An Almost Perfect Day in Izu

The Izu peninsula is one of, if not, my favorite place in Japan. When I saw that ITT was offering a tour to hike along the coast and then visit a temple I’ve wanted to see,  I figured it would be the perfect way to celebrate the first day of fall.  I was excited to … Continue reading An Almost Perfect Day in Izu

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Monkeying Around in Malaysia

One of the things that has gotten discussed frequently with friends over the last 2 years is joint trips.  Singapore is always the destination utilizing free military flights (if space available when you arrive—you cannot pre-book) from Yokota Air Force base about 2 hours away. I have contemplated doing this with a few different friends … Continue reading Monkeying Around in Malaysia

Japanniversary #2

The day before our Japanniversary, Will woke up crying. His eyelids were glued together with green goop and dried crud was stuck to his cheeks. It was our first bout with pinkeye. I also woke up to the news that Trump had pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement--another day being embarrassed as an American … Continue reading Japanniversary #2

Feeding My Seoul

Seoul, South Korea I admit I was visiting Seoul to use China's 72 hour Free Visa Transit program that is available when travelling to Beijing between two different countries. When Mike informed me that he would be in South Korea for work. I realized Will and I could go to Beijing then meet Mike there. … Continue reading Feeding My Seoul

Less Than 72 Hours in Beijing

Beijing, China MONDAY EVENING We exited Chinese customs, Will entering the main arrival area like a rock star. He was dressed like Spider Man shouting "Nî háo" (hello) and giving high fives to all the people waiting for their guests. It'd been a bit of a stressful day so I was glad for the comic … Continue reading Less Than 72 Hours in Beijing

99 Hours in Japan

MONDAY I'd been saving the Hakone Round Course tour (a day long circuit of scenic Hakone mountain utilizing rail, cable cars, ropeway, a boat, and buses) until we had visitors. When Breeann and Liam asked if they could visit us for a few days before Christmas, I knew I wanted to add this to the … Continue reading 99 Hours in Japan

On the Deer Path

Nara, Japan Fall Trip Part 3 Utterly delightful, Nara was Japan's first permanent capital from 710 to 784, so it has multiple older temples and shrines. Nara is further unique as 1200 tame deer freely roam the city. These Sika deer are considered a national treasure, and many people believe their close proximity to sacred … Continue reading On the Deer Path