St Peters Basilica as seen from Castel Sant'Angelo
We landed at 7:35 am at Rome (Fiumicino airport) and tried to get to the sights on our to do list as quickly as possible. Go go go, get through immigration, get luggage, get into town and leave our luggage with our accommodation, easy peasy.
Sunset at Hong Kong International Airport
I’m hitting the road again with A! Last year we did not holiday together at all so it’s been 2 years since we’ve been on a holiday together. We’re headed to Europe this time (yes yes, Europe for me again?!) but it’s only the second time we’ve been to Europe together. The first time we only visited Spain.
Road signs on Uluru road
Today was our final full day on holiday and I had one last thing I needed to cross off on my list - climbing Uluru. It was basically the whole reason I went on this trip, as they were closing it at the end of 2019. I had never really thought I would visit Uluru this young but circumstances demanded it! (that’s not the first time I’ve said that about a specific location, the other place I’d never thought I’d visit before 30 was USA and would you look at that - I’ve visited it twice now.)
Kings Canyon as seen from Cotterill's Lookout
Today we went on a day trip outside of Yulara/Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. We were supposed to do this on our last day (tomorrow) but I pushed it up to accomodate for a possible Uluru climb tomorrow (fingers crossed!)
Kata Tjuta taken from the road just after sundown
Today was our first full day at the rock. I had a big plan ahead of me - see the sunrise, climb Uluru and possibly do the base walk as well.
View of Uluru from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park cultural centre
This was another one of those unexpected trips which occurred due to the timing of certain events. Jetstar was having a sale (50% off!), I was pretty stressed out at work and needed something not related to work to look forward to, my parents also wanted to visit Uluru and it was just announced that the Uluru climb was closing on Oct 2019. So off we went!
Hinokinai River from Kakunodate
Today I planned to visit the old Samurai town of Kakunodate then later the famous Nyuto Onsens.
To do this required a really really early morning start.
Godaido of Yamadera
This day turned out to be a good and bad day. Although the bad can sort of be looked at in a good light.
I started my morning with some Orange Juice and headed off to Kita-Yamadera station to visit the snowy town of Yamadera.
I woke up a little bit later than I wanted but I headed down to the JR station to get my pass stamped.
Night time street in Akihabara
I opted to skip breakfast today in preparation for my lunch. A meal at a michelin starred restaurant featuring “Unagi”.