At the end of our time in Taiwan we were feeling dirty, tired and very ready for a vacation from our vacation. We vowed to ourselves that after two months of moving every ten days or so that we needed to stay put in one place for a long stretch and seriously chill. We also decided that it was time for a family makeover, with new clothes and haircuts all around. Continue reading
Surprisingly, Tainan is quite child friendly, with toys, parks and highchairs being easy to find. Even though our apartment is really small and Nu only has his small collection of toys, he’s been quite happy here and very busy exploring. Continue reading
Tainan is a place for the senses. There are bright lanterns stringing the temple lined streets, clouds of incense blowing in the air, smells of fresh (and not so fresh) street food at every corner and loud sounds of fighter jets flying over head and fire crackers going off in the distance. Continue reading
Steph’s Choice: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
For anyone who likes a good murder mystery, this book is a must. Keigo Higashino is like the Steig Larson of Japan and has a huge cult following. I literally flew through this book in two days and really enjoyed it. Even though it was set in Tokyo, I can’t say it taught me much about the country beyond a few names for Japanese household appliances. Still, its a great read and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I will definitely read a few more of Higashino’s books. Continue reading
Seeing the biggest city in the world in two days with a toddler is no easy challenge! Because we were short on time, and Sami was bed ridden with a sore knee, I decided we would make our Tokyo trip more for Nu rather than running around trying to see all the sites.
When we arrived in Kyoto we knew right away that we were going to have a very different experience than we had in Osaka. The streets here are dotted with temples, gardens and shrines, and it’s rare to see a building over five stories. This place is very tranquil, and being the old imperial capital, is very rich in history. Continue reading
Japan has given us no shortage of things to blog about. We knew Japan would be like nothing we had ever experienced before but this place has been beyond our weirdest expectations. Our first stop was Osaka, where we stayed in a neighbourhood called Namba, in an area known as Nipponbashi. We had a great apartment that was much bigger than what we thought we would have in Japan, having heard about the success of capsule hotels in this country. You can check it out here. Continue reading