i really got lazy with updating this blog…
in the meantime i explored some more of osaka – of course, i went to an onsen/spa theme park too – went to adogawa in shiga-ken again to celebrate the 89th birthday of ryota’s grandma and spend some time with his family. there’s actually not much to tell. but i think it’s pretty cool, when you can go to karaoke with your 89 year old japanese grandma and she even sings some songs (^▽^)♫
while i was in adogawa another typhoon hit japan, the forecast said it would hit us pretty hard and we also got the information that we might have to evacuate. so we packed our bags with some clothes, snacks etc and waited. but fortunately we just had some heavy rain and storm.
i also went to nara, where they have a lot of old temples and shrines and the famous nara deer (^__^)
and then…yeah, ryota got me tickets to go to new york over my birthday ♡♡♡ so i flew in on october 29 and will stay until november 16.
i really had troubles with the jetlag (i still have), because it’s a 180° time switch. and the food troubles me too, so lots of home cooking. unfortunately, the japanese supermarkets are as expensive as in germany. i guess, i will only go to japanese restaurants when eating out. feels like it’s the opposite of japan. meaning, japanese take food from different countries, cooking it very well, improve it, sell it for a decent price. usa: taking food from different countries, deep fry it or change other things to the worse and sell it overprized. lol.
but my birthday was nice, we went by water taxi from long island city to williamsburg, had brunch with ryota’s friends and afterwards to williamsburg smorgasburg, which is like a food fair with lots of small food stalls. in the evening we went to a sushi place in manhattan and to „spot dessert bar“ – they have awesome desserts, i really recommend it (but don’t be surprised, 95% asian customers (^__-) )
as ryota is working most of the days from afternoon, we use the mornings to check out the neighboorhood and stores to find out, which have things i can eat and where they have good japanese products. very nice is mitsuwa in new jersey, it’s like a big japanese supermarket, but they also have lots of small eateries, goods shop, book store etc.
i didn’t do much sightseeing, but as i will have loooots of time to do that after i got the visa, there is no need to rush (^_-) but i went to the museum of modern art, which was great (but a bit too crowded) and afterwards had a look around time square. meh…too many people, too loud, too many bad smells…and costumed creepy people. one time is enough…