Our last, but definitely not least, stop on this wild summer adventure was Tokyo! And our 6 days there were just as weird, wild and wonderful as the city itself! With Japan being one of the countries I have been dying to visit for a LONG time, I was beside myself with the idea that I got to end this trip of a lifetime finally visiting and it did not disappoint!
Our time there saw us exploring the city from top to bottom, eating lots sushi (the conveyor belt kind and the fresh traditional kind), wandering the crazy and unique streets of Akihabara, trying our hand at Pachinko (and doing surprisingly well from the reactions around us…), exploring Shinto temples and shrines in the rain, taking a day out to see the beautiful MT. Fuji and having the whole mountain shrouded in cloud…all day long…(it was still a great day out!), relaxing in a car cafe and last but definitely not least taking a trip to Tokyo Disney!
Despite having travelled nearly 2 months non-stop and despite the heat being 34 degrees celsius, we walked around the city seeing everything we could and taking in the incredible atmosphere this bustling city has to offer. Everywhere you turn you see something new or weird or exciting. The Japanese culture is so fascinating and so unique – the eclectic mix of old and modern fused together so well in this city that it means it’s never a dull moment!
We squished down shopping streets and ate rainbow candy-floss 3 times the size of my head before exploring a beautiful woodland with a shrine at its centre – and then getting drenched in a downpour of rain that brought with it some pretty crazy thunder and lightning! The stark contrasts to what we would see within one day, let alone day to day kept us on our toes and make me adore this city even more!
Of course you can’t forget Disney! Tokyo Disney was all I ever dreamed it would be and more! Despite not getting to visit the unique Disney Sea resort a day in their Disneyland park was just the perfect dose of magic. It was an extremely hot day and even though Ali may not have enjoyed standing around in the sun for a Winnie the Pooh ride, I couldn’t be happier!
My taste of Tokyo has just left me wanting to come back for more and for more of the rest of the country too. The final 6 days of our trip were the perfect end to what can only be described as an incredibly crazy once in a lifetime experience!
I’ve been home nearly a week now and it’s so easy to slip back into the normalcy of reality, so much so that it feels like it was all a dream! I’m finally adjusted back to the U.K. time-zone and have nearly unpacked everything.
While it is so hard to describe everything we did and saw, I also cannot stop talking about it. This trip was something I never thought I’d be able to do. Or would ever get the opportunity to take part in. But here we are! I have spent a month volunteering in Fiji of all places. And had the chance to explore 6 other countries too! That’s not something you can say often…
Now it’s come to an end I wish I was back skipping around new cities but it’s given me all the more motivation to work hard so not only can I go back but also explore the many new places still out there to be seen!
Regardless of whether they see this I want to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who made this possible. There are so so many people who have made this summer what it is and it’s thanks to you that I have these memories that’ll last me a lifetime! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Even though it’s all over (for now) it doesn’t mean there will be nothing more to read. I hope everyone who has been following along has enjoyed my brief updates and stories from around the world these past few months and I hope you will stick around for more stories still to come! I have lots more to tell about this trip as well as other exciting things coming up that I’d like to share so… stay tuned!
As they say in Fiji, Vinaka Vaka Levu, Thank you Very Much,,