Hello Everyone! Sorry for the radio silence these past few weeks. I thought I'd be on top of things but I clearly lied to myself - whoops... I think traveling is an understandable excuse for my absence around here. :)
Although I might not have been on my 'A' game work-wise in the past six weeks I've come back with loads of inspiring ideas that will hopefully take off soon- this means a lot of early mornings (I don't do late nights, physically impossible for me to function- fact!) and coffee by my side.
Traveling has always been one of those things that gets my creative juices flowing, if only I could travel every day... On a more serious note, I have all these planned secrets hidden in this hair of mine and I can't wait to make it a reality and share with everyone- fingers crossed!
Whilst we're waiting on my dreams/plans to unravel, I figured I would share a few of the things I did on my trip as well as a few snippets that I captured along the way.
Part One. London. In between catching up with friends and family I took morning walks, which could only be described as a peaceful trance within the loud city (I'm very good at tuning things out, I've learnt with time) I embraced the good weather, which is a blessing since England is infamous for its absence of sunshine. I walked for miles each day in different parts of the city, and returned to old stomping grounds - sigh* nostalgic moments. One night I went to The Great Gatsby ballet with my besties, where I happened to stumble upon Magneto, aka X-Men actor, aka Sir Ian Mckellen. My night was pretty much complete after that - he looked fabulous in his white trousers and scarf. Oh, and the ballet was just as fabulous if not more so. Definitely a must see if you have the opportunity. Another night I went to a charity gig; unfortunately, I did not have the chance to enjoy the talented performances, because I had a few more drinks that I wish I didn't, which only lead to the most stupid hangover of all time. I blame my friend. Parents always warn you about those hangovers that automatically occur in your mid-twenties. I thought they were lying. Now I'm a believer. Tangent over. Overall, many lunches, dinners, coffees, teas, wine (a lot of wine), laughs, and just pure exhausting fun happened. I honestly can't say that I missed out on anything. My trip to London was packed with a whole lot of unforgettable memories, those to me are always the best part.
Part Two. Japan. This was my first time traveling to Japan and it was everything I imagined and then some more. If there's one thing that I can say was my favorite part of this amazing country, it would be the people, hands down. I have never encountered such lovely, genuine, respectful human beings in my entire life. If only the entire world could live in harmony the way they do (I sound like Miss USA- haha). I will talk more about the harmony on a different post; that's a whole chapter in itself. I experienced silence in a city of millions; I think I was the loudest person there (that's my Spanish side). I saw many elderly people that seemed to live up to two hundred years of age- they were climbing old narrow stairs without stopping to catch a breath! I experienced the sakura (cherry blossoms) season, which was as spectacular, if not better, than what you see in the movies. I drank what was one of the best coffees I've ever had from a hole in a wall that was decorated with eclectic bits and bops...it took them twenty minutes just to make a big 'soup' bowl of coffee. Can you imagine that happening at Starbucks?! It was marvelous. I went to a design gallery and it was free. Does that ever happen nowadays? Their toilets are the most amazing contraptions I have ever witnessed! They sing to you and other stuff- true story. I encountered rush hour on the trains, and I must say it was the funniest moment I had there. The Japanese know how to cram into a train and still be polite. How is that even possible? And again, I was the loudest one there. Tears of laughter exploded, and well, my fellow Japanese commuters had no choice but to hide their quiet laughs at my ridiculousness. Out of courtesy, they think it's rude to laugh at someone, but heck, I was breaking through their respectful silence, and I'm used to being laughed at!
One woman circus show people... Food. I ate a lot whilst I was there, between fresh sushi, udon noodles and behold, the sweet dorayaki that looks like a pancake but better! I must say, the Japanese know good food, and I was one happy Buddha belly the whole time I was there. All in all, Japan is a beautiful country with amazing people, if only I could have taken a little Japanese baby with me as a souvenir, but I settled for teas, books, and figurines. Can't have it all.
P.S. I want to say thank you to all my friends and family that made this trip extra special -- Thanks for loving and entertaining me :P