Travel

Nijo Castle + The Gold Pavilion – Cool Places to Visit in Kyoto, Japan
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Nijo Castle + The Gold Pavilion – Cool Places to Visit in Kyoto, Japan

Looking for some cool places to visit in Kyoto, Japan? This post explains! Did you know there is a temple in Kyoto covered in pure, gold leaf? (Well, the first two floors of the temple, that is.) Or that there’s a castle with floors that squeak and creak every time someone walks on them…so, no…

Wearing a Kimono in Japan for a Traditional Tea Ceremony
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Wearing a Kimono in Japan for a Traditional Tea Ceremony

I’ve always wanted to try wearing a kimono and was very excited to have the opportunity to wear one in Kyoto. I felt like a real-life princess wearing it! I’m not going to lie, though, I don’t think wearing a kimono on a regular basis is something I would want to do. It wasn’t the…

Going to a Japanese Baseball Game (as a Tourist)
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Going to a Japanese Baseball Game (as a Tourist)

Baseball is America’s favorite pastime…but I think it just might be Japan’s favorite pastime too! I went to my first Japanese baseball game yesterday, and it was unlike anything I had experienced at home. The level of excitement and fan participation was incredible! The only sporting event I’ve experienced that has even come close to…

Visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park & Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto
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Visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park & Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto

Iwatayama Monkey Park If you’re not a fan of monkeys, this is not the post for you! And just a warning: this post isn’t going to have many words, but there are certainly a lot of funny monkey photos! (I also have a few photos from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove if you get tired of…

Climbing Mount Fuji – Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
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Climbing Mount Fuji – Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

I am very proud to say, that this past weekend, my husband and I successfully climbed Mount Fuji! It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! But holy smokes, I am here to tell you, I was a bit underprepared for this adventure. Everything I had read about Mount Fuji, prior to climbing it, said it was…

Celebrating the 4th of July in Philadelphia – What to Expect
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Celebrating the 4th of July in Philadelphia – What to Expect

Happy 4th of July! It’s weird not being in the United States to watch the fireworks and parades with my friends and family this year, again. But anywho, 2 years ago, I did get to celebrate America’s Independence Day like no other in Philadelphia. So, this post is taking a look back at my 4th…