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27 May 2024 - 4:30pm

Japan Trip

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Hey everyone, I haven't been around the past few weeks as me and my girlfriend went on the trip of a lifetime to Japan. We saw a number of cool things throughout Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. There was so much wacky stuff to see and a ton of history. Of course, the food was amazing. We ate everything from ramen to sushi to cow intestines, and everything in-between. I've got some cool photos I'm going to be sharing of our travels, but thought I'd give you some highlights:

- A bar that was owned by an eccentric man that spoke no English. He was so kind and so much fun. When the bar filled up with other Japanese, we all got drunk and sang karaoke. At the end of the night he tried giving me some Cialis. My girlfriend told him I don't need it, so he popped the pill himself!

- Taking a private tour deep into Wakayama prefecture, where we experienced the Kumano Sanzan, which are three very old and sacred Shinto shrines. There was a primeval forest with trees over 800 years old, and one of the shrines was built 1700 years ago. It was really cool to go do something that most tourists don't get to see.

- Walking through the Gion district of Kyoto at night after the crowds left. It had rained some during the evening, which led to some cool pictures on the streets.

- Touring the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and then finding a secluded spot where I asked my girlfriend to marry me. She said yes!

I'll get the pictures posted up as I get the opportunity to. If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to ask!

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28 May 2024 - 5:01am
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Wow, what an amazing trip! Your adventures in Japan sound incredible, from the lively karaoke night to exploring those ancient shrines. The proposal at the Imperial Palace must have been so special-congratulations on your engagement!! i am so so happy for you Slim thats so sweet! sending you both lots of love and happiness together ❤️🙂🙂❤️

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13 June 2024 - 8:31pm
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Sounds like a great experience slim...I've asked you about that in the NHL thread before seeing your post here.. seems like an unusual place for an American to go...am I wrong?

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14 June 2024 - 2:01pm
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Right now the US dollar is very strong against the yen, and there is a ton of tourism there.

Getting there is the expensive part. I used my Delta Skymiles and paid $55 out of pocket, my fiance bought her ticket and paid almost $2,000. I paid the hotel fees to even things out! Once you get there though, things are really cheap. There's also no tipping culture, so for me it really wasn't bad price-wise.

I wouldn't say that it's an unusual place for an American to head to, it's just that most people here don't get a chance to do it. I know a lot of people who've never traveled outside of a four to five-state radius.

I'm keen on seeing all the different parts of the world I can get to while I have the opportunity. I'd love to go to Australia, Egypt, and I really want to do the Everest Base Camp hike. Have you been anywhere far away, sharpe?

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14 June 2024 - 7:38pm
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barbadosslim93 wrote:

Right now the US dollar is very strong against the yen, and there is a ton of tourism there.

Getting there is the expensive part. I used my Delta Skymiles and paid $55 out of pocket, my fiance bought her ticket and paid almost $2,000. I paid the hotel fees to even things out! Once you get there though, things are really cheap. There's also no tipping culture, so for me it really wasn't bad price-wise.

Wow..that's quite a difference..I'm sure even after the shared hotel expenses you're still a bit in the green Dustin😉 anyway this doesn't matter if you're enjoying your trip.

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wouldn't say that it's an unusual place for an American to head to, it's just that most people here don't get a chance to do it. I know a lot of people who've never traveled outside of a four to five-state radius.

Well I think that's quite valid for most countries in the world mate, as you're maybe aware I'm from Bulgaria and most of the people here haven't been travelling much outside of our own country unless it's about starting a new life(job) elswere..that changed a bit in the last 5-10 years when the low cost airplane companies have appeared.

barbadosslim93 wrote:

keen on seeing all the different parts of the world I can get to while I have the opportunity. I'd love to go to Australia, Egypt, and I really want to do the Everest Base Camp hike. Have you been anywhere far away, sharpe?

I hope you'll see all the places you're having on your mind mate...I'm with you on Australia..🙂

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14 June 2024 - 7:58pm
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[quote]Have you been anywhere far away, sharpe?[quote]

Let me tell you man.. I've never been much of a traveler myself but in the past few years my favourite sport to watch is road cycling cause I can see a lot of different countries, landscapes and nature without even being there..and I've enjoeyd that.

Anyway, last year when I was 44y.o and I crossed the border for the first time and we've been to Cypris ..which is just about a 2 hour flight from here.. and I was amazed at how beautiful it was there...no more than here cause Bulgaria is a great place too..but they are really orientated on the tourism.

This summer we're going to Sicily for a week long vacation.. so whenever I go outside my native land will be on an island... as long as Etna vulcano stays quite... I'm fine with that-)

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