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    Below are some sites we were able visit after leaving Tokyo.

    Our first destination was Kanazawa where it was still a bit cool for most of the cherry blossom trees. We did see a couple trees blooming at the Kenrokuen Garden (https://i.ibb.co/n6JMMqN/Kenrokuen-Garden-2.jpg) but the Kotoji Stone Lantern was more interesting. We spent our afternoon with three geishas where we were able to learn some history and ask them all kinds of questions.

    Kotoji Stone Lantern


    Next destination Hiroshima and the Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine. Itsukushima is a nice island to visit during Cherry blossom season (https://i.ibb.co/k4z7FH0/Miyajima-It...-Shrine-35.jpg).

    Hiroshima and Miyajima


    Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine (Torii in the background)


    Next Himeji and Osaka. Osaka has a nice market and at one time was almost considered dead until this one market (https://i.ibb.co/3C68Thb/Osaka-Market-5.jpg) started serving fresh meals then some followed suit and the place took off again.

    Himeji Castle


    Osaka Castle


    Kyoto where the Bamboo forest is located.

    Cherry blossom trees at the temple next to the Bamboo forest.


    Philosopher's Walk


    Nara was the last place besides Tokyo that we took pictures of Cherry Blossom Trees that were worth posting about (https://i.ibb.co/L0t9pM7/Kasuga-Tais...-lantern-7.jpg).

    Kasuga Shrine


    Before heading back to Tokyo we stopped at Hakone. Yes, there were cherry blossoms trees but not worth posting about. During the last couple days in Tokyo we visited the New Fish market (not worth visiting) and the old fish market (which was kinda rebuilt after the fire a few years ago). We also had a chance to get some pictures of the Cherry Blossoms starting to fall in the area.


    Listed below are places we stayed outside of Tokyo while in Japan. And I want to give everyone a warning,…….if you plan to visit Japan during Cherry Blossom Season, book your rooms early (at least three months out). Some of the places we booked were nice, but not as nice as what we would have preferred. Some of the places listed below are third choices.

    Kanazawa/Hotel Nikko Kanazawa: https://www.hnkanazawa.jp/english/
    Hiroshima/Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori: https://www.candeohotels.com/multi-l...i&lang=en&cpr=
    Osaka/The Westin Osaka: http://www.westin-osaka.co.jp.e.iu.hp.transer.com/
    Kyoto/Hotel Ethnography: https://www.hotel-ethnography.com/en/
    Nara/Noborioji Hotel: https://noborioji.com/english/
    Hakone/Hyatt Regency: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ja...eo_aspac_hakhr

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    I think we might use the same dive shop as pictured in the video below for our hammerhead dive. We had used them previously for another shark dive a couple years ago while visiting the Bahamas.

    An update.

    After almost several weeks back home I was finally able to schedule all my upcoming meetings and appointments and I found some time during the week (not weekends) where we would be able to leave the states for a bit and visit the Bahamas.

    I go to the website (https://stuartcove.com/shark-diving/...ead-adventure/) and see this………



    Looks like we’ll be visiting the Bahamas in 2020 when we’ll get back to the states during winter to celebrate and dive with the hammerheads.

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    Just a tease........


    Grand Canyon whitewater rafting. I and four other rowers on our raft became honorary members of the Colorado River’s (whitewater) swimming team. More later

    I will/might combine this US adventure in a post later when we are finished with the second scheduled US holiday this year when leaving the States on our way back to Thailand. We will be either celebrating a national holiday or taking part of a protest or maybe both, celebrating a protest.

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    1. USA (Spring - 2019) – she’s on her 2nd 10 year Visa and I’ll try to explain how she was able to obtain it (maybe when we do our scheduled weekend whitewater run down the Colorado)
    I will post more but for now some new information that might help others when applying for a US Visa. US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants: https://www.apnews.com/c96a215355b242e58107c2125c18fc4a
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    Early morning start…….


    First stop was to visit the waterfalls with the amateurs who took the trip with a motorized boat.


    Most in our boat had been swimming by this point.


