Hello my lovely readers as you know (because I keep going on about it) I was in Tokyo at the end of May/ the beginning of June. I have been dreaming of going to Japan ever since I was little and it didn't just meet my expectations it completely blew them away. It is such an incredible city and culture and I know one day I will have to go back. Today I thought I would share with you what we got up for the first two days. 

Day 1 

Meiji Shrine 
Meiji Shrine was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji who lead Japan into the modern era, encouraging Westernisation while still keeping Japanese tradition. Unfortunately the shrine was under construction but the surrounding areas were stunning and we were lucky enough to see a wedding!

                                                                   Yoyogi Park
Near Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi is a beautiful park that is bliss just to sit in and watch and listen to the numerous crows and Shiba Inus going by. You'll also see a lot of locals doing various activities for example we saw: a huge group meditation and a man practising his tap dancing.

Harajuku is the heart of Japanese fashion and youth culture. It was so busy that it was hard to move but it was perfect for people watching and obviously getting the famous Harajuku crepes, which definitely lived up to the hype. 

There is just so much to see in Shibuya, the highlights for me were the Shibuya crossing, which is believed to be the busiest crossing in the world. And the Hachiko statue was beautiful, if you don't know about Hachiko, Google him it's a sad and beautiful story.

Day 2

Senso-ji Temple
This Buddhist temple is often referred to Tokyo's ultimate tourist sight like Paris' Eiffel Tower or London's Big Ben, however comparing it to either of those seems tacky and distasteful. The temple is absolutely stunning and though I am not a Buddhist I felt so at peace there. The gardens that surround the temple were beautiful and I could have happily stayed in them all day.

Nezu Shrine 
While researching Tokyo before our trip I came across this shrine and was intrigued by the fox guardians and thought that it would be just a little shrine. When we reached there I was blown away with just how beautiful and large it was. I'm so shocked that this isn't a more popular destination, Dan and I were the only tourists there.

Yes, me, with my huge fear of heights went up the second tallest structure in the world. It was something I really wanted to do to prove to myself that I could and the view was well worth the fear. There was also an Attack on Titan (one of my favourite animes) event going on there so that just added to the experience. 

This is just the first two days of my time in Tokyo, the rest of the trip will be covered in upcoming posts. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, have you ever been to Tokyo? What did you get up to? 

Thanks for reading!

Hello my lovely readers. So if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll have seen that I'm engaged!! But I wanted to share the news with you guys on my blog and to go in to more detail.

Dan and I have known each other for 4 and a half years, we met in a night out (which I don't remember much of thanks to alcohol, tut, tut.). After a year of being friends we became a couple and it's been the best years of my life. Dan is my best friend and love of my life, no matter what happens he always looks after me and supports me. I am very lucky to have him and so grateful that he is the one I'm going to share my live with.

So as you'll know Dan and I were in Tokyo at the time which was already a dream come true. On our second to last day we climbed Mount Takao which was absolutely stunning and incredible and despite looking as red as a tomato and covered in sweat (lovely image) I was unbelievably happy. I became even happier when we saw Mount Fuji perfectly clearly, a thing that we heard could happen but doubted we would be able to. 

After staying at the summit soaking in the view and the sunshine we headed back down. We took route 6 down which involved a lot of stepping stones and streams, it was the sort of route that would be closed off in England as it would probably be deemed "unsafe" but it was so much fun finding a way over the stones and round tree roots.

Eventually, we came to a bridge next to Biwa Waterfall, it was so peaceful and there was no one around. When I turned to Dan he was on one knee and asked me to marry him, cue me bursting into happy, hysterical sobbing and obviously I said yes! 

It was honestly the most amazing moment of my life and I am so excited to start planning our wedding. There's no date set as I am broke for the foreseeable future but that just gives us lots of time to plan and organise things. So there will probably be some wedding related posts coming up on the blog soon. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my engagement I am so unbelievably happy right now and looking forward to this next step in my future.

