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Travel Page

Hi all!

I wanted to let you know about a page I created that is focused on where I have traveled, and where I would like to travel to in the future. It’s called “Travel Checklist” and you can get to it from the navigation menu “List Love” at the top of the page.

I’ve also created a “Nomad Map” which links to some of my blog posts that are about travel destinations. It was fun to put the map together, and I’m looking forward to adding more! Check it out:

    Happy travels!

    🌐 Travel Checklist ☑️

    I was inspired by the wonderful blog Annie Bananie en Europe and created a Travel Checklist of my own. I love to travel, and hope to check more off the list soon!

    Caribbean

    Bahamas 🇧🇸
    Cuba 🇨🇺
    Jamaica 🇯🇲

    North America

    Canada 🇨🇦

    Toronto
    Vancouver

    USA 🇺🇸

    New York City
    Miami
    Chicago
    New Orleans
    West Coast
    Hawai’i

    Mexico 🇲🇽

    Cabo San Lucas
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico City

    South America

    Brazil 🇧🇷

    Rio de Janiero

    Peru 🇵🇪

    Cusco/Machhupicchu

    Asia

    China 🇨🇳

    Beijing
    Macau
    Xian
    Hong Kong

    Japan 🇯🇵

    Honshu
    Hokkaido
    Kyushu
    Shikoku
    Okinawa

    South Korea 🇰🇷

    Seoul
    Jeju

    Malaysia 🇲🇾

    Kuala Lumpur
    Pulau Radang

    Singapore 🇸🇬

    Singapore

    Vietnam 🇻🇳

    Hue
    Hanoi

    Thailand 🇹🇭

    Bangkok
    Chiang Mai

    India 🇮🇳

    New Delhi

    Oceania

    Yap 🌊

    Guam 🇬🇺

    Maldives 🇲🇻

    Europe

    U.K. 🇬🇧

    London
    Edinburgh

    France 🇫🇷

    Paris
    Nice

    Spain 🇪🇸

    Granada
    Barcelona
    Madrid
    Toledo

    Sweden 🇸🇪

    Stockholm

    Portugal 🇵🇹

    Lisbon
    Porto

    Italy 🇮🇹

    Rome
    Venice

    Greece 🇬🇷

    Athens
    Santorini
    Corfu

    Africa

    Morocco 🇲🇦

    Marrakech
    Fes
    Rabat
    Casablanca
    Tangier

    Egypt 🇪🇬

    Cairo

    Here’s a map where I have pinned some of my travel blog posts. Use the arrows to scroll through the posts, or click on a map marker to see the post from that location.

      Packing Sketch

      "Packing Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
      “Packing Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017Oac

      こんばんは。How’s it going?

      Today I made a pen and ink sketch of some of the main travel items I took on our trip to Morocco and Spain, I was inspired to do this after watching this video from an artist that I have been following on Youtube.

      I think it turned out ok, but there are a few things I would change. For instance, I would sketch the items smaller, so I could fit more on the page. Also, I forgot a bunch of things that I should have included, for instance, my Kindle, headphones, notebook & pencil, and maybe my clothes. And the passport didn’t need that yellow part. 😅

      Teoh Yi Chie’s packing lists are so cool, I want to create more packing lists, or even a “what’s in my bag” sketch. So fun!

      Today I bought a few more art supplies, including two more watercolor tubes, a #8 brush, 3B pencil, and Micron pen. I still need to figure out how to create a nice grey color using the paints that I have… I don’t want to resort to using the pre-made grey or black paints… so I guess more testing and research is needed.

      Well, I hope you had a nice weekend!

      おやすみ!

      Trip to the Ballpark

      "Representing" Arlington, 2017

      Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 2.44mm, f/2.2, 1/620 sec, ISO64
      “Representing” Arlington, 2017

      Hello! Today, Koa and I drove up to Arlington to catch the Angels play the Rangers. I didn’t have any Angels gear to wear (in support of my brother and his favorite team) so I wore my Dodgers cap. 😀

      I was excited to see future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols play, but it was a coincidence that Yu Darvish would be pitching for the Rangers. And we got a treat because Pujols cranked a line-drive homer to left field in the first! Other than that, Darvish pitched well, but the Rangers just couldn’t score any runs for him.

      We had a good time, and it was worth the long 3-hour drive up to see a major league game.

      Play ball!

      "Darvish Today" Arlington, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/450 sec, ISO200
      “Darvish Today” Arlington, 2017

      "Down in Front!" Arlington, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/140 sec, ISO200
      “Down in Front!” Arlington, 2017

      "Pujols Homer" Arlington, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/680 sec, ISO200
      “Pujols Homer” Arlington, 2017

      Morocco and Spain Trip Recap

      "Travel Loot" Cedar Park, 2017

      Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO640
      “Travel Loot” Cedar Park, 2017

      こんばんは。How’s it going?

      Well, I finally finished up with all my back posts of our trip! The photo above shows a few pieces of the loot haul, and in the dish is a small stone that I picked up from the water at Barceloneta beach. I don’t even know if it is imported or not, but the authenticity isn’t important. It’s the memory that it represents that gives it value. One of my favorite movie scenes explains what I mean.

      Anyways, here are a couple lists I made about the trip.