    Getting late and stopped to camp out for the evening.


    Next morning heading down river for lunch and then to the top of the canyon




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    Grand Canyon whitewater rafting. I and four other rowers on our raft became honorary members of the Colorado River’s (whitewater) swimming team. More later
    About becoming a swimmer. According our guides it’s a pretty big thing to get tossed out of the raft and into the water when trying to navigate the whitewater areas. 5 of the 8 rowers on our raft were thrown off the raft while in a highly rated classed rapid. The girlfriend and my daughter did not go swimming. No one was hurt and the cool dip was an unexpected relief.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...s_and_features








    and attended a protest……


    US Tourist Visa. https://th.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/ - http://www.ustraveldocs.com/th/th-ni...Qualifications - https://youtu.be/DbLWi3de1hA

    • How to. From the little I know and have come to understand after 15 years of being with Thai woman who has been given two ten year US tourist visas in the past. Looking at the application form as I understand can be intimidating. I'm going to be direct and try to keep it simple.


    If you're helping someone or if you know someone who might be filling out an application, be honest and do what you can to keep the applicant honest.

    Major points: Employment, property, family ties in Thailand. The US wants to know if the applicant will come back to Thailand after their visit in the states. If they have a nice employment history, property and close family ties in Thailand the chances are that Thai applicant will want to come back home.

    Couple US tourist visas I know of that were recently approved. Two different Thai women applied for a tourist visa and were both given 10 year visas even after requesting a visa for less than a two weeks to the states. They both were employed, had property and close family ties although neither were married.

    One more thing,……that interview with the US embassy is to confirm what the embassy already knows from their application. The applicant is going to get a US Visa or not: https://i.ibb.co/Z88zq13/reject.jpg - https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...a-denials.html

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    Three more trips overseas are also planned this year (2019) that I’ll post about and explain what a single Thai female had to accomplish before being issued a Tourist Visa for that country.

    USA (Spring - 2019) – she’s on her 2nd 10 year Visa and I’ll try to explain how she was able to obtain it (maybe when we do our scheduled weekend whitewater run down the Colorado)
    • Going back to review how the girlfriend received her two 10 year US tourist visas to the states. It was a breeze,………she had been working for the same company for years, she owns a few pieces of property and she has close family ties.


    As mentioned above…..little hiccup in the Visa requirements now and most of you might want to check into it before you help someone apply for a US Visa. US Now Requiring Social Media Details From Most Visa Applicants: https://www.voanews.com/a/us-social-...n/4942236.html

    • Next trip: Accommodations, flights and dives on the Great Barrier Reef have been booked and I will post about the Australian tourist visa process for a Thai when we get back early 2020.


    Until then…….

    For Thai tourists: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visa...tream-overseas

    For individuals from Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States (me) all you’ll need to do is fill out and meet the requirements of an Electronic Travel Authority: https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas
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    what would the rules be to bring some brass over to see McGregor in the gardens

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    One of my overseas travels with a Thai g/f was to Foz Iguazu, Brazil.

    Very romantic!



    Then we crossed the long bridge to Cidade de Este, Paraguay to get our Brazilian visas renewed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post

    • Next trip: Accommodations, flights and dives on the Great Barrier Reef have been booked and I will post about the Australian tourist visa process for a Thai when we get back early 2020.
    A warning and an update.

    The warning. Anyone thinking about visiting Sydney during the New Year’s holiday as we are going to be doing, plan/reserve early. Nice rooms in the nicer hotels along the harbor will go quickly. Most will also require a 4 night minimum stay and the cost will/can be as much a 7 times the normal rate. Money upfront and no return for cancelations.

    The update.

    Mexico (Punta Mita/Bahia de Banderas) whale watching (this will be our second visit) and diving beginning of 2021.


    Because the girlfriend holds a US tourist Visa she isn’t required to obtain a visa from Mexico but for other Thai citizens a visa might be required: https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/tailandia...04-08-07-31-38 - https://www.visatraveler.com/visa-gu...-requirements/
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