How many times can you say that you and some friends jumped in the car and took a road trip to the tallest and most famous mountain in Japan?
Now I can say that I’ve done it.
And we did it right. We rented a car, left early, brought plenty of snacks, and stopped at (almost) all of the rest stops on the highway. Between the company, spontaneity, and absurdity of it all, it was the recipe for a perfect Sunday.
I know what you’re thinking. “Hong Kong!? Right now? Are you sure you that’s a good idea…?”
Welllll, yes and no. The U.S. Travel Agency website lists Hong Kong as a “Travel Advisory Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution” (last updated Oct 7, 2019). You know what other countries are listed as a Level 2? Most of Europe and Asia…
Advice from my Dad on this? “Just don’t be dumb and run towards gathering, yelling crowds. Go the other way.” You got it Dad, I did just that.
I decided to be spontaneous and get on a train bound for Tokyo this past weekend. (Or in my case, a series of trains because I had about 4 transfers before I arrived at my final destination). I was off to visit the one place I really wanted to visit, but didn’t get a chance to during vacation a few weeks ago. I was headed for the MORI Building in Odaiba, Tokyo to see the teamLab: Borderless digital art exhibition.
But let’s back it up to a very important conversation that I had the week prior, that helped kick off this adventure.
Finally finally finally I made it to summer break! And by break I mean we had about a week and a half off from work, which is a far cry from the summer vacations I’m used to with American schools… but I still intended to make every minute of it count!
As much fun as four full days off in Toyohashi sounded, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get out and explore someplace new. And that’s what this year is al about right? Exploration and adventure and finding myself, and what better way to keep up that process than by seeing a new country?