Sunday, June 04, 2006

Whoah! We're going to Ibiza...

Whoah! We're going to Ibiza
Whoah! Back to the islands
Whoah! We're going to Ibiza
Whoah! We're gonna have a party
Whoah! In the Mediterranean Sea

Actually we really are...

This is what has been consuming my time and my head space lately.
It all started about a month ago when Zume ventured to ask "Hey, why don't we go to Spain for the summer?" Asking me a question like that equates to asking me if I would like some ice cream - I am NEVER going to say no.

In no time we were on the phone to the travel agent and writing a list of the places we wanted to go.
In true over zealous style, I had listed every exotic and sexy Mediterranean beach on the planet as a place to go. But we have since chopped in down a little.
At the risk of sounding like an annoying bragging spoilt brat I am going to give a run down of our summer journey.

London - Paris (to ride our bikes through the streets of gay pari and eat creme brulee at Amelie's cafe in Monmatre) - Barcelona (to be pickpocketed and see if Zara clothes really are cheaper there) - Ibiza (to party it up with celebs, djs and the largest population of pimple faced, alchohol intolerant, barely out of their teens brits) - Venice (to see what a real gondola looks like) - Rome (to shop like a freak and decide whether or not it was built in a day) - Athens and the Greek Ialands Santorini, Mykonos and Paros (to chill and soak it up before heading back to Tokyo)

So here's the thing, we have less than two months before we leave and we need to learn french, spanish, italian and greek.

So far I have progressed to a level where I can ask for a Camembert sandwich in French, I can ask where the toilet or beach is in spanish (while being aware of the pickpoketers) and I can barely leave anywhere now without squealing arrivederci, blowing kisses and waving like I am hanging off the side of a luxury sea liner ready to depart on the trip of a life time. As for greek, well at this stage I am ignorantly hoping sign language will suffice.

All language assisstance is greatly appreciated - please help!


Anonymous Lulu said...

Whoah! Wow, everyone is going travelling this jealous! I can't speak any of the languages mentioned really but when i was in Europe i used lonely planets Europe Phrasebook (ISBN 1-86450-2244) which has a rundown of 14 languages in it....including french, italian, greek and spanish! How long will you be gone for? Have you and Zume been to Europe together before? Wow, how exciting!

4/6/06 2:22 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

On my way out the door to get the book...ta
No we have never been to Europe and we are super excited...giddy in fact
We only have about a month to see it all - it's just like a taste test really - check out what's hot and what's not
May never want to come back
Where did you venture to?

4/6/06 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY ZUME! I'm Mario (from Barcelona) i wish you enjoy your trip to IBIZA. It's a really good place..
Some Phrases in Spanish:
Cuanto cuesta? (how many € cost it?)
Como se llega al HOTEL "X" ? (how i can arrive to the hotel?)
Donde esta la calle "x"? (Where is "X" street?)

BYE! Sorry it is in spanish!
A lot of kisses! really nice photos in your Blog!

6/6/06 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I saw your blog attached to a mate of mine and noticed you are an aussie in Tokyo with a japanese boy.. Just like me :)

6/6/06 6:39 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

Hey Mario from Barcelona - thanks for the Spanish lesson! I need alot of help. But I love your language and I find it much easier to pick up than French.
We are so excited to go to Barcelona - but tell it really as dangerous for tourists as people say it is?
Thanks for the comments impressed by your groovy photos too

6/6/06 8:02 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

hey kotatsu lover - tis a fun life tisn't it? Where are you in Tokyo? What part of Oz do you sprout from?

6/6/06 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He!! I'm Mario! it isn't dangerous trabel to Spain if you have a little bit of experience in trips..
If you are walking in the street and one unknown person try to asking something to you.. for example how go to one street or similar question.. it is really possible that he/she wants to stole you.. he/she known that you aren't from Spain and intented to lie you.. another type of problems are the taxi.. for the tourist. the taxidrivers try to make you pay more than the normal price you have to negociate the price of the taxi service before you caught the taxi..
Barcelona it's a very nice city and there are a lot of things to see and do.. If you like go to discos and pubs barcelona is ypur city.. I was in london.. and it's very boring compared to barcelona! people go to their house at 2 am! in barcelona the party starts at 1 or 2 am!
We are very "FIESTEROS" (party people)

7/6/06 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello again.. Gosh I'm jealous about ur trip.. What kind of work do you do that lets you take that much time off?! *jealous!*

I'm from Sydney originally.. Living in Gyotoku.. so in Chiba, not really Tokyo heheh

How about you?


7/6/06 8:44 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

Mario I am really trying to save my energy for all of you FIESTEROS - I really can't wait to come and check your gorgeous country out
Thanks so much for all the tips.
We are staying in an apartment just off the La Ramblas in the Barri Gotic - what is it like there?

