Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm back.... a recap of sorts.

Well this seems foreign to me. Not Japan, but sitting to document the adventures from the last three weeks. I truthfully don't know where to begin so this is going to be pretty short until I get back in my writing groove. Which based on the number of photos I have to edit could be a while.

My parents came for a visit. They were here for two weeks. They arrived on May 8th and left on May 23rd. We went sightseeing, my mom cooked us lots of great food, my dad was on dish duty the entire time and they got to see Brandon pitch two different games. It was a packed awesome fun two weeks of having company.

On the 24th I packed a suitcase for the first time since I got here and headed to Tokyo for five days. I had McDonalds (twice), Hooters, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and was awesome! I also got to meet up with one of my sisters good friends who is living in Tokyo which was also fun. 

Yesterday the 30th we spent our day off going to see Iron Man 3 in 3D at noon which is really crazy because I'm usually barely finished with breakfast at noon. 

So you can see our schedule has been a little off but today for the first time in weeks, things feel normal here again. Laundry is in the wash. I had to spend some time dusting and putting away lots of junk that has accumulated in a corner. I'm planning whats for dinner, going to fit in a work out, and probably pick up some groceries. Boring day to day stuff. Truth is though, I missed it. I love having company and I loved going on a little getaway but like most people, a routine works for me. 

For now, some photo highlights from my phone because I'm not ready to tackle the 800 on my camera!

Saturday, May 4, 2013


We spent our off day Wednesday visiting the beautiful little city of Nara and doing a little early birthday celebrating. Today is my 26th birthday, well in Japan it's already here. I'm taking this opportunity to celebrate for a full 48 hours because I don't know if this will ever happen again.

Anyways before I head off to find something to do, I'm thinking that footbath was super nice, I wanted to share a little of our day with you.

It was a little over an hour by train to get to Nara. It was a nice day out but we could see the chance of rain in the clouds. Luckily for us we only had one little sprinkle and then the sun came back out. We didn't pack our rain gear so that was lucky.

Nara is famous for the wild deer. For 150 Yen, about $1.50, you can buy some wafers to feed them. They will come up to you and follow you once they know you have food. They are all over the park, on the way up to the shrines and around the temples. It is hard to resist just feeding them once so we made sure to do it a few times. The deer will bow to you when they know you will feed them but they also might bite, but it doesn't hurt too bad. Ask Brandon he got bit three times. They must know he is a hunter. One crazy deer decided to lift up my dress from behind but thankfully I was covered. I couldn't stop laughing. I put together this short video to help eliminate a post with eight billion pictures. It was awesome I don't know how else to describe it.

Here are some of the other gorgeous sights of Nara.


After sightseeing we went to Hard Rock for birthday dinner and did a little birthday shopping. I didn't mind celebrating a little early because Brandon is out of town until Monday night. I'll be doing dinner or something easy going with the some friends later on today! Hope you all have a great weekend.