• National Portrait Gallery

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    DC Diary: Museum Hopping

    Today I head home from my little trip to DC. It was a good amount of time in the city, although there is more that I need to come back to see. I didn’t get to go to Alexandria, as previously planned due to holiday hours for the water taxi, and we didn’t want to rush. There are also so many more museums I want to see and ones that I want to spend more time in. But, 2 full days in DC was a nice little trip and I’d never been here during the holidays. Yesterday was rainy for most of the day so it worked out well that…

  • The Peninsula - Hong Kong

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    Hong Kong Park + Afternoon Tea @ The Peninsula

    I’m officially back at work and still so sleepy by the afternoon. But this week is a busy one with social plans and possibly jury duty (please don’t pick me!) and an equally busy weekend coming up so maybe next week when things slow down I’ll feel more rested. Last Wednesday, on my last full day in Hong Kong, I started the morning off by going on a short walk in Hong Kong Park which is just a walk through Pacific Place and escalator ride away from my hotel. It was a short stroll so I didn’t explore much of the park besides the little pond and fountain. There’s a…

  • Hong Kong - Central at night

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    Hong Kong Wandering

    Today’s travel post about my trip to Hong Kong is a bit different because on this particular day there wasn’t anything in particular we had planned to do or see. We just walked around, ate at multiple stops, shopped a little, and tried to avoid the rain. It was a slower paced day, which was nice since we’d been going nonstop for so much of the 2 week vacation. We started out the day in Causeway Bay for a really good lunch at Pepper Lunch – a chain at a food court – and then did some more shopping before heading over to Wan Chai for freshly made chips and…

  • Conrad Hong Kong - pool

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    Wan Chai + Pool Time in Hong Kong

    Monday was a slower paced, more relaxing day in Hong Kong. We took the MTR one stop to Wan Chai to do some shopping – primarily food/dried goods shopping. My parents wanted to stock up on things that are either hard to get or you can’t get in the States and I got some snacks for myself and gifts for others. Then, we took the ding ding to Causeway Bay because my dad had lunch plans with old school friends. I didn’t get any shots outside, except for one across the street from Times Square. While my dad was at lunch, the rest of us went to do some more…

  • Victoria Peak

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    Central, Symphony of Lights, & Victoria Peak

    I’m now back in the States and writing from New Jersey! I had a great 2 weeks in Japan and Hong Kong. Luckily, I still have a few travel posts to write up so I can relive vacation and forget that I’m going to work on Monday. On Sunday, the day started off a little cloudy with some on/off rain. We took the MTR over to the Central District for a dim sum lunch with family in one of the Exchange Square buildings. After trying to get there early so we could walk around the big mall next door and being unsuccessful, we had a delicious lunch which I’ll show…

  • Mt. Fuji 5th Station

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    Mt. Fuji & Shinjuku at Night

    As I write this it is Wednesday evening and I’m relaxing in my hotel room in Tokyo hiding from the rain and having just woken up from a nap. I haven’t been feeling well the past day and a half and I think I caught a cold. So the rainy weather caused by a typhoon on its way was the perfect excuse to spend the latter part of the day indoors. Plus, I have to be up at 4am tomorrow for my flight which I hope still takes off! But this post isn’t about the weather or my cold – well okay, it’s a little about the weather because it…

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    Tsukiji Fish Market, Making Sushi, & Asakusa

    When this post goes live I should be at the airport flying out of Japan and to Hong Kong. I say should because as I write this there is a typhoon on its way and they’re not sure if it will make landfall/hit Tokyo or not between Wednesday and Thursday. I’m hoping it stays out at sea because I don’t want it to ruin my travel plans! Today’s post is about what I did on Monday which was take a tour through the Tsukiji Fish Market, take a sushi class, and walk around Asakusa – a large open-air market. We were supposed to meet our guide from ABC Cooking Studio at…

  • Kiyomizu Temple

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    Kyoto Day 2

    As promised yesterday, I’m back with day 2 of my weekend trip to Kyoto while I vacation in Japan. Day 1 was very tiring because of the extreme heat and lack of air conditioning on the bus, but the sights in Nara were worth it. I’m pleased to say that Day 2 was filled with other beautiful and awe inspiring sights and included buses with air conditioning! This will also be another picture heavy post because we saw so many beautiful sights. There also may be a picture or two that are mislabeled because when I was going through them I lost track of the order and some of the places…

  • Todai-ji Temple - Buddha

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    Kyoto – Day 1

    I have to preface this post by telling you that this is going to be a picture heavy post! I took so many photos during day 1 of Kyoto and these are just a handful (large handful) of them! If you’ve been keeping up with my Instastories then you know I spent the weekend in Kyoto. My family and I packed overnight bags (shout out to the amazing foldable Eddie Bauer bags that zip up in to a pouch that we also took with us to Alaska a few summers ago!), took the bullet train from Tokyo and arrived in Kyoto a little over 2 hours later. We booked a 2…

  • Meiji Shrine

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    Shinjuku, Harajuku, & Meiji Shrine

    After passing out around 10:45 on Thursday night, I woke up wide awake at 3:30am. Luckily, I was able to fall back asleep around 4:30 until 7am and then had a very busy first full day in Tokyo. I had heard that summers in Japan and Hong Kong are very humid, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how much I would sweat. It is so hot! So just be prepared for me to look progressively more like a hot mess in photos each day. You’ll notice my hair down and straight at the beginning of the day and up and a sweaty mess by the end!…