Iceland Blog 05

September 19, 2018

First and foremost, I should mention that I travel light. For the past year of travel, even to Japan, I’ve packed one pair of pants to cut down on space in my backpack. But Iceland taught me a valuable lesson about how den...
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Reykjadalur valley 64.0327873° N, 21.2180098° W

Iceland Blog 04

September 16, 2018
The drive to Skaftafell, a wilderness area inside of Vatnajökull National Park, took over four hours. Myles and I got up early on Friday to make the day trip. After brunch at the hotel, we were on the road before seve...

Iceland Blog 03

September 3, 2018
There were still plenty of sites to see in Iceland, far too many. Thursday was dedicated to locations that Myles and I wanted to see towards the north east of Reykjavik. We got up around seven and were on the road aga...

Iceland Blog 02

August 26, 2018
Wednesday was the most well-thought out and detailed day of the trip. It started with breakfast at the hotel at around seven thirty, with the goal to leave the hotel by eight. For the half-hour breakfast, I enjoyed th...

Hiragana Progress

July 29, 2018
Another month has passed, which marks my second month of study with Japanese. Throughout the month of July, I made steady progress with the first Japanese From Zero! book. Currently, I’m on lesson five. The lesson cov...

Learning Hiragana

June 27, 2018
There was a time where I could speak Russian. I also had the ability to read Cyrillic script, while also being able to write it in cursive. All of which I learned to do from a Russian professor in 2011. But once I com...

Iceland Blog 01

June 10, 2018
The Boeing 757 touched down in Iceland around six thirty in the morning on Tuesday, May 15th. Off the plane, I was corralled towards the main terminal with the rest of the passengers. But unlike in Tokyo, Japan, I did...

Iceland Blog 00

May 13, 2018
This is it. Tomorrow morning, I embark on a trip to Iceland with my best friend and co-worker, Myles Kedrowski. Though we will fly separate airlines, both of our flights should touch down in Keflavik on Tuesday mornin...

Japan Blog 08

May 7, 2018
As much I hated to return the room key, I checked out of the Hotel Gracery on Monday morning around eight. I considered breakfast at the Bonsalute Kabuki on the ground floor on my way out but decided to head to the Sh...

Japan Blog 07

April 29, 2018
For the final full day in Tokyo, Japan, I wanted to visit Ikebukuro for the Pokémon Center and revisit Akihabara. Which meant that it was going to be a long day. But I still made time for breakfast at the Bonsalute Ka...

Japan Blog 06

April 10, 2018
Saturday in Tokyo was unique. I slept in for once, which provided an opportunity to seek breakfast somewhere other than Burger King. I tried out the breakfast buffet at the Bonsalute Kabuki, which was located on the g...

Japan Blog 05

April 1, 2018
Friday morning, I was out the door by seven. Breakfast was at Burger King, my new usual spot in Shinjuku. It was cheap, familiar and no one bothered me. I finished my food and walked over to Shinjuku Station, where I ...

Japan Blog 04

March 25, 2018
I woke around three in the morning. Through the window in the hotel room, I could see that the night life was still active down the block. A group of people crossed the street, off to a hostess club or karaoke bar. A ...

Japan Blog 03

January 8, 2018
It was dark when the train pulled out of Narita. I did not expect this. In my mind, I had hopes to make it to Shinjuku and locate my hotel before nightfall. But it gets dark in Japan earlier than back home. It was six...

Japan Blog 02

December 28, 2017
Immigration is a strange place to be alone, especially if you don’t speak the native language. I remember walking into Narita’s immigration. There’s a large green sign above the entrance that reads, “Quarantine”. I’d ...

Japan Blog 01

December 12, 2017
6265 miles. That’s how far I had to travel to get to Tokyo, Japan. Thankfully, I managed to due so in comfort aboard an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The flight, spanning 13 hours and 15 minutes, took place...

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November 13, 2017
This is it. Tonight is my last full night within the United States, at least for the next week. As of Wednesday morning, I will touch down at Narita International Airport. Which, if you didn’t know, is in Tokyo, Japan.

I'm Jacob. I'm a Front-End Developer at Elegant Seagulls in Marquette, Michigan. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for quality assurance, I deliver products that adapt to all modern screen sizes and browsers. You can view some of my current and past open source projects on GitHub.

I travel in my free time when I can. Within the past year, I've been to Tokyo, Japan and Iceland. With plans to one day return to Japan, I'm studying two components of Japanese, Hiragana and Kanji. Soon enough, I'll get around to the third component, Katakana. I also am learning Russian when I have the time.

Jacob Proffer