So Paul and I really, really love to travel (are you rolling your eyes and saying, “thanks Captain obvious”?). It’s a defining characteristic for us individually and as a couple. It’s also something we talked a lot about around having children – even when we weren’t 100% sure if we’d end up having kids (well when I wasn’t sure – but more on that another day), whenever we were abroad we’d still talk about how amazing it would be to bring our future children to these places one day – showing them customs and corners of the world that we couldn’t even imagine growing up. Heck our pregnancy announcement photo featured backpacks and announced that we were welcoming a new travel buddy (yes I know, we are annoying but cute).
A pipe dream for us began to form a few years ago when friends of ours took their baby overseas for a month. For all that we had talked about wanting to show our future, hypothetical children the world it had never occurred to us that this was something you could do with a baby!🤯 Safe to say the blew our minds when we heard about their plans and just like that it was decided – if/when we had a kid, we’d take a month abroad.
And then we actually had a baby.
Hello? Oh haaaaiiii 👋🏻 just going to dust this off and we’re ready to go!
Jokes aside, it’s nice to be back after a brief (albeit, unintended) hiatus. I had a feeling a quick break may come around the convergence of a few major work projects, but I had plans to make up for that. Such plans… Then life forced my hand a little bit (pun intended – keep reading for the punchline).
One thing I love about traveling is that inevitably something will take me by surprise. Whether it’s a city, new food, or the ability to stretch out in a park with a book in one hand and cider in the other as the hours melt away, each trip is punctuated by places and moments that astonish me in the most delightful ways. While we were in Japan that was delivered by our days in and around Osaka.
Wandering through the vermillion torii of the Fushimi Inari shrine
After wandering the streets of Kyoto, and feeling like we were stepping back in time, we traveled to the edges of the city visiting Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari, spending a day surrounded by bamboo forests and vermillion torii.
Side note – these are both tourist hotspots any time of year. Given the crowds we’d encountered simply because it was cherry blossom season, we knew that both locations were going to be very busy.
It seems like the Tokyo/Kyoto combination is a fairly common one for people visiting Japan that are short on time. Thus, we had a ton of recommendations for Kyoto and it was on everyone’s “must see” list. This former capital city is known for many things – kaiseki dining, rich gardens and of course, geishas.
Just a snippet of this massive and wonderful city.
Okay first things first – I cannot believe we didn’t watch Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift before coming to Japan… Oh well, movie viewing for when we’re fighting off the jet lag at home 🏎
As I mentioned here, Paul and I tackled Tokyo by neighbourhood so I decided to share some stories and snaps to this amazing city by ‘hood as well.
Sakura in bloom over the Naka Meguro river, Tokyo.
In the words of Adele, hello from the other side… of the world! I know it’s been pretty quiet over on here over the past week and there is a good reason – I’ve been filling my days exploring every nook and cranny of beautiful Japan!