Air Canada has been running a curious seat sale for the past several weeks one of the unexpected deals of which was a fare from Charlottetown to Osaka, Japan for $1000 return, taxes included. Japan has been high on my list of places to visit, and with Catherine and Oliver away in Ontario for 10 days over March Break the stars seemed to be aligning. Then I started looking around for an apartment to rent and it turned out that Kyoto was possibly a better alternative. Then, suddenly, the prospect of flying for 20 hours to spend 7 days in Kyoto — yes, that Kyoto — seemed, if not absurd, in poor environmental taste. So you’ll find me in my usual chair at Casa Mia over March break.