What? I still have a blog?

Wow – my last post was September 20th. I think this is the longest gap in blog posts in Adventures in Gastronomy history. Not a good thing.

In my defense, I have been fairly active during that lull. My aunt died shortly after that post so I hosted my parents for a few days and went to her wake and funeral. Three days later I joined Randy on a business trip to Japan. Because I was using frequent flyer miles we ended up on different flights (in both directions) so I flew out on Columbus Day and came home nine days later.

Unlike last time (when I took the shinkansen to Kyoto and Osaka) I focused my trip on the Tokyo area this time. Randy was working eveyr week day so I ended up exploring Tokyo on my own for the first four days. In addition to more temples and shrines than I can remember, I visited the Meguro Parasitological Museum…the world’s only museum dedicated to  parasites!

When the weekend came around, Randy and I continued playing tourist – visiting Ueno Park (which I saw the last time) and going to new places, like Odaibo (sp?) and the Rainbow Bridge and 30 story tall ferris wheel. And a hilarious misnamed mall called “Venus Fot”….built on the inside to look like Venice, Italy. Venus=Venice.

On Monday Randy and I ventured out of the city to the UNESCO Heritage site of Nikko. The train ride was horrible, but Nikko was great. We arrived on their annual Parade of 1,000 Samurai. Pretty cool.

Since my return, I fought jetlag for nearly 3 weeks. We also kept busy with trips in Boston (foliage, picture taking, plays, parks) and even hosted a small Halloween gathering (my first time in costume since the 1980’s when I went as a pimp with two female friends as my hookers. I can’t believe our parents allowed that.

And soon we’re off to San Francisco and Gold Country.  Should be fun. It’s been over 2 years since I’ve been to San Francisco. I wouldn’t mind skipping the Gold Country (and Randy’s wineries) for just the city – but oh well. What can you do?

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Melody on November 17, 2011 11:15 am

    Sorry to hear about your aunt Karl.

    Sounds like you and Randy have been very busy. I have to plan a trip to San Francisco. I haven’t been there since 1987 I believe.

    You and Randy have a great holiday season!

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