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If you ever find yourself especially sleepy in Korea, a...







If you ever find yourself especially sleepy in Korea, a jjimjilbang (찜질방) is a good place to go for a few hours. We went to Dragon Hill Spa (드래곤힐스파) the last time we were in Seoul to soak in hot water and slumber on the floor.

On weekends, it’s 14,000₩ for day (5:00 am - 8:00 pm) or night (8:00 pm - 5:00 am). Lots of variety in rooms (e.g. all temperatures, including an ice room and a salt room) and baths (e.g. ginseng and medicinal water). 


The Cafe la siesta 8bit bar is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar in...









The Cafe la siesta 8bit bar is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar in Kyoto that has a bunch of old-school games you can play. It’s really small, but the decor is fun and we had so much fun just nerding out by ourselves in the bar.


Depending on what you want to do, it might be a good idea to get...

















Depending on what you want to do, it might be a good


Using our phones to navigate us around random suburban hills and...















Using our phones to navigate us around random suburban hills and dark alleys, my boyfriend read me restaurant reviews about how great 


It took about an hour to travel from Osaka to Kyoto but there...













It took about an hour to travel from Osaka to Kyoto but there was so much to see, we decided to spend the night in Kyoto. 


SIM cards and wifi rentals in Japan

If you’re used to buying SIM cards in Asia in other countries, you’re going to be surprised at the prices in Japan. Like majority of things in Japan, they’re more expensive, but the quality is admittedly great. If you want to rent a SIM card or a mobile wi-fi router in Japan, I’ve had a good experience with SoftBank. It’s recommended to reserve on their website at least a few days before your trip, but I’ve had mild success just randomly visiting their kiosk at the airport.

You can pick-up and drop-off rentals in different cities, and they have kiosks in several locations.


Jindo: Puppies, Pink Cherry Blossoms, and the Parting of the Sea

cropped-20160409_063036.jpgWe had seen the sea parting once, not knowing it would part two more times again by sundown.  Some of us (self included) were a little worried about getting seasick on the boat out to Modo Island, so instead of braving the sea we actually ended up having a leisurely morning getting ready (after a well-deserved, post-parting nap!) before heading down the cherry-blossom lined paths and street over to the festival.


If you’re in Osaka, I encourage you to go to Nara for a...













If you’re in Osaka, I encourage you to go to Nara for a day-trip. After exiting Nara Station, you’ll find plenty of deer roaming the streets.


Osaka Castle is beautiful and in the middle of a giant park, so...











Osaka Castle is beautiful and in the middle of a giant park, so naturally, we did some geocaching. There were a ton of mosquitoes during the hottest days of July, but well-worth the gallivanting. 


Dotonbori (or Dotombori) is my favorite neighborhood in Osaka,...


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