We started off the year by ice skating at Vilas Park! I think the last time I went ice skating was a year ago to be exact? (Maybe less, but I do remember skating in Chicago on New Years Day with Vivian – guess this is start of a New Years tradition.) Of course with it being a while, it was hard to feel super comfortable on ice again. Nonetheless, I still had a fun time being outside and I saw some super cute dogs along the way.
This year the three of us traveled to Japan. Dad had a jam-packed list of places and things to do this time around and I had a feeling this was going to be a busy trip even before we landed in Japan. I was not mistaken.
We stayed for 2 full weeks and started off by first spending 3 days in Iki with our grandmother. We slowly made our way back across Japan while we stopped at Kyoto for a day and then eventually made it back to Fujisawa. We of course visited Tokyo (what’s a trip to Japan without going to Shinjuku and Akihabara?!). But I think I enjoyed visiting Enoshima the most; it brings back the most nostalgic memories of living by the ocean.
This time around, I took a bunch of video during our travels and compiled the 2 week trip in a 2 minute video. It’s been years since I’ve edited any video, but I think it came out ok! There were definitely moments where I grew impatient with editing (and not to mention how filming can be so tiresome. I don’t know how YouTubers manage to do it so frequently!)
Hope you enjoy.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a real beach! Although it was super windy the first day and the chill continued the following day, I was still glad we were able to relax at St. Pete Beach. Nothing more soothing than hearing the calm waves brush up against the shore.
At the hotel we stayed at there is a restaurant that revolves around, giving everyone the chance to get a view of the beach as they enjoy their meals. It was my first time experiencing anything quite like it and it didn’t disappoint. I can see how it may make some guests dizzy, but in my opinion it revolved around at a comfortable speed and I barely noticed the restaurant moving.
I would have loved to stay at the beach longer, but I guess that makes planning another beach getaway that much more exciting.
We ended up flying into Tampa rather than Orlando and decided to stay close by in St. Petersburg for the night before heading out to Orlando. Of course, with my luck, the day we fly into Tampa happened to be one of the coldest days of the year with the high in the low 50’s. With it being so windy, it made for a very a chilly walk on the beach, so we decided to go on a short road trip to Sarasota to pass the time before we checked-in to our hotel.
Not knowing anything about the area, I looked up some places to go in the Sarasota area and came across photos of the Myakka River State Park and was intrigued. An hour later we arrived at the park and found ourselves crossing the canopy walkway and climbing numerous flights of stairs which eventually lead us to the top of the 75ft observation tower. From the top we were able to look over the acres of landscape within the park. It was definitely a sight to see.
There were plenty more places to explore in this state park, but we opted to head back to St. Petersburg after spending time at the canopy walkway area. Definitely a place I would go back to if I ever find myself in Sarasota again.
My boyfriend and I are finally taking some time to visit Florida and relax with family and friends for the next few days. Although I spent a few years while I was a child growing up in Orlando, it’s been years since I’ve visited and I’m so happy to be back in the Sunshine State.
While I don’t love flying (I mean who really does?), I don’t mind it all. It beats long car rides, although road trips are quite fun too. One thing I do love about being on an airplane are the views from above. Isn’t this view of the very distant Chicago skyline during the morning sunrise just so beautiful?