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Tokyo

Hello my neglected travel blog! I’ve so wanted to complete this project of chronicling our journey across Asia, but ever since I returned to the States, life just keeps on happening and distracting me from finishing once and for all. This is it, though. Our last stop in Asia, and one of our favorite places overall: Tokyo.

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Hiroshima

So much has happened since I last posted my sincere resolution to stay on top of blogging. I don’t want to say too much until we make a final decision, but there is a strong possibility that we will be moving to Memphis this May, and we are scrambling to plan a trip to Brazil beforehand to see Kevin’s family. Now that more travel is in our near future, I really need to wrap up this trip. Like, yesterday.

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Kyoto

新年快乐!! Happy New Year! Being home for this holiday season has truly been wonderful. As much as I love and miss travel, there’s nothing like spending holidays with the people you love, especially after being absent the last two years. This year I have about a million resolutions (including trying to squeeze in at least a little travel 😉 ), one of which is to finish blogging about our adventure in Asia. I’ve been putting off writing about Kyoto because there’s SO much to say, but there’s no time like the beginning of January to channel some motivation and push through!

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Kobe

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since we celebrated Kevin’s birthday in Kobe! I really wanted to do something special for Kevin, but was seriously struggling to shop while we were abroad and together 24/7. So, I snuck away to pick up a few little sweet treats for him to open, but planned on making the real gift a surprise trip to Kobe, where we could taste the legendary beef that we had previously written off as out of our budget.

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Osaka

We first fell in love with Osaka the minute we stepped off the plane and into the airport. We had a fabulous time in the Philippines, but compared to Southeast Asia, Japan felt like a shiny, new, futuristic world that we couldn’t wait to explore. The bathrooms were full of buttons and options (sound effects, anyone?), the public transportation options were expansive and easily accessible, and bowls of noodles could be ordered from vending machines. It was a magical place.

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Sagada & the Banaue Rice Terraces

Hello from the United States of America!!

Kevin and I are finally home-sweet-home after an unforgettable 23 months of traveling, volunteering, working, scuba diving, tutoring, eating, motorbiking, meeting people, and making memories all around Asia! Before I go on, I would just like to say thank you one more time to all the folks who so closely followed our travels, took the time to read my longwinded blogs, and left encouraging and thoughtful comments. It meant more to us than you probably know, and we reallyreallyreallyreally appreciate your support.

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Manila

In a country as rich in diversity, history, and culture as the Philippines, it’s main travel hub, center of business, and capital, Manila, should be a great place to visit. It has Intramuros, the old Spanish walled city, one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, and countless malls– some of which seem too shi-shi for the depraved and sprawling mess that is Manila.

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Boracay

こんにちは from Japan! So excited to be in Osaka, which we have already fallen completely in love with. Unfortunately, our desire to see everything we possibly can in the last two days has completely worn us out. We’ve both been running mild fevers and having various muscle/sinus pains, but Japan is way too fun for sitting at home, sick or not! We only have 13 days left in the Asian chapter of our journey, and we’re more motivated than ever to make it count. We might just collapse by the time it’s over, though…

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