Honeymoon recap: five pics and few words

SFO -> Mexico City -> Buenos Aires -> Iguazu Falls -> Cordoba -> Mendoza ->Buenos Aires->Mexico City -> SFO

Mexico City 1: a quick stop-over. Frida Kahlo’s house and her clothes…..swoon…

Mexico City - saucy!

Buenos Aires: Saying there is a late night culture here is an understatement.

Buenos Aires Steak

Iguazu Falls: Jungle-y! Lots of water. Prep for wine country.

Iguazu

Iguazi coatis

Mendoza: Heaveni-sh. Ridiculous wine pours (in a good way).

Mendoza 1

Buenos Aires 2: Palermo! Such a hip area & wish we spent more time here.

BA-second-time

Mexico City 2: Breakfast nachos!!!

Meixo City 2nd time

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Japanese Ramen – the real deal

One of my favorite things to do while traveling and a good reason to travel is food!  I love eating and trying new things.  The food in Japan was so good.  I don’t know how they do it, but the ramen was delightful.

Ramen is distinctive in each region of Japan and the ramen in Kyuhsu, where Kyle and I were at, is made with a pork-bone tonkatsu broth and thin, non-curly noodles.  When I think of ramen I think of salt bombs.  In my mind ramen is college boy food.  But this ramen was something else.  The flavor was so light but still present in perfect proportions.  The noodles were a bit chewy and there was usually some green onions, the tiniest amount of pork, and only once was there a bit of mushroom in the dish.  It was so simple but something that I am now craving.

I almost forgot.  One of my favorite ramen places experienced in Japan was a chain called Ichiran.  You go in and get a ticket from a vending machine and then sit down in your own “small booth” space.  There is a curtain in front of you and dividers on the sides of you.  You fill out a card indicating how you would like your ramen.  After you hand over your ticket and order card a bowl of steaming hot noodles appears in front of you in less than three minutes.  Then you slurp your noodles in silence.  And by slurp, I mean slurp!  There is no eating ramen without slurping.

A seat at Ichiran
How would you like your ramen?
Waiting patiently

Japanese Baseball – The Soft Bank Hawks

One afternoon Kyle and I went to a baseball game in Japan.  It was held at the Yahoo Dome.

The dome is in a nice section of the city called Hawks Town.  It is close to the ocean and there is a bit of shopping nearby.  The game proved to be exciting for about one inning.  The first inning.  There were 10 points scored in the first inning with the score being eight to two.  The home team, the Hawks, were up.  The final score of the game was nine to three. It was fun to experience a Japanese baseball game since baseball is the most popular sport in Japan.  The best part about the game was the non-stop cheering. This was the most serious cheering I have ever seen.  There is a lot of cheering at Korean games but this cheering was major.

There were several men with trumpets, drums, and other instruments who would start and end the cheers.  Everyone had thunder sticks and knew the cheers.  There was certain ways to wave the thunder sticks and precise times to make noise with them.  The cheering did not stop for more than a minute. The men leading the cheers wore different robes depending on who was up to bat and did some serious flag waving with an array of different, heavy-looking and huge flags.  I think the cheering was more entertaining than the game.

Check the robe - he put it on and took it off throughout the game
Note the different robe. The waving of flags looked like hard work.

Everyone also received flags with their admission tickets.  Check out my enthusiasm:

The City of Fukuoka

Fukuoka is a beautiful city with great architecture.   The city was so pleasant and quiet with great public spaces.

The canal right by the hotel
The best building in Fukuoka

This building was in “Central Park Tenjin”.  The top of the building was covered in greenery, as you can see, and there were three waterfalls coming off the building.  Very cool.

It’s a bit hard to be back in Korea because the city was so enjoyable that I didn’t want to leave.

Quick Japan Recap

1. The city of Fukuoka was beautiful and did feel European.  It was well laid out, the transportation was easy, and the city was quiet.  A gorgeous canal ran through the city and the amount of bikes and biking were impressive.

2.  Ramen, the real thing, was unbelievably delicious.  It was so simple and light but ridiculously good.

3. Less English and interest in Americans compared to Korea.

4. Fun times in a nice neighborhood bar with drunk Japanese business men.  The conversation was in broken English and I’m just glad Kyle knows a lot about baseball.

5. Speaking of baseball, saw a game at the Yahoo Dome.  The Soft Bank Hawks vs. the Lotte Chiba Marines.  There was ten runs scored in the first inning and the final score was 9 to 3.  The real attraction was the synchronized and constant cheering though.

6. And one more thing right now….I saw the Power Rangers.  No joke!  And I have the pictures to prove it!