Have Camera, Will Travel
- Oct 28, 2006
Ken sounds great!I'm guessing you will have Ken, the other American ABD Guide. He was our shadow guide and I know he was starting right after James. I actually thought he was fantastic. I'd love to have him on another ABD. He's done Wyoming and Peru and some others for a while now. Lived in Osaka. Speaks Japanese (maybe not fluently like James, but I'm not positive). Has a strong love of travel. He seems to like adventuring off the beaten path maybe more than the average ABD guide. Likes hiking. He was extremely good with young children. My 6yo daughter thought he was hilarious as did all the kids and the teens. He was a cool guy. I wouldn't be concerned at all. Between James, Dusty (who I only know of his reputation and "toner time"), and Ken, ABD seems to have their top guns running Japan.
And don't forget, you will have Tomomi! Tomomi is wonderful! I think you'll be in excellent hands!Awesome, thanks! Great to know. There definitely never seems to be a shortage of awesome ABD guides, that's for sure. In all our trips, I think we've only had one that we were a bit meh about. He was fine, just not super amazing like the rest, LOL
The only Guides I ever had that weren't super were on my Alaska ABD. Neither were originally Disney employees. The local Guide, Jesse, seemed a bit intimidated by Rae, who thought she was just da bomb as far as Guides went, and she obviously did not respect Jesse. It was kind of sad. I still loved the trip, but the Adventure Guide part just wasn't really there. Maybe that's why I keep leaning towards a re-do on the Alaska ABD!
Otherwise, my Guides have ranged from fabulous to AMAZING!