Sightseeing In The UK – Returning As A Tourist

Since moving abroad I’ve returned to the motherland on a number of occasions, mostly for family events, but on my most recent visit I was sightseeing in the UK. I spent most of my time in London, seeing the sites, tasting the foods, living the life. Night Terrors On The Night Bus Any time I…

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Homesickness While Living Abroad

I think that homesickness hits every ex-pat at least once during their stint in a foreign land. It can be debilitating and I’ve seen many people suffer from it while working or studying far away from home . However Diagnosis: Homesickness There are a variety of symptoms associated with homesickness, and not everyone exhibits all…

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The Demilitarised Zone: A Step Into North Korea

When I started planning my trip to South Korea I had to do some research. I knew very little about the country beyond the cuisine I’d sampled in Japan. One thing I was vaguely aware of was the Demilitarised Zone. I had next to no factual knowledge about the place but in my mind I…

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Akita With A Friend Continued

Getting to know the locals is an essential part of blending and feeling comfortable in a foreign culture. Luckily for me I have found Japanese people to be very welcoming, particularly in the northern Tohoku region of the country. One of my Japanese co-teachers even invited me on a trip to stay with his family…

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Akita With A Friend

When beginning the journey of living in a foreign country it really helps to get some local friends. They can help with cultural barriers and situations requiring a deeper knowledge of the native language. Plus, they’ll know where all the best bars are. I’m actually quite a shy person, especially when it comes to talking…

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Switzerland – The Lean From 10,000ft

After a rip-roaring time in Alaska I set sail for the shores of bustling Europe. First I stopped at Koblenz, Germany then I InterRailed my way to Interlaken, Switzerland. I’ve already written of my tiny tent, my view-riffic hike, and my drunken date-crashing caper. But that’s not all I got up to, there is still…

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Switzerland – Hiking and Hooters

After returning from my first ever solo trip, which took me to Alaska, I almost immediately set about preparing for my next sojourn. With a two-month rail pass in hand I set out for main-land Europe, one of the great cultural melting-pots of the world. My first stop was in Koblenz, Germany but my second…

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South Korea – The Season of the Lonely Chairs

While on the road in South Korea I saw many things (such as some horse-archery, a beautiful girl, and the reincarnation of a canine deity) but one thing I kept noticing was these randomly placed chairs. They were often spotted next to roads, which led me to believe they were perhaps there for elderly people…

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Work in Japan – The Arrival

Flying half-way around the world can be a daunting thing, even more so when it’s to do a job you’ve no experience of, in an area that was recently devastated by a cataclysmic natural disaster. But for whatever reason, that’s exactly what I did in June 2011. I came to work in Japan. How does…

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Sado Island – Gold, Boats and Sake

After a long and awesome road trip me and my girlfriend finally arrived at Sado Island in Niigata, Japan. Even though the hotel seemed over-priced at first it was quickly redeemed by it’s exquisite dinner arrangement centred around fresh sea-food from the local area. We’d arrived in the evening so our sightseeing activities only truly began the next day. After…

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