8/6/06 7:40 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

kotatsulover, i am a primary school teacher - holidays here are about the same as back home...
We live in Shinjuku - Okubo, nice and central easy to get everywhere, close to work and play
Do you miss Sydney?
I usually don:t get home sick - but I listened to Peter Allen's hit a couple o days ago and CRIED ???

8/6/06 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget who also checks out this site....

9/6/06 11:43 AM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

oh dear old mum your interpretation of what i write is back to front...
you got me all wrong
of course i miss YOU
i'm just not a home sickly person, you know that, just like i'm not a christmas person, a baby person or a skirt person
but i love you and miss u
so shut up! (i mean that in a nice loving way)

9/6/06 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahah I rarely miss Sydney..People there generally think they are just too funky! But when I go there I don't not like it... I miss my friends and the ease of shopping back home and my family.. But not 'Aus' itself... I was there for 23 years.. Time to explore new places - ya know!

I've had a look at a couple of your pics and I really admire your fashion style. Do u shop a lot in Tokyo? Maybe we could hook up for some shopping one day if you're free... I just can't seem to find 'my' kind of stores in Tokyo and my wardrobe is a jungle of clothes - none of which match!! haha


11/6/06 4:54 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

sounds like you have the perfect selection of clothes...clothes aren't supposed to match they are just supposed to 'go'...
My wardrobe is a sickening hideous mess - if anyone saw it they would be very shocked (except my mummy she had to put up with my filth all of my childhood) i have huge tidiness issues which i have never grown out of unfortunately. masao is super neat, he looks at my wardrobe in digust so much so that we have separate wardrobes...

i am always up for shopping but my shopping experiences are as messy as my wardrobe i never plan to buy anything i just stumble upon things that i think are cool at the time then i shove them in the cupboard and wait til i have the urge to wear them - but i do have a few fav shops that i check out every now and then

12/6/06 6:51 PM  
Blogger miotto + brown said...

two words,. all you need to know before you travel to venezia Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

its an easy read and one of my all time favourites.

do it Zume!!

(clue: it is a shit load of short, one page descriptions of a whole lot of mysterious lands but really, they are actually all descriptions of Venice)


13/6/06 9:21 PM  
Blogger miotto + brown said...

itaian phrases:

mille grazie ~ milli grrra-ts-ie = many (lit thousands) of thanks, thanks heaps.

are you training around italy?

i figure so.

are you buying a rail pass before you go?

venice will be a hot tourist zone, but while you are there try to imagine it in the cold in a time when there wasnt any electricity, only fire light.

my family lives about 20 minutes away from venice.
we went there lots as kids. I love it. when I was 16 dad let me spend the day there alone. it changed my life. remember it is really small, so walk slowly and get as lost as you can, I mean it. At some point stop using a map and walk against the flow of the people.

a breakfast you MUST have.

"un capucchio e un cornetto con marmelata, perfavore". If its a good one, it will melt you.
Eat in dark places where it looks like there are locals. Just ask for Pasta (are you vego?? ) if so,
"Pasta sensa carne" (pasta with no meat). Dont order fish there.

My cousin is getting married in October, we have started dreaming of how to make it happen...I cant wait to take J and the Bunny to italy! My brother is there at the moment, just been the best man in a wedding right near Venezia.

I'm so thrilled for you!

love d

13/6/06 9:33 PM  
Blogger miotto + brown said...


carrer ample, 28
08002 Barcelona

T +34 93 268 86 25
F +34 93 268 86 26

my friends in BCN. They are very likely to be very welcoming to you and give you a low down on where to go for a dance. Nigel will probably want to go with you.

They are aussie boys, with Tokyo connections (Nigel speaks Nihongo). They're Chick and Nigel.

Email me if you want more info about them.
They also have a flat that they let out.

BCN is wild: J and I met there.

more love.


13/6/06 9:36 PM  
Blogger sushi zume said...

girl you astound and amaze us always
your tips are hot ones
will be much used and are very appreciated

we went to the papabubble in in nakano the other week - gorgeous candy shop right
let em know we are coming to the one in barcelona exciting - gee you got friends in high places

13/6/06 10:57 PM  
Blogger Sigsy said...

My hubby proposed in Barcelona - it is a great city. But do watcht eh pickpockets. My pal has the most amazing apartment in the Gothic district and he oft sits on his balcony and watches people get their bags snatched.

Gaudi, beach, clubs, pubs, beautiful people EVERYWHERE. I LOVE IT. Have a great trip! Europe rocks. It kick zass.
mmm now I'm thinking about getting me some Europe action this summer. Dublin. And...

28/2/07 10:27 AM  

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