We spent our last day in Tokyo at the museum. We walked through Ueno park to get to the museum; it was an enjoyable walk. The park was being used by tourists as well as locals. It felt similar to Central Park, but smaller. Continue reading “Tokyo National Museum “
After we summited Mt. Fuji, we returned to Tokyo for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, which dates back to 1733. The night we returned, had ramen at our favorite ramen restaurant in Tokyo. You order from a computer at the front that also takes your payment. You then give the receipt to the cook, who makes your soup. Continue reading “Japanese Firework Festival “
Ubud is a city on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is known for Hindu arts and for the surrounding rice fields. We spent one day meandering through the city. It was much bigger then we expected, and quite busy, but it was easy to walk around and everyone was very friendly.
We went back to the Gardens by the Bay to finish seeing the large park. We were so excited for this park because it is world renown for its architecture, sustainability, and biodiversity. Its main goal is to be sustainable while educating on climate change for the general public.
Our first stop was the cloud dome or cloud forest. As we entered the greenhouse, we viewed the 115 foot man-made mountain inside the dome. The front of the mountain displays the largest indoor waterfall, and it is stunning. The inside of the dome is climate control and quite cool, it feels great. The mountain is covered with 60,000 plants. Continue reading “Gardens by the Bay”
Our last night in Xi’an we went to see a light and water show set to music in front of the Big Goose Pagoda. It is boasted as being the biggest water and light show is China. We were very impressed with the show and felt that it should be ranked with the shows in Las Vegas or Barcelona. The multicolored lights were very dense and there was a lot of movement of the water fountains themselves.
Before and after the plankton we traveled through Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was a short stay, but it was during the Khmer New Year. We witnessed some of the celebrations on Koh Rong Sanloem but the celebration last for three days.
The Khmer/Cambodian New Year is the traditional lunar new year that signifies the end of harvest season. It is a time to enjoy the prosperity of their labor before the rainy season begins. During the three days, people pray, light candles and incense, give to charity and dedicate a ceremony to their ancestors. It is also tradition for people to wash statues of Buddha. Washing Buddha symbolizes washing away bad actions and will bring good luck, happiness and prosperity. Children also wash their parents and grandparents to obtain their best wishes and advice on life. (Moms and Dads: we thought we would just stick to dinners, phone calls, and asking for advice! 😘)
We enjoyed Sapporo again, getting a great sushi lunch. We sat at the sushi bar, watching our chef (one of several) craft each piece we ordered. The fish was delicious and the texture was above and beyond anything we had had before. We most enjoyed trying several different cuts of tuna and comparing the flavor.
Later on, we saw the sushi bar had made an ice sculpture of the owner buying a giant tuna!
Thanks for the gift!
One of the highlights was getting to see the end result of the snow blocks the international teams were still carving the last time we were there. Here is a before (from our last visit to Sapporo) and after for Finland, who made a carving representing the different facets of our personality interacting in society:
Here is the winning entry, from Macao, of the crane dance of spring:
And one from Latvia, called “Wooden Dreams”, of what a tree dreams of!:
Dinner we found by navigating this narrow street full of hole-in-the-wall ramen shops:
The ramen was good and we are looking forward to trying a different place this weekend.