All posts tagged: travel

Three Things Thursday

Hello! Hi three things readers, the absence of gratitude is not for the lack of good things happening, I just haven’t mastered the art of coping with some of the trials that have presented themselves this past month.   But today has been a good day so here’s my gratitude list, not just for the week but with highlights from this month.  Kindness. Doesn’t cost a damn thing, so why can’t more people spread it around as much as they do hate? I’ll never know. But I wanted to THANK every single stranger that helped me, during my long journey from Japan to London, via Amsterdam.  It was the best way to welcome me back to Europe. Despite being exhausted, emotional and anxious throughout, each person that offered to help with my luggage and ginormous dog (travel) crate on trains, buses and ferry made the journey so much easier.  I wish I could contact you all and let you know just what it meant to me. And hope that the universe rewards you with nothing …

Three Things Thursday

Hello! How’s your week going? Things have been quiet and a bit off this week for me, but these three things have kept my spirits up: Everything in life is Figureoutable. No idea why I’ve never heard of Marie Forleo before (where have I been?) BUT I am glad I have now. I came across this wonderful, inspirational and funny video from her on Super Soul TV. Everything is figureoutable is a motto her mother taught her as a teen, and how she’s lived her life since.  Super inspiring, definitely give it a watch! Travel Planning. Whenever I am in one of my life sucks moods, travel planning always cheers me up! It helps me to focus and appreciate the opportunities I have around me, being able to travel is a luxury we rarely stop to fully appreciate. Recently I started looking into what’s next for me after Japan and it’s got me SUPER excited. Can’t wait to share final travel plans with you and hopefully get some cool tips on what to do. Brave Boy. …

Weekly Photo Challenge #15 + #16 : Feast On The Future

In response to this week’s theme Dinnertime. Some delicious Thai red curry I had for dinner and can’t stop thinking about. AND I missed last week’s post, reasons: couldn’t find the photo I wanted + was hungover after Mr Cheerfuls birthday shenanigans (hey we’re all about honesty over here). Moving on, my interpretation of Future. I’m leaving Japan soon, so the immediate future looks set to involve flying. Have a lovely day ahead.

Contemplation, Week 6

Hello! And welcome to Week 6 of Contemplation. Thanks again to Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, for starting the Contemplation series. Each week Desley chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. * My post from last week, here. * This week’s lovely prompt:  What are you saving for? Currently there is so much going on and ALL of it seems to require money. So I’m I saving for one thing? Nope, I’m trying to save for quite a few things but they are all important and I know once paid for, I’ll feel a huge sense of relief and excitement. As our time in Japan is coming up, at the moment trying to save for flights back home / my dog’s travel expenses / a few day trips and weekends away. This is all for a good cause so of course I’m not mad about it, just a little overwhelmed by how costly it’s becoming BUT I keep reminding myself that whether you’re moving abroad OR just …

Nagano Diaries, Part #3

Hello! Today I wanted to share Part 3 of our trip (parts one + two). After our day tour, we decided to walk around and see what else the city had to offer, outside of mountains and ski resorts. Luckily our guide had given us a few recommendations one of which being to attend the Nagano Tomyo Festival (site in Japanese) Tomyo is the aura lights offering to the Gods. The aim of the festival is to spread messages of peace in line with the spirit of the 1998 Winter Olympics. During this event traditional structures, including the temple’s main building are lit up with the five Olympic ring colours: Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red. We arrived ready to be wowed but to be honest, left feeling slightly underwhelmed. I do think it has to do with it being so crowded and the light changing part of it all taking a century towards the end. Our favourite part was what was happening outside. Each year around 140 participants of a Kirie (paper lantern) contest …