Sometimes I really struggle to find things to write about in these monthly roundups. Because honestly guys, my life isn’t always all that interesting. My days really do consist of working, commuting and occasionally exploring Beijing. Rinse, repeat. Life, especially lately, has been very routine. It’s something I can appreciate, but it doesn’t exactly make for very exciting monthly roundup posts.
If you would have asked me in May, I would have said nothing was going to change any time soon. But then, suddenly, everything did change.
The month of June began like any other. Per usual, I spent most of my time working. But a few very exciting things did happen – especially on the travel front.
As an expat in Beijing, I have to take visa runs every two months. And because June was my fourth month in Beijing, it was time to take my second visa run. This time around I decided to take advantage of one of China’s many national holidays in order to stretch my visa run to five whole days, instead of the usual all-too-quick 48 hours. After all, I was going to Tokyo, a place I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was in high school. I at least wanted a few days to explore the city.
Tokyo ended up exceeding my wildest expectations. Sometimes, when you’ve built a place up too much in your head, it often disappoints. I’m not sure why this happens, but it does. Tokyo did not disappoint, not in the least. It was just as quirky and crowded and fascinating as I expected.
I’ll be writing a few posts on everything I ate, did and observed soon. But for now, at least, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos. I took far too many…but how could I resist?
After my nearly picture-pefect visit to Tokyo (there was one mild breakdown that involved low blood sugar and the accidental ordering of a $20 hamburger instead of a veggie sandwich), I flew back to Beijing where my old college friend, Terra, was wrapping up her visit to the city. Sadly, after a plane delay, I only had a few hours to see her. But after not seeing each other for nearly 10 years it was amazing that we were able to cross paths in China of all places. (FYI, Terra also has a travel blog I encourage you to check out at Traipsing Terra. She always manages to go to really offbeat places around Asia, making me realize there are so many freaking places I need to go!)
After an exciting week of traveling and catching up with an old friend, I figured I would get back to my daily routine. And I did, for about a week. Then I found out I had the chance to spend the summer in Bali with Aaron. Obviously it was a chance that was too good to pass up. So in a two week period I found myself making travel plans, booking plane tickets and packing my dusty backpack for two months in one of my favorite countries in the world.
All in all, the month of June ended up being full of very, very welcome surprises. And so far, the month of July is kind of rocking!
How did your June shape up?