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 “
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 🗻”
On our first day in Tokyo we went shopping! We had flown all night from Bali, and started the day with a meal of sushi at the airport! We stayed in another capsule hotel, which had a great aesthetic.
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!
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.