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Hello my lovely readers, long time no see! So as you'll know I went to Tokyo so there are going to be a lot of Japan related posts coming up. First of all I'm going to share with you all of the Studio Ghibli related things that I bought in Tokyo. As you'll know I'm a huge fan of Studio Ghibli and their movies are some of my favourites, these items are from the Studio Ghibli shop at Tokyo Skytree or from the Studio Ghibli Museum, so let's get to it.

Yakul Plush, Soot Sprite Plush and Totoro Plush
I'm sorry but they are all so cute, how could I not?

Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Totoro figures.  

Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso and Jiji figures

No Face, Porco Rosso and Robot pins. Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro stamps. Porco Rosso keychain.

Museum Programmes and Post Cards 

Spirited Away Origami. Museum Tickets. Howl's Moving Castle film real pieces.
The museum tickets are pieces of film real that were actually shown in cinemas. Dan got Princess Mononoke and I got Ponyo which I'm not a huge fan of so I picked up some Howl's Moving Castle ones from the museum shop.

So those were all the Studio Ghibli items I picked up while I was in Tokyo. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and are looking forward to the many Tokyo related posts that are on their way. 

Do you like Studio Ghibli? What item was your favourite? 

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So you are headed to Prague? First of all, congrats! I am so jealous and wish I was there now. Second make sure you check out my post all about my time in Prague. Today I'm going to share with you my tips that I think will come in handy if you are off to Prague. I have only been to this amazing city once so I'm sorry that this won't be an extensive list and these tips come either form our planning beforehand or from hindsight. 

Head To Prague Castle Later On
Prague castle is definitely worth the visit but when we arrived there at about 12 in the afternoon the queue was insanely long and we would have probably been waiting at least 2 hours. However when we came back at roughly 6 in the evening there was no queue and hardly anyone around. 

Travel Is Cheap and Easy
Travelling can be daunting especially in a different country but Prague makes it very easy to get around. In the metro station or some small shops you will see machines where you can buy: 30 mins, 60 min, 90 mins, 1 day and 3 day tickets. A 90 min ticket costs 32 CZK (roughly £1) and tickets can be used on trams, buses and trains. All you have to do is validate your ticket before you get on your first mode of transportation. Your ticket will be valid from that point until your selected ticket time is up.

Dan and I had a bit of nightmare when it came to getting from the airport to our hotel. We booked a car when we booked our hotel and flight but when we arrived at the airport our driver was no where to be found. When he did eventually show up he had a go at us, drove like a maniac, talking on this phone in the pouring rain, I honestly thought I was going to die at one point.  So safe to say that we didn't fancy getting our return car back to the airport. Luckily for us getting from Old Town to the airport is super easy, all you had to do was take a train with one change then catch a bus. The trip took less than an hour so a 90 minute ticket was more than enough. 

Trdelnik Is A Tourist Trap.. But A Tasty One 
So you'll see a shop or a stall selling Trdelnik everywhere in Prague and yes they are a massive tourist trap but dear lord are they are worth it. Trdelnik is a cinnamon, sugary, hallow pastry which you can have plain or with a number of fillings: chocolate, ice cream, cream etc. We got ours for 70 CZK but I saw some being sold for 100 CZK and up so definitely shop around before picking up your Trdelnik. 

Talking The Talk 
Czech is not an easy language to learn in any respect however if you aren't fluent in the language don't panic! The majority of the people we met in Prague spoke English but obviously learn a few phrases just to be polite and show you've put in some effort. 

Bring The Cash
This may sound extremely obvious but bring enough money to see you through your trip. Let me explain; Prague is riddled with money exchange places and they are a complete rip off and you will lose so much money! 

Astrological Clock 
The astrological clock was probably my favourite thing in Prague but as it's so amazing it will have a huge crowd of people around it. Unless you head there early in the morning, we reached the clock at about 8 in the morning and there were very few people there.  

So those are my tips if you are planning on a trip to Prague. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful. 

Have you been to Prague? What are some of your travel tips? 

Thanks for reading!