Winter is Coming


You could probably say it’s already here, but we do still have some warm days in Osaka. Though money is getting tighter for us, we broke down and bought some winterized clothing, as the ol’ shorts and t-shirt routine that sustained us in Southeast Asia won’t cut the mustard either here or in Europe in the coming months. My Hawaiian shirt is coming with me, though. I’ll make it work!

We are a few shorts days away from the arrival of one of our best friends. Nikki will be arriving in two days and will be spending a little over a week here, where she will accompany us to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Indi and I are both tremendously excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with our friend and we know she is equally excited to be visiting Japan! We’ll also get to ride the Shinkansen, or Bullet Train. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time.

As time draws ever closer on our return to home (still months away, but time does fly when you’re having fun!) my OCD mind drifts to what our lives will become. Although we’ve only been gone seven months at this point, a lot has changed…and not only back home, but within ourselves. What will we do for a living? For how long? When will we get to travel again? Where WILL we live, anyway?

The cold winds bring with them the holidays, and the reminder that our family is so far away. This will be the first Thanksgiving/Christmas that I’ve ever spent away from home. A big part of me is thankful to be uninvolved in the commercial train wreck back home (no Black Friday shopping, huzzah!) it’s the quiet Christmas mornings at Grandma’s and the crackle of a familiar fireplace that tugs at my heart.

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About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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