It was an hour drive from our overnight stay to a breath-taking scenic wonderland: Yosemite. This national park hosts some of the most beautiful scenery that you can comprehend.

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Around Tokyo

Our time in Tokyo was short and sweet. We were not on the first standy-by flight from Manila to Tokyo, so we did not arrive until 8PM. Transfer to Tokyo on a bullet train and still we were not at our hotel until 10PM after clearing customs and passport checks.

The weather was not even close to tropical, but did remind us of home in Germany. As a matter of fact, Japan is the only other country that rivals the dedication to having things as tidy and clean as in Germany.

What we saw we enjoyed thoroughly. Manicured gardens and the imperial gardens in downtown Tokyo, a little shopping district, a temple and a tea ceremony.

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Puka Grande for lunch

Last day in paradise. Time to get away from the tourist resort. Having been on the scooter yesterday, we discovered other parts of the island to explore. So we decided to do our last big meal at a tiny beach at the end of the island.

A twenty minute ride on a sidecar type motorcyle, we arrive at our destination - Puka Grande. Really. That is hopefully the given name, and not the name everyone calls the place after eating.

What a great menu and meal. Nothing elegant - plastic tables, plastic garden chairs. Six tables host a couple of nationalities, but everything is an island pace.


Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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