Lessons Learned…sort of

November 1, 2013

One of my favorite bloggers –  The Everywhereist - recently shared her insights gained after writing 1000 posts (!). One that stuck with me had a lot to do with letting go of perfectionism and sometimes just hitting ‘publish’. …she also mentioned something about being consistent with your blogging, sticking to a schedule, etc. etc…. (Please see […]

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The Best In The World

October 18, 2013

Stumbled upon an interesting article which attempts to rank the Best Cities In the World… Pause for dramatic effect. It certainly made me smile to see some of the places I’ve visited had made it onto the list. (And it kind of made me visualize Elf congratulating the #1 spot…) “Congratulations! You did it! Best […]

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Chasing Dreams

October 10, 2013

Bucket lists. Before-you-die lists. Must-do lists. If it sounds like a chore, I probably won’t do it. That’s why I prefer “Chasing Dreams”. Various times over the years I’ve had the opportunity to talk about my absolute musts in life. Things that, should I have a chance to do, would make my life that much […]

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Stuck on Pause

June 17, 2013

Wow it’s been a while. I realize that I left the blog hanging with our Japan trip…did we simply STOP our Japanese adventure after noticing we were the only white people around? Did we have time for more sushi? How did we get back home? …are we even home right now? I realize the questions […]

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Minor Celebrity

May 2, 2013

There are some places you visit where it’s relatively easy to blend in and not look like too much of a tourist. As a white person, Japan is not one of those places. You could have the fashion down to a T, speak perfect Japanese and go to the most local joint ever and still […]

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Green Tea

May 1, 2013

Tea is almost as synonymous with Japanese culture as kimono, bamboo, and ninjas. Green tea, in particular, is served at all times – with meals or without. I learned quickly that my Western Belly was not accustomed to green tea after, deciding that I liked it, downed two cups worth and within five minutes had […]

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Tree-top Ninjas

April 29, 2013

As always when planning a trip there are a few sites you really look forward to seeing. Then, as you research, you inevitably add more and more to that list. Kiyomizudera Temple caught our eye after reading that it was a temple for tree-top ninjas. This temple was perched high above the city of Kyoto […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

April 28, 2013

Taking full advantage of our jet lag we were up and at our first site in Kyoto with the sunrise. The god Inari – the god of rice and wealth – has been worshipped here since the late 900′s. The thousands of orange torii – the reason Adam and I came to visit – are […]

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