It’s easy to come back from a trip and think everything on your vacation was better than what you return to at home.
Like ramen. I don’t think I can eat ramen here for awhile without comparing it to the bowls I’ve had in Fukuoka and Tokyo on my recent trip to Japan.
But sometimes we don’t stay long enough in a place to really get to know it — and some things may seem better on the surface.
Take, for example, traffic.
It’s easy to think that other cities don’t have the kind of gridlock morning traffic we have here on Oahu. But we also don’t travel during peak commuting times when on vacation, so what we experience — the lonely backroads, the unclogged interstates — aren’t really an accurate picture of the city’s traffic woes.
So I’m going to make a list of things that we can compare between Hawaii and Japan, and for those of you who have been to both, I’d love to get your input:
Hawaii vs. Japan: which is better? (My answer is in parentheses.)
• Public transportation (Japan)
• Ramen (Japan)
• Pastries and desserts (Hawaii. I have a sweeter palette. Sorry!)
• Convenience stores (Japan, hands down)
• Fashion (I prefer Hawaii’s laid-back vibe.)
• Beaches (Hawaii)
• Friendliness (Hawaii)
• Crowds (Hawaii)
• Tourist areas (Japan. I think Hawaii is too kitschy.)
• Music (Hawaii)
• Weather (Hawaii)
• Public restrooms (Split. I think Japanese bathrooms are cleaner, but you have to like squatters.)
• Birds (Tough one. I’m not sure if I prefer huge crows or dirty pigeons.)
Hmm. Looks like I’m torn.
What about you?