Hi all! Anyone who’s been reading this blog knows that I’ve been talking about an up-coming holiday for a while now. Well, this is my last post before I leave! I had hoped to get a couple more reviews out, but you can look forward to those when I get back- sometime in mid-to-late-February! It’s a long time (the longest I’ve spent away from home!), but I am super excited, and I’ll be back to post about all of my awesome adventures! See you then, lovelies! Have safe holidays and take care of yourselves while I’m away!
PS. The rest of this post is purely me bragging about where I’m going and what I’m doing. Feel free to skip in a jealous fit of rage 😛
Firstly, we (we being myself and two of my closest friends) fly to Hong Kong to eat yummy street food, check out the shopping, and soak in the atmosphere. We’re planning to sneak in a day trip over to Macau, and admire the Portuguese and Chinese architecture.
From Hong Kong, we fly directly to Xi’An, a city in China most well known for its close location to the Terracotta Army. Unfortunately, we’re not here for very long; we fly in, spend the night, and catch the overnight train out the next night. The overnight train (an interesting experience, I hope) will take us to Pingyao Ancient City, a well-preserved old city with intact city walls, city tower, and other cool buildings. We arrive early in the morning and leave mid-afternoon to the next exciting place… Beijing! Forbidden City, more food, Temple of Heaven- I’m so excited!
Just before Christmas we fly to Seoul, South Korea. Now we’re talking Korean stars, Korean food, and Korean sites! We spend Christmas in Seoul, and fingers crossed we get snow! Us Aussies (and one Indonesian) aren’t used to snow; especially at the end of the year when it’s normally stinking hot! Hopefully we can visit one of South Korea’s ski resorts and make complete fools of ourselves. We travel down to South Korea’s southern city Busan for New Year’s! Usually a summer city because of its great beaches, we’re really visiting in the off season, there’s still a lot I want to do both in the city, and just out of it!
For the last, and longest, leg of the journey we fly straight to Osaka, Japan! This is where things start to get hectic; our first section is made up of Osaka, Kyoto, and day trips to Himeji Castle and Nara. I’m also going to see Big Bang in their MADE tour at Osaka Dome! OH THE HYPE! I’m looking forward to all of the delicious Japanese food that I’m going to eat. Hello takoyaki! Hello udon!
The next part of our journey involves training through Nagoya for the Kuwana Light Festival, pass Matsumoto Castle, and finally up to Nagano to visit the Japanese snow monkeys. It’s a lot of travelling in the space of a few days, but time is of the essence!
Finally, the more touristy hot spots; Fujikawaguchiko (to visit Mt. Fuji), Tokyo, and a day trip to Nikko. I’m curious to see just how hectic Tokyo is, and how it compares to Beijing and Seoul, and to visit lots of geeky places! The final stop is Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island, for snow, ice, and a very high risk of frost bite! After this journey of epic proportions, we leave back for very sunny and very warm Australia (hopefully we haven’t killed each other by then), worn out, a few kilos heavier, broke, but incredibly inspired by the world’s beautiful places! Wish us luck!