International Sushi Day

 For this holiday Milo and I traveled to Kyoto, Japan to eat the bestest freshest sushi in the land. 

For this holiday Milo and I traveled to Kyoto, Japan to eat the bestest freshest sushi in the land. 

 It was made at this place. Chojiro. You can eat from the conveyor belt or custom order through the iPad they place in front of you. We did both. 

It was made at this place. Chojiro. You can eat from the conveyor belt or custom order through the iPad they place in front of you. We did both. 

 These are the people in line behind us waiting their turn to celebrate this fine holiday. 

These are the people in line behind us waiting their turn to celebrate this fine holiday. 

 How do I know it's the freshest? See that tank next to the chef? We watched him pull the fish out and ... well, "prepare" it for us to eat. (Milo wants to me to be more forthwrite: "kill it, bang it against the counter with the grappling hook.") 

How do I know it's the freshest? See that tank next to the chef? We watched him pull the fish out and ... well, "prepare" it for us to eat. (Milo wants to me to be more forthwrite: "kill it, bang it against the counter with the grappling hook.") 

 Thank you to our amazing sushi chef for treating us to the bestest freshest sushi in Kyoto on this 2016 International Sushi Day and to Milo for sharing the adventure with me . 

Thank you to our amazing sushi chef for treating us to the bestest freshest sushi in Kyoto on this 2016 International Sushi Day and to Milo for sharing the adventure with me

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The Great Wall

We journeyed on the train to the Great Wall.

 Since we had to sit on the floor of the train, Milo decided he looked better in soft focus for this photo. 

Since we had to sit on the floor of the train, Milo decided he looked better in soft focus for this photo. 

 It was raining. Which was preferable to the hot weather option.    

It was raining. Which was preferable to the hot weather option. 

 

 And it gave me a reason to wear my purple poncho. 

And it gave me a reason to wear my purple poncho. 

 Milo found a Subway Sandwiches of all things. He was the only one brave enough to eat there. Well and this one other guy: 

Milo found a Subway Sandwiches of all things. He was the only one brave enough to eat there. Well and this one other guy: 

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 Full stomach and rain jacket ready for the climb. 

Full stomach and rain jacket ready for the climb. 

 This was but a small preview of what awaited us. 

This was but a small preview of what awaited us. 

 And So We begin...

And So We begin...

 My goal. Milo didn't approve.  

My goal. Milo didn't approve.  

 This was his counter offer.  

This was his counter offer.  

 And So We walked...

And So We walked...

 The views were vast and beautiful and an excellent example of "monocular cues" used both in visual art and my psychology class: texture, overlap, shading, height, and clarity.

The views were vast and beautiful and an excellent example of "monocular cues" used both in visual art and my psychology class: texture, overlap, shading, height, and clarity.

 Milo's tower is not far off now. 

Milo's tower is not far off now. 

 Mine, on the other hand is still a distance away.

Mine, on the other hand is still a distance away.

 We arrive at tower four, Milo's choice for our stopping point. The view cannot be done justice by a photo but here's a glimpse: 

We arrive at tower four, Milo's choice for our stopping point. The view cannot be done justice by a photo but here's a glimpse: 

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 Milo tries to talk me out of persevering. He even tries being cute. 

Milo tries to talk me out of persevering. He even tries being cute. 

 You can see the long section of the wall that we would NOT be walking. This did help me leverage the eighth tower as a far more humble goal. 

You can see the long section of the wall that we would NOT be walking. This did help me leverage the eighth tower as a far more humble goal. 

 This will serve as a placeholder until I can upload the video of Milo climbing the final approach to the eighth tower. Hint: he's not smiling in the video. 

This will serve as a placeholder until I can upload the video of Milo climbing the final approach to the eighth tower. Hint: he's not smiling in the video. 

 On top of the eighth tower. But this isn't the last fearsome feat to overcome on this journey. 

On top of the eighth tower. But this isn't the last fearsome feat to overcome on this journey. 

 This will serve as a placeholder until I can upload the video of our journey back down the mountain in a suspended cable car. In the video you can hear us screaming. In fear or delight. Unsure. 

This will serve as a placeholder until I can upload the video of our journey back down the mountain in a suspended cable car. In the video you can hear us screaming. In fear or delight. Unsure. 

 We missed our train back to Beijing because the trains run on different schedules on opposite days. After an additional two hour wait, we were lucky to gets seats this time. Milo was exhausted. And the mountains were wild and disappearing into the fog and dark. 

