108 - japan @ day 4.

Day 4 @ Hachiman

Today we woke up and went to a little cafe to have japanese breakfast which includes thick butter toast (but very soft), yoghurt with strawberries, bananas, tea and mochi. Then we went to Hachiman. We stopped in a poetry museum and visited a tempo. In Hachiman, we went up the mountain to see the castle. The views were wonderful, we were able to see the whole city with all the rooftops covered with the snow. While we were driving we also saw some eagles flying. Then we walked along the river and did some shopping. I bought many many chopsticks, some presents for friends and family... and finally we went to a make up shop where I got some japanese masks, some shisheido lipsticks and other beauty treatment goodies (I bought an absurd amount of products, but everything is too good). I spent quite a lot of money but they will last for at least two years. We had sushi in a restaurant and went back home to do a face mask pack, rest and have dinner. 

credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

107 - japan @ day 3.

Day 3 @ Takayama

We went to Takayama. We visited the city, did a little shopping, ate more sushi and visited Matsuri mori museum where I had the chance to hit some enormous drums and see the golden portable theatres. Everyone in Japan is so cheerful, happy, polite and nice. It is unbelievable. Since the very first second they just took me as a part of the family. They all called me Monicachan and they've even given me presents. In the afternoon, we went to a second hand shop where I found a set of tea cups from a very famous tempo. Apparently they are very unique and they don't sell them, the monks usually give them as special presents. I've been so lucky to find them. I also got a beautiful wooden tea tray with little tea plates. When we were about to leave, we saw two unbelievably cheap snowboards, so as we all wanted to do snowboarding we decided to get them as they cost less than hiring even just one time. Takayama is so delicate and old style. It remembers me of the samurai movies. It was snowing so that made it even more beautiful. 

credits: pictures taken and edited by me.

106 - japan @ go pro snowboarding.

Hey there! This is the GoPro with all the images from our Snowboarding trips in Japan! It is such a pity that youtube doesn't keep the good quality because in my computer it is absolutely great!

Day 2 @ Snowboarding in White Pia and spa in Shirotori

We woke up and decided to to snowboarding to one of the ski resorts in Gifu (there about ten different ones). We had free lift passes and we didn't rent boards or boots as my friend family has everything we needed it at home. The day was sunny and there was nobody in the mountain so it was absolutely perfect. I am not too bad at snowboarding but all my friends have been skiing since they were born and they have also been working in the rescue patrol when they were younger. Therefore they were all too good for me. But, I can go down quite fast and I don't fall too much, so they didn't need to wait for me. The only problem was that they made me go down very difficult and steep slopes, so I was a little bit concern about my safety hahaha, but I didn't complain at all and I managed to follow them everywhere. The views where so beautiful and the snow was as soft as powder! Just brilliant. When we finished snowboarding we went to the hot springs again. It feels so good after not stoping moving during the whole day to just stay inside the outdoor hot water swimming pool, resting and seeing all the beautiful snowy mountains. 

credits: pictures and edited by me.

105 - japan @ day 1.

Day 1 @ Madrid - Frankfurt - Nagoya - Gifu - Shirotori

I woke up at 5 am and my brother gave me a lift to the airport. Madrid - Frankfurt was my first flight and it took me 2 hours and a half to get there approximately. I stopped in Frankfurt for two hours and I met my japanese and scottish friends before catching our last flight. Frankfurt - Nagoya was about 12 hours. I though it was going to be a nightmare but actually it went quite quick. I watched two movies (Gone girl and The book of life) and one Pretty Little Liars episode. I ate some sushi and  drank bubbly drinks too. 

When we landed in Japan, we catched one hour train to Gifu. My friend's dad picked us up there and took us to eat some sushi. The restaurant was so interesting. There was a huge belt going next to all the customer's tables and sushi was on it, so you were able to take the plates you were going to eat. We ate soooo much and it was incredibly cheap. Fish quality was so good and there was also a tap in each table with hot water to prepare your own green tea. When we finished eating we took the highway to go up the mountain to the house where we were going to stay in a little town called Shirotori. 

The amount of snow was crazy. I totally freaked out. You can have a look at the pictures to see what I mean. It was about 1 hour drive before we arrived to my friend's house. The house was so Japanese. It was exactly like Doraemon's house. 

We left our luggage there and went straight to a tempo in the middle of the mountain to see the Muika Matsuri Festival in Gujo (Gifu). There was nearly 300 hundred people watching a performance and a hana-bai in which youths scramble to grab five big artificial flowers hung from the ceiling (6 meters in height) of the main hall of the shrine. You could see how traditional they are. The place was amazing... a huge old Japanese style tempo surrounded by snowy mountains and massive trees. Because everyone was local but my Scottish friend and me, some interviewers from different tv channels came to make us some questions. They also gave a little sake bottle because I managed to catch a rice cake (mochi). 

Gifu is also full of hot springs. So we decided to go to one of them, they are amazingly cheap (5 pounds each person or less). We enjoyed the hot outdoor mineral water swimming pools, the sauna and the steam rooms. Then we went back home, ate sushi and went to sleep (for the first time in 48 hours).

credits: pictures taken by me.

104 - im back.

hi there! Just came back from Japan! I have million stories and pictures to share with you. I've been writing a little diary everyday when I was there, so from tomorrow I will start posting it. Today I had really good news, so I've decided to take the day off and I've been having a look at the photos, installing photoshop and premiere to start editing, unpacking and spending some time with my family. But from tomorrow I have to focus and start studying. I will probably have some time to blog anyway, so see ya !

credits: pictures taken by me.

103 - gifu.

Moshi moshi! I'm right now on my way to Japan. First, I am gonna stop in Frankfurt (just for two hours) and then I will fly to Nagoya. I'm going to spend 2 weeks there with one of my scottish flatmates who is from Japan. She has a house in the prefecture called Gifu (picture above). Apparently, there are over 10 different ski resorts and spas. We have planned to go snowboarding for at least 5 days and we want to visit the spas too. I don't think we are going to Tokyo though, but we will see. 

I haven't pre-programmed any entries for the next two weeks and I'm not bringing my computer with me. I may write some posts from my ipad but I will not do any proper entry until I'm back. Can't wait it's gonna be awesome! 

credits: google images.

102 - bristol go pro video.

This is the video from my Bristol trip! hope you like it ; )

credits: video filmed and edited by me.

100 - bristol and bath.

Here I have the pictures from Bristol! Yay! When my friend Maria came to visit me in Edinburgh in November, we decided to go and visit her sister who is in Bristol. It is actually a really cool city with lots of graffitis and cute little businesses. Bansky was from Bristol and you can see some his street art pieces all over the city. 

We also did a little trip to Bath. However we didn’t take many photographs there. All the pics in this post are from Bristol but the last one. 

credits: pictures taken and edited by me and maria.