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Exploring Cornwall

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We spent our first week in the United Kingdom in Cornwall, the south-west tip of England. The Cornish area has plenty to offer within an hour drive- from sleepy towns abundant with stone cottages and castles, to endless valleys of green farmland, and bustling beach towns like Newquay and St. Ives.

Stonehenge, 3000 B.C.

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So, we just touched down in Euro-town! Post- 11 hour flight, we landed at London Heathrow and went directly to pick up our rental car to zip down to Cornwall for the Boardmaster’s Surf Contest. Little did we know, the famous pre-historic monument Stonehenge is directly on our route. Literally, directly on our route: you can see Stonehenge just about 150 yards off the freeway. But we thought the Neolithic structure deserved more than just a drive-by glance! Pitstop #1.

Taste of Tokyo: Sushi, Ramen and More

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Tokyo is full of food: some delightful, some intimidating, but all delicious. We enjoyed futuristic sushi, traditional Soba noodles, and also developed full-blown ramen addictions. There are so many enticing must-try restaurants in Tokyo, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying more than three meals a day.

Secret Bali: A Secluded Paradise

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Hands down, my favorite beach in Bali. Thomas Beach is private, quiet and beautiful with lengthy white sands and crystal clear turquoise water. Every one of the surrounding area’s beaches (Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Bingin) are filled with hoards of tourists and even more locals (trying to sell sarongs!) resulting in a less than peaceful beach experience… speakers no doubt blasting Bob Marley, an excess of Bintangs and no elbow room. Thomas Beach feels worlds away; we were among five other tourists on a beach half a mile long. The only beach vendor was selling ice cold coconuts – exactly the one thing I would actually like to purchase at the beach.

Shibuya, Night and Day

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Shibuya! Home to the world’s busiest crosswalk (in the world’s most populated city!): a five-way free for all surrounded by skyscrapers and mega-screens that’s said to have up to 1,000 crossers at a time during rush hour. When you imagine Tokyo, this is it. We stuck around after sunset to see Shibuya at it’s best, neon lights and all.

Shinjuku In The Rain

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Shinjuku embodies the urban side of Tokyo: government building skyscrapers, upscale department stores, crowded streets teeming with bars and cafes, and the world’s busiest railway station. Since the weather is brimming on the beginning of typhoon season here, our first day out in Shinjuku is through the drizzle.