kyoto 2021?

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me: want to go to kyoto next year?
dad: didn’t you go there already?
me: want to go again!

1: kiyomizudera

2: ninen zaka, sannen zaka, ishibei koji, nene no michi: fujinami; washi club

3: fushimi: sake tasting; jikkobune canal cruises

day 2017 2021
1b Nakagyo: Cao Cafe Ishikawa Higashiyama: Shirakawa (Dinner @ Nishiki Market or Pontocho Alley)
2a Ukyo: Arashiyama (Lunch @ Gyatei) Ukyo: Arashiyama (Lunch @ Gyatei)
2b Coffee Date @ Songbird Hakagyo: Kamiji Kakimoto (Tea @ Ippodo)
3a Hakagyo: Kamiji Kakimoto (Tea @ Ippodo) Higashiyama: Kiyomizudera
3b Coffee Date @ Sarasa Nakagyo: Nijo Castle
4a Fushimi: Inari Shrine Fushimi: Inari Shrine
4b Nakagyo: Nijo Castle Fushimi: Canal Cruise
5a Higashiyama: Philosopher’s Path Higashiyama: Philosopher’s Path

24 hours in paris

november was hectic but i made the most of my 24 hours in paris (there is no direct flight to brussels)


1. boutique hotel: b montmartre (view from window above)

2. shopping: noyoco (wanted batignolles sweatshirt but did not find the right color)

grand carriere

3. cemetery: saint vincent


4. church: sacré cœur (always visit despite the now zoo like atmosphere)

5. baguette: boulangerie alexine

saint georges

6. shopping: sept cinq

7. non parisien dinner: buvette in pigalle (“the Paris outpost of chef Jody Williams’s successful West Village gastrothèque”) (glass of pouilly fuisse)

quartier de l’europe

8. stroll: parc monceau

la plaine monceau

9. shopping: art du papier

champs élysées

10. art museum: gran palais

saint germain l’auxerrois

11. carousel: tuileries


next time


a. beer: a la bière comme a la bière

la villette

b. running: canal de l’ourcq

chaussee d’antin

e. architecture: soc gen

to travel or not to travel

Traveling can definitely create a dependency

Achingly beautiful landscape enthralls and as my flight takes off from New Chitose airport, a train of thoughts move towards the next time. For my fifth trip to Japan, should I go to Kitakyushu? Or Sensuijima? Or revisit Wakayama

But before the first train can explode with possibilities, another train of thoughts interjects. Is this real? Or another thing I do so that I can pretend to understand reality without really understanding anything

I think the magic of Japan is the immersion in the here now, eating local, drinking local, buying local. But what is local for someone like me who has lived in different places my entire life?

This final train brings me back to

greenwood (the location of my first school in canada): roast @ pilot

coxwell (the location of our first rental in canada): brew @ godspeed

main street (home sweet home): bbq @ beach hill smokehouse