May 23, 2014

the why // people

"Nani? Surprise! Very surprise", she exclaimed as she gestures with her hands waving them around. "One. Alone...it is very lonely desu ka?"

"Some times alone but not lonely. Today, I was alone, now you are here, so I am not alone." I reply smiling.

"Ohhh. Hai. Yes. Now not alone." She nods while giggling.

May 22, 2014

using tokyo metro

Anyone who has lived in or been to Tokyo will tell you how amazing the subway/metro system is. Between the two main operators, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway, close to 10 million commuters are carried everyday.

The metro will get you anywhere you want to go in the city. The system spans across the entire city on 13 lines with 290 stations. It is so infamous for its punctuality, that Discovery Asia even has a video of how precise the conductors are.

May 19, 2014

cat cafe // nekorobi in ikebukuro

Today I went to one of Tokyo's many cat cafes, Nekorobi, located in Ikebukuro. Despite the fact that I have cat allergies, a cat cafe was one of the first things on my wishlist of things to experience in Japan. Yes I clearly have my priorities straight.

Cat cafes for those who don't suffer from cat-person-syndrome, is exactly what it sounds like, a cafe with cats. Popularized in Asia because many people are unable to keep a pet due to strict pet guidelines in apartments/condos. In Japan the cafes have to follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety and health of their cats before getting a license.

May 17, 2014

capsule hotels // tokyo

Say hello to my new home. This isn't the first time I've been to Tokyo, but it is the first time I've stayed at a capsule hotel. Did you have cubbies in kindergarten to store your hats and mitts in the winter when you got to school? If so, capsule hotels work the same way but for human storage. There are 50ish capsules on my floor alone. Japanese people are efficiency wizards!

What is it like?

May 16, 2014

and so it begins

Sorry for being AWOL for the last couple weeks. Everything flew by like a whirlwind and I just wasn't able to find the time to write anything. If you are following me on facebookinstragram, or twitter, you know that I'm currently in Tokyo.

The image above is from Pearson Airport in Toronto, one final look before getting on the plane. Sitting at the gate and waiting to board, I realized how much I was going to miss all my friends and family. Previously, I had never experienced feeling homesick and instead always got travel withdrawal after long trips. This time was different.

May 1, 2014

how to avoid food poisoning when eating street food

Due to my inner fat kid, one of my favourite things about travel has to be the food! Some of the most delicious things I've ever tried have been from random food carts lining the side streets in Thailand and Vietnam. Southeast Asian flavours are always so rich; you would be hard pressed to find any thing that tastes bland or one-dimensional in this part of the world. Needless to say, I will be stuffing my face with local delicacies from every city I end up in on this trip.

So how do I avoid food poisoning and starring in my own version of a Dukoral commercial while still enjoying the street food?