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Around the World in 80 days: Day 8, Sushi

This is for you Sandi.  My friend Sandi asked me to blog about sushi.  No problem!  Though I can only imagine that talking about how wonderful the sushi is here can only be torture for someone who is not here. I plan on getting sick of sushi.  It’s only day 8 though so I’m nowhere […]

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day 6, Saitama Challenge

You should probably go ahead and consider me a Japanophile.  There’s only one problem with that though – I friggin HATE anime.  I hate anime with the power of 1000 suns.  Why, you ask?  Because every semester at the end of the first class I have a line of students clutching their sketchbooks full of […]

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day 5, Truth or Myth

Before I travel anywhere I research the crap out of the place.  This was painfully true for Japan.  I looked into everything I was interested in and learned about things I didn’t know existed.  I am following several Japanese subreddits including r/japan, r/japantravel, r/japanlife and r/tokyo.  I found a series about Japanese culture on netflix […]

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Around the World in 80 days: Day 4, The Weird Stuff

I guess I always have liked weird stuff, though I can think back to a time where I wouldn’t eat seafood, tomatoes, soup, or that no man’s land of space on the plate where the plain white rice shamelessly intermingled with the lightly salted peas like dirty hippies in the 60’s with all the free […]

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day 3, Mosquitoes

I’m not a huge nature fan.  I mean, in theory nature is great and all, considering that I exist because of it, but… I really don’t like getting nature on me.  Today I find myself right smack in the middle of nature, and if I may be frank: this place is fucking gorgeous.  Mind you, […]

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Around the World in 80 Days: Literally. (Prequel)

“I’d like to see you do it in eighty days.”  ~Mr. Stuart. I’m literally traveling around the world in 80 days. That wasn’t my goal and I didn’t plan to do it – it actually just unfolded that way. As I finalized my plane ticket purchases I realized that I’m actually flying the circumference of the […]

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day 1, Fluids

Travel tip: When flying, pack an empty water bottle to get through the security check then simply fill it up when you’re in the airport! Voila. Free water. My travel day started at 4AM. Up, dress, brush teeth, go. It was overcast and while I got dressed it sprinkled. Once I looked at my husband […]