If you follow me on Instagram or over on The Boston Day Book, you probably noticed that Matt, Milo and I headed to Japan and France last month for three weeks. It was such a wonderful trip, and Japan was even more amazing than I expected it to be. I’m going to be sharing our experiences in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Koyasan. First up, Tokyo!
I’ve always been a pretty good sleeper, but I have found that since having a baby, it’s been hard to ‘turn it off’ when the evening rolls around and it’s time to crawl into bed. I find myself awake in the late night hours thinking of my to do list (and how there are always more items being added than being crossed off!). And more often than not, I find myself scrolling through Instagram or blog feed.
Although there is still snow one the ground here in Boston, spring is coming! I was in Charleston this past weekend and the warm weather (80 degrees one day!) was such a nice reminder of what’s to come in just a few weeks.
Japan was always at the top of our travel list – but Japan with a baby? We weren’t so sure. When we were plotting our next adventure, we’d often dismiss Japan since it is expensive, far away, and now with a baby? Would it just be too hard? Truth be told, there’s no ‘perfect’ time to visit a place and when the opportunity strikes, you should take it.
Milo is just about to be 9 months old, and so far he’s visited four countries (Portugal, France, Japan, and a quick stop in Spain), taken two long-haul flights (14 and 13 hours) and three flights to Europe. That’s a lot of time in the air — and a lot of time dealing with time change / jet lag. The #1 question I’m asked when it comes to flying with a baby is how in the world do you manage a 14 hour flight? To be honest, it’s really not all that bad.
There’s nothing more important to me than spending time with family. As Milo grows up, I want him to know his aunts, uncles, cousin and of course his grandparents. We’re so lucky to live close to my sisters, my parents, and Matt’s brothers. After a busy few weeks of traveling (more to come on that very, very soon!), it was so nice to have an easy weekend at home with my sister, Carolyn and her new (!) husband, Tom.