It's been a while… I have been so busy getting a new business venture started that the blog got no attention in the meantime. Since the March post, we have been busy. In late March, we traveled to Japan to attend my cousin's wedding and travel around the country a bit. Here is a beautiful shot of Amanohashidate.
Last weekend, we drove to Khasab, Oman for the night... It was absolutely beautiful.
We stayed at the Atana hotel, Khasab. The hotel has been improves since its Golden Tulip days and it was pleasant and the service was much better than expected. The view from the hotel is MAGNIFICENT.
We will definitely go back.
I finally registered for the Spring distance for the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. Even though I am doing the Olympic distance for the Yas Tri, I cannot imagine cycling for 100 km in the midday heat in Abu Dhabi. Will require one more year of full training for that! Next year, I will do the "Short" distance (aka 100km cycle at Abu Dhabi).
In July/August, we traveled back to the U.S. to visit family and friends. With 'did' NYC for three nights but it was hard with two kids! Since we had our son (now three), we found that staying in a hotel room was no longer so practical where he was going to bed so early and we, the parents, were trying to eat dinner in the dark after he went to bed... This time traveling, we now have two small children (three year-old and 3 month-old) so we find it even harder! When traveling with kids, it definitely helps to have a kitchen and a separate room where we can put the kids early to bed according to their normal bedtime and we can then hang out after the kids go to bed. So, this time in NYC, after failing to find anything suitable using AirBnB, we rented a two bedroom apartment from this relatively new company called OneFineStay.
夏にアメリカに里帰りしたときに思ったこと。子供連れで旅をするのは大変。とくにNYは思ったより大変でした。今年三歳になった息子が産まれて以来、旅行するときはなるべくホテルではなくアパートを借りるようになりました。というのも息子が寝てしまってから（彼はいまでも６時半には寝てしまう）、暗闇でルームサービスを食べるのはとほほ悲しい。。。それにベビーシッターさんを雇っても暗闇で座っててもらうしかない。。。今回は四月に産まれた娘も一緒だったのでダブルでチャレンジング！ワンファインステイという新しいサービスでとてもいい２BRを借りることが出来ました。アパートを借りるって言う点ではAirBnBと一緒なんだけど、ホテル並みのコンシェルジェサービスがついてくるんですよね （あとiPhoneを貸してくれる) 。また使いたいなと思ったサービスでした。
The picture above and pictures below are from the apartment we stayed in Bowery...