We missed our train back to Beijing because the trains run on different schedules on opposite days. After an additional two hour wait, we were lucky to gets seats this time. Milo was exhausted. And the mountains were wild and disappearing into the fog and dark. 

 Good night Great Wall. 

Good night Great Wall. 

 Good night wild northern China. 

Good night wild northern China. 

Cafe Confucius

Thank you for our morning ritual.  

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 For our morning visit with the cat.

For our morning visit with the cat.

 For our ordering tablet. 

For our ordering tablet. 

 For the table at the open French doors. 

For the table at the open French doors. 

 For my giant pot of hot water and earthy green tea leaves. 

For my giant pot of hot water and earthy green tea leaves. 

 For good company and cozy atmosphere.  

For good company and cozy atmosphere.  

 We are grateful you provided an anchor in our neighborhood.  

We are grateful you provided an anchor in our neighborhood.  

Japan: Bubblegum Flavored Soda!

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Also, in keeping with the anime culture, Milo will be airbrushing his skin and making his eyes doe-sized in all his photos. 

Dear Squarespace,

Your blogging software is terrible. I would love to keep posting but you no longer allow me to attach photos to my posts.  

Anotha one by: Milo

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We went to a tiny cafe with a roof deck and the best milkshake ever!!!!!😄 Well as spock says it "live long and prosper."🖖

Don't Leave Home Without It.

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Heading out for the day. In Beijing there are public bathrooms every block. Bring your own toilet paper. And squat. 

Warm Nights

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This restaurant serves hot pots on the sidewalk. The table in the center had three guys with guitars and one singing. Some people stopped to listen, some shot video, others squeezed past.

Milo and I walked for two hours along this street - Gulou East from the Drum and Bell towers back to our apartment - full of restaurants, Nike shoes, toys, puppies, music and neon.  

 

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This is the main street in the hutong where we are staying. It's a different crowd but the same sort of scene - groups of friends sharing large shared plates of food. For sharing. With groups of friends. 

"Best Noodles in China"

Go eat here when you're in Beijing. I couldn't quite tell if the son was saying noodles are the best food in China or his mother's are the best noodles in China. Either way, he's right. 

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Jumbo Adventure

Which begins by Milo getting out of the pool after three hours!

 The view from the roof. 

The view from the roof. 

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 The construction of the dragon boat festival Pavillion.

The construction of the dragon boat festival Pavillion.

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This is a few minutes before they lost control of their boat and capsized.  Which I attribute to instant karma for that one guy who had to give us the finger.  You can see him in the back hiding his face and finger aloft.

 

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This is cotton candy.  Beijing style.  

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This is Friday evening milling about the Houhai lake area.  

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This is the magical place that sits between the Bell and Drum towers.  

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I hope to elaborate on our past two days but for now, a few photos will have to suffice.  

 

This is the pool that Milo loves

 This is before Milo went into the pool for two hours. 

This is before Milo went into the pool for two hours. 

 This is Milo in the pool for two hours. 

This is Milo in the pool for two hours. 

Who would have thought we could have such a great time in Hong Kong simply by staying endlessly in the pool. I'm trying to balance being highly driven to be on the go with Milo's inclination to not. This trip might be harder for both of us than I imagined. I will need to slow down and Milo will have to get out of the hotel periodically. 

Stay tuned... 

Hong Kong According to Milo

We are of to a slow start between the jet lag and the general unfamiliarity of it all. We did find a few of Milo's favorite places. This helped us feel ready to take on a bigger adventure tomorrow.   

Note: there's no way to rotate images in this app; you'll just have to tilt your device.  Our apologies. 

 We arrived at 10:45 pm. 

We arrived at 10:45 pm. 

 Our room has a great view of the harbor in the distance and a high school directly below us.  

Our room has a great view of the harbor in the distance and a high school directly below us.  

 We realize we're in the high rent shopping district...  

We realize we're in the high rent shopping district...  

 ...where,  it turns out,  there is an Adidas store.  

...where,  it turns out,  there is an Adidas store.  

 And an Under Armor store featuring Curry's. Milo studies the designs.  

And an Under Armor store featuring Curry's. Milo studies the designs.  

   Ten HK dollars. Worth $1.28 in US dollars. 

  Ten HK dollars. Worth $1.28 in US dollars. 

 AAAAAAAAAAAAAA.... Milo discovers a Lego store.  

AAAAAAAAAAAAAA.... Milo discovers a Lego store.  

 We will return here when it's open. 

We will return here when it's open. 

 And cats. For Gyro and Cecil. We miss you guys!

And cats. For Gyro and Cecil. We miss you guys!

Going to China

We have our visas and our bags are packed. 

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