2015

my 2015 in travel

December 31st, 2015 / by / in: food / 2 Responses

2015

I know I’m super behind in updating this blog but I figured I’d post some travel highlights from the past year. I travelled to Europe and Asia, flew on some of my favourite airlines, and got in on some excellent mistake fares. Here’s hoping that 2016 is just as fun!

IMG_0601

Mike and I went on a $250 mistake fare trip around the world, which started in Milan, Italy. (Mostly so that Mike could eat his favourite pizza.)

IMG_0654

Ate some amazing vegetarian food in Vienna, Austria.

IMG_0670

Took a train to Budapest, Hungary.

IMG_0678

Budapest!

IMG_0748

Had some Hungarian wines…

IMG_0807

…and ate some Hungarian food.

IMG_0787

Drank in a ruin pub.

IMG_0854

Wandered around Amsterdam.

houses

Amsterdam has cute buildings.

IMG_0895

Flew KLM business class to Tokyo.

IMG_0914

Hot nuts forever!

IMG_0918

KLM meal

IMG_1054

Found myself in Tokyo once again.

IMG_1117

Ate some delicious Japanese meals.

IMG_1129

Did some karaoke (of course).

IMG_1147

Took a shinkansen to Morioka, Japan.

IMG_1166

Had some ekiben (train bento)!

IMG_1183

Saw the famous rock-breaking tree in Morioka. Apparently it’s a national treasure.

IMG_1209

Saw cherry blossoms in Morioka!

IMG_1248

Took a shinkansen to Sendai, Japan.

IMG_1255

Stayed at the Westin Sendai.

IMG_1258

Downtown Sendai

IMG_1317

More cherry blossoms.

IMG_1325

Sat under a giant sakura tree.

IMG_1338

Hanami-ed.

IMG_1341

Random kids + cherry blossoms

IMG_1511

Got in on the awesome American Airlines business class fare mistake. Flew to Beijing, China for $550 in business class and enjoyed it immensely due to the price.

IMG_1543

Wandered around Beijing

IMG_1552

Ate Yunnanese food, my favourite.

IMG_1559

More Beijing!

IMG_1558

Fun sculpture in Beijing.

IMG_1607

Went to the 789 Art Zone to see some art.

IMG_1600

Saw some art

IMG_1622

And some more art.

IMG_1627

Ate dumplings and drank cheap Chinese beer.

IMG_1635

Stayed at The Orchid Hotel in Beijing again, which is in a hutong.

IMG_1708

Took the fancy new UP Express in Toronto for the first and only time.

IMG_7872

Flew Cathay Pacific business class to Singapore.

IMG_7904

Enjoyed the free upgrade to a huge suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore.

IMG_8109

Nice views

IMG_8119

And a balcony!

IMG_7972

Learned how to make Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore.

IMG_7979

Went to a hawker centere.

IMG_8005

Ate satay at a hawker centre.

IMG_8048

Mike flew a flight simulator to Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong.

IMG_8089

Went to more hawker centres.

IMG_8083

Ate more hawker centre food, including carrot cake (no carrots or cake involved).

IMG_8097

Singapore!

IMG_8121

Decided to go to the top of the Marina Bay Sands.

IMG_8136

Nice view, scary high.

IMG_8161

Took a boat around Singapore.

IMG_8169

Ate chili crab.

IMG_8178

Relaxed at the pool.

IMG_8194

Checked out the butterfly garden at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

IMG_8202

Spent too many hours at the Singapore Airlines lounge.

IMG_8214

Flew Singapore Airlines to Fukuoka, Japan.

IMG_8222

Finally tried the Singapore Airlines lobster thermidor.

IMG_8227

Ate seafood donburi in Fukuoka.

IMG_8235

Went to an owl cafe.

IMG_8238

Saw some owls.


IMG_8248

Held some owls.

IMG_8263

Petted some owls.

IMG_8274

Did I mention there were owls?

IMG_8339

Tenjin, Fukuoka on Halloween.

IMG_8348

Had insane chashu ramen in Fukuoka again.

IMG_8381

Flew Asiana business class to Seoul, South Korea.

IMG_8385

Asiana is always great.

IMG_8401

Had a brief layover in Seoul.

IMG_8438

Flew in an Asiana First Suite on an A380 to Hong Kong!

IMG_8406

Mike enjoys the work I put into finding these trips.

IMG_8429

My suite had a door.

IMG_8461

Door closed

IMG_8482

Cheese plate because of course.

IMG_8502

Checking out the larger-than-usual bathroom.

IMG_8508

Bathroom mirror selfie.

IMG_8561

Hong Kong again.

IMG_8556

Dim sum, always.

IMG_8566

Took the subway from Hong Kong to Shenzhen in mainland China since we have 10-year Chinese visas. How often can you take the subway to another country?

IMG_8583

Shenzhen

IMG_8584

Random street food we tried.

IMG_8589

Tofu fish nuggets and the “Modern China burger” at a Chinese McDonalds.

IMG_8618

Hong Kong

IMG_8641

More dim sum.

IMG_8653

Went up Victoria Peak.

IMG_8666

Ate a Hong Kong waffle.

That’s about it for 2015. 10 countries and a lot of flights. Can’t wait for more travel in 2016 — starting with, of course, yet another trip to Japan.


2 Comments to my 2015 in travel

  • Charlene Moon says:

    Amazing year!

    Thanks again for all your Tokyo posts – our trip was amazing! And many, many of the things we did were 100% thanks to your posts!

    Happy new year!

    Charlene

Leave a Reply