A Summer Day in Toronto: Bar Buca, Ripley’s Aquarium, and The Lockhart (a Harry Potter Bar)

giphy-10I wasn’t sure whether this would count as a travel post, but after throwing a poll up on my Twitter, and everyone voted that it should in fact count as a travel post, here we are. I also figured, since I don’t live in Toronto, but rather 1-2 hours away, it does require some “travel” to get there. Anyway, I hope this give some of you some ideas of what to do in Toronto!

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 5) Part 1: Akihabara, and Shin Okubo

IMG_1481It appears that I’ve lost some momentum when it comes to these posts. Or maybe I’m in over my head when it comes to the other content on my blog. There’s also the fact that I get a little (to very) sad whenever I write these posts, because I miss Japan and my friends so much. But whichever the case, it’s looking like I’ll be posting these every 1-2 weeks, and I’m sorry about that! I’ll be uploading this post on a Thursday rather than a Friday to make up for it (not that that’s really much of a treat)! I hope that the wait will have been worth it because let me tell you…Day 5 was insanely busy, as it was a day we wanted to dedicate to Japan’s capital, and my planning skills are apparently amazing enough for us to cover four famous districts of Tokyo! Due to how much we did in one day though, I’ll be sectioning this day off into two parts! Continue reading for part 1!

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 4): Kamakura: Hokokuji Temple, Hachimangu Shrine, Katsu Curry, Kamakura’s Great Buddha, and Hase Temple

IMG_1472I’m so so sorry that it took me so long (a few weeks) to write Day 4 for you guys! I was dealing with some work-related stuff, and also experiencing some of that post-travel depression I think I’ve mentioned before. I should have known that it would come back. Guys, I really really miss Japan and Korea, and have no idea when I’ll be able to go back. And if I do go again, I might not come back! Dangerous, haha. But anyway, Day 4 we spent mostly wandering through different parts of Kamakura, which is a coastal town close to Tokyo. Read on if this sounds like something that interests you!

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 3): Rain in Tokyo, Starbucks, Tokyo Tower, and Yuri on Ice

IMG_1095It’s finally time for me to share Day 3 with all of you! Doing this on a weekly basis is kind of hard on me, I’ll be honest, because I’m just impatient and want to tell you all about everything right now. But in order to do that, posting about one day per week is the only way to do it. It’s the only way that I can really get in as much detail as possible, and give everything as much time/space as it deserves. It’s a rainy day here today, and it seems only fitting that I write about another rainy day today, which happened just a few weeks ago…

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 2): Shinjuku, Shibuya, Sushi, and The Ghibli Museum

IMG_1010Hello everyone! It’s time for me to tell you guys about the second day of my trip! I hope that you’re as excited to hear about it, as I am to tell you all about it. This was a very happy time for me, because not only was I back in Tokyo, one of my favourite places on earth, but I also have amazing parents who wanted to experience this place with me! I feel unbelievably blessed, and love you all for letting me re-experience this trip of a lifetime through my weekly posts about it all! In case you’re curious about Day 1, or simply haven’t read it yet, you can see it here. For those of you ready for Day 2, please read on!

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 1): Airports, Long Plane Flights, and Arriving in Japan

IMG_0901Hello everyone! It has been exactly 9 days since my return back to Canada, and am finally in a state of mind where I can properly write about my experiences in Japan and Korea. I always get a little sad when I return home from a trip (especially if it’s from a place that I love), and there is also the added factor of the jet lag to consider. Needless to say, I was kind of in this sad and tired limbo for the past week, trying to adjust to life back in Canada (it feels as if I was gone for a whole year, rather than 21 days), and working through my feelings regarding my leaving Asia, when I’ll return to Asia, and of course, when I will see my friends from abroad again. Travel is always a double edged sword for me, but no matter how bad the post-travel sadness gets, I will never give up traveling! I’ll stop my rambling about that for now though, so that I can finally start telling you all about my adventures in Japan and Korea!

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How I Prepare for a Trip Abroad (Part 5): Packing

ezgif-2-d4cb38535bAs it’s finally time for part 5, and it’s only fitting since it’s about packing, and today is my last day in Canada until May 31st! In the case that this is the first time you are stumbling upon one of these posts of mine, welcome to my travel prep series! In a series of 5 posts, I have (and will be) discussing how I get ready for my trips abroad in the hopes that it will help some of you prepare for future trips of your own! In this post I will be discussing everything to do with packing! (And you will see below, why packing gets an entire post to itself!) Also, if you would like to read parts 1-4 first, you can find links to all of them below this article! If you have already read the previous sections, or would just like to jump right in part 5, please read on!

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How I Prepare for a Trip Abroad (Part 4): Attractions & Internet

ezgif-2-d4cb38535bEllo! Here is Part 4! With just 2 days to go before I leave, I am slowly reaching the end of this series, while also preparing to go! Writing these posts also keeps me from going insane from excitement and anxiety, haha. In the case that this is the first time you are stumbling upon one of these posts of mine, welcome to my travel prep series! In a series of 5 posts, I have (and will be) discussing  how I get ready for my trips abroad in the hopes that it will help some of you prepare for future trips of your own! In this post I will be discussing attractions and internet! Also, if you would like to read parts 1-3 first, you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3! If you have already read the previous sections, or would just like to jump right in part 4, please read on!

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How I Prepare for a Trip Abroad (Part 3): Food & Transportation

ezgif-2-d4cb38535bAnd here is Part 3 of my travel prep series, in which I discuss how I get ready for my trips abroad in the hopes that it will help some of you prepare for future trips of your own! In this post I will be discussing food and transportation, and don’t forget to read Part 1 and Part 2 so that you don’t miss all of the other important steps which I discussed there! If you have already read parts 1 and 2, or would just like to jump right in part 3 anyway, please read on!

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How I Prepare for a Trip Abroad (Part 2): Money, Language, & BONUS: Buying Plane Tickets

ezgif-2-d4cb38535bIt’s time for Part 2! Are you excited, because I know I sure am! This blog post is the reason why I got out of bed this morning. Haha. And I just made myself sound like a sad sad person, but to explain, I finished my contract full time work last Friday, and doing volunteer work toward that project before my trip. Plus it’s been very rainy here, which turns me into a zombie. Thus, getting up was a little hard, until I remembered that I would be writing this post for you guys, and publishing it today!

As some of you will know, I have been toying with the idea of travel blogging while I’m away on my trip this May. By this point, I know for sure that I will be writing a series of posts, although I am still figuring out how they will be set up and such. Some time last night, while mulling this all over, I realized that some of you might not be interested only in the trip itself, but also the days leading up to it. I know that before I started traveling (especially traveling on my own), that I did a lot of research regarding packing, and other such preparations. Now, I want to hopefully be “that person” who wrote “that article” which helped someone prepare for and plan out their trip! This is the second installment in the series, and if you’re interested in reading Part 1, you can do so here! If you want to read Part 2 now, please read on!

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