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Temple Hopping and Simple Beauty in Kyoto

13. September 2012

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Kyoto Geiko (Geisha)

We have spent a blissful week in Kyoto roaming from temple to temple, wandering the meandering back streets on our bikes, and trying as many different foods as we can. I have learned a few things although not at all what I expected: I expected to learn about Japanese history. Instead I learned that, although [...]

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Getting Comfortable in Kyoto

10. September 2012

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Kamo Cottage, Kyoto

It’s a delicate balance when looking for a place to stay when travelling. Cost vs convenience. In the middle of the action vs out of the way and quiet. Hostel vs hotel. For us, lately, we have been drawn to apartments. I remember when I first realized that renting short term apartment was an option [...]

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A Cooking Experience In Kyoto

8. September 2012

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A Cooking Experience In Kyoto

It seems that, so far, our time in Japan has been spent exploring and enjoying endless temples and shrines or seeking out and eating some of the best food in the world. We exist mostly in a relaxed, zen state with full bellies. Perfection. Food in Kyoto is an art form. Tremendous attention is paid [...]

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Tokyo Feels Like An Old Friend

2. September 2012

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Tokyo Feels Like An Old Friend

Walking the narrow streets and alleyways near our tiny Tokyo apartment I am filled with a sense of comfort and familiarity. The air is warm and humid even at this late hour. The smoke from yakitori stands beckons me, filling my nose with the aroma of chicken and pork. As the doors to izakayas and sushi [...]

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Travel To Japan: What Does It Cost (Part One)

29. August 2012

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Japan Budget Spreadsheet

During our RTW trip we tracked every sole, peso, riel, lira, euro, dinar, rupee, baht, kip, dong, ringgit and rupiah mostly out of necessity as we were on a backpacker budget and needed to know exactly what we had spent and exactly what we had left – even if it took us forever to figure [...]

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Practicing Ramen Slurping

27. June 2012

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Slurping Japanese Ramen

I open the door spilling warm, steamy air out into the street. It’s an unseasonably cold, wet and miserable day in springtime Calgary; I step inside and let the warmth embrace me. “Irashaimase”, comes the gentle call from chefs and waitstaff alike. Welcome. Taking a seat at the bar where I can see the chefs [...]

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Japan Itinerary (Redux)

24. May 2012

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Photo Credit:  halcyonsnow Ok, I really mean it this time! Turns out it is three years, almost to the day, that I posted our original Japan itinerary intended as the last country of our RTW trip. We abandoned Japan back then (and rightly so) as our backpacker budget was already stretched thin and we found that [...]

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Five Ways To Use Pinterest When Trip Planning

17. May 2012

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JapanPinterest

I, like most people, started using Pinterest to look at pretty pictures and procrastinate from whatever I was supposed to be doing. I am the queen of procrastination! Supposed to be cleaning the house? Look at all these beautiful decor pins! Supposed to be making dinner? Look at all these yummy food pins! Supposed to [...]

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Creating An Itinerary For Japan

19. April 2012

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I opened the guidebook excited that I had set aside the rainy afternoon to plan out the itinerary for our upcoming trip to Japan. I closed it about 10 minutes later completely overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start. I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for years and, reading the book, it all [...]

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Monday Moment: Japan

30. January 2012

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This week isn’t about looking back but about looking forward. OneGiantStep is going to Japan!! Japan was to be the final country in our RTW trip but, as we headed into South East Asia, we knew that our budget was just not going to stretch far enough for us to really do it justice. Japan [...]

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