My new Ryokan was a lot more spacious than the one in Tokyo. It still wasn’t quite big enough to be considered a “normal” sized room in the U.S, but compared to what I was used to it was pretty big.
I woke up early for my last morning in Tokyo. This moment was bittersweet. Bitter because I would be leaving behind the city I had instantly fallen in love with, and not coming back until next year at the soonest. Sweet because I was mere hours away from visiting the beautiful tea fields of Shizuoka and beginning the next chapter in my journey.
I tried my best to see Tokyo on my own, but just to make sure I saw all I could I met up with a friend who lives in the area. He had made a plan of all the things everyone should see in Tokyo.
I woke up from a jet laggy coma to the sound of a loud siren booming throughout the city streets below. I was so convinced we were under attack, I actually reached for my phone to google if anything bad happened. Turns out, this is just a pretty regular occurrence in Tokyo.
I left the hostel at around 5am. The night before I had told someone to wake me up at 5:00 in case I overslept my alarm. I see a man sprinting upstairs while I’m in the lobby, by the time I put two and two together I’m sure he had already woken up my two roommates and made everyone confused... oops
After a 14-hour flight from D.C, I just started to notice the shimmering city below known as Beijing. I could see a thick blanket of smog rolling over the city.
I know what you are thinking, Waikiki is too touristy. You may be right, but we ended up having an awesome time here! I too was skeptical at first, but my mind was soon changed.
I had been to Hawaii about 6-7 times in my life and I had not once tried surfing. I always thought it was too difficult or frustrating to learn and never bothered to try it. Until today.
We had just returned from the mokes and we still weren’t done playing. It was a sunny day at Lanikai Beach and we wanted to make sure we really got use out of it!
Today would be a little bit different. We wouldn’t really be leaving Lanikai, but it could be considered one of our more adventurous days. First I would be canoeing in the morning and then swimming to the mokes in the afternoon.