December 2018 - January 2019 NYC, Home for the Holidays, Tokyo Stopover
  • Day23

    Ueno, Tokyo Markets

    January 7 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    After dragging myself out of bed at 11am and checking out of the hotel, we explored the nearby markets in Ueno. We saw some really cool stalls, ate some fruit, bought some souvenirs, went to an Udon shop for lunch, and had to start our way back to the airport. We didn’t get to check out the park nearby or see the famous crossing in Shibuya but next time! At the airport we had access to Sakura Lounge where we had one more “real” Japanese. Looking forward to returning to Japan for more Japanese food. The people were all so lovely and polite!Read more

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  • Day22

    Robot Restaurant

    January 6 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    We arrived to Tokyo at 3pm. It was pretty hard to navigate to our hotel as streets didn’t seem to have names, or maybe we just couldn’t tell because we can’t read or speak Japanese. After dropping our stuff off at the hotel, Nogha Hotel Ueno (would def recommend) we got organised and went to our Robot Restaurant reservation. We didn’t book the food, just the show option. It was weird. We made our way back to Ueno and stopped at a 24 hour restaurant for some dinner... YUM!Read more

  • Day20

    It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh.

    January 4 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Our last day in PA was spent at a delicious Koren BBQ place with heaps of sushi. We packed a bit more and did little bits and pieces around the house before heading to the Pens game. We were so lucky to get the seats we did. It was so excited and we won 4-0. Great end to the US portion of our trip!

  • Day19

    Driving, sleeping, and eating.

    January 3 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    We drove back to Pittsburgh from Baltimore after breakfast and had a slice of Beto’s pizza for lunch. Beto’s has a special pizza that you can’t get anywhere else. The way they make their pizza is by cooking the base with the red sauce and then putting it in the oven. After removing it from the oven is when the toppings get placed on top, including the cheese. For dinner we had $5 drinks and $5 delicious ahi at Houlihan’s. ..then the packing began!Read more

  • Day18

    Baltimore

    January 2 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    We got up early for breakfast and headed to the aquarium. It was awesome! We learned so many fascinating things about the octopus, saw tamarins and a sloth, Mike felt a jellyfish, and we watched a dolphin show. For lunch we are in Fell’s Point at a place called Thames Street Oyster House, Rankes #4 in Baltimore. After a nap, we had dinner at LP Steamers, ranked #20. Seven of us split about 30 crabs. We had to learn how to open them and getting the meat turned out to be quite a bit of a challenge and also messy; fun though! We watched some of the Pens game at the hotel and headed in for the night. Needless to say, we had heaps of yummy seafood that we came for.Read more

  • Day17

    NYD

    January 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After 5.5 hours of driving, forgetting Mike’s crutches, and lunch at Bob Evan’s, we arrived in Baltimore. We put our bags in the hotel and had a nap. Dinner was at Roy’s which is ranked the #36 of 1,946 restaurants in Baltimore. It was delicious! We came back to the hotel, had some drinks at the bar, and turned in for the night.Read more

  • Day16

    New Years Eve

    December 31, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    Happy NYE! We had bacon for breakfast and then a family friend took us out to the sportsman’s club. We got to shoot a muzzle loader, so basically a musket they used in the civil war. It was cool and I shot better than all the boys. 😜 I was less than an inch from the bullseye at 25m and less than 3 inches from the bullseye at 50m. Due to the gun powder nature of the gun, it sometimes don’t go off due to the humidity. Our session ended early when we distracted our friend resulting in him forgetting to put the gun powder in the barrel before the bullet. We had some friends over for dinner and watched Hawaii 5-0 on Netflix until midnight. Hugs and kisses and off to bed.Read more

  • Day15

    Here we go.

    December 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Mike got up early to go suit shopping and I slept in until noon. Then we packed for the lake and headed to the Steeler game. Gosh my toes froze. The Steelers pulled ahead with a field goal with two minutes left in the game for a come from behind 16-13 victory. Once the game ended, they put the Browns v Baltimore game on the big screen for the final two minutes. The Browns were down by a lot of points but had brought it up to 24-26 with possession. Steelers needed a Browns win to make the playoffs but despite Heinz Field also cheering for the Browns (for probably the first time ever), they couldn’t quite pull it off, ending the season for the Steelers. It was very very exciting thought and it felt like we were going to clinch a playoff spot. Oh well. Next season. Afterwards we had some Taco Bell as we drove to the lake.Read more

  • Day14

    True Tourists.

    December 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    We had some family friends come visit from out of town and then Mike and I met up with one of the guys from last night for a tour of the Pittsburgh Steelers HQ. We saw the locker room, gym, 6 Lombardi trophies, and met Jordan Berry. For dinner, a high school friend visited, we ate crab legs, and of course watched the Pens game! Yummo!Read more