I was especially looking forward to watch all my Paris videos again.
Paris is such a beautiful city that I felt like I was back there again. It’s a city where you feel like you are in a dream world. I love this city so much and can’t wait to finally visit again. But until the next trip, I have to be patient while watching this video.
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I‘ve said it before – Tokyo is a city of thousand layers and there is a lot more to this sprawling metropolis than its biggest tourist destinations I listed in my Tokyo Guide for First Time Visitors. Real pleasures here are in fact smaller and subtle, yet just as transporting. If you’re looking to find a warm and human vibrancy you miss when just hopping from one big sight to another, it is worth going a bit off the beaten track to quieter areas that exude a sense of neighborhood in this urban setting.
Amidst the concrete jungle and hustle of Shinjuku, Shibuya or Asakusa, there are numerous low-rise neighborhoods where locals make cozy communities in the midst of this vast, high-powered city. This is where people go grocery shopping in local shop that’s not part of a chain; relax over a cup of coffee at the corner patisserie;
On our fourth day in Sichuan, we went on a 10-hour bus ride through the mountains and up to the valley and national park of Jiuzhaigou. As you can see in the video, we spent the evening of our 4th day hanging out with tibetan locals at a KTV.
On the fifth day, we spent the whole day to explore Jiuzhaigou National Park.
As you might have heard the bad news a few weeks ago, an earthquake hit Sichuan and with it this beautiful National Park. A lot of natural sights were destroyed, with it, the Nuorilang Waterfalls which you can see at the end of the video. They were the tallest waterfalls in China, now it’s just a heap of mud! Once again, this shows that we should never wait for a trip we want to go on.
Once again, I have finished editing the next video. In this one, I am taking the Star Ferry to Lantau Island, visit the Tian Tan Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery, and take the Crystal Cable Car back down.
Yesterday evening/this night was a great night! I did something amazing! The first step into a bigger plan I have been thinking about since April!
Last night, I was browsing through skyscanner and I came across cheap flights to Tokyo! Then, on Airfrance, I found an amazing flight, from Frankfurt to Tokyo! For 527 € two ways! This was like a sign sent from heaven (okay, I’m exaggerrating! :’D) But this was the first time that I found a flight from a good airline, with the perfect flying times, short layover that also had a great price! I couldn’t believe it! Usually, I was seeing flights for around 700€. There were also cheaper ones for around 400 with AirChina, Aeroflot and Allitalia and I have heard not so good things about them, or not many reviews.
So last night, I was surprised to see that perfect flight from Airfrance, with only a 1.30h layover in Paris <3
I knew I had to book it! I KNEW IT! Everything was going perfectly! I was even able to pay with paypal! Everything happened so smoothly that I soon found myself clicking on the ‘pay’ button and there it was: “Airfrance wishes you a pleasant flight!” And on the right side there was my booking code staring at me! And my itinerary sent to my e-mail!
It’s official now:
I AM FLYING TO TOKYO!!!!
On December 7th, at 10:25 am I will be boarding my plane from Frankfurt to Paris! And then, at 1.55 pm I will be boarding my plane from Paris to Tokyo! I can’t believe it! I will be landing in Tokyo at a perfect time! 9.30 am! My plan is to sleep well so that I can explore the city a little bit when I arrive! Even if I don’t sleep, I think I will be too pumped to not go out exploring!
I am soooo excited already, that I still can’t believe what I did! My heart beats up to my throat when I think about it!
And again, this is proof that nothing is impossible! You JUST have to DO IT! Like our dear Shia taught us! :D
Of course, there is still quite a long way for me to get my work and travel visa. Here are the things I need to hand in:
√ Have a valid passport
Ο A fully filled out application form (found on the website of the designated embassy)
√ ID Photo not older than 6 months
√ Flight tickets (two ways)
Ο Financial Verification of at least 2000€
Ο Travel insurance
√ Travel plan (layout found on the website of the embassy)
√ Motivational letter
= 6/9 done!
Filling out the form is actually the easiest step in the list, but strangely, I haven’t done it yet :D The next thing I will do is getting the travel insurance together with my father since he has a membership at a company and he gets a huge discount there.
Saving up the 2000€ will be the hardest part I guess, but I am positive that at the end of October, I should have the money together!
There are 3 more things that I have to do which are not asked for the visa but things that I have to do to survive in Japan:
Find an accomodation
Register in Tokyo as a citizen (including opening a bank account and getting a SIM card)
Find a job!
Of course, I will have to organize the accomodation in advance which I will do tomorrow and I am intending to finish as well!
The following two points are mostly just possbile as soon as I get there.
Also, at the weekend, my friend will bring back my japanese textbook, so my future weekends will be all about studying :D I’m kind of looking forward to that :)
I hope I didn’t bore you with this blog post! For me, it’s just super exciting, I had to share it here! Even if it’s only for me to track my achievements :)
I hope you enjoyed this!
If you have any recommendations about work and travel (a.k.a. working holiday) or Tokyo or both, please let me know in the comments :)
Now that I’ve been absent on my blog in August quite a lot, I am now coming back almost every day with a new video :D
Staying at home has some positive effects after all!
This is one of my favourite videos until now, although it is only around 6 minutes. But I think that the music is quite on point this time! And, I just love Hong Kong! I love the landing at the airport because in my opinion, it is the most amazing landing I have ever seen in any city every!
Then, there is the peak! Again, breathtaking views! Hong Kong is just incredible!
Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me!
As always, thanks for reading and watching!
P.S.: I have a huge announcement tomorrow evening! So stick around for that!