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On the Scales

April 30th, 2009

One thing you probably don’t usually notice is missing from hotel bathrooms: a scale. When traveling, you tend to eat out as you have no kitchen to cook in, and restaurant food is usually not too healthy. In London, I had lots of fish & chips, in Madrid it was tons of chorizo (often with cheese), in Greece is was Souvlaki, in Rome it was pizza and gelato. While Sachi often reined me in, I ate a heck of a lot more bad stuff than usual over the span of three weeks. Hey, it was our honeymoon!

I got on the scales just now: I gained only one kilo.

Must have been all the walking. One day in Rome, for example, we walked about 10 km, probably more with backtracking and roaming around inside places like the Roman Forum. We walked most days for considerable distances, relatively speaking. It must have been a lot; I recall my feet getting really tired after a day of walking in London and after going through the Prado in Madrid, but was surprised how well we still felt after going through the Vatican Museum.

Nevertheless, I am sticking to my pledge of more exercise and dieting upon return.

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  1. Tim Kane
    April 30th, 2009 at 22:55 | #1

    Thanks for the pictures from you honeymoon. I enjoyed them.

  2. Ben
    May 1st, 2009 at 16:36 | #2

    Me too, interesting musings on Athens.

    Bit off-topic: I’ve been reading your blog off-an-on for the past few years, and it was a factor in my wanting to visit Japan…I saved up some money and now that I’m done exams, will be flying down from Nova Scotia for 3 weeks in June :) I very rarely comment, but thanks for the good readin’, Luis.

  3. Ben
    May 1st, 2009 at 16:37 | #3

    Also, quick question – have you ever had any experience with hostels in Tokyo? Any recommendations?

  4. Luis
    May 2nd, 2009 at 23:27 | #4


    Sorry it took a day to respond–getting over food poisoning here. (Helps drop a few more pounds, at least!)

    Alas, my last experience with hostels was about 24 years ago. There was one in Okubo I stayed in where the manager came by after lights-out and sprayed disinfectant into the rooms through window slats above the beds. Don’t think you’d want to stay there even if it’s still open. Other than that, I have no personal knowledge–I’ve always had an apartment or a family member’s/friend’s place to stay when here. I would suggest the usual Internet searches.

  5. Ben
    May 8th, 2009 at 11:39 | #5

    Thanks for the response Luis – I’m going out on a limb and staying at a cheap but mysterious place called “tenten guest house” in Shinjuku…hoping to avoid an experience like yours in Okubo =D

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