Last week we came home from a 17+ days trip to Asia. We visited Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. If you want to count the airport, then we also went to Taiwan too! 😉
It was a fun, exhausting trip that has left us lethargic to this date and trying to be “normal” again. We got to experience so much this trip. Our kids learned to swipe their metro cards, fly first class, go on a train, take a water ferry, go on cable cars, ride taxis, live in a hotel, experience food, go to 4 amusement parks (DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Ocean Park), get lost and found, practice their language, and were not ready to come home! It was challenging and good all at once.
Since I’ve traveled to Hong Kong a handful or so times in my life, it was familiar to know how to get around, communicate, be able to speak the language, etc. The nice thing about it is that most people can speak English, signs are in English and Chinese, and it’s very convenient to get around with the best subway system I’ve experienced in my travels.
I’d never been to Macau before and previously read someone describe it as Las Vegas on steroids. It’s true! We happened to go mid-week and from what I heard we went when it was not at all crowded. Everything was beautiful and over the top. We got to experience the world’s highest figure 8 Ferris wheel and I got to take a bite of Serradura pudding before my kids devoured the rest. We stayed at the Wynn Palace.
Japan was amazing. We struggled with their complex subway system, and I’m not going to lie, I might have had a public meltdown on my husband as we tried to figure out how to get to Tokyo Disneyland. (We ended up buying shuttle tickets on a bus.) Despite the subway challenge, and the realization that no one really spoke English, it was amazing. The food was delicious, the people were polite, and I am obsessed with how clean the city is. It is the cleanest city I have ever been to. I am in love with their bathrooms and I want to convert our toilets to Japanese toilets. I want to go back again some day and really explore the country.
Now that we’re home, I’ve been taking the lessons I learned abroad and working even more on simplifying and decluttering. I liked the idea of not having so much stuff to worry about.