Airbnb is the only way to go

After completely falling in love with Hong Kong last year, we decided to continue conquering East Asia and we planned a trip to Tokyo Japan. We definitely were not as organised in the planning of the trip and left it dangerously last-minute to book accommodation. After  looking at hotels in Tokyo it became real that we could not find anything within our budget. So we turned to Airbnb, I had massive reservations the thought of sleeping in someone’s house made my skin crawl. We’re they clean people? Do they have bed bugs? Was it in a safe neighbourhood? I do have a tendency to over think things a wee bit.

My back is to the wall here!!

I have friends that have used it and they were all happy, so we bit the bullet and went for it. We found a lovely little place owned by the nicest of ladies. It was close to the metro, it was quiet and had a supermarket, restaurants and a McDonald’s if we needed it  all a stones throw away. Now space in Tokyo comes at a premium, however nothing could prepare me for what awaited us. We lugged our cases and children up the 3 flights of stairs to the top floor, Daddy opened the door. You have to worry when the door opens outward to save on space, we both looked at each other and laughed. The whole place was the size of our kitchen trying not to sound like a complete asshole there. However it had a bathroom with hot running water AND a heated toilet seat, which would prove invaluable in 7’C temperatures, Nothing like a warm tooshy!! It had a fridge , kettle, washing machine. Which was also very handy considering we don’t have many warm clothes at all. The bed was comfy, it was clean, it was warm and really it was only a base to store our things while we were out exploring.I stocked up on the children’s favourite mini cereals, we brought teabags and a few essentials at the supermarket. To be honest having breakfast there was one less meal out we had to pay for as Tokyo wasn’t cheap and at least we could get up, eat and get dressed at our own pace, rather than running down for an over priced buffet where you pay over 20quid for the children to eat one bowl of cereal. We also had a pocket wi-fi included in the price, this was extremely handy when you’re trying to navigate your way around the unknown, you can call on google maps to help you.

The best thing about using Airbnb is that you can tailor it to your budget, the further out you stay the cheaper they are, they can vary from 37 to over 200 pounds per night. Ours cost us around 500 for 5 nights, which I think for a huge city was very reasonable.

I would definitely use them again considering my mind is doing overtime planning next years holiday!!!

They were very comfy

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Back again

Hi Guys,

We’ve been away for sometime, I’m struggling to give the blog the time it needs at the moment. Its funny isn’t? Before it was all about getting posts out but now I just coming here to write, getting all my thought out. I’m sure the owners of the products that need reviewing are having kittens…..don’t worry all reviews will be done in the 7 days.

We’ve been home to Ireland for a family wedding, it was so nice to get away, we were so lucky with the Irish weather, Ireland is such a beautiful country but when the sun shines on it, it really takes your breath away. I of course have to do some serious damage control on the old waist line now but I’m back in the gym tomorrow. I just have to try to get everyone up and out the door for school tomorrow, both kids have gone down without a fight tonight, they slept until 09:45 this morning….it felt like christmas morning when I woke up. Unfortunately expat daddy didn’t even bother going to bed last night when we got in at midnight, as he had to be back up to the airport at 5am to fly to America. It was a matter of unpack one set of clothes and pack another. So sad, the children are missing him already and it’s his birthday tomorrow too 😦 we had such a lovely time altogether as a family.

What else happened…….Oh Miss C is now mobile and terrorising anyone and anything in her path, she’s tottering around like Bambi on ice, looking VERY proud of herself, she met her first horse and drove her first tractor….well not quite but she sat in it. The same tractor her daddy learnt to drive in will refrain from making sarcastic driving joke here . As did LPV, he came into his own, he’s mad about the horse and dogs and gave aunty M strict interactions there are to be chickens on his return to West Cork in the summer.

The wedding was awesome, I fitted into my dress so I was happy-ish, it made me realise that there is still such a long way to go, I think I put too much pressure on me fitting to said dress, everything isn’t going to be ok now, the body worries are still there but they won’t be for long. Like I said awesome wedding, bride was divine……the party, as always was epic but at 4am we had to give in and go to bed, we sang for our supper *everyone has to* and went to rest our weary bones. I’m way too old to party all night now.