It took me a little over an hour from Ginza to Yokohama on the JR Train. I started my morning in Yokohama Chinatown around 9 am. This is Japan’s Largest Chinatown! .
First thing I tried is the soup dumplings! It was Perfect! Everything I imagine it would be! .
I spent a little over an hour in Yokohama Chinatown. I wish there was more time because I can see myself here again. I definitely would love to sit in one of the restaurants and enjoy a meal. The menu looks so good but most of the restaurants open around 11 am. I settle for street foods and that also made me happy 😊! .
#happiness #traveling #yokohama #chinatown #yummyfood #japan #travelblog #travelingonabudget #foodie #letseat
We’re half way through our 3 day weekend 😳
It’s the perfect time to book something else to look forward to this summer (or winter) and help ease those impending Monday night scaries
Andorra is the world’s 16th smallest country. It is located between Spain and France and is only accessible by road. It is believed that Andorra was created by Charlemagne. Andorra was ruled by the Count of Urgell until 988, when it was transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urgell, and the present principality was formed by a charter in 1278. Andorra is a principality because it has two Princes: the Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain, and the President of France. Currently both princes are symbolic positions in Andorra. The official language is Catalan; although Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also widely spoken. The capital is Andorra la Vella which is situated in a beautiful valley in the Pyrenees.
I woke early to take the direct bus to Andorra. The bus ride through the Pyrenees was amazing! I had brunch at Chocolatería Valor — tomato, avocado, ham, cheese sandwich with a cup of coffee mixed with dark chocolate (my kind of coffee!). Afterwards I walked around the historical section of the city and went hiking on the path Rec del Sola. I bought fruit from the supermarket and ate lunch in central park. After that I hiked on the other side of town and followed a trail that led to a beautiful viewpoint of the city. While hiking I saw a lot of gardens terraced into the mountain side.
The weather was perfect. The hiking and food was perfect. Everything was amazing and beautiful!
#andorra #andorralavella #europe #solotraveler #womenwhotravel #travelingonabudget #vacation
•Tarragona // Tarraco•
From Barcelona, Tarragona is an easy train ride. The train follows a track along the coast and offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and you’re able to see the olive and grape fields of Spain.
There are tales and legends about the founding name of Tarragona and it’s origins but the real founding date is still unknown.
During the Roman Republic, the city was fortified and enlarged as a Roman colony and was converted into a fortress and arsenal against the Carthaginians.
Unfortunately the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona is being renovated so I did not get to see this museum.
I did visit the Paleochristian Museum and Necropolis. This museum preserves and explains the different funeral rituals that occurred in Tarragona as Christianity became accepted in the Roman Empire and how funeral rituals changed over time.
The Roman circus was used for chariot racing and was a common leisure activity that was free for the public to watch and where spectators could place bets. Chariot racers were sponsored by wealthy patrons. The racing track is elliptical with a middle section that contained statues and a curb to form the racing track.
The Amphitheatre was used for gladiator and animal fights. The center had a wooden stage that had trap doors for the gladiators and animals to enter into the amphitheatre. During the Roman period the city's bishop and his deacons were burned in the amphitheater. A basilica was later built in the amphitheater honoring the martyrs.
The Tarragona Roman Forum was the central square of the city. The Forum was the cultural and political hub of Roman life here and stood as a mixture of public and religious buildings.
The Roman Walls were built between the end of the 3rd century and the early 2nd century B.C. It still retains several sections of wall and three towers: Cabiscol tower, Minerva tower and Arzobispo tower.
The Tarragona Cathedral dates to the 12th-13th centuries. It combines Romanesque and Gothic architectural elements.
#spain #tarragona #romanruins #europe #solotraveler #womenwhotravel #travelingonabudget #vacation
Finally got to try Ichiran Ramen in Shinjuku, Japan. We arrived at 5 pm, there is a person outdoor that tells you where to go for Ichiran Ramen. It’s on the 6th Floor of the building. You can’t miss the big sign outside.
By the way, take the stairs if you can. We took the elevator, even though we were first in line, all of the people after us became first in line when the elevator opened. Everyone rush out of the elevator to go to Ichiran Ramen. .
Once on the 6th floor, there’s a vending machine that you insert your Yen and then make your selection. .
