Peak Tram & Victoria Peak
– Hong Kong

November 8, 2015

On our fourth and last day in Hong Kong we went first thing in the morning up the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, the highest mountain in Hong Kong Island. The Peak Tramway carries tourists and residents to the highest parts of the island. It’s crazy steep, but a super fun ride! The day was absolutely gorgeous!! The view of Victoria Harbour was breathtaking and sort of worth it, even if it ruined changed our plans for the rest of the day.

File Nov 01, 2 39 09 PM1IMG_2782^^ We were super impressed with these drawings of the Peak Tram!! ^^IMG_2788IMG_2787IMG_2791 2IMG_2800^^ Here you can send yourself a postcard to arrive in the future! Super fun idea!! ^^IMG_2796 IMG_2797 IMG_2799 IMG_2810^^ What a view from this cafe! Am i right? ^^IMG_2803 IMG_2807^^ Of course I had to take a picture of my coffee with the japanese writing! ^^3IMG_2818^^ super sad this picture came out blurry, but my camera died while at Victoria Peak ^^

Missed the other Hong Kong posts? Yuen Po Bird Market, Flower Market, Ladies Market, Jade MarketMan Mo Temple, Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha.


Life Update // Big News

November 1, 2015

Life UpdateHello there! A ton changes will be going on in my life during the next few months and I wanted to share the exciting news with you!!

I will be traveling on Thanksgiving week back to the States to visit my husband, who’s currently in school! I’m super excited because I get to experience the last bit of fall and a bit of winter while i’m there; a nice break from this hot/humid fall we experience in Okinawa. We are flying down my sister-in-law (who’s in school at Iowa State) and we will be driving to Oklahoma to spend Thanksgiving with our close friends who were stationed in Okinawa with us! I will be staying for a few weeks until my husband graduates from school and then we’re off to Puerto Rico to spend Christmas with our families!!

We haven’t been home in almost three years and we cannot wait to spend the holidays there. Christmas in Puerto Rico is extra special because it lasts almost a month! I’m looking forward to eating ALL the food, showering our family with love, meeting my niece (!!!) and exploring more of the other little island I call home.

But here’s the twist.. I will actually be staying in PR so that I can finish my last semester of school! You see when my husband got his (surprise) orders to Okinawa in 2012 I still had a semester left before graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Journalism, but instead of staying home and being apart for two years I (of course) decided to go on this amazing adventure with him. I do not regret this decision one bit, but it sucks to be 18 credits away from having a degree.

There is no way for me to finish my degree online or here in Okinawa, so I was planning on finishing it whenever we moved back to the States, but because we’ve extended our stay in Okinawa (hooray!) that wouldn’t happen for another 3 years. I really don’t want to wait that long and since we’re already going home for Christmas, I have decided to kill two birds with one stone and stay behind to finish my degree. I am both nervous and excited to get it over with.

So what does this mean? I will be out of Okinawa for 6 months, but trust me I will continue blogging my adventures, only this time Puerto Rico will be my home base. It will be a very different few months here on the blog, but i’m excited to show you more of Puerto Rico. I am also hoping to recruit some Okinawa Bloggers to guest post once or twice a month to keep some Okinawa related content on the blog for all of you Oki peeps.

I hope you stick around while this blog go through a weird, but exciting phase!


My Mainland Japan Bucket List

October 24, 2015

One of my goals during our time in Okinawa is to visit Mainland Japan and see all that we can! We’ve already visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, but trust me .. there is SO much more I want to see. Okinawa is sooo different from Mainland Japan, that i feel like it’s a must to be able to say “Oh, i lived in Japan for 6 years and we were lucky enough to have the real Japanese experience”. I’m also really wanting to see the beauty of Japan in every season. We’ve already seen the maple leaves and autumn colors, we sweat our butts off in August, and i cannot wait to see the Cherry Blossoms and the snow!

I wanted to share my Mainland Japan Bucket List so that whenever I plan a trip I can easily use this list as a reference. I used Pinterest (follow me) to put together this list, follow my Japan board.


Lavender Fields, Hokkaido

Hoshino Resort Tomamu, Hokkaido

The Blue River, Hokkaido

Lake Toya, Hokkaido

Sapporo, Hokkaido

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano

Shibazakura Hill, Japan

IMG_46841Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

Ueno Park, Tokyo

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Harajuku District, Tokyo

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo

Odaiba, Tokyo


Meiji Temple, Tokyo

Imperial Gardens, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo

Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The Great Buddha, Kamamura


Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

The Golden Pavillion, Kyoto

Toji Temple, Kyoto

Statue Stairs, Kyoto

Gion, Kyoto

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

Mt Kachi Kachi, Yamanashi


Umeda Sky Building, Osaka

Dotombori Street, Osaka

Osaka Castle, Osaka

Universal Studios, Osaka

Hirosaki Castle, Aomori

Nabana No Sato, Kuwana


Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni

Otorii (Floating) Gate, Miyajima

Tulip Festival, Nagasaki

Jizo Statues at Daisho-in Temple, Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

Okunojima (Rabbit Island), Hiroshima

Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Fukuoka

Sleeping Buddha, Fukuoka



Ride the Shinkansen (bullet train)

Explore Kyoto while wearing a Kimono/Yukata

See the maple leaves in Kyoto

Cherry Blossom Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sumo Wrestling Match

Q: Do you have any other place or attractions I should add to my Japan Bucket list? Comment below!