Starting 2018 on a Mexican Island – Isla de Mujeres “Island of Women”

January 1st: We survived New Years and were ready to begin our Mexican adventure to start off the year 2018 with a bang. During New Years, we had a little discussion on what our new years resolutions were, if any. Alec said basically be a nice person, keep doing what hes doing, and that he … Continue reading Starting 2018 on a Mexican Island – Isla de Mujeres “Island of Women”

New Years in Cancún

As 2018 rolled around, I knew it was time for another adventure. On December 31, we flew into Cancun to begin our year with an amazing Yucatan adventure! After landing, we avoided the mess of bus and taxi companies and walked outside. We were looking for an ATM but they informed us it was on … Continue reading New Years in Cancún

The Golden Pavilion – Kinkakuji, Kyoto

As overcrowded as it gets, no trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Kinkaku-ji, The Golden Pavilion, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site in Kyoto, Japan. This stunning gold temple sits over a large pond surrounding by trees that burst with colors during the Fall. In the surrounding grounds are beautifully crafted gardens that … Continue reading The Golden Pavilion – Kinkakuji, Kyoto

A Kyoto Perspective – Ryoanji Temple, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace (Daiunzan Ryoanji)

To the overzealous, Ryoanji Temple can be underwhelming by its main attraction, the zen-inducing rock garden. Over the years, however, I've found that this temple has touched me in an unexpected way by its serenity. The land used to serve as a villa for aristocrats from the Heian Period. The temple was built in 1450 by the … Continue reading A Kyoto Perspective – Ryoanji Temple, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace (Daiunzan Ryoanji)

A Short Day Trip to Hakone

Another excellent place to take a day trip from Tokyo is Hakone (箱根). It's only an hour and a half or so from Tokyo and feels more traditional Japanese than the metropolitan Tokyo. Hakone is famous for Onsens, Lake Ashi, and black eggs from Sulfur. As a goodbye trip, we took a very late train … Continue reading A Short Day Trip to Hakone

Eating Okonomiyaki in Asakusa, Tokyo

My time is coming to an end, here in Tokyo. I am saying goodbye to many of my friends I met here. One of my best buddies, Katsu (my travel buddy in my Bali posts) and I had a casual fair well dinner at a narrow Okonomiyaki joint in Asakusa, Tokyo. Okonomiyaki is a traditional … Continue reading Eating Okonomiyaki in Asakusa, Tokyo

Visiting Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo

Another item that has been sitting on my to-do list for years as finally been checked. Hayao Miyazaki is regarded as the Japanese Walt Disney, a masterful animator who has created the best anime in the history of the world. In Mitaka, Tokyo, there is a museum in an artistically designed house-like structure that displays the … Continue reading Visiting Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo