on this day: a) buy a whole lot more stationery, and b) try the hot baked apple drink at Starbucks 😛 (I know, I know, Starbucks is everywhere and all that but Starbucks in other places don’t have hot baked apple drinks and also hot baked apple drinks in winter at Christmas time was just something I had to do!). The rest of the gang also had a few last things they wanted to buy and shops they wanted to see, and so we decided to explore our local area around our hotel and have a look for things!
It was the moment that every explorer knows, that last moment before he or she sets foot into the desert, climbs the first cliff of the mountain, pushes off from the riverbank – the instant when suddenly there is nothing ahead but the unknown. It is a moment of fear, of uncertainty and doubt, and no explorer can avoid it, no matter how experienced or brave. Faced with it for the first time, some turn back and never try again. But the true explorer, trusting to Inventiveness, Desperation and Perseverance, steps forward.
– from ‘Bartlett and the City of Flames,’ by Odo Hirsch.
Thank you Mr Hirsch, for your wise words.