Osaka, Japan

I left Prague, Czech Republic at 9:30am on Sunday, March 01 and I arrived in Osaka, Japan at 2pm on Monday, March 02.

I was most definitely emotionally/mentally tired, overwhelmed and exhausted. But then I saw Aly Cooper and her two adorable chill’ns; I got a hug and took a deep breath and then everything was better. We got some red bean donuts and Starbucks frappuccinos (how do you even spell this word?!) before sitting down and catching up for a few minutes.

After this, we got on a bus from the airport, riding it through the city of Osaka to our hotel. After getting settled in at the hotel, we ventured out to get some dinner. I believe we went to Dōtonbori, a section of the city known for its diversity in food options. After wandering down many a street and we all started to get a little hangry, we settled on one place and my first meal in Japan was at an Italian restaurant. _DSC0001

_DSC0008 One of the waiters was nice enough to fold up the stroller and carry it up the narrow staircase to the second floor. We ordered a smorgasbord of different salads, pastas, and breads; spending most of the time catching Alex (~1 year old) from running/falling head-long down the stairs.

On the walk back to the hotel, Aly and I kept laughing as Alex sang on pitch and rhythm to La La Latch by Pentatonix while Wyatt did parkour all over the sidewalk. Of course, we realized on this walk back to the hotel about one block from the entrance to the hotel that we had left the key card for the room in the restaurant. I wonder if that was a record for the hotel (less than 3 hours after checking in and already lost the key). From that point on, Aly and I were ridiculously careful with all the keys.

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