The date of departure for our Round The World trip is fast approaching (20 days) and for anyone who’s read the previous post on the subject I have an update.
The vast majority of the items listed for us to do are still in place, the changes are that we are no longer going to be heading to Tokushima. Getting to the island has proven to be logistically more difficult then we’d expected and with our time constraints we’ve cut it out. The result is that we won’t be experiencing the ramen there and will have to sample that style elsewhere.
We will now be having the pleasure of dining in the second tallest building and tallest tower in the world, the Tokyo SkyTree. While getting tickets to this attraction was via a Japanese only lottery system since it’s opening last month until after we have left I’ve managed to (via a great deal of difficulty) acquire two tickets. We will likely be among a very few foreigners who will be in the tower until the day it’s fully open to the public.
I’ve also decided that we’ll be dining at Sapporo Kanihonke while in Nagoya. While this is not a traditional Japanese restaurant I love crab and there is no place that has a menu approximating a Mecca for lovers of crab like this.
When in Korea we will now be heading to Gyeongju and indulging in some of the best traditional Korean dishes that can be found. We’ll sample Ssambap with its 30+ side dishes and Gyeongju’s famous Hwangnamppang bread to name a few.
The non-foodie parts of the trip will be even more exciting. Some of them are:
- Fly on an A380 on the upper deck
- Wander Ginza and Akihabara (where I intend to geek out on tech)
- Take a river cruise in Tokyo
- Check out the new mall,aquarium and other sites at SkyTree Town
- Ride the Shinkansen Bullet Train around the country
- Attend the Nagoya Grand Sumo tournament
- Visit Nara park
- Ferry to Miyajima
- See the memorials in Hiroshima
- Ride accross to Korea on a hydrofoil
- Visit the tombs in Gyeongju
- Ride the KTX
- Tour the DMZ at Panmunjeom
- Explore old Delhi
- Visit the Red Fort and Taj Mahal
- Sleep in a palace
- Explore Petra
- Float on the Dead Sea
- Experience the craziness of the 2012 Olympics(Thankfully Brief)
- Explore the Irish countryside by car
I look forward to posting on our foodie fun while travelling and will do my best to keep you up to date with our experiences(technology allowing).