May 3rd, 2018
At the end of our trip in Japan, Felix proposed!
It felt weird not writing about it here, on my blog, even though I’m pretty sure most of you – if not all – already know it.
I’m going to keep this very brief, as I’m planning to film a video with Felix to tell you how it all happened, but I wanted to take this chance to think back at this amazing month I spent in Tokyo.
I’ve always loved Japan, and the more I visited it, the more I grew interested in seeing how it would be to live in a place so far and so different from what I’m used to.
Felix and I talked about spending some time in Tokyo for years, and then on Christmas 2017, we booked the flights and airbnbs as a gift to ourselves.
The hardest thing for me was by far having to leave the pugs (Maya in particular, as she needs so much care and attention) for an entire month. Luckily I have the best friend – Daizo – that was available and willing to spend time alone here in Brighton, and look after them.
That allowed Felix and I to go, feeling comfortable and stress-free.
Every day was a little adventure, and although visiting new areas in Japan, like Okinawa, Karuizawa and Yokohama was really fun, what I realised more and more, with each day that passed, is how much I truly love Tokyo itself: it’s such a busy, lively city – not at all something I normally would want, and rather avoid – but because of how well organised, clean and efficient it is, it makes it that much more enjoyable.
It’s actually quite soothing, to me, for a few reasons:
- when you are in the metro, squeezed in between strangers, and you then get out into the station to find absolute chaos, it seems almost impossible that by turning a corner you will find a quiet place. But you do. Whatever you are looking for, this city has it.
- I have what Felix and I refer to as ‘sleep anxiety’. Not sure that’s a thing, or if anyone can relate, but I struggle to fall asleep and get really anxious about it. I need to know someone is awake, and when you live in a city that is basically bright as daytime even during the night, it’s clear that you are not the only person still awake in the middle of the night. Because of this, I’ve have had the best month of sleep I’ve had in a very long time.
- You feel safe, no matter in which area you are – and that’s big, when it comes from me! I normally need lots of time to get used to a place, even more to leave the house by myself… but when I was there, going out on my own was completely fine almost immediately. Getting around is so easy, and people are so polite that if I needed help, I could simply ask around – yes, even with the language barrier.
As if my time there wasn’t already going so well, at the end of our trip – as I said – Felix proposed. It was a wonderful surprise, and of course made this trip even more special, and one I will never ever forget.
Thank you guys, once again, for all the sweet messages you have been sending our way!