To the Koshien.

So let’s finish this! I miss Japan terribly. We’re already thinking about the next trip to Japan, in a couple of years, and it’s going to be even better than before.

I still have photos from Ireland and Paris to post…! But let’s visit Japan now.

After a wonderful day at Universal Studios, we took the first train out to Osaka, where we walked around a bit and ate our lunch before heading to the Koshien stadium with Atsuko and her boyfriend.

Still in Universal's premises.
Still in Universal’s premises.
We miss you, Japanese rollercoasters!
We miss you, Japanese rollercoasters!

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Being at Koshien stadium was like a dream come true for me. I am a big Mitsuru Adachi fan, who, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the best and most famous mangakas, whose mangas focus mainly on sports, namely, baseball. So I’ve been reading baseball mangas for a very long time, and just like any character in those mangas, going to a game at the Koshien was the ultimate goal.

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Cold soba. Delicious.
Cold soba. Delicious.
Eel for keoshi.
Eel for keoshi.

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And it did not disappoint one bit. Completely humongous and full of fans dressed appropriately with tiny plastic bats to make some noise while the game was on. There were also girls going around all the time serving beer. Now let’s pause here for a second. I haven’t been in other stadiums or games in any other country besides Portugal, but from my experience, taking plastic bats and drinking alcohol during a game would be a one way ticket to a bloody death at the stands, so I was absolutely amazed, once again, with how civilised Japanese are.

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The whole experience was stunning. From eating out of bento boxes to happily celebrate the wins of Hanshin Tigers with everyone around us, to letting go of worm like balloons to celebrate the last point was just an amazing experience, one that we are definitely not going to forget.

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There are no words to describe what was really felt by us during nearly four hours. Definitely unforgettable. And here are some videos (with the iPhone 5s)!

Hope you enjoyed it! Come back tomorrow for more!

Exploring Harajuku and Universal Studios.

After Enoshima we only had one thing in our agenda, go to Osaka to watch the Baseball game between Hanshin Tigers and Tokyo Giants, at the Koshien stadium. But that was 2 days away. By now you should know about our love for theme parks and roller coasters, so we decided to go earlier to Osaka and visit the Universal Studios, where on the 15th had opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a park area featuring Harry Potter. This was a big opportunity, because it was something very new, and only the second one in the whole world (the first one opened this June in Orlando, Florida).

So, the day before heading to Osaka, we walked around Harajuku, explored the neighborhood, discovered new places and fell in love with it all over again.

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We first went to Shinjuku for some ramen. more pics after the jump

a bit of vegas.

I am officially on christmas break!

Hence why I have my laptop open and the tv on (just for the heck of it! — sex and the city is on, ahahaha) and I am actually editing pictures and I am writing a post!…on my laptop!

As a celebration, I’m posting Las Vegas pics with the Fuji x100s, hope you enjoy it.

Hopefully, with things slowing down for the time being, I’ll be able to post more during these next couple of days.

Have a great evening!

bed at ARIA hotel.

Continue reading “a bit of vegas.”

More from Vegas.

Things have been quite slow around here lately, mainly because I’ve been drop dead tired all the time.
Since coming back from Vegas I hadn’t had a minute to actually rest between school and jetlag. So I’ve been behaving like a very tired zombie these last few days.

Vegas was a little bit of a surprise. I didn’t think I would enjoy it so much or appreciate it as much as I did. It is definitely not the type of city I would fall in love with at first sight, but it definitely has its charms.

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I can only define Vegas like a huge shopping mall with endless shops and nice restaurants with a whole lot of eccentricity in the mix. And of course lots and lots and lots and lots of casinos. We’ve spent around 5 bucks on one of those machines that you have to get some sort of winning combination of cards and fruits… We didn’t know how to play most of the games there so we just enjoyed ourselves some other ways.

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Like eating good food.

We visited a local Japanese ramen place with original delicious ramen, just like we were used to back in Japan (that you saw on the last post but I’m just gonna repost for the sake of it), and we indulged on some Gordon Ramsay specialty burgers at Burgr ( GR, get it? ), some nice cocktails, some delicious and huge breakfasts and, the cherry on top of the cake, a nice quiet dinner at Tao, that I will talk about a little more in another post (soon).

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We’ve had great fun, to say the least. We were also dead tired so any plans we had for Halloween went completely out of the window since we basically slept through Halloween, and watched a crazy sad documentary about orcas in captivity, Beneath the Surface *edit* The documentary we watched is actually Blackfish. I haven’t been able to look at dolphins since watching The Cove, but this one is not very far behind.

It only goes to show how absolutely grotesque and selfish human beings really are.

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But let’s forget about the sad obvious things. After checking out the newest iPad, eating deliciously all the time, having cocktails and spending a large one at Victoria Secret (that was packed with men, who were buying things for the ladies), getting lost in the craziness of the UFC shop (the octagons pendants are just too big for me, shame) and seeing upfront and in person the latest winner of Ink Master who was tattooing right there, we came back to the homeland.

