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Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Asia, Japan

Japan: The overpowering desire to take photos of Sakura

Japan: The overpowering desire to take photos of Sakura

I went to Japan on a whim. I made some Japanese friends at the end of March 2010 in Taiwan and instantly wanted to visit them in Japan. Conveniently, my internet flight-price stalker skills resulted in a cheap flight from Bangkok-Tokyo. I booked on Monday April 5th. My flight was on Friday April 9th. My friends had to prepare – I was coming soon! I showed up and the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) where in full bloom. I have nothing to show for my 10 day trip to Japan besides photos of sakura. Oops.

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Asia, Cambodia, China, England, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, RTW, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Travel History: 2010

Travel History: 2010

For the first part of 2010 I was on a University exchange program in Bangkok, Thailand attending Thammasat University. This was my first time in Asia and it stole my heart. I traveled around a lot due to the extremely cheap prices in South East Asia. I even headed north to Japan for 10 days to visit friends; which was the reason Japan got onto this list; I’d never afford Japan without my extremely generous friends who let me stay with them. My best friend Jeannie came to visit for the month of May and we did a whirlwind tour hitting the 4 countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore. I had a month off so headed to Indonesia before flying to the South of Philippines for a 2 month work placement. In September I returned to Canada to finish my last year of my undergraduate degree in the country’s capital of Ottawa.

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Asia, Explore, Japan

Kinkaku-ji “Golden Pavilion” – Kyoto, Japan

Kinkaku-ji “Golden Pavilion” – Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto listed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Kinkakuji (金閣寺) is a Zen temple in Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Shiny, beautiful Gold Leaf – They don’t call it the Golden Pavilion for nothing.

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Argentina, Asia, Bolivia, Canada, Europe, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, North America, Peru, South America, Thailand, Travel Info, Vietnam

Valentine’s Day: Things I Love But Probably Shouldn’t

Valentine’s Day: Things I Love But Probably Shouldn’t

The Gift of a Grass Heart given to me by my friend Ping of the Muong people, in Sapa, Vietnam

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. So I am dedicating this post to all things I love. but probably shouldn’t. 

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Asia, Eat, Japan

Lets Eat: Kyoto, Japan

Visiting Japan for 2 Weeks with friends- Amazing food at incredibly reasonable prices.

Does Japanese cuisine have more than Sushi? You bet it does! Japan has a wide assortment of food, but most of the food includes seafood and fish. If you are allergic or just do not like seafood or fish- you probably will not enjoy much more than Rice! Seafood served raw is sashimi, simmered in a pot, grilled over charcoal, or deep-fried is tempura -Japanese chefs have many ways to prepare fish and shellfish.

  • In one year, the average Japanese person eats slightly more than their own weight in seafood.
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