Day 2.4: Kyoto
Our feet hurt so bad 11/10. No one should ever have to walk around in wooden sandals. We had so much fun taking photos that we ended up losing track of time and had to race back from the top of a little shopping/temple centre to return the gown. Holy 🤕 did that ever hurt.
Time to hunt for food. We were starving and we were too hungry to chat so it was just head down, ridiculous looking power walk and rush over to this 拉麵店🍜 that my brother and sister-in-law recommended to us.
A table at the restaurant was an hour wait.
We decided to wait.
Oh it was worth the wait...
I managed to polish down two bowls of noodles before Vivi finished her first. It was "absolutely spectacular, just delightful 👌🏻" (Gordon Ramsay, 2014).
Leaving the restaurant a guy asked me how it was, "good enough that I had two bowls," walking away I heard the guy scream to him friends. "that dude had TWO bowls!"
So worth the wait.
Day 2.3: Kimonos 👘
We found our way to a little kimono store on the 4th floor of a building. It's been a dream for Vivi to explore 🇯🇵 wearing traditional clothing so we each rented a kimono and Vivi got her hair nicely done for the special event too.
Photos, photos & what are thoooosseeeeee!?!
It was so much fun going out to take photos together but the wooden sandals that they gave us to wear were so: ugly, uncomfortable and painful! We had so many laughs trying to learn how to walk in them - I kept falling upstairs or stepping on mine/Vivi's toes, Vivi may have accidentally spat into a lucky pond (possibly religious), and so many wonderful people helped us take photos
Holy sh**%#*£! These wooden sandals actually hurt SO much. What are these??
I feel my ankles bending, feet and toes are cramping and calves/heels are so sore, but at least I'm in good company. Plus we stopped for ice cream to rest our feet
Day 2.1: Kyoto
This morning we woke up a little earlier to get an early jump on the day as the train to Kyoto takes about an hour from our home. However, when we opened the windows we found a small little balcony - too dark to see last night - and decided to take advantage of the beautiful morning, relax and enjoy the morning over a small breakfast together.
Off to Kyoto!
It took 3 tries to leave the home (forgot to check belongings, hair oil & charger) the beautiful sunshine and warm weather made up for it once we stepped outside.
We found a really delicious coffee shop across our home. Portion were small but quality was 👌🏻. The people at the coffee shop were super nice too!!
9:00AM lost 👫
Which train to take???
No worries - a really sweet Japanese man helped guide us to the right train and now we're back on track. I wish we snuck a photo of him.
Also, the people here are really sweet. They shuffled over a couple seats so that Vivi & I could sit together
16 June 2017
Day 1.1: 🇹🇼 to 🇯🇵
I woke up to find out Vivi has already been awake for an hour preparing for our trip. I sleepily climbed out of bed, folded my laundry into our luggage, said hi to Vivi's parents and went downstairs for breakfast with Vivi
Vivi's mom prepared 粽子 for us and her dad joined us for breakfast! It was the quiet, relaxing and sleepy type morning. We were up late last night trying to push through the Goblet of Fire but I could only make it past the first of the Triwizard games.
I spent ~1.5h chatting with Vivi's Mom over tea. I always look forward to our morning chats over tea. Even though my Mandarin isn't good enough to speak I can listen to Vivi's Mom chat for hours, she has so many wonderful stories, and she is so insightful, respectful... and persuasive!!! Maybe Vivi and her mom really should come to Canada in September despite the fact I'll be in school...
Off to the airport!!!
We said bye to Vivi's dad at of