Anyone that knows my brother and I can attest that we are polar opposites. So, when we decided to travel separately and meet in Tokyo, it was bound to make for an interesting story.
I am a planner in every sense of the word, and he is, well, certainly way more spontaneous. When I first booked this trip, I planned every hour of every day in my little pink agenda book. Prior to leaving, my brother informed me that when he arrived, he would be following no “set plans” and would be taking the days on as they came. Now im REALLY trying hard with this” uncomfortable” New Year’s resolutions thing, so I ditched my detailed plans and decided I would tag along and wing it with him.
We started our day with an early breakfast at my favorite NYC – Sarabeth’s – breakfast spot that also happens to have locations throughout Japan. I had already seen pretty much all of Tokyo so I decided it would be best that we venture on a day trip to a nearby city. I hit up good old google, and found a city called Yokohama, so we decided to give it a look.
On the way there I was responsible for the map and directions so we arrived with no problem (The way home was a different story).
When we arrived, we came across a local zoo and stopped by to take some pictures and check out the animals. Then, in dire need of an English menu and some American food, we lunched at the Hard Rock. (So cultured we are, I know!!!!)
Across the street from the Hard Rock was a pier with a bunch of rides so that’s where we spent most our day. I know the Japanese are technologically advanced, but seeing their amusement park first hand was quite the experience.
They had virtual reality roller coasters, and the glass bottom Ferris wheel we rode was equipped with an iPad and games (yah know, in case you get bored of the views and the people you’re with and need some candy crush in your life!!!) and rather than toys or stuffed animals, the claw machines were filled with plastic pieces of sushi and kabob sticks.
After we were done wandering around the pier, we were both exhausted and decided to head home. My phone was dead and I had run out of data (thanks Verizon for the ½ GB allowance!!) so I left my brother in charge of the maps (big mistake). At the last stop, we got off the train and my brother informed me we were only 800 feet from our Airbnb. We walked out of the station, and right in front of our face was Tokyo Tower and I immediately knew we had gone way too far.
By this point, both our phones are dead and we were both out of data!!! So, we found a coffee shop a couple blocks down, plugged in our phones and used their Wi-Fi to figure out where we were and how to get home. I put our address into google maps only to see that we somehow ventured an hour past our Airbnb so we were back to square one.
After a 3-hour ride, we finally made it home only to see that our door had been unlocked all day and our floor was flooded!!!!!!
If I have learned anything over the course of the past year, it’s that things RARELY go as planned when you travel in a foreign country, and sometimes all that you can do is laugh 🙂