As if the very idea of a blog isn't already completely self-indulgent, it's time for just a tad more indulgence.
From November 2004 through February 2005, I'm planning a trip through northern Asia. Initially sparked by my strange obsession with North Korea, the trip has now expanded significantly to include large parts of the region.
Of course travel plans do always change, and it is still five months out, but at this stage the plan is to start in Bangkok, then travel into Burma (I'll give Myanmar a miss), then across east to Vientiane in Laos and possibly to Hanoi. I'll continue onto Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, a brief stop in Japan (which is well worth a long stay, but on another trip), back west through Seoul, and into Beijing. From there I will travel to Pyongyang and back again to Beijing, before heading home through whichever Asian hub can get me back safe and sound as quickly as possible.
With any luck, the trip with be a mental and physical challenge, but also a wonderful opportunity to explore lifestyles dramatically different to anything in my cosy slice of middle class suburbia. There are also plenty of ethical issues to arise, and no doubt they will be explored blogally both before and during the drip.