Taiwan, Japan · 2 Days · 4 Moments · June 2017

Kevin's tour through Japan

17 June 2017

Day 2.4: Kyoto 5:30PM πŸ˜πŸ‘˜πŸ™…πŸ» 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 πŸ€• did that ever hurt. 6:00PM πŸ‘«πŸœ 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 ζ‹‰ιΊ΅εΊ—πŸœ that my brother and sister-in-law recommended to us. 6:15PM πŸ› A table at the restaurant was an hour wait. We decided to wait. Oh it was worth the wait... 8:30PM 😌🍜🍜 I managed to polish down two bowls of noodles before Vivi finished her first. It was "absolutely spectacular, just delightful πŸ‘ŒπŸ»" (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. 9:00PM 🏠 Ho
Day 2.3: Kimonos πŸ‘˜ 1:30PM πŸ‘˜ 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 πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ wearing traditional clothing so we each rented a kimono and Vivi got her hair nicely done for the special event too. 2:15PM πŸ“· 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 4:00PM 🍦🍡 Holy sh**%#*Β£! 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 7:00AM πŸ›πŸŽ 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. 8:30AM β˜•οΈ 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 πŸ‘ŒπŸ». The people at the coffee shop were super nice too!! 9:00AM lost πŸ‘« 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: πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ό to πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ 7:30AM [ε°δΈ­οΌŒε°η£πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΌοΌ½ 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 8:45AM πŸ™ 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. 9:30AM β˜•οΈπŸ΅ 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... 11:00AM πŸ‘« Off to the airport!!! We said bye to Vivi's dad at of