Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 6) Part 1: Riding the Shinkansen, Odawara Samurai Museum, Odawara Castle, and Miyukinohama Beach

Miyukinohama Beach small.gifIt’s finally time for another episode of Flavia goes to Japan and South Korea! Just kidding. Unless you think of these as episodes. Which is fine. Haha. Anyway, as you can probably tell from the other posts I’ve made about this trip, we made sure to stay busy every single day! Because Day 6 was just as busy as Day 5, I have decided to split this day up into two posts as well! I don’t want to overwhelm you all with too much stuff, and I also dislike when my posts look too long, haha. If you want to find out more about some of the planning that went into this trip, as well as about the first half of Day 6 (of course), read on!

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Japan and Korea 2017 (Day 5) Part 2: Ikegami, and Harajuku (the Meiji Shrine and Takashita Street)

IMG_1497I’m very very sorry about how late this post is! My life sort of exploded, and I really had to prioritize books, and book reviews for a while! Part 1 of this post went up on July 27th, and that is kind of ridiculous. Considering that I had to split Day 5 up into 2 parts, I am extremely sorry that I had to make all of you wait so long for Part 2! That being said, I think that this is one of the more exciting posts about my travels through Japan and Korea in May of this year. I mean, Harajuku and the Meiji Shrine are both pretty famous places! But I’ll let you be the judge.

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HarperCollins Canada Ltd. Frenzy Presents (Book Blogger Event Recap)

harpercollins sign editjpgBecause it’s wasn’t enough for me to go to one awesome book event this past weekend, it just so happened that HarperCollins was hosting their YA preview (titled Frenzy Presents) then too! Because this would be all YA titles, and because Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Julie Murphy (Dumplin’ Ramona Blue) and Becky Albertalli (Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) would be attending, I was very very excited for this event. Here’s how it went:

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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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