There and back again.


We just got back from Japan this morning!  Thankfully we did not get lost in the busy metropolis that is Tokyo, in fact, we only got on the wrong train once!!!  We realized it as the doors were closing, so we had to get off at the next stop, not too bad for our first solo trip in a foreign country. 🙂

We had a great time and got to see and do so much in the short time that we were there.  Here’s a quick overview of our trip; we’ll have more posts with more details and pictures in the posts to come.  We went to a zoo to see Giant Pandas (a life-long dream of mine), rode the rides at Tokyo DisneySea (multiple times), saw the final day of the Sumo tournament (some of those guys are huge!), went to the busiest crosswalk and Starbucks in the world at Shibuya station (there were so many people), saw Tokyo from above at an observatory (what a great view), walked the streets of Harajuku and Akihabara (electric town), saw snow, and basically had a blast.

Here’s a quick story to hold you over for the next post.

As you know, we’ve been living in Taiwan for almost 6 months now, so we’ve gotten used to saying 謝謝 and 對不起 (thank you and excuse me in Chinese).  When we arrived in Tokyo, Nick kept saying these things to people at the store.  We couldn’t stop laughing each time we realized he did this.  Also, when we got back to Taiwan, I was confused about what language to speak in (by speak, I mean say thank you and excuse me).  Traveling to different countries sure is tiring for the mind.

Another quick thing that interested us.  When we got back to Taiwan, we both thought, “Finally, we are somewhere familiar.”  We are still relatively new to Taiwan, yet we view it as our home and are pretty comfortable here.  I also thought, “Finally I can understand the language again,” which I can’t really, but I can pick out some words here and there.  All these things just made me think how interesting our brains are, and how at home we feel in Taiwan.

Here's a picture to leave you with.

Here’s a picture to leave you with- Tokyo city at night.

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7 thoughts on “There and back again.

  1. Auntie Sherry

    What a great adventure for you both! I’m so glad you had a fun vacation. Now it’s back to work for you both.

  2. Belva Bowers

    Thank you!!! Excuse me, until we talk again! Love you!

  3. Welcome “Home”!

  4. Clay Bowers

    The idea of Taiwan being “home” and feeling so comfortable upon your return is yet another confirmation that you are both right where you need to be at this point in your lives. Again, so happy and proud of you both!

  5. Jennifer

    Glad you had such a great time. I love seeing the different culture through your eyes. Everything looks wonderful and exciting. Can’t wait until your next post.

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