Back To Reality…

Today marks our first day back to work since April 5th!  It is hard to believe.  I feel like we were talking so much about this trip and now it has come and gone so quickly.  I have to say though, I was definitely ready to come back home.  I enjoyed our adventure and all of the cities we explored, but there is something to be said about coming back to our house and seeing our sweet puppy.  We were very grateful to my parents for bringing him back last night after we got home.  He was running and jumping all over us, he was just so genuinely happy.

It is just so nice to be home.  My mom was kind enough to stock our fridge for us before we got home, so we have some things to eat.  Although, I should probably take a break from eating after all the food we consumed on our trip.

I thought as a closure to my blogs about out trip, I would create a list of things I learned while traveling that I didn’t know before:

  1. When taking the subway in Japan, you have to re-insert your ticket to exit the subway station…Dan and I got stuck in the station on our first day haha.
  2. Japan is soooo super clean.  The streets of Tokyo are spotless and there are very few garbages…everyone takes their trash with them
  3. Japanese people are very kind and helpful and will try to help you even if they don’t speak English very well, the people of China would plow through us and didn’t even acknowledge our presence.
  4. If you have the opportunity to travel to Japan, be sure to make time to go to Miyajima—it was my favorite place we visited and worth the 45 minute ferry from Hiroshima.
  5. You don’t have to tip in Japan or China–the first day we were in Japan we gave our taxi driver a tip and he was floored.  He was waving like crazy while driving away.  It was so cute.
  6. The subway system in Japan is very easy to navigate.  We only took one wrong train and were able to quickly correct ourselves.
  7. If you are traveling to a few cities in Japan and aren’t a citizen, you can use the Japan Rail Pass.  It only works on JR lines (not subways), but it is very easy to use and if you get the green pass you can reserve your seat ahead of time.  It was a very comfortable way to travel.
  8. There is still smoking in restaurants and hotels–be sure to request non-smoking if it bothers you…
  9. Beijing is has extreme traffic–be sure to plan accordingly!
  10. Plan some time in your vacation to relax.  One night we went to bed at 5 pm and slept through the night…between the time change, jet lag, overstimulation, and just plain old being tired–it is important to plan some time.

Well that is all I have for today, the blog will go back to normal, until our next adventure!

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

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