Many of you know that Hannah, Emma, Ben and I started Karate with Douvris just over two years ago. It was touch and go whether or not we would leave on the trip as the great team (Sensei Martina and Sebastien) offered many compelling reasons to stay. In the end, the world trip won and we are on our way.
We’re so far behind any chance of catching up on what we’ve been doing that I think it may be okay to just skip ahead to where we are right now.
What Was I Thinking?
Posting live from Hanoi Vietnam. I’m writing this poolside. The water is wonderful. Though I can literally swim into sun heated pockets of water. Continue reading “Live from Hanoi”
Godzilla – Pint Size
After looking at the Imperial Gardens in the sweltering humidity we started looking for some lunch. Colleen noticed that a Godzilla statue was near by. We slowly made our way towards this mammoth beast only to find out he is about 2 feet tall. Continue reading “A Lighter Side of Tokyo”
This is my view as I’m writing this. The photo does not do it justice. And we can only capture one section of it (photo tips welcome). There is a zoo directly below and five elephants rambling by not 700 metres away. Dozens of temples. And too many gorgeous green hills in the near distance to count.
Aside from the Japanese writing everywhere, Tokyo could have (almost) been any other large city with a temple thrown in every few blocks. In Kyoto… I feel like I am in a different country. Completely. This is what I’ve been waiting for… distant lands. Continue reading “First Impressions of Kyoto”
Tokyo – A Taste of History
Every hundred steps leads to a temple or shrine. The first morning we walked by many without knowing what exactly we were looking at. Fortunately, A little bit of help from the internet, and we gained some factual knowledge. For example, the red hats on the statues are generally gifts to bring luck or to ease suffering at the loss of a child.
Isn’t that clever? I bet I’m the first one to use that post title.
With a population over nine million and a transportation system to go with it, I was completely intimated by visiting Tokyo. Most especially by the subway system that we certainly had to use if we wanted to see anything beyond our immediate hotel area.
Turns out it wasn’t so bad. Once we jumped in and made our first outing on Tokyo’s extensive underground, the second and subsequent rides were painless. And we felt old hat. Transportation in Japan is expensive. A cab from Narita airport (which is in a completely different city by the way) to the downtown area of Tokyo starts at 22,000 yen. That’s $255!?!
So subway travel in Tokyo was inevitable. Continue reading “Konnichiwa from Tokyo”
One of the most common questions I get about our world travel plans is how much all the hotels and airfare for a family of five are going to cost. Well, so far we’ve spent $511.16 for all the flights we’ve booked to date. Between the five of us that’s 20 one way flights, seven of which are in business class. Continue reading “Sweet Spots and Travel Hacking – Airfare”
Our journey to the far side of earth started in style in the British Airways Lounge. Our pre departure time whizzed by too quickly before we boarded the Japan Airlines (JAL) flight from Boston to Tokyo and settled into our business class. All thanks to the Queen of Points, Colleen.
Total Cost for the Five of Us: $331.24 CDN. Continue reading “Japan Airlines (JAL) Business Class Sky Suites”
We arrived in Boston and stayed downtown at the Intercontinental Hotel. It’s a fairly upscale hotel that gets good reviews which are well deserved.
Since this was our first destination we chose to take it a bit slow and test out morning routines and also look to do some walking. Colleen even came running with me – I think the last time was when we lived in Manor Park in 1995 and it didn’t go so well. This time it was great! We ran two mornings – the third we were in transit. Continue reading “Boston, A Walk About Town”
Well, Boston was our first budget buster location. Though we knew that going in. It came in at a whopping $426 Canadian per day. And that is hacked.
Admittedly it was for a family of five. But if we continue our around the world travel at this pace we’d tap in at a total trip budget of just under $156,000! Let’s add some more exclamation marks there!!! That’s just not an option. Continue reading “So, How Much is this Round the World Trip Going to Cost?”