A coworker and I were talking about taking long international trips, and she said how they really impact the person you are. They inspire great changes and things inside of you. I concurred. After talking to John W. Lane and seeing his animations, I agree even more.
He told me about his inspiration for this animation: "I was just back from trekking in Nepal and hanging out in Tokyo. I met a lot of really fun, relaxed people in Tokyo. Nepal is hard to quickly describe. The coolest drum and base I've ever heard was coming out of a boom box on a bicycle rickshaw, being peddled by a guy in his 50s.
"The mountain people are extremely capable, and on the trail you will never do anything of importance better or faster than they. The Mountains, well that's why everybody goes. These kinds of trips take hyperbole and grind it to dust."
John has been using Anime Studio for years and has some more great writing and animation. I feel a little changed after chatting with him and hearing his stories. Read his profile. It might not be a month-long trip to Asia, but it's pretty awesome.