The Back Story…
The plan in 2018 was to visit Japan for a couple reasons:
- Everyone we knew who had ever been there had only great things to say about it.
- We already had the Japanese encephalitis shot, so why not go before we had to get it again? Especially since I got sick from it the last time.
- We love sushi.
- We love temples.
Then Sal found out about a conference he could speak at in Sydney, and he had a work meeting a few weeks later also in Sydney, so we switched our plans and went to Australia instead because:
- Work would pay for the Sydney portion and Sal’s flight.
- See #1. That was the only reason. It’s really expensive flying Business Class that far and there was no way I was going in Coach!
That took care of the big trip of 2018, but since Japan was still #1 on our list of places we wanted to go we made it top priority for 2019. Someone suggested combining Hong Kong with Japan, so that’s what we did because we could get a direct flight there, too, and we’d arrive at night, which is better than having to stay awake all day.