Home Again: A catch-up

Home Again: A catch-up

So today marks one week since I got home from Jordan. Where has the week gone? And when did it get so cold? To be honest it’s a relief – I can finally sleep comfortably at night again. And layers are my friend.

After an über lie in today, I’ve been pretty productive after jumping straight back into work this week. Stuff has been cleaned, clothes have been organised and plans have been made. So here’s what’s happening.

 

A shopping trip was needed

I realised that I had no office appropriate winter gear so headed to Primark yesterday with a budget. I was doing so well until I wasn’t. Damn you homeware section. It all started with a halloween pumpkin LED light and escalated quickly from there. Topher was pretty annoyed until he saw the Winnie The Pooh Honey Pot (mug) I brought home for him. Bit sneaky of me but #noregrets. To be honest I think I did pretty well over all and came out with pretty much everything I need including some new ankle boots and some tops to go with my black cord pinafore.

I’m also pleased I managed to hold it in when I popped into the Disney Store that same day. Hot damn I know where my pennies are going this winter! Fellow Disney fans will know the usual pain of heading into a Disney Store and it all being stuff for little kids. Well, not any more. There is a ridiculous amount of merchandise for adults now. The buying team at Disney are killing it. If I hadn’t have been struggling under the weight of my giant Primark bag I might have caved and bought everything.

Oh and in other news I got my hair chopped off again. My head feels so much lighter and it’s awesome.

Routines are coming back

Earlier this week Topher and I signed back up for the gym and he’s been twice. I haven’t been yet but have full plans to head back tomorrow. Wish me luck! As for our weight loss, I was super pleased to find out that I’d lost half a pound at Slimming World since before the holiday. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever lost weight on holiday! It’s definitely all down to having a dress that I needed to still fit into for my cousin’s wedding. Otherwise I would have been left with a black tie event to go to and nothing to wear. So now I have the motivation to keep going as we’re home again and I can eat when and what I want. Target here I come.

Topher and I also want to get back into the routine of going to the cinema as we barely used our Cineworld passes over the summer. Money down the drain so that needs to change. Any suggestions of what to see? I like the look of Searching.

 

Holiday dreams are becoming reality

So officially our next holiday is Japan in Easter. I’m so excited I can’t even. While in Jordan I was doing so much “Japlanning” (thank Topher for that one!) and I’m pretty sure everyone in my family has gotten an earful of our plans.

This week we were discussing holiday allowance for 2019 at work and for the first time in a while I realised we could also go somewhere else. So I mentioned to Topher that if we were able to save enough and I could get the reward flight I’ve been saving miles for, maybe we could even do Hong Kong next October. It’s safe so say that he’s totally up for that as we want to complete all 6 Disney resorts in the world so watch this space!

 

What I’ve been reading and watching

I read three books in Jordan as well as another since I got back. My favourite was Happiness for Humans by P.Z.Reizin* so definitely recommend that one! It’s about an AI called Aiden that is chatting to a human called Jen and decides to help her find a boyfriend unbeknown to her.

I went to the cinema once in Jordan too and saw The Meg. I can best describe it as something along the lines of Deep Blue Sea (remember that film?). It’s a B movie but takes itself a little too seriously. I think it would have gone down a little better if it was a little sillier because that’s what I was expecting from it.

I watched the last episode of Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and totally screamed at June at the end. Pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did too.

I’ve gotten Topher into watching Brooklyn 99 too so we’ve been watching that together. I started from the beginning for him so can’t wait to catch up to where I got to.

Also on Netflix I was able to watch To all the boys I loved before which was really sweet. It’s exactly the type of film I would have loved when I was a teenager. Plus it was so refreshing to have a minority lead in a teen film where the story isn’t about the fact that she’s a minority. More of this please. And last night I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser. So cool to see Barb from Stranger Things be the star and my teenage self also loved this film. What are you reading and watching at the moment.

 

Upcoming posts

So you may have noticed that up until recently I completely lost my blogging mojo for a bit there. Well it’s not totally back but it’s on the way I think. I got a burst of motivation during Jordan and I have a whole bunch of posts planned for the season ahead so we’ll see how it goes. I need to write about Jordan (as well as make the video) as well as a few other bits and pieces so I’m just trying to ease my way back in and not put too much pressure on myself. Fingers crossed!

 

How was your summer?

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Dreaming of Japan

If all goes well with making enough money to save for a trip, I plan on visiting Japan next year. But whether I make it or end up going some time further in the future, it’s definitely somewhere I will get to eventually. The plan is to go to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I know there’s so much more but it will only be a two week holiday. Plus, I don’t see myself only going to Japan once in my lifetime.

