Feeling the disconnect….
Well folks, it has definitely been a while but I am determined not to let my blog die a slow, sad death! However in the absence of episodic posts to write and not enough reliable internet to really research any editorial/list post, I’ve found myself rather stumped for stuff to write about! So I decided to write about that…..hahaha~!
Being disconnected from the currently airing shows has definitely been a strange feeling for me. Since 2006 I’ve been following the seasons, following up to 30 ongoing shows at a time and I’ve been quite clued into the aniblogosphere and all its trappings since 2008/9. However now I find myself cut adrift, clueless about what I’m missing because I daren’t venture into any blogs for fear I encounter the dreaded spoilers, as I am planning on catching up on the highlights of the seasons I miss while I’m travelling about.
I suppose I didn’t mind so much at the start, the adventure was fresh and I was excited to be out doing and seeing new things, but I’ve now been away from home for 5 months, midway through my trip, and I’m really starting to miss my routine and all my friends in the aniblogosphere. I miss the excitement of waiting for new episodes to come out for hotly anticipated shows, I miss bitching about the terrible/disappointing shows on twitter, I miss taking the absolute piss out of those ridiculous shows and laughing till I cry on Skype with SCCSAV – basically I just miss being able to talk about my passion.
It’s amazing how it just became second nature to me to take for granted how easy it is to just log into a computer and find someone to talk to regardless of where they were. Being constantly connected to the net was just something I took for granted until I started travelling. You’d think in this day and age it would be easy to find free internet access, but we’ve really struggled! When we do get access communication with home, backing up photos and searching for work/accommodation understandably takes precedence over my animanga addiction, but I can’t help but feel the withdrawal acutely!
So far on my journey I haven’t really met anyone that shares my interest in anime/manga – if I’m honest I’ve probably only made one friend that I can see myself keeping in contact with and he’s not interested in the scene at all (in fact we don’t really have much in common, but he’s good craic to talk to). But yeah I really miss being able to log into twitter or skype whenever I want to have a chat about a particularly interesting episode/series I’ve just watched. The kind of easy conversations about my hobby we have is something I find myself missing more with each passing week.
Australia seems to attract a type of traveller I don’t have much in common with – the Imouto has mentioned the same thing……it’s making me feel old, which is distressing since my 30th birthday is drawing closer with each passing day! But even Imouto says she feels old in comparison to some of the kids we’ve met – and she’s 19 ahahaha~! Still it is an irreplaceable experience to live in another country for a few months, but I know now that the Australian lifestyle is not for me – guess I’ll have to try on some other countries for size!
Travelling is lots of fun, I’d really recommend it – the poverty thing is something I could do without, guess I just got far too used to my creature comforts and lightning fast broadband back home! But it is really amazing how little you can live on – haven’t really added much to my 2 bags in five months…..although could really do with replacing my wardrobe; think I’ve dropped a few dress sizes since I left – thank god most of the stuff I brought is meant to be loose fitting or has a belt!
So yeah, that’s my little status update thing – basically I miss all you mental anime folks and can’t wait to get talking to you again, and meet some of you when we reach the States in June!