The Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo in the summer of 2020 and already, there is a low hum starting to spread in the city – posters, construction, and art being made about it, evidently. After some engaging conversations with people who are from or have been living in Japan for a number of years, I’m starting to see some different facets of the safe, efficient and generally pleasant way of life here….
I’ve been keeping my eyes open for differences along my way. Those are the details that are easiest to spot when you first visiting a place with a different climate, cuisine, religion, and laws than your own. More often than not though, after some time to adjust to the new surroundings, in big cities and small villages, there are similarities just under the surface.
Finding accommodation is my least favorite thing to do while on the road. Balancing cleanliness, cost, location, amenities and atmosphere is challenging and time consuming – and I’ve very rarely hit a high score in all those categories. I have found that the overall experience, or one thing that is particularly interesting about a place can outweigh those cobwebs lingering in the corner of the ceiling. If not for experience, why travel in the first place?