Andrew was home for Thanksgiving, something that hasn't happened in 4 years. We are always grateful when he's able to celebrate with us and we had a great time with the family. We planned earlier this year when we found out he was going to be home that i would fly back with him to Doha, Qatar giving us 3 weeks together. 3 weeks is a luxury that i am so thankful to have with him.
We flew to Doha last week. Together. We've never flown to Doha together before and it was nice to be with him for the long 12 flight. We left Denver on Tuesday mid-morning via Houston and arrived on Wednesday evening in Doha.
We hit the grocery story located in the Mall the next morning for Andrew's fridge was bare. Although we didn't stock up too much because the next day Andrew had to work & i was going with him...
So we jumped on another flight, 9 hours this time, to Tokyo. Andrew was flying while i was in the back crocheting, watching movies, eating. i was trying to stay awake so i could be on Tokyo time. We got into the hotel late and i fell asleep right away reading for a day of exploring in the morning.
We got up early the next morning to go to meet a mutual friend Craig who's a pilot in Japan. Taking a subway in any foreign country is always a bit of a challenge but we managed to find the right train despite our lack of understanding Japanese. We met him for breakfast and he gave us a tour of the city/district where he's living. It was neat to hear his perspective on life there as an American living abroad. He absolutely loves it and his excitement was contagious.
We left him and boarded the subway again heading towards the Asakusa district of Tokyo to see the Senso-ji temple, the oldest temple in Japan. The path is lined with small shops of every kind.
We wandered into the shops here and there peeking at the goods and just getting a feel for this touristy side of Tokyo. We found a few goods for Christmas stocking stuffers and headed towards the temple.
i cannot put into words this temple for it is like nothing i have seen before in all my travels. It was a great place to people watch and i found it extremely fascinating to watch the crowds. i was taken in by all the colors, the textures, the shapes & designs, the sights, and the sounds of this area.
Right next to the temple is a beautiful garden. Andrew & i took a stroll through it soaking up the beautiful sunny day. It had beautiful bridges, koi ponds, and pretty trees that made this little park an oasis in the middle of a busy busy city.
We stopped for a bit of lunch after doing a little more shopping. It seems like there is an abundance of restaurants here. They display plastic food that resemble their dishes in the glass front so you know what they offer. You can even purchase the plastic food from tourist stores. i wished i had a photo of those pieces. They are a sight to see. There are a few times i miss flour (i've been gluten free for over 9 months now) and sitting opposite an awesome smelling dish of true ramen was definitely one of those times.
After stopping for some food & Starbucks (you can find one almost anywhere i am convinced) we left the Asakusa district, hopped on the train for the Shibuya area of Tokyo. More details the rest of our trip soon.