Sado Island – A Road Trip

One of the perks of being an English teacher with a private company in Japan is that I get holidays in summer and in winter. This gives me a couple of time windows in which I can go travelling. One summer me and my girlfriend went to Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata city….

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Koblenz – A Return to My German Roots

Before going to University I took two months to travel around Europe with a flashy InterRail ticket. The first stop I made was in the picturesque German town where I spent some of my childhood: Koblenz. Returning there as an adult (well, young adult) was a stirring experience from start to finish. I arrived at…

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Target Practice

When I visited South Korea I spread my time across two cities. The bustling capital Seoul and the charming, historical Gyeongju. I started off in Gyeongju by taking part in a Templestay program and for the remainder I booked a homestay near the city centre. While staying there I was able to explore and enjoy…

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Homestay and a Hottie

When I visited South Korea a few years ago there were a number of distinct sections to the trip. The first leg involved staying at a Buddhist temple near the city of Gyeongju. The second part also took place in that city but that time I signed up for a homestay-come-B-n-B with a lovely family near…

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Traditional Dances of Iwate

Traditions are a vital part of Japan’s cultural image and many of them still play a very active part in modern society. The traditional dances of Iwate surface frequently during the course of the year. Festivals are an obvious place to catch them but there are also special performances that are often free. Sansa-tional My experience of…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 2

A lot happened in those two weeks I spent trekking Alaska and now it’s finally time to divulge the last slice of adventure pie. Our Trek America guide, Grizzly by name but not so by nature, had treated us to some of the great wonders of North America. Along the way I’d made some new…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 1

I’ve already relayed the extensive happenings of the first week of my time trekking Alaska and now it’s time to delve jerky-first into the remainder of my time in North America’s snowy gem. Prepare for moose, buffets, Braveheart, hippies, salty dawgs and a tiny pinch of romance. Changing of the Guard At the end of…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 1 Part 2

The last time I wrote about my trip to Alaska I ended the post with an image of me staring, slack-jawed up at the cloudless sky as a perfectly circular rainbow formed above. That took place roughly half way through the first week of our Alaskan journey. In this post let’s finish off the first half…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 1 Part 1

Taking a Gap Year between College and University is a common thing nowadays. I actually chose to take two years. In the first I took a Foundation Diploma in Media (because it was free while I was still under 21! Woop!) and in the second I worked as much as possible before going off travelling….

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Templestay in South Korea

I’d been interested in going to South Korea for a number of years before I finally managed to go. My last solo trip was about six years before I went to Korea so I was itching to do some adventuring by my lonesome. After booking the flight I took to ferociously googling “things to do…

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