Tippy dreams of one day changing the world, but still has to figure out how to exactly. She likes words and its capacity to invoke great emotion in people. On this silly little blog she chronicles travel, music, food, advocacy, pretentious things like books, film & art, and of course everyday life.
Today is the birthday of Billie, one of my best friends in the entire world. I’m not just saying this because I love her like a sister, but she really is an amazing human being. I hope that today you send her good thoughts that wish her a beautiful year ahead.
Happy birthday, Bill!
Photo taken a year ago outside of Sagrada Familla in Barcelona. August 2011
This is a picture of breakfast on the morning of January 1, 2010 in the restaurant of the ryokan my family and I stayed at in Kyoto, Japan. Breakfast like this is what they traditionally serve in ryokans in Kyoto, and it was seriously one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. It was also one of the best mornings of my life.
The night before we had gotten to our ryokan two dark and freezing hours before midnight. As the snow began to fall lightly, my family and I rang in the new year quietly enjoying each others company while eating Japanese rice triangles and drinking tea. We woke up to magic the next morning. The sun shone brightly and there was a thin layer of snow blanketing the roof tops and the garden right outside our window. Upon looking out we also realized that our ryokan overlooked these rolling hills covered with lush trees. Either that, or it stood right in the middle of those hills. Whichever it was though, it was nothing short of breathtaking.
When we finally made our way down to the restaurant we were greeted by the owner, an elderly Japanese lady who sat us down at a table right beside a floor to ceiling glass window that gave us a view of a traditional Japanese garden, complete with Bonsai trees and Ishi. She cooked our food, served us, and even managed to exchange a few words with us despite her very limited ability to speak English.
Looking back, that morning was the perfect way to start the year. That morning will also always be one of my favorite travel memories.
If you do find yourself in Kyoto in the near future, I highly recommend you stay at a ryokan, and at Ryokan Yamazaki, (where we stayed) at that. It’s an AMAZING place. Don’t forget to eat breakfast.