7. November 2012

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

Golden Temple, Kyoto

**Click Here to see Travel To Japan: What Does It Cost (Part One)** There is no doubt that Japan is an expensive country to travel in. Our travel to Japan was, in fact, the most expensive trip we’ve ever done. It was also the best trip we’ve ever had. It changed our lives; it was [...]

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4. November 2012

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Monday Moment: Carnival Street, Rio de Janeiro

Carnival Street, Rio de Janeiro

Ever been to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro? Yeah, me either, but check out these wild costumes we were able to try on while touring around Rio. Then we had our very own private parade on Carnival Street! I’m sure it would have been so much better to actually be there during Carnival but this [...]

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28. October 2012

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Monday Moment: Japanese Manhole Covers

Japanese Manhole Covers

It is the attention to detail, in so many ways, that I love about Japan. Even wandering down the most mundane of streets I was amazed at the beauty that I found underfoot. As with many things, the Japanese take manhole covers to a whole new level. Even the simplest among them had beautiful cast [...]

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14. October 2012

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The Trigger Is Pulled

Bang

“Yes! They said YES!”, I whispered as I read the email that we had been obsessively checking the inbox for. I looked up at Jason and saw mirrored in his eyes the same mixture of abject fear and excitement that was in mine. And so our plan is coming together. In so much as we have [...]

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10. October 2012

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The Time Has Come

time

I’ve long known that, in order to make a dream come true, you have to take small, continuous steps toward the goal. But it’s not until you have to take the OneGiantStep that is undoable that makes it really real. Things just got really real around here. I think we knew within a few days [...]

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7. October 2012

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Living Like A Local In Tokyo

Tokyo-128

“Can’t you just imagine living here?” On this trip, more than any other, this thought kept creeping into our minds and conversations. Not only because we are looking for a new home but also because we used apartments for this trip and so really could feel as though we had moved in. We were especially [...]

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30. September 2012

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Sake Tasting In Takayama

Takayama, Japan

Sunny afternoon to fill? Check. Quaint, riverside, neighbourhood filled with sake breweries? Consider it filled. Tucked amongst the craft makers, souvenir shops, and tea houses in Takayama are numerous sake breweries. In winter, when sake brewing is underway, it is possible to tour the breweries and learn some of the secrets to this ancient craft. [...]

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24. September 2012

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Ten Types Of Ramen To Try On Your Next Japan Visit

Ramen

When visiting a place I never try to find the ‘best of’ food. I don’t need to find the best sushi in all of Tokyo; it’s likely that any sushi I have here will be better than any I have ever tasted. No need to battle the crowds, pay the ‘best of’ prices, or spend [...]

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17. September 2012

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Peace, Quiet, and Contemplation in Koya-san

Koya-san

Bidding the city goodbye at the Hashimoto train station we head into the hills toward Koya-san. Winding its way through the small, but steep, slopes covered with cedar, pine, and bamboo, the train slowly empties at each station until it is just us, one other tourist couple, and a few old men on their way [...]

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13. September 2012

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Temple Hopping and Simple Beauty in Kyoto

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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10. September 2012

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Getting Comfortable in Kyoto

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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