I cannot complain about how the first half of the year has unfolded for me. I definitely was not expecting to be travelling this much at the start of the year but I am thankful for many different trips to spend time with friends and family. Yes I traded 1 LDR for many LDRs but I am happy to be able to create memories with my loved ones in different parts of the world.
Last week saw me flying from Stockholm to Hokkaido to meet my parents for a week. It might not have been that many days but it was enough for me to fall in love with Japan (even more than I already do). Before the trip even ended, my parents and I were already briefly discussing about meeting up in a different part of Japan next year.
I did not take a day by day log of what we did but perhaps this jumbled lot of photographs would summarise our trip succinctly.
Left: My first meal at the airport with my parents who so patiently waited for me. And even though my luggage was missing, seeing my parents again and having fresh sashimi and perfectly marinated beef made it all okay.
Right: Sightseeing stopovers while on the road and this was the Oshinkoshin Falls. We were shivering, can you tell?
And then we eat more again. What else. This was a mixed dinner from a food court.
Left: Stopover to do a quick footbath onsen in acidic water in Kawayu.
Right: Take more touristy pictures and eat loads of Hokkaido soft serves.
We randomly stopped the car whenever we spotted animals. This trip we saw many horses, a baby fox and deers while on the road.
Eat again, of course.
This was us feasting on King Crabs which was caught in the morning. It was so fresh and sweet and good. I need to eat this meal again.
It was nice that other than having fixed destinations, we kept our itinerary relatively free and easy so we could just go with the flow as we travelled around the island and stopped whenever we saw something interesting. While we may not have covered not have covered ALL the tourist attractions (which is impossible in one week), we definitely had a good time just exploring a new place together.
My Hokkaido attractions recommendation would be: 1) Visiting Furano Flower Farm when in season 2) Take a boat to the tip of Shiretoko (UNESCO Heritage site) 3) Try an onsen 4) Go hiking in Shiretoko (would go back to do that to be honest).
If I could fly one airline for the rest of my life, I would say that it would be JAL handsdown. It might be a close call between JAL and Qatar but really, this AirMos burger just took the cake for me.
Maybe I have not flown enough but a burger in the air? I love how I had to assemble my meal myself!
And oh yes, one can never leave Japan without a stash of snacks. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to snacks (for me).
Ending this post off with a cute picture of my cute parents and if you click on it, you would head over to our video filmed in a Japanese convenience store!
See you in a month!