Day 345

Rounding out a packed weekend, a group of us took the train to Osaka and walked all over the land, taking in all of the insanely busy streets + huge billboards, but also a much-needed lovely vegan meal, before going back to a quiet and calm Kyoto. Advertisements

Day 344

We all went to Nara and hung out with the free-roaming deer, and we visited the largest wooden structure in the world which houses an incredible, enormous buddha, and then we had another big Family Dinner (with unlimited alcohol, I don’t know what RY is thinking) and naturally followed that with karaoke (pro tip: hog…

Day 343

Spent my afternoon at a family-run Buddhist temple learning from the 23rd generation┬áhead priest and his daughter, a priestess, talking about Kyoto and Japan and Buddhism and reflecting on the year, and then did an hour-long Taikio class where an ex-ballerina showed us how she can literally move her organs around in her body. I…

Day 342

A small group of us went on an outing to a quiet neighborhood north of where we’re all staying to see the “Real Kyoto” – there was a gorgeous and serene temple complex, we visited a tatami mat workshop, did a short hike for a beautiful view and finished at a very very low-key (read:…

Day 341

This month I’m working the latest I ever have and it’s really hard to break the mindset of a “normal” work schedule, so when I sleep until 10 I feel like a certified sloth and when I stay in bed until noon I feel like a mashed potato, and going out to pick up a…

Day 340

Walking when the air is crisp is 1000x times better than walking when it’s hot and muggy and there are bugs everywhere, especially when destinations include delicious coffee, a beautiful garden + super old temple, amazing ramen, and the train station to buy your bullet train ticket for the end of the month (probably unnecessary…

Day 339

The great parts about Kyoto include: having a city team who will sit with you for an hour and figure out how to get from Mt. Fuji to Osaka so you can go to Mexico, moderately cheap + fresh udon noodles, fresh sushi, roads that you can walk around for hours because the air is…

Day 338

Our first full day in Kyoto was full in every way: we had our normal orientation where we learned about the city and aaalll of the ways that we can unintentionally insult Japanese people (how does one issue a blanket apology to an entire country for all of the minor infractions one may commit over…

Day 337

This was our final transition day together and people kept trying to make it sentimental but I was just like, “Can we just get our bags” or “Can you just put your carry-on into the overhead compartment” or “Can we just eat this free lounge food”, and simply could not make time for emotions.

Day 336

Since it was the last day in Chiang Mai I had toonnnns on my to-do list, which was really just a to-eat list but I crushed it and rounded out the month with a banana roti, at which point I texted Chris “that’s it, that’s all I needed, RY can end now” which is a…

Day 335

What better way to say goodbye to Chiang Mai and to summer than sending 30 grown adults to “The Grand Canyon”, a quarry lake-thing with a network of inflatable things and a giant blob (I got launched and it was the pinnacle of my 26.5 years of life)?

Day 334

Taking a break from “what erin’s eating” (my sincerest apologies) I want to share a bit of real talk: I am starting to pa-haaaniiiic about returning to post-RY life. All year long I’ve been very “everything will be fine!”, very “la dee da”, if you will. And I am a human being capable of logical…