Hey it me. Kiko.

I’ve had this blog prepped and ready to go for a while now, and it feels a little surreal that it’s time to get it up and running; only because that means that our Japanese adventure is finally beginning.

We wanted to have a blog to record our year in Japan. It’s great to have a place to put down our thoughts and experiences, and it also be a place where family and friends can check in to see what’s up. And if any of this in any way helps someone who is doing something similar, then even better!

For those of you who know us, you’ll know this is Owen and my 3rd round of being roommates.
First we moved to London, UK together for school when I was 18 and he was 19. It was a whirlwind year, equal parts challenging and incredible. Second time, we lived together on Vancouver Island, again for school. I was 20 and he was 21. We lived with two of our best friends and it was a wonderful and hilarious time. That brings us to roommates round 3: Tokyo, Japan. This time it’s for work/travel, and I’m 21, Owen is 22.

We’re in Koh Tao at the moment, “turtle island” as it’s also called. A small island off the coast of Thailand, where Owen’s doing his open water diving certification. Tomorrow’s the beginning of the final stretch; we head out on a ferry to the mainland, then an overnight bus to Bangkok. There we have a little over a day to run around squeezing in the last little bit of sight seeing, shopping and errand running, before we hop on our flights to Japan.
And yeah it’s flights, plural. I wish that was a typo. But during the madness of booking, none of the 3 of us (Holly, Owen and I) managed to get on the same flight, or even the same airline. So we trudge out to the airport in the evening, where Holly goes first, then an hour later I fly, then a whole 15 minutes after that Owen takes off. We all meet in Tokyo at around 6 AM where we hit the ground running.

Owen and I are so lucky to have some really wonderful family friends who have opened up their home to us for Christmas. We’re staying with them for a little bit until we get our lives sorted. Holly is also staying with a family friend, and luckily it turns out her apartment in only 20 minutes away from where we will be.
As soon we we arrive we start checking off things from the typical “moving to a new country” checklist:

  1. Sim cards
  2. Bank accounts
  3. Apartment hunting
  4. Furniture/Homeware shopping
  5. General anxiety

But we’ve got a solid few days of travel between us and all that.

So for now, Holly and I are curled up in a little poolside cafe in Koh Tao, while it absolutely pours with rain outside, catching up on some downtime and iced coffee before the madness begins tomorrow.

Next time we talk, we’ll be in Tokyo!

Here’s us, nearly 3 years ago, the last time we were in Japan together.

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Thanks for stopping by!

K

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