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Travel Diaries – Anime Austin + Kemah Boardwalk

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Sarah came down to visit last week and seeing as I haven't been to any conventions in over a year (The last one was Tekko in Pittsburgh) we decided to locate and attend a local anime convention! Enter: Anime Austin! A debut year convention, aka this was the first year of the convention, which is something I've never experienced before. Normally I've attended established conventions, aside the small one in…

Travel Diaries: Culinary Journey

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I shared a lot of the location pictures of my trip this past January in South Korea and Japan, but I didn't really post all my food pictures. So here it is, all the yummy food I got the chance to eat while I was traveling! Be warned: Don't look if you're already hungry!! I ate SO MUCH food! Lots of curry in Japan (my favorite) but also a lot…

Travel Diaries: Fushimi Inari-taisha

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Going back through all these photos makes me want to go back to Japan right this instant! This shrine in Kyoto was SO beyond amazing. Walking through it, even though it is very busy, totally takes your breath away...and I'm not just talking about walking up the huge mountain, but the beauty of the shrine itself. Even being there in January, it was still green and gorgeous! There was even…

Travel Diaries – Niagara Falls

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I'm trying to take advantage of everything I can around us on the east coast before we head out to Texas! So a few weekends ago we headed up to visit Niagara Falls, since Alex had never been there before. After accidentally almost crossing the border into Canada (none of us had our passports on us) we finally parked on the right side! After a quick lunch at Hardrock Cafe,…

Travel Dairies – Austin

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I've been to Texas before, but only in passing. I've never been to Houston or Austin before I went just a short week ago to look at the city and look at places to live. It was like a whirlwind visit of jamming everything in. At least we got a short day trip to Austin in, which I was really excited about! Austin reminded me more of Pittsburgh! This outdoor…

Travel Diaries – Public Baths

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My apologies for the slight break in posts, but things are hectic as I'm currently in Houston trying to set up some things so the move will go smoothly once June hits! Anyways, for this travel diaries I want to talk about what it's like to use a public bath, which is something that no one has really heard of/considered doing here in America. It was a weird topic for…

Travel Diaries – Staying at a Ryokan

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One of the things that we really wanted to do in Japan was stay at a traditional ryokan with an onsen (hot spring).  The one we stayed at was in Kyoto and it was AMAZING! I can't even begin to describe how perfect it was! We had a really spacious room and they set out the futons for you while you explored during the day. Although, we spent most of…

Travel Diaries – The Elizabethan Gardens

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I thought I'd take a break from my Korea/Japan Travel Diaries, and do one that I totally forgot about! This was way back in 2012, but it was a really nice trip none the less. The Elizabethan Gardens are in the Outer Banks and they are beautiful!! Having a wedding here would be AMAZING!!! I can't even begin to imagine how magical it would be! I also really love taking…

Travel Diaries – Osaka Castle

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Whoa boy, this was a fun little day trip even though the weather was a little poopy at the end! (It rained at the end of the stop, which was depressing) but it was still awesome to get to see Osaka Castle! This is what we did on our last day in Osaka! Fun story time! While at the castle we met a nice old man who told us he…

Travel Diaries – Anime in Japan

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I didn't go to Tokyo, so I missed out on the heart of the anime culture, but Nihombashi, Osaka had a street that was basically dedicated to it. Getting into anime back in middle school is what first made me want to visit Japan, since then, as I've matured, I've wanted to travel there for tons of other reasons. Although, I had to revert back to my middle school roots…