I got Ichiran 5 with set menu for 1490 Yen: .
Hard boiled egg
Meat, seaweed, and Kikurage mushroom.
I even got a pack of Instant Ichiran Ramen to bring home! Gotta take Japan back with me 😉. .
#Shinjuku #Japan #Ramen #foodie #sogood #delicious #letseat #foodphotography #ichiranramen #travel #travelingonabudget #travelblog
I just ate the most fluffy pancake in Shinjuku, Japan. It’s called, “A Happy Pancake.” This place gets super busy so make reservations or come here at 10 am. .
By the way, it takes about 20 minutes to get your food. .
Ice Mocha Coffee
Pancake with Banana & Chocolate sauce
The ice coffee is very strong. They give you a small sweeter to add to your coffee but I’m going to need more sugar! .
The pancake was so fluffy! It was delicious. I’m use to having syrup on my pancakes but it was a nice change to have chocolate instead. The whip cream is amazing here. I usually don’t like whip cream on my pancake because it’s too sweet. This one was so different. It was creamy but not too sweet. .
Perfect way to start the morning in Shinjuku... Pancakes and Coffee! .
#Shinjuku #Japan #breakfast #sorelaxing #delicious #foodie #pancakes #happytime #travelblog #travelingonabudget #adventuretime #banana #whipcream #coffee #happinessinmybelly
Tokyo Skytree Tower has a Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Theme from now till 7/17/19! .
Totally worth getting the combo price to be on the 350 and 450 floor! .
We went on a weekday and the combo price that we paid was about $31 USD (3100 Yen). .
The Tokyo Skytree is the world tallest tower at 634 meters! .
We spent over 3 hours inside the Tokyo Skytree tower from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. In order to view Tokyo transition from day time to sunset and then night time. All of the view was gorgeous! I especially was in awed during the sunset, the red sun was so beautiful.
The view made me feel so tiny compared to the rest of Tokyo. I don’t think I’ve ever be tired of exploring this city. .
Tip: Go on a weekday, arrive a few hours before sunset, grab your spot because it does get very busy right before the sunset. .
Another tourist comment that I had a good spot to view the sunset. Of course! I held that spot at least one hour before the sunset 🌅 on the 450 floor! And saw the most beautiful sunset in my life 😍. .
#Tokyo #Japan #Tokyoskytree #sobeautiful #gorgeous #Hellokitty #sanrio #45thanniversary #hk #theworldtallesttower #sunset #travelingonabudget #travelblog
The name Montjuïc comes from “mons judaicus”, the name used in medieval times for the mountain that held the cemetery where Jews living in Barcelona were laid to rest.
Before the castle there was a lighthouse (in 1073) used to warn the city of hostile vessels or signs of war. In 1640 a small walled fort, built in 30 days by soldiers and civilians, was erected around the lighthouse. A year later the fort saw its first battle during the Catalan Revolt when the Principality of Catalonia challenged Spain's authority. The old fort was however demolished in 1751 by the Spanish engineer and architect Juan Martin Cermeño who created the current structure.
Montjuïc Castle has a complicated history with it’s founding in protecting the people of Barcelona and fighting for the Catalonia identity. Since it overlooks the city and is in one of the most powerful positions, it has been conquered and taken by many forces throughout history. If the castle fell, Barcelona fell. From the 19th century and onwards, the castle has been used to suppress and oppress the people of Barcelona. In the last 300 years the fort has imprisoned, tortured and shot political prisoners. One of the most famous executed political prisoners was Lluís Companys, who was the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War.
#spain #barcelona #montjuïccastle #europe #solotraveler #womenwhotravel #travelingonabudget #vacation
figured it would only be appropriate to end my trip with a classic selfie. let’s be real, as much as I want to pretend I hate selfies, I cave into taking them all. the. time. somebody tell me I’m not the only one?! 🤳🏻 I thought I’d do another quick intro, so you can get to know me if you’re new here. • my name is Mariah but I go by Mj • I just graduated college 3 weeks ago • I’m moving to China in August to pursue my career teaching • I’ve been to 18 countries and have a goal of visiting 30 by the time I’m 30! • thanks for hanging out with me and my travel adventures 🤗✈️