The Great American Road Adventure: Kansas

The drive from Denver to Topeka, Kansas was supposed to take us 7-8 hours on the I-70 East. Still suffering from the dreadful after-effects of the edibles in Denver, the 5 hour nap refreshed me completely. After I woke up, it was about 2pm, and Michael and I decided that we’d stop somewhere for lunch in the next hour. After looking up some places on Yelp, we decided to stop for a late lunch at a place called Al’s Chickenette, in Hays, Kansas. We didn’t have much choice in stopping for lunch at Al’s. It was the best reviewed place…

The Great American Road Adventure: Colorado

After about 5 hours on the road, we reached Denver around 6 or 7pm on a Monday evening. As we didn’t have a clear plan laid out, we’d been using the app HotelTonight for bookings, and used this for the entirety of the trip. We checked into Courtyard by Marriott upon arriving in Denver, which was at that point, the most comfortable stay of the trip. The hotel was located right in the heart of the city, so we had no issues with finding restaurants to eat at, or things to do. As we checked into the hotel that evening,…

The Big Move (or I moved to New York, and all my friends were more excited than me)

In my 20s, after graduating university, I decided to do the most cliche thing any single girl in her 20s could possibly do: I decided to move to New York. The justification behind the move came from my trip to Japan in 2014. As much as Sydney had always been home, ever since that idyllic trip, I had the unshakeable feeling that I wasn’t meant to live out my days there. A few friends of mine who had previously lived in NYC sold me on living there, and told me how easy it was to move there on a working…

Lake Louise, Banff

Rather spontaneously, I booked a trip to North America just three months before my departure date. For once, the spontaneous travel decision had less to do with me and more to do with travel plans of a good friend of mine, J, who had decided to return to New York in October for a short holiday. J had previously lived in New York for a year, and I thought it would be good to visit New York with a friend who had lived there, rather than on my own. I designated the longest time to spend in New York, and…

standing sushi bar tokyo shibuya

Summer in Japan 2015: Day 1- Back again, chilling in Shibuya

I think it was Oscar Wilde who once said something like ‘we can have in life, one pleasurable moment at best, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to recreate that moment’. Or something along those lines. This has never been more true considering my travel experience with Japan. I spent two weeks in Japan in 2014, and without hesitation, I can say that those two weeks were the most perfect two weeks of my life. When you have perfect moments, you can never forget about them, and you spend the rest of your time trying to recreate…

How travel messed me up

I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately, and can’t seem to pin down exactly why. It might be because I don’t know where I’m going to live next year (Sydney or Tokyo). It might be because this is the first time in a long time that I haven’t got another trip booked and don’t know when I can go away again. It might be because I’m graduating soon and increasingly feel dissatisfied with the structure and routine of a job and just want to focus on doing the things I love. I’ve never been the kind of person that’s able…

Three nights in Nagano

Monday 16/02/2015- I woke up early and checked out of Juyoh Hotel. As I had previously missed my Willer Express bus to Osaka earlier in the month, I wasn’t going to miss my bus this time. I got to the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building an hour early, and chilled at Starbucks with a Sakura latte before boarding the bus. I came an hour early for my bus this time, so I got some sushi from Family Mart for breakfast for less than 500 yen. We boarded the bus 15 minutes before departure time and set off exactly on time (around midday…