I had to run through two short layovers in Chicago and Madrid and when I got to Lisbon, I heard my name being called all over the damn airport. My immediate thoughts: they’ve lost my suitcase. And there you go.
Our Spanish siblings in Madrid couldn’t make it to the plane in time with the all the luggage so I was left with nothing until the next day only.

It was definitely tiring and crazy, but completely worth it. Would I go back right now? Not really. But I wouldn’t mind going back one day.

Again I’m sorry for such a long absence, but it started writing this post nearly a week ago… I’ve been over my head with work.
Can’t wait for Xmas break…!

Over and out!

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a few minutes.

I finally have a few minutes to write. Not even to post photos, no… just write for a bit.

These past 11 days have been utter madness. I’ve had presentations and essays to write and (more) stuff to read and I have to really keep myself focused on what I’m doing or else… I barely have had any sleep, and between sleeping, studying, working and socializing (just for a bit) I haven’t had any time to write here. But I don’t mind all that if I get a great reward and I did, just yesterday. It was one of the most important presentations so far, mostly because I was presenting it to four of my favorite professors and investigators… and I passed with flying colors. and it felt amazing. 

Now I just need to sleep. 

and i’m leaving you with this. 

the leaves are not falling yet.

It’s still hot outside. 

The other day I found a case I used to use for college, when I was 17 (back in my first course, chemistry) and it was written all over with phrases I found funny at the time… They’re just overused and old and not funny anymore, but I had to laugh out loud when I read them. 

Never fight with someone ugly — they have nothing to lose.

or 

It’s impossible to create something idiot proof — they are extremely ingenious.

or 

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be presumed stupid, than open it and remove all doubts.

(this is just so true for some people I know)

and then there are these lines that me and my friend used to write for a story with were writing

Momiji — I know how we can make quick cash!

Akane — how?

Momiji — We could sell your body!

Akane — …

Akane — We could sell your body. They make handbags here, don’t they?

I had to laugh. And today we went out for coffee and we kept reminiscing… so I’m nostalgic today.

meh. 

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a book.

Learning is one of my favorite things to do. I have a natural curiosity about things and instead of resigning myself to what I know I usually end up finding about new things that I wanna know more of.

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4/365 – this book is all about a learning process, and it’s absolutely great. I have yet to see the movie.

And there are so many things I wanna learn about! Since I still have free time I’m coming up with a schedule and subjects I wanna learn more of. Like Quantum Mechanics and work around the Shrodinger’s cat experiment; Photography! I so want to know more about photography… so I’d probably start with Optics (that is one of my areas of expertise and work from there); definitely get my Japanese going (ever since I stopped watching anime and live-action series, I got a little rusty…); also… CSS and HTML, Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology; Graphic Design… woah. ok, I’ll stop now. 

Basically I’m trying to build up my own “at-home-school”. But the thing is… all this idea is actually a learning process as well. I’ll be studying by myself focusing on what I want to learn… will that make me excel on the subjects I chose? Will I get frustrated by the freedom I’m not really imposing on myself? Will I miss the limits that usually schools have on students? Will I miss being tested? If I had had this freedom of choice throughout my academic path, would it make a difference on what I do today? 

Oh goodness… I’m rambling so much. Too much things in my mind right now…which is awesome! 

Good night, people. 

quote.

Life, if you keep chasing it so hard, will drive you to death. Time – when pursued like a bandit – will behave like one; (…) At some point you have to stop because it won’t. You have to admit that you can’t catch it. At some point, (…), you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.

 

Elizabeth Gilbert on ” Eat, Pray, Love”.

ten secrets.

10 secrets about me that will make absolutely no difference in your life.

1- I sometimes initiate very long and interesting conversations with both my pets and always get to the conclusion that they’re quite understanding.

2 – The clothes in my closet are organized by color. I know, I’m a freak.

3 – I like to clean when I’m home alone…it whether becomes a soul-searching process or a dancing spree — hence why I like to be alone.

4 – I read the list of ingredients of 99% of the products I buy.

5 – I never have enough bras or jeans. the thing is: I whether get tired of the way they look on me or I find some flaw that makes me throw it to the back of the closet…so I end up buying more. *shrugs*

6 – I hate milk and coconut. I hate the smell, the taste, the texture (of the coconut)…But because milk is good for me, I always drink a glass or two per day…with an expresso shot.

7 – I love the smell of dawn: it’s a mishmash of fresh humidity, grass and earth that I find very relaxing, and that you only get in certain places.

8 – I *must* go to the beach during summer time…or it’s simply not summer for me.

9 – I talk way too much when I’m tipsy (notice that I did not say drunk!).

10 – I can stare at the clouds in the sky for hours, specially if they’re big and fluffy.

PS: that’s me in the picture. I was probably around 6/7 years old…