Anyway, for now, I’ll just dream and tell you all about the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Things I’m most looking forward to

 

Harajuku

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Source – unknown

I got a book called Fresh Fruits* when I was 16 or 17 all about unusual Japanese street fashion and since then it’s been my quest to go see them in person. I still have that book today and it’s so fun to flip through. I may not be into shopping as much as I was back then but it’s still something that’s very high on my list.

 

Vending Machines

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Source – Akiodesigns

I hear that the vending machines over there are insane. You won’t find any that have food in (at least not on the street) as it’s considered rude to eat on the go in Japan but you will find a whole lot of drinks! I hear there’s things like peach fanta and coffee flavoured Coca Cola. I think Topher will probably end up drinking the majority of things we get but I love just being able to try things. It’s a running joke that alcoholic or non-alcoholic, I am the slowest drinker ever!

I also look forward to trying the restaurants where they have a vending machine outside where you choose your meal before you go in. Though it looks like I’d definitely need Google Translate on hand!

 

Food

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Source – Being Erica

It wouldn’t be a Nomad post if I didn’t mention the food. Oh my lord the food. It all looks so interesting. I love trying new things as well as being a big fan of ramen and sushi. I want to try the street foods like okonomiyaki, odango and takoyaki as well as go to a Japanese BBQ place where you cook your own meat, and I really want to try tempura and yakatori. There’s just so many things I don’t know how we’ll fit them all in.

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Source – Haven Turner

And don’t get me started on the snacks. Japanese convenience stores are highly recommended for all of the amazing snacks you can find. There are a ridiculous amount of different flavoured Kit Kats, sweets and so many types of savoury snack. Heaven.

 

Architecture

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Source – Nagoya Castle

I love the fact that Japan embraces both the old and the new and it’s reflected in their architecture among other things. I want to see the temples and castles as well as getting myself lost between the city skyscrapers. And also they have a load of mad stuff like below that I am just dying to see in person.

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Source – Lady Iron Chef

 

Disney

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Source – The Cherry Blossom Girl

Well duh! How could I go to Japan and not pay Tokyo Disney a visit? It’s me.

As well as seeing the park from a whole new different culture angle, there are different rides and Disney Tokyo Sea is a different enchilada (or salmon and avocado hand roll in this case?) entirely.

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Source – Keiko Lynn

Plus their food also looks amazing. There’s mochi shaped like the three eyed alien, unusual flavoured popcorn and steamed buns galore. I cannot wait.

Also, I’m not usually that into merchandise shopping but Japan is known to have by far the best collection out of all the parks. And I’ve definitely confirmed it by watching so many haul videos on Youtube! Those things are addictive.

Of course there are so many more things I’m looking forward to (like all of it) but these were just a few general things that popped to mind.

I plan on visiting Hiroshima to see the peace museum as I think it’s super important – especially right now, we’ll also be paying Universal Studios a visit (for Harry Potter) and I also hope to see a real life geisha.

Have you ever been to Japan? Give me suggestions! And if not, what would you want to see?

 

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#BEDM Day 17: Travel

Since I was a baby, travel has been a huge part of my life. Having visited over 30 countries and lived in 4, it’s safe to say I’ve always had the travel bug. Though it’s been a few years since I’ve been anywhere new, I have a few places on my bucket list that I hope one day I can visit.

1. Tokyo, Japan

A few years ago I was supposed to go with my family but literally the week before we bought our tickets, the huge earthquake and tsunami happened. We decided to save it for another time and went to Portugal instead. Since I was little I have always wanted to go to Japan as I love the culture, the food and the general wackiness of it. Hopefully the year that we visit shouldn’t be too far away as I’ve convinced Topher to go. It totally helps that they have a Disney park!

2. Reykjavik, Iceland

This seems to have been a popular choice with people in the last few years with a lot of people I know both online and off paying this city a visit – including my parents. I’m not a massive fan of cold weather but I was won over by the Northern Lights, the lagoon, volcanos and the cute colourful architecture. Fingers crossed we can squeeze this one in before 2020.

3. Oslo, Norway

Another cold weather destination. Topher loves Scandinavia and besides Iceland, this is the only Scandinavian country that I haven’t visited yet. It’s not one I’m in a massive rush to get to (I’ve done zero research into it) but I can’t leave it off my bucket list.

4. New Orleans, USA

There’s a certain fascination I have with New Orleans. I think a big part of it is the architecture, the food and the rich culture of the place. It’s only been on my list for a couple of years but it’s one that I’m desperate to visit. One day!

5. Chicago, USA

I don’t know why this one is on my list as much as the others but it’s definitely one that is here to stay until it gets done. I love city breaks and Chicago looks like a great place that would have lots of things to do. Plus I really want to try a deep dish pizza.

If you want to see more places I want to travel, you should definitely check out my travel Pinterest board. It literally makes me want to pack a suitcase every time I look at it.

What’s on your travel bucket list?

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