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On Getting Fingerprinted While Entering Japan

I am writing this story for all of you out there who, like myself, have “faint” fingerprints that can’t be read by machines. I know you’re out there, and I also know that if you’re planning on traveling to Japan, you’ll likely be wondering what will happen when they fingerprint you at the border, which they do for all foreign nationals entering the country. Quite frankly, I had a hell of a time getting reliable information on the topic when I was planning my trip to Japan, so I wanted to write a detailed account of my experiences to help out my faint fingerprinted brothers and sisters out there in the hope that this will save you some of the frustration I faced when researching the topic.

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Just How Cold is Japan in February, Really?

When I booked my recent trip to Japan, I heard a chorus of pretty much every single person I know telling me how I was going to freeze to death, and get frostbite in my toes and lose a couple fingers. I would also likely get trapped in a blizzard, be forced to dig a cave dwelling into the snow and keep a fire constantly burning in order to survive the harsh winter onslaught. If I was unsuccessful in these efforts, I would turn into an ice monster, doomed to roam the frozen arctic tundra for all eternity.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Madagascar

There’s just something about Madagascar that intrigues me. This beautiful island off the Southeast coast of Africa is home to rain-forests, reefs, and an impressive array of unique wildlife, such as lemurs.I have a few friends who have been there and came back absolutely in love and enchanted with this place. I really hope to be able to visit for myself one day.

This Wanderlust Wednesday, let’s take a look at this amazing place in the world.

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A Lovely Getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

I had the good fortune to spend five days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico recently and it was magical. I wanted to share with you the beauty of this wonderful little town at the tip of Baja California as well as a few travel tips, of course. If you’re from the U.S. West coast, it’s really quite a short flight there as well (only two hours from San Diego or Tijuana airports and not too much more from Los Angeles). You could be away in the beautiful Mexican state of Baja California Sur quicker than you might think!

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Florence, Italy

In 2007, I traveled to Italy on my honeymoon. Our first stop was Venice, and it was every bit as incredible as I had imagined it would be. Our second stop on the grand Italian tour was Florence. Usually we travel on a budget and stay in some […]

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On Traveling to Venice, Italy (Part 3): Exploration

What can I say about Venice that hasn’t been said so many times before? Yes, it’s true that it’s incredibly beautiful. It’s so beautiful it’s almost surreal. In fact, you can find beauty and old-world charm in just about every corner of the city. It doesn’t really matter where you go…you’ll find beauty. Yes, there are iconic, amazing landmarks that you absolutely must see. But there are also amazing places around random corners.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Belize

A few years ago, my parents went to Belize. I was supposed to go with them but through a combination of unfortunate circumstances, I wasn’t able to go…and I was devastated. However, looking at their photos and hearing about what a wonderful time they had really fueled my wanderlust for the small Central American country, and I’m still bound and determined to make it there someday. If you’re unfamiliar with the beauty of this amazing little country, allow me to introduce you to Belize, the topic of this week’s Wanderlust Wednesday.

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On Traveling to Venice, Italy (Part 1) The Harrowing Journey

It was the first day of my honeymoon and I had just landed in Venice, Italy. It had been a harrowing journey. We had originally planned on flying into Milan, where we would spend the night, explore Milan a bit, and then take the train into Venice the next day.

These plans were foiled, however, by my old nemesis of LAX. I don’t know if you’re noticing a theme in this blog yet or not, but nothing good ever happens to me at LAX. In my opinion, it is a pit of despair. Still, Los Angeles is the cheapest airport to fly out of internationally in my area, so I do find myself there more often than I would like.