The past two Mondays I made my way to Kyoto to see the beautiful fall sights, and visit family!
On the first Monday, I went to meet up with my Aunt and Uncle. They were traveling through Japan to celebrate my Aunt’s 60th birthday, and 35 years of marriage. I hadn’t seen them in such a long time, so it was truly a treat to see them. We of course went to Kiyomizu, Gion and Fushimi Inari. We even got see a small Maiko performance!
On the second Monday, Jeramine, Kohei and I took a quick trip to do even more sightseeing. On this trip we saw Higashi Honganji Temple, Kōdaiji Temple, Heian Shrine and Ryozen Kannon WWII Memorial.
Both trips were such a treat! Not only was it awesome to meet up with my family, but it was also great to spend time with my friends. Also, the colors of Kyoto were absolutely incredible! If you have some time, I highly recommend y’all making it out west to see the Kyoto trees.
See y’all in class!
Paint-balling is something I never would have thought of experiencing in Japan. I’ve always been on the fence about going paint-balling and for good reason. When I use to think about it, all that would come to mind is getting hit with a little plastic ball and being covered in paint. I don’t like the idea of messing up my clothes, so this has always been a deterrent for me. Back home in Texas, my friends would always invite me to go with them, but I was always too busy with school or work to join them. Paint-balling is a pretty big hobby in Texas, and people spend a lot of money modifying their paint-ball guns, so they can have an advantage in the sport. I’ve was always a little curious about the game, but there just never seemed like the right opportunity for me to play it. Fortunately for me, my co-workers invited me to go paint balling with them. I will admit I was a little afraid of being shot at, and even decided to wear 3 layers of clothes just to be safe! After our first match all that fear went away, and we had a lot of fun!. I think paint balling is amazing, and a good way to relieve some stress. It’s was a chance for me to forget about my worries and just have fun. Although, don’t over exert yourself, because you will feel it the next day! I was sore for a week afterwards! All in all it was a great time and good team building. Hopefully I will have an opportunity to do it again in the future!
Til next time….
I really love big Korean meals with lots of side dishes. Usually Korean food is really spicy and sort of intense but this summer I went to a healthier restaurant in Insa-dong, a traditional area of Seoul. The restaurant is really old and you can’t choose what you order so you have to take whatever is available that day! The day I went the main dishes were bossam (boiled pork) and pajeon (green onion pancake). There were a surprising amount of young girls in the restaurant — even though it was expensive and a little old-fashioned — because J-Hope from BTS had recommended it in the past!!
P.s. My favorite side-dish is acorn jelly. Humans can’t eat acorns off the ground, but if they’re purified well enough it’s okay!