We started our day be hoping on the train and going to see Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, about 20 minutes outside of Kyoto. This Shrine is known for its Senbon Torii, or Shrine Gates. The shrine is considered the head shrine of the 30,000 Inari-sha shrines within Japan. It is located at the food of Mt Inari, which is the southern tip of a mountain range. Continue reading “A Temple and a Forest “
Climbing Fuji-san was always on the list of things to do while we were back in Japan for the summer. Although locals and some professionals climb all year around, tourist are only allowed to climb in July and August due to weather conditions. Even in the heat of summer, the summit is below freezing and maintains some snow. Chris was thrilled with the chance to be cold and see snow! We realized that it would stay so cold because of how high it was: 12,388 feet above sea level (3,776 meters)! If we made it to the top, this would be the highest summit of the trip and both of our lives. Continue reading “Climbing Mount Fuji 🗻”
We couldn’t go to Bali without spending some time at the beach! We stayed at Legian Beach for the weekend. We were walking distance from the beach and surrounds by restaurants and shops. Continue reading “Bali Beach 🏖”
While at the retreat, we took a cooking class with the chef of the resort. We made corn fritters, a chicken curry, and some sautéed greens. We were in the class with a kind Dutch family of five. We enjoyed learning how to cook as well as getting to know the family. Continue reading “Balinese Food Class and Hot Springs Hike”
Both of us had wanted to learn yoga and meditation in an in-depth setting, so we found a retreat in Bali that sounded like it matched our interests. After a long and winding road, we arrived in the mountains (hills, really) of Bali for our retreat. We checked in early and enjoyed lunch. After that, it seemed as though things just went wrong. After talking with management many times, we were finally told that the instructor for the week didn’t show up and they were unable to find a replacement. We were crushed and didn’t know what to do for the week; we had booked a 7 day retreat. After quite a bit more talking, we were informed that they would be able to get an instructor for the following day. Phew!
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”
Shanghai has a lot of amazing sounding museums, and as everyone knows, we love a good museum. We choose two of the remain museums to spend a few hours in each. Our first choice was Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.
We choose this museum because we were quite impressed with Shanghai as a city. It is well laid out, thoughtfully planned, and they are planning for more growth in the future. This museum displays the past, present and future of the city plan. We were quite impressed with the public transportation system in the city and how they plan to grow as this city of 24 million people continues to grow. Continue reading “More Museums, Old Street, and YuYuan Gardens in Shanghai “