8 years ago (on Facebook)
Originally published privately on Facebook in response to a memory Facebook suggested I remember.
This is a good one. Traveling alone from Osaka to Shanghai by boat 8 years ago. Vending machines on-board sold beer. Summer of 2008. Global economy falling over in slow motion. I was mostly oblivious. Graduate job at Google secured in March while still an undergraduate. Only later did it become clear how fortunate I was to do that. Met another Brit on the boat: lived in Sapporo, afraid of flying, traveling back to the UK over land for sister’s wedding (and likely to arrive a few days late). Beijing Olympics a couple of months away and all passengers treated to a horrendous Olympic dance from a troupe of middle-aged Chinese ladies who’d just toured Japan. Spent most of the 2 day voyage on the roof of the boat listening to Danny Byrd’s Supersized and reading James Bond novels. Well done Timehop, err, Facebook Memories.