our next travel adventure

Next week, Chris and I get to go to Japan! We've been planning this trip since before we got married and now that it's finally happening, it's a little surreal. We'll be there for a total of four weeks and as of right now, we are going to nine different areas. Most are in northern Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, which is where we both served missions for our church. Me 18 months, Chris 2 years. We bought rail passes since we'll be taking the train from one end of Japan to the other and then all over Hokkaido (it's cheaper than low-cost airfare). We are spending time in Fukuyama (which is where my family lives), Yokohama (which is where Chris' distant relatives live), Hakodate, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kushiro, Shiner, Atsubetsu, and Obihiro.

I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for being able to go. We won't be fine dining or staying in five star hotels but we won't be eating granola bars the entire time either. We enjoy traveling but this trip has multiple purposes. It's our honeymoon, a visit to introduce Chris to my extended family, and a visit to our mission area all rolled into one. It's extra convenient that we were in the same mission :) Overall, we feel pretty lucky.

As I've been planning where to go and who to stay with, memories of my time there have been coming back. Precious experiences, personal growth, and incredible people, all things I'm looking forward to sharing with Chris.

Since we drove to Washington instead of flying, we were able to bring a few things back, like a box of my stuff, which had all of my memory cards! We spent hours going through all of the pictures, laughing and reminiscing the entire time (a year and a half leaves you with a lot of pictures..). Definitely not my best looking years but here are a few fun pictures from the last time I was in Hokkaido :)

And in case I didn't make this clear enough, I'm so so excited to go again!

^^Look! A picture of husband that I didn't even realize I had! 

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