Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 79: Japan
I want to start today’s entry by wishing my amazing mother a very Happy Birthday! I say this all the time, my mom is my best friend because I choose her as my best friend. I wouldn't be where I am today without her support. She has been there for me since day one. I am so glad you are my mom. I could not imagine a better one. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you have made for me over the years. They have not gone unnoticed. You deserve everything you hope for and more.
Today, I got to act like a kid again. We went to Universal Studios and I got to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a dream for any Potterhead. Before we headed to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter we headed over to the world’s largest Minion World.
It is crazy how much the Japanese love Minions. There were so many people in minion costumes. It made me miss my little minion, Harrison. The Despicable Me ride was one of my favorites. It was a 3D ride similar to the Star Wars ride at Disney, but it felt like I was actually on a real roller coaster. It was so much fun.
After waiting in line for almost an hour (totally worth it!), we got on our first ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Flight of The Hippogriff. We got to sit up front which was amazing. I love roller coasters. The nervousness at the beginning and then the adrenaline once the ride starts. It is so much fun.
Being at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was like a dream come true. I was like a kid in a candy store. I am a Potterhead who belongs in the Hufflepuff house. I’ve been asked in the past who wants to be a Hufflepuff. The answer is a true HufflePuff. I wouldn't change the fact that I am loyal and kind. “You might belong to Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid to toil.”
Once we left The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the light in my spirit was dimmed. Despite having lost over 100 pounds, I did not fit on any of the rides. Nothing is ever enough. It took me most of the day to drag myself out of my self pity. I realized that fitting into a stupid roller coaster ride doesn't matter. What matters is my life, feeling better and living my best life. Plus, it fueled me to continue my journey. It isn't always easy, but it is always worth it.
Once I had regained my dignity and the park was closing, we decided to head back to Dotonbori for dinner. We settled for a dumpling restaurant. I ordered dumplings and Osaka fried chicken. The fried chicken was not very good, but the dumplings were the best we’ve had in Japan.
After dinner we walked around for a bit. While standing on the bridge overlooking the river and the lights my eye started to twitch. It has continued the rest of the night. I hope I goes away by tomorrow.