Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

I think one of my favorite things to do in Tokyo is to wander around the Tsukiji fish market and try as much food as a I can.  I went two days in a row!  Pretty much anywhere with a line is guaranteed to be good, but I ate amazing sushi at Okame, which only has standing room for 5, and miraculously, had no line.  Definitely order the aburi toro, it was incredible!  We also ate great onigiri at Onigiriyamarutoyo and rolled omelette from a random stand.  In case you’re curious what wasabi looks like, check out the last photo–I had no idea!








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Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

I just got back from spending two weeks in Japan with my cousin’s family who lives there.  I was in Niseko, which is about a two-hour drive from the New Chitose airport in Hokkaido, for a little over a week.  The highlights included making Snapchat videos with my cousin’s kids, watching this ridiculous YouTube video, playing Heads Up, eating homemade sushi, sukiyaki, and gyoza, wandering about, skiing at the Grand Hirafu, and relaxing at a few different Onsen.  I’m pretty sure I made a memorable impression on one of my ski instructors when we were going through the first lift, and only one leg made it through before the bar closed and he had to lift my leg over the bar so I could pass through to reach the lift.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  Clearly, I’m an advanced skier.








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Shark’s Cove, Oahu

Since it is apparently World Photo Day, I felt I should post more photos from Oahu.  Below are some photos from Shark’s Cove on the North Shore, where we snorkeled.  Street parking was much easier to find than we had expected, and there were some places to rent snorkels and buy fish tacos across the street, which was a bonus.  The snorkeling wasn’t the best–I think we saw more flippers in the water than fish, but it was still incredibly beautiful!

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Route 72, Oahu

It’s weird to think that a week ago today, I was traveling around Oahu, and getting out of the car every mile or so to take photos.  Below are some that I took between Waikiki Beach and Kailua, along Route 72 (Kalanianaʻole Highway).




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Cataract Falls, California

Who knew just an hour north of San Francisco, you could see a mirrored lake, and waterfalls and greenery straight out of Oregon?  I highly recommend checking out Cataract Falls, near Mt. Tam, off Bolinas-Fairfax Road.  We did a 7.7 mile hike, combining various trails (although my iPhone seems to think we did closer to ten miles).  Thanks to the recent rain, the waterfalls were pretty amazing, and even had their own paparazzi!







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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Every time people talked about Buenos Aires, I pictured neighborhoods with bright colored houses.  Little did I know, those bright colored houses are only in a small (and very touristy) part of the La Boca neighborhood.  We stopped in Fundación Proa, a cultural center in La Boca, for lunch.  Proa has a great café, where you can lounge on comfortable couches on a rooftop, surrounded by a bright blue wall that looks like the ocean.


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Japanese Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina

We went to the Japanese Garden in Palermo (a neighborhood that seems to be larger than San Francisco), with the hopes of having a picnic, but apparently that’s not allowed.  Even though the garden was bustling with small children and tourists, I somehow managed to take a photo of the bridge without any tourists on it.





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Laguna Capri, El Chaltén, Argentina

On New Year’s Eve, Clau and I hiked to Laguna Capri, which is about halfway to Laguna de los Tres, near the base of Mt. Fitz Roy.  I had my sights set on hiking all the way there, but the eight-hour trek is supposedly very grueling, and after our six-hour hike the day before, seemed a little ambitious.  If I were to do it again, I would stay in El Chaltén for several more days.  Just another reason to go back!

On the bright side, we finished hiking early, relaxed in a biergarten, and met awesome people who we celebrated new year’s with!







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Laguna Torre, El Chaltén, Argentina

We left El Calafate pretty early in the morning so that we would have time to hike in El Chaltén the same day, although it doesn’t get dark until almost ten o’clock at night.  On the three and a half hour drive, I kept wanting to close my eyes and sleep, but I couldn’t stop looking at the bright blue water next to the road, the dry brush, and the occasional huemel looking back at us.  I find it fascinating that you can travel halfway across the planet, and see things that look so familiar.

Once in El Chaltén, there are a ton of amazing hikes that begin from various parts of town.  When we arrived, we dropped off our luggage, and set off for Laguna Torre.  It’s about 6-hours round trip–we started in a flower field, passed through a forest, wandered by a glacial river, and into a rock garden before we reached Laguna Torre.  It was pretty warm the entire hike, until we passed through the rocks and saw the water, and then it became freezing and windy.  We finally were grateful for all the layers that we had been carrying.  We sat and ate lunch by the water, surrounded by white-throated caracaras who seemed to be enjoying the wind.  On the way back, I thought for a second that I saw a huemel who was standing still enough for me to photograph, and then realized it was just a dog.
















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