The joy of travelling again... actually I'd forgotten that the first bit is horrible.
The stress of packing can only be eclipsed by the stress of packing for a photo trip.
Trips to cold climates obviously require loads more warm & heavy clothes. But for a photographer that means taking only 1 smart/casual thing to wear because you need to add into your checked luggage: a tripod, insulated snow boots, rain/snow protection for both camera pack and cameras, crampons (for snow/ice), an assortment of hats gloves socks (I have 2 hats & 3 pairs of gloves), warm ski pants, long johns & a heavy warm/waterproof jacket. And in addition all the non sensitive/electronic photography gear, that can withstand the loving attention your bag gets from airport baggage handlers, needs to be relocated to your checked in bag - reducing space even further.
Oh yes, and if you are female then add in all the other stuff you need to survive, shampoo, moisturizer, mascara etc etc.
So then it's a 3am alarm call because Air NZ changed the Wellington/Auckland flight to 6am & check in closed at 5am for bags checked direct through to Narita.
And after that, travelling is all about hurry up & wait. Hurry up & queue.
Wait, why am I doing this again?
Note to self: just remember how good it felt to be at the bottom of the world during Covid.
Ok, 34.5 journey hours (with no sleep) & I'm here and safely ensconced in my first hotel room. Which I have to say given the space constrictions in Tokyo is pretty reasonable. I even have a bath - yes it's short, but then so am I.
I have to fess up that despite my meticulous planning I did get lost on the way to the hotel, it didn't help that I was so tired, but I made it.
This is the only pic I have taken so far. The gradation of colour through the atmosphere was quite cool. I'm taking it easy this morning as I have a full on late afternoon into night shoot planned.
Mataashita - pronounced maa taa ash ta. (see you tomorrow).