Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

We haven't acquired much in our travels, but one thing we've loved picking up in each country we visit is a new book (or two) for Blythe.  A few of our new favorites are from a particular country, a few are about countries we've visited, and some are from the US or the UK but are new to us in our travels.  

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Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

We spent five days in Kanazawa and it was my favorite city that we visited during our seven weeks in the country.  Kanazawa sits on the western coast of Honshu and has only been accessible by bullet train since 2015 (it takes just 2½ hours from Tokyo).  It's a bustling, busy city for sure, but much quieter, more compact, and easy to explore than Tokyo or Kyoto.  The Japan Alps lie to the east of the city and the coast to the west, plus the heart of the city is bordered by two parallel rivers, the Sai and the Asano. 

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Slowing Down

Slowing Down

Today is our last day in Kyoto.  We've been here for two weeks and I can count on one hand the number of tourist sites we've visited.  On the other hand, I've been to the nearby Umejenko Park almost every day, we've ridden bikes all over the city, we've cooked several dinners and breakfast each morning, and Rob and I have both been working out regularly.  It feels about as normal as life can on the road and it is just what we need right now.

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"Hygge" on the Road

"Hygge" on the Road

Almost four months into our adventure, we have called 22 places “home”.  Some were certainly more cozy and comfortable (and clean) than others, but each one has been our home for at least a night.  I am learning that “home” can have many meanings.  Of course our real home is in Denver - both our actual house and our family and friends who live there.  But we do call each of the places we stay our “home” and we’ve realized that certain things make it feel more like ours for a short period of time, which helps with not feeling homesick and feeling settled when we are anything but.

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Tonsorial Teeterings in Tokyo

Tonsorial Teeterings in Tokyo

I view haircuts as a utility – I require them periodically, but if I get fewer and from cheaper vendors, I’ll save money over time.  But, there’s a point where I either have to deploy styling crème (gasp!) or a part that I just have to get a haircut.  We reached that point in Tokyo today.

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