Last Monday was a holiday, and we took a small road trip to the IKEA in Yokohama. It's funny how we pretty much went there just to eat and stock up on food; I left with a jar of gooseberry jam, cheese and bread, which made for wonderful breakfasts all week. I didn't buy any furnishings except a vanilla scented candle, but we'll go back soon as I want to update my apartment a bit, so I made a wish list.
I also spent long hours writing at Inspired, which is the fancier version of Starbucks (and owned by them). I'm sure my American friends are familiar with this cafe, but it's relatively new in Japan, and I love how they serve wine, beer, and nice espresso drinks. It's more cozy and stylish than Starbucks, and the MacBooks outnumber the strollers. It's probably one of my favourite places lately. As much as I love the local cafes I find everywhere in Tokyo, I hate that they allow smoking and I really can't stand breathing secondhand smoke and smelling like an ashtray. In Japan, Starbucks is one of the only non-smoking cafes. I hope this nation catches up to healthier habits someday soon.
In other news, I've been working, working, working, and trying to be more healthy in general. I also met up with a new friend a few days ago, a lovely Italian girl who had been emailing me after reading my blog. Sadly, she's leaving Tokyo in a few days, and I really wish I had met her before, as I feel like we could have been really good friends. We both have been in Japan for 4 years, and have had such similar experiences. That's something I love about living abroad- the people you cross paths with on a daily basis, all have such fascinating stories and you can somehow develop strong bonds in such a short time. I think that's one of the things I missed the most when I went back home to Montreal after living in Korea for a year.
|Inspired: my seat|
|They do latte art|
|Picking up this gem for a boy|
|Overwhelmed by the food|
|Organic amazake- soooo good!|