​ Unshared photos with unshared feelings


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‘Sadako continued folding cranes even after reaching 1,000. From that time on, the cranes became smaller. Sometimes she used a needle to fold them. For Sadako, the number of cranes was less important than investing each one with the wish to live.’

IMG_13 IMG_14 IMG_15 IMG_16 IMG_17 IMG_18 IMG_19 IMG_20 IMG_21 IMG_22 IMG_23 IMG_24 IMG_25 IMG_26 IMG_27 IMG_28 IMG_29 IMG_30 IMG_31Today was my last day in Japan. As a closure of this first part of my adventure, I decided to open up to you completely. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and history, but my stay here was definitely not all happiness. One of the struggles i bumped into was that I wasn’t sure whether I should mention the negative aspects of this trip, whenever people asked me how everything was going over here. You probably think: why is it so hard to be honest about it? Well, in my opinion it is quite a blessing that I’ve got the opportunity to experience all these things: to travel such a large distance away from home and visit such wonderful places. I don’t think I’m in the right position to complain about my life, yet i really need to get these things off my chest. So, that’s why I’m sharing it with you right here, because I want you to know what it was really like for me to travel so far and not just my romanticized story ..

The first thing I struggled badly with was that I wasn’t able to directly share my feelings with anyone. What’s the point in being happy if you can’t really share it? My friends were only able to see it 7 hours later, which meant that my day was almost about to end by then. To compensate this loss, I wanted and tried to catch up with them as much as possible, resulting in staying up until unbearable hours and doing anything but adapting to this huge difference in time. Due to the fact that I had to get up by 8 every day, had to walk huge distances and was not able to sleep early any of the days caused by the late planned suppers – no, I did not have anything to say about the timing of it – , I overcame an awful amount of tiredness, which affected my mood the following day. Luckily I got many opportunities to catch up some sleep, while we traveled by train or bus. I know that there’s no such thing as getting best of both worlds when it comes to this dilemma, but it really is not fun having to choose between finally being able to talk to friends or sleeping.
I’m aware that some people might see this as a rant, but that is definitely not my goal of writing this. I think visiting Japan really enriches your life experiences, but visiting this or any country without anybody my age with whom I can share the journey just isn’t my thing really..
Obviously there are brilliant things in this country as well, such as the bakeries that are pretty much everywhere and mega delicious. Also, I have very much respect for the huge amount of girls here that take the time to curl just the tips of their hair, which looks gorgeous!
Big shoutout to the Hua Yi group that accompanied me during this trip to Japan. Although we might not be the same age, we had a great laugh and I really hope you’ll return home safely.
Tomorrow I’m leaving to Hong Kong, where I’ll be staying for the next 3 days.. Can’t wait to find out what this city has in store for me!

Recap of the last few days and my playlist


IMG_4998An overview of the last few days: Went on a boat; saw ponds filled with melted snow from mount Fuji from over the past 80 years; tasted soft cream made of lavender, white peach and wasabi; visited the Matsumoto castle; went to a monkey park (to meet the rest of my family, kidding); Slept in an old-fashioned/traditional Japanese hotel, in which I had to wear a kimono and sleep on a mattress on the floor; took a bath in a natural hot spring and had the coldest train ride in my whole life. To get to these places you’ll have to spend very much of your time in the bus. And what is a better amusement than music? So I decided to share my current (shortened) playlist with you:

Claudius (Radio edit) – Max Manie
Stay (Justin Martin remix) – Henry Krinkle
Here for You – Kygo
Hotline Bling – Drake
Paper Trail$ – Joey Bada$$
De Regel – Hef
Man Of The Year – Schoolboy Q
Treasured Soul (Radio edit) – Michael Calfan
On & On (feat. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis) – Joey Bada$$
Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) – Matt Simons
Next Move – Adje
On Mars – Digitzz
100 Grandkids – Mac Miller
The Buzz – Hermitude
Day Is Done – Chef’special
The Recipe – Kendrick Lamar

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