      Total miles traveled: 12,905

      • Plane: 11,273
      • Train: 921
      • Boat: 29
      • Bus/Taxi: 682

      Highlights/Bucket List

      • First trip to Africa – That makes it four continents for me!
      • Crossing from Africa to Europe by ferry – The so-called Strait of Gibraltar have been one of those mythical things since I was a little kid
      • Touching the Mediterranean – Again, like something out of a dream. Isn’t this where the Greek gods/heroes used to play?

      Top Food

      • Boquerones tapas (fried sardines)
      • Tagine
      • Papas bravas
      • Almejas tapas (clams)
      • Jamón bocadillos

      Post Index

      Since I posted my trip entries after-the-fact, here’s a list you can use to easily access each one:

      Handy Notes

      "Notes" Cedar Park, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
      “Notes” Cedar Park, 2017

      こんばんは。

      Today’s photo is of a little notebook that proved to be very handy during our trip. There were a few times in Morocco where I wasn’t able to communicate clearly when it really mattered. The most notable time was when we were trying to buy train tickets. It’s actually a fairly easy process to buy tickets in Morocco, but during Ramadan, the schedule is a little different and also I didn’t understand if there was a change of trains at some point.

      So, before I headed to the ticket counter (there are also automated ticket machines), I wrote down the desired destination, date, number of tickets, and 1st class. I could just show that to the ticket agent and he wrote down the available trains that day. It was so much easier than trying to verbally communicate.

      Google translate is amazing, but in cases like these, pencil and paper win the day!

      I hope you had a nice Sunday!

      またね~

      Returning Home

      "The Way Home" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/4000 sec, ISO800
      “The Way Home” Casablanca, 2017

      Hello! This is the last day of our Eurafrica trip when we fly back home. 😞

      Another long journey, today’s schedule takes us from Casablanca to Montreal, then on to Chicago and finally home to Austin. ✈

      We opted to take a pre-arranged taxi from the hotel to the airport, which cost about $25 which was nice since the cab took us door-to-door. At the airport, Mariko finally found some Moroccan wine at the duty-free shop. I guess this was pretty much the only chance to buy some! Ever since she had some Moroccan wine at the Morocco area of EPCOT, she’s wanted a bottle or two. So I guess this was one of her quests for the trip!  And happily, the wine made it all the way back home safe and sound, even though they had to scan the wine in Montreal in some fancy contraption in customs.

      By the way, for those traveling to the US, you actually pass through US customs at the Montreal airport. It was very convenient, and I was surprised to hear the Customs agent say, “Welcome home, Mr. Fujimoto,” while we were still in Canada! 🇨🇦 🇺🇸

      Anyways, we arrived in Austin at about 22:00 and my brother was waiting at the gate for us. See, he had just flown in an hour earlier and would spend the next few days visiting us. It was nice to see him after the long journey!

      Oh, when we were in O’Hare, Mariko had to get a Chicago Hot Dog. 🌭 It was pretty good! Welcome back to America, indeed!

      "Chicago Airport Dog" Chicago, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO320
      “Chicago Airport Dog” Chicago, 2017

      Casablanca

      "Hassan II Mosque" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/950 sec, ISO200
      “Hassan II Mosque” Casablanca, 2017

      Today was another travel day. Since we booked cheap tickets, our flight plan took us back to Casablanca from Barcelona, then overnight at a hotel, and then fly out the next day… so, another long day with long miles!

      We started the day with a nice breakfast at Hotel Constanza, then took a taxi to the Barcelona airport. The security and customs process in that airport is pretty crazy, and almost everyone who finished customs took off running to their gate. It would have been kind of funny to see had we not been in a similar situation. But we made it to our flight with a few minutes to spare, and after a short hop over Spain and the strait, we were back in Morocco!

      "Casa Port" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO200
      “Casa Port” Casablanca, 2017

      After an hour train ride and short taxi right, we reached our hotel, the Melliber Appart Hotel in the afternoon and settled in. We were pleasantly surprised that our room had an amazing view of the Hassan II Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Morocco. It’s pretty impressive. There’s even a laser on top which shines straight to Mecca. Wow.

      After a brief rest, Mariko and I took a walk to look for a market for some last-minute goodies, but we got kind of spooked when we saw a man threaten another man on a scooter with a huge kitchen knife. It was a bit unnerving! We were told that people were cranky in the afternoons because of the fasting, but this was a bit extreme. So we gave up the search for the market and headed to the mosque for a closer look. As you can imagine, it’s huge. As the day was ending, and Ramadan was nearing its close, hundreds of people were coming to pray. It was quite a sight to see.

      "Cool Car" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/340 sec, ISO200
      “Cool Car” Casablanca, 2017

      "Soccer" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO200
      “Soccer” Casablanca, 2017

      "Mosque at Dusk" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/140 sec, ISO200
      “Mosque at Dusk” Casablanca, 2017

      Dinner was had at the hotel restaurant where we enjoyed beef steak, fish tagine, fried eggs with shredded beef, and a variety of salads. Plus mint tea! I missed the Moroccan mint tea!

      Belly full once again, it was time for bed. 😴

      "Mosque at Night" Casablanca, 2017

      Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/20 sec, ISO800
      “Mosque at Night” Casablanca, 2017

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