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Can I Please Have a Napkin?

Sometime it’s the little things that get to you. On our travels, we’ve discovered that napkin availability seems to be very different from back home. This week I’ve had a runny nose and the differences have made me long for the American napkin experience. It began in Japan where they have a different approach to napkin availability. They don’t have them. Obviously, we’re extrapolating from a very limited experience,... Read More

Outside and Starkers for the First Time

We missed our Bangkok connection in Tokyo because of a 7 hour delay in San Francisco, which left us with a 18 hour layover to find some trouble to get into. We found a little Ryokan to stay for the night, experienced the earth shake for a minute with a 7.4 quake and went to sleep. The next day we ate a delicious meal at a bakery (I think all food in Japan is amazing) and visited an onsen, a public bath that includes a natural hot spring. I wasn’t... Read More

18 Hour Layover

Due to a mechanical problem, our 10 hour plane-ride from San Francisco to Tokyo left 7 hours later than scheduled. We were supposed to catch a plane to Bangkok this evening, but missed it by that much. So facing what will be an 18 hour layover, we left the airport to avoid that living-in-an-airport feeling. We plan to see just a little bit more of Japan tomorrow. Update: We just felt the 7.4 quake. It lasted about a minute.  Read More

Kyoto in Photos

While Josh and I are exploring Singapore we also caught up on pictures of Japan to share. Though we were there at a time of turmoil during the earthquake, city life was relatively unaffected in the corner of Japan that we were in: Kyoto. We had planned to see more of the country but after the quake, stayed put. It was far from a hardship post. Kyoto is considered the cultural and historical capital of Japan (and was once the actual capital). We heard... Read More

Secure in Singapore

We made it out of Tokyo and have arrived safely in Singapore. I took a picture of the most interesting building within a block of us just to prove we’re here. As we were boarding the plane concern about the second reactor was growing. This morning, we heard about the explosion and now growing concern about a third reactor. We are grateful to be out, but will continue to have the people of Japan in our thoughts. Those who want to help can go... Read More

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