Back home!
Japan was a wonderful and unexpected jaunt, but the pace of the short trip was hectic and I feel I need another vacation! Have been sleeping off the jetlag and exhaustion the past couple of days.

We covered a fair bit of ground for ten days including Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama, Shirakawa Go and Tokyo with stops at several places enroute. Like most escorted tours, we were taken to a lot of places with little time at each. Not quite my style of travel. But the payoff to putting up with the punishing schedule, was the interaction and bonding with a bunch of wonderful, talented women.

Torii, Itsukushima Shrine - Japan

I have loads of images of course, even if I was still not quite familiar with the extra bulk and features of my new camera. Shall take a while to sort them all out. In the meantime here is aΒ silhouetteΒ of the same Torii (gate) of the Itsukushima shrine that I said Sayonara with.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

89 thoughts on “Tadaima!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ The task of sorting those images seems a bit daunting at the moment…shall get to them in time πŸ™‚

    1. Glad you like it Naomi. Shall post more as soon as I have them sorted. Look forward to catching up with your blog and all my other favourites as well πŸ™‚

    1. You are generous as always Gilly πŸ™‚ I often wondered whether the quality of my images merited the lugging around of the heavier gadget. I do not – yet – see such a vast improvement. Not the fault of the camera though πŸ˜€

  1. All agog to see and hear more, Madhu. I know exactly what you mean as it took forever to get my head round the Porto photos. We’ll wait patiently.

  2. Glad to know you’re back, Madhu! Japan must have been so beautiful this time of year. I was recently in Indonesia (travelling with Bama) for all of four days, and it just wasn’t enough time! Hope you’re all rested by now. πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful photo. You have been missed. Glad you are safely home. Looking forward to seeing your photos.


  4. Those whirlwind tours can be overwhelming. Glad you had a great time and welcome back. Looking forward to your Japan posts πŸ™‚

    1. A couple more days would have eased things a bit, but I realise one size does not fit all and people have all kinds of constraints. Look forward to seeing you here Judy πŸ™‚

  5. The photo is utterly lovely! Yey! I see another Freshly Pressed post in your future. Welcome back (to the blog world, at least for us here in the web). πŸ™‚

  6. Lovely photo – I look forward to seeing lots more (though I do feel for you, the task of sorting through huge amounts of photos after a trip is always daunting!)

    1. Thank you Lucy. Yes that and the catching up with the blog reading and comments after the break! Always overwhelming πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely photo to start with, Madu. I’ve missed your posts, and can’t wait for what’s coming. An escorted tour can be daunting to deal with the schedule, but there is the upside of hitting places you don’t have to look for on your own, as well as the friendship of the group you’re with.

    1. I went through that phase and am not sure yet whether I made the right choice. My main camera was a Nikon 5100 with an 18-200 lens. This image though was shot with my trusty point and shoot – a Nikon Coolpix – that has done well by me all these years!!

  8. Great to see you back here again, Madhu. πŸ™‚ Love your silhouette pic, and look forward to seeing some more of your travel photos once you’re back to normal.

    1. Thanks Amy. I borrowed a photo of that gate for my farewell post, so thought I’d post one of my own to mark my return. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

  9. Gorgeous silhouette shot. We were just speaking to some friends last evening about traveling to Japan and I’m ready to pack my bags. Can’t wait to read more about it in your upcoming posts.

  10. Gorgeous, Madhu … and so good to have you back! Looking forward to lots and lots of Japan pix – i’ve never been – and your usual lively and informative posts πŸ™‚

    1. Glad to be back Adwoa πŸ™‚ The catching up is taking time though. I will be off again on the first of December!

  11. Hiroshima Prefecture! Some of my ancestors were from Hiroshima. I’ve worked in Japan a few times (Osaka area) and I love the country.
    Welcome back and I’m looking forward to seeing postings from your Japan trip.

  12. Lately I keep seeing the pic of this gate in the water…and now I know where it is!! That’s amazing!! Thank you!!! πŸ˜€

  13. Cannot wait until you begin posting photos and your account, Madhu.
    Just the post name, Tadaima! made me nostalgic.
    In another life I KNOW I was Japanese.


    Ahihihi …. I’m still catching up on your old blog posts and your new blog posts. I’ll catch up in time … hopefully. I don’t want a single blogpost. πŸ˜‰ I’m fanatic, I know.

    You know how I have practiced a tuck and roll style of traveling. πŸ˜‰

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