Osaka Aquarium! World’s largest aquarium tank! Whale shark! Too excited for full sentences!!
The sun was out so I went for a walk. I went to an art gallery & stopped by Cool Britannia where I overpaid for a can of Cherry Coke and a packet of Revels (I can’t help it – I was craving them).
I’m not entirely sure how it happened.
Somehow, within the last week, we went from a couple with no travel plans to speak of, save for a weekend in Auckland, to a couple going to Japan.
We leave Wellington on the 6th November, spend the night in Auckland, and arrive in Osaka on the 7th November. We leave again on the 14th November, arriving back into Wellington on the 15th.
These are the moments I remember:
x On Monday, speaking to a co-worker about how I really really wanted to travel internationally this year, getting all fired up about it and sending an email to Craig.
x Receiving an email from Craig where he said that he could take 5 days leave before Christmas this year. And where did I want to go? I suggested Cambodia, perhaps Mexico? Canada? Tahiti? Craig suggested New York and Japan.
x Sitting on the train, next to Craig, discussing destinations. He had stopped in at a travel shop to pick up brochures. And had found out that there was a special on flights to Japan.
x Emailing the people I know who know Japan to get tips. I liked the abstract idea of going to Japan but I hadn’t thought much about the details. They all suggested Osaka over Tokyo.
x Discussing possible dates with Craig. Deciding to leave it to fate: if the deal covered the times we wanted? then Craig would book tickets.
x Sending Craig a message at midday on Thursday asking if he was going to flight center – “yip”
x Twenty minutes later getting a message asking how much money is in our everyday account.
x Twenty minutes after that getting a message saying “done”
x All of a sudden we have tickets to Japan!
And then, that night, Craig looked at me and said “but I don’t like Japanese food!”.
I’ve written about my love for Meadowlark before.
And last week? I ordered my birthday present. I couldn’t help it!
I’d fallen hard for their sterling silver studded knuckle duster two-finger ring.
And if I ordered before the 20th June then I could choose a pair of stud earrings as well (yes I ordered the matching pyramid stud earrings. Because I’m just that lame. And adorable) so of course I had to go for that.
It arrived and it was soso close to perfect. It was ever so slightly too loose on my tiny ring finger.
Through the wonderful world of twitter, @meadowlarknz contacted me to see just how far from perfect it really was & offered to alter it! I sent it back to Auckland the very next day and they altered it and sent it back on its way to me the very same day they received it. Astounding service.
And also? the new size was just perfect. Adoration abounds.
Now I just have to wait 78 days until I can wear it again …
Perhaps I didn’t think this through.