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Conquering Mount Fuji 

Conquering Mount Fuji 

Summer is officially over. My school assignments are in full swing. However, I had time for one last summer adventure. Last Sunday and Monday I climbed and conquered Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. After nearly six months in Japan, I can finally cross something off of my bucket list. Not to sound arrogant or crazy in shape (because I don’t consider myself either) but I didn’t find the climb as difficult as I imagined. However, the descent was more brutal…

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Japan Bucket List

Japan Bucket List

Since I spent nearly three weeks without internet, I created a list of goals I want to accomplish while in Japan. Call it a Japan Bucket List, if you will. Some of them are obvious, some may sound silly, but they are my goals. I thought it would be smart to have a “must-do” list. I would hate to leave Japan with things left unfinished. Feel free to make suggestions in the comment section! Japan Bucket List Learn Japanese –…

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A Vow of Silence: 10 Days of Silent Meditation in Thailand

A Vow of Silence: 10 Days of Silent Meditation in Thailand

After 5 days in Bangkok, it was time for my next adventure, and the primary reason I chose to visit Thailand: a silent meditation retreat. I went to bed in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, finalizing future plans in Japan and desperately researching whether I should intentionally give up the flight I pre-purchased from Phuket to Osaka, fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, or any other crazy solution. It was a bit stressful, and instead of staying…

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Camino Day 30: Palas de Rei to Salceda – The Second to Last

Camino Day 30: Palas de Rei to Salceda – The Second to Last

Since Triple P and I were the only pilgrims in our room, we decided to sleep in (for once). Plus, we didn’t have to be out of the hostel until 9h. We took our time waking up, getting ready, eating breakfast, and repacking our sacks to carry all of our leftover groceries. Considering we had planned to walk 45 km, getting a late start may not have been the wisest decision. We finally made out way out the door at…

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Camino Day 29: Ferreiros to Palas de Rei – The Galician Trail

Camino Day 29: Ferreiros to Palas de Rei – The Galician Trail

Today has been one of my favorite days thus far. Triple P and I hit the road probably at around 7h45 after eating the breakfast of champions (I mean Chocapics, of course). We made it to Portomarin early and didn’t wait for the church to open so we could visit. We snapped some photos and went on our way. Unfortunately, we made a wrong turn somewhere and probably walked close to 45 minutes on the wrong path (including the time…

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Camino Day 28: Samos to Ferrieros – The Seductive Meseta “Plateau” of Lugo

Camino Day 28: Samos to Ferrieros – The Seductive Meseta “Plateau” of Lugo

We left Samos around our usual time, and early in the morning Triple P and I ran into the Italian Violinist, Hungarian Dancer, and Lentil Man that we were with the day before. We walked together for a few hours, essentially until we arrived in Sarria. We were planning to avoid sleeping in Sarria because it is a popular spot for pilgrims to start, well those who only plan to walk the minimum 100 km required to obtain a compostela….

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Camino Day 27: O Cebreiro to Samos – The Land of Gagellos

Camino Day 27: O Cebreiro to Samos – The Land of Gagellos

I must start this post off with bad news. I have zero pictures from today. I couldn’t charge my phone last night and while thought I had enough charge for the day, my phone acted crazy and shut off while there was plenty of battery left. You’ll have to simply trust me when I tell you how beautiful it all was. We left O Cebreiro maybe at around 7h15. Everyone was out the door quite early, but it was cold…

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Camino Day 26: Villafranca to O Cebreiro – A Land of Two Cultures

Camino Day 26: Villafranca to O Cebreiro – A Land of Two Cultures

Triple P and I started the day somewhere between 7h15 and 7h30. Leaving Villafranca I saw how beautiful the village was and wishes I did more than just nap and stay out of the rain the day before. Last night before bed, I read my guidebook (Cycling Spaniard lent it to me) and compared it to Triple P’s. His guidebook built up an alternative route out of the city that climbed through the mountains and avoided what would be the…

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Camino Day 25: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – The Land of Earthly Pleasures

Camino Day 25: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – The Land of Earthly Pleasures

Triple P and I started our hike today somewhere ar around 7h20 (I don’t quite remember). We had breakfast with the French cyclist before finally heading on our way. I informed Triple P that I was taking it easy today, walking only 24 km. I didn’t want to force him to stick to my itinerary for I knew he had other plans. He started his Camino a full week after I did! I can’t believe we are in the same…

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Camino Day 24: Manajrin to Ponferrada – El Monte Irago

Camino Day 24: Manajrin to Ponferrada – El Monte Irago

Last night there was an electrical storm; I’m not sure at what time, but it woke everyone up. The roof started leaking on Count Chocula, the 18 year old German kid, and he asked if someone would move and make space for him because he was getting wet and could no longer sleep. Now, he’s a nice kid, albeit a bit of a know it all, but I’m confident the Italians didn’t like him much. It was pretty evident when…

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