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May 19, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 10

Last day! Well tomorrow is the real last day, but since it is a travel day I won’t count it. It was a special day – we went to the Kinokuniya Bookstore (as recommended by Tim Ferris), the Tsukiji Fish Market, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Train Station, Tokyo Character Street, and Ginza Street. Amazingly I only […]

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Shanghai and Japan: Day 9

Tokyo left me with a feeling no other city ever has. It is… so much better in almost every way than most cities. Modern, high tech, clean, efficient. If you want a long Dan rant, just ask me and I’ll explain in much more detail than I feel like writing here. Anyways, today we visited […]

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Shanghai and Japan: Day 8

On to Tokyo. We took an early bullet train (called the Shinkansen) from Kyoto to Tokyo. It took about 2 hours and gave us a great view of Mt. Fuji on the way. The train was incredibly smooth, fast, and ran about every 15 minutes. Our tickets were about $137 each, so it is almost […]

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May 15, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 7

Today was the longest day of the trip so far. We walked long and far, visiting 3 to 4 temples and walking down 3 major streets. The main sights were Kurama Mountain – for the nerdier readers out there, Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho was named after this mountain. It is said to have spiritual […]

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May 14, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 6

First of two full days we will be spending in Kyoto. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain on and off all day. We almost bailed on exploring Arashiyama – which included a beautiful temple and bamboo forest. Thankfully we did go because the rain actually provided incredible sounds that complimented the zen ambience of the temple. […]

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May 13, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 5

This was one of the most stressful travel days of all time. Long story short, we got to the airport extra early, 2.5 hours, but they booked 3 international flights in the same area. We cut lines, pulled sneaky moves, and made our flight by 1 minute… literally. We hopped on the bus to the […]

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May 12, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 4

This was the last day in Shanghai, of which Drew had his last final of the semester (3 hours). We got off to a later start. Main attractions were: food court, giant temple, walk through park, then a graduation ride through the Bund with Drew’s classmates. Next stop was this giant temple. There is a […]

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May 10, 2018

Shanghai and Japan: Day 3

We spent today mainly visiting the Yuyuan Garden (forgot the name) – which is essentially a giant tourist trap, but a pretty cool one. I actually remembered this area vividly from coming to Shanghai in 2013 on an EF Education First tour. A lot of peddlers trying to sell fake bags/watches and still the same […]

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Shanghai and Japan: Day 2

Ok, I am coherent now. Yesterday was… something. I can never sleep on a flight and the ones over 12 hours wreck me. Also, for the record, Bing sucks. Since Google is blocked, I have had to Bing everything when near WiFi. Life without Google is… different. We spent the day going to some of […]

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Shanghai and Japan: Day 1

Hello again. It’s been a while since I posted a trip on here and this one is special. My mom, Joy, and I are visiting Drew, my brother, at the end of his studies in Shanghai, China where he has been “mastering” his skills in Mandarin. He’s actually really good! We are spending about 4 […]

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