If you’ve been following my blog or social media accounts (Instagram in particular), for quite a while now, you would know how much of a huge Harry Potter nerd I am. Russell and I named our cat after Hermione. Do I need to say more? If there was a real life Hogwarts – even one for Muggles! – I’d move in tomorrow. But since there isn’t a real life Hogwarts, and I have mo magical…

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On Monday, Russell and I took three trains from our hotel in Osaka, to the small Kyoto town of Arashiyama. When we started researching Japan in the middle of last year, we discovered the Arashiyama Monkey Park. This was our main intention in visiting this town, however due to it being pretty difficult to find, we didn’t end up making it there. That was okay, though. Because while wandering around the town, we discovered that there…

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Visiting Arashiyama, Kyoto! Russell (my partner, if you’re new here) and I have now been in Japan for six days, and up until today, we’ve spent a large portion of our time exploring the big cities with huge buildings, flashing neon lights and overwhelming crowds of people. So spending today in the historic and beautiful town of Arashiyama, Kyoto was a welcoming change of pace. Currently, we are staying in the city of Osaka. Our hotel is around a half…

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If you’re like me, and have never visited Japan before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised from the moment you step out of the airport. Every single person you meet is super friendly and understanding of tourists that do not speak Japanese very well. There is a procedure for everything, and no matter where you visit throughout the country, you’ll never be short of things to do and see. My partner Russell and I have been in…

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Up until October last year, I had spent 24 years of my life, living in a somewhat big city. Adelaide, Australia was my home (well, it still is my home!) There’s not a whole lot to do if you are someone who enjoys theme parks and adventurous days out; but it’s comfortable, familiar and will always be the city I’m proud to call home. Towards the end of last year, my boyfriend was offered a temporary…

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