Words to live by my friends. Years ago when Markus and I lived in Florida, we used to watch heaps of Man vs Wild. We spent many afternoons following Bear Grylls and his adventures, hoping that one day we would do the same. One of my favorite episodes featured Iceland and we dreamed about visiting. I can't believe that years later we would have our own adventure in Iceland just like him!
Earlier this year, Markus and I were lucky enough to group a work trip with a mini vacation in San Francisco. Markus never visited California and this was something that need to be remedied quickly. Thankfully our friends Wendy and John lived in the Bay Area and were nice enough to let us stay with them.
We spent most of our time exploring the Bay Area and the surrounding cities. When we tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, we escaped for a few hours to visit Muir Woods. The park was absolutely stunning and the Sequoias were incredible. I've never seen anything like it and was grateful for the little interlude into the woods.
I can't believe that Markus and I have been married for ten years today. Honestly, it doesn't feel like that long. I know it sounds cheesy, but it's the truth. Marriage isn't easy, but it's easier when you're married to your best friend. Markus has managed to make my life so fulfilling and giving me what I've always dreamed of as a girl, adventure.
When we first got married, Markus and I were poor twenty-somethings and never had the chance to have engagement photos taken. We both thought that this anniversary was the perfect time to finally have them done. We found an amazing photographer, Mark Federighi. He was fantastic to work with and he couldn't have chosen a more beautiful place, the University of Chicago. We're both so pleased with our photos and are so happy to share them with you!
I promised myself that I would finish posting about Japan and begin San Francisco before I posted about Iceland. I took one look at these photos and couldn't help myself. Iceland is too beautiful and I had to share some of it's beauty. This can be a little amuse bouche to the other bajillion photos I will be posting some time in the future.
Since this year is our ten year wedding anniversary, we decided to travel to the one place we never thought we could afford, Iceland! We spent 14 glorious days driving the circumference of the island. We basically did everything our hearts desired and it was amazing. Iceland is definitely the most beautiful country we've ever been to and was a magical two weeks!
Warning, the next two installments of the Toei Kyoto Studio Park are going to be super geeky. If you are uninterested, take a moment to peruse my other offerings from our Japan trip. Maybe a glance at the stunning Arashiyama Bamboo Groves or the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine? If you are a super geek like Markus and I, get ready to fulfill your otaku dreams with some Super Sentai.
If you were anything like us as kids, you devoted some of your television time to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I have to admit that I was clueless to it's original Japanese counterpart, but not Markus. He knew all about the original predecessors. As a kid from the early 80s, he spent afternoons watching Spectreman, Ultraman and Godzilla. That's why spent an obscene amount of time in this part of the theme park. I didn't mind though, anything to make the boy happy!
So this one time, I travelled to a far away land called Japan. In the beautiful city of Kyoto, I found a village that was somehow lost in time. It was the middle of August and the days were long and hot. I was incredibly parched as I walked through the village. When I thought I would die of dehydration, I saw this well. Luckily, a handsome gentleman offered to fetch me some water. I believe I would've perished if it weren't for him.
Okay, but seriously, can we just talk about how dreamy my husband is? He's gonna be so embarrassed. Oh well! I can't help it if I'm one lucky lady.
Since Kyoto is amazing and there was so much to do, we almost missed out on an amazing attraction. As you all know, Markus and I are very geeky. In my last post, we visited the Kyoto International Manga Museum. On our last day in Kyoto, we visited the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, the only film set theme park in Japan. It also had heaps of exhibits that included anime, manga and Super Sentai. For our first post about the theme park, we walked through the sets and traveled back in time to Feudal Japan. I had a great time walking through the sets and we even came across a camera crew filming a fight scene. It as incredible and something I will always remember!