Italy – Some Pisa, Some Rome & Some Bones

When I visited Italy during my two months of European Interrailing, Florence was my base camp. From there I took day trips to other parts of the country. Most notably, Rome and Pisa. The Wonky Tower of Italy The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous sights in Italy. Anyone visiting it…

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Italy – Heavenly Beauty and Hellish Heat

Stunning architecture and sense-smacking cuisine. There is more to Italy than that, but it was those two items that dominated my short stay in that beautiful country. It’s pronounced “Firenze” One of the realisations I had during my months of Interrailing was that the English names for places in Europe are often quite different to…

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Travelling In Japan

Ever had a stranger use your shoulder as a pillow? No? Well if you’re going to be using a local train in Japan don’t be surprised if this happens. Luckily, travelling in Japan isn’t always so awkward. Planes Most visitors’ to Japan will be familiar with Narita International Airport but there are many smaller airports dotted around…

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Hiroshima – Me and Miyajima

Japan isn’t just Tokyo. There are many other wondrous and fascinating places to visit. Once such place is Hiroshima. I went there for the first time earlier this year and experienced wandering deer, tasty micro-brews, handy trams, Japanese “omelettes”, and horrifying sadness. What A Ferry Nice Day! Following the four-hour Shinkansen trip from Tokyo I was…

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Cards In Japan

Cash cards, point cards, stamp cards, business cards, credit cards, travel cards, birthday cards. Japan’s got so many cards that one needs a wallet the size of the buffalo it was made from just to contain them. I don’t bother with all of them but some are really handy. Cash My company hired me before…

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Sightseeing in the UK – On the Buses

A few months ago I went back to my homeland with my girlfriend and her family in tow. After exploring a wonderland and boogying down with some wenches, it was time to get some serious sightseeing done. Enter; the magical world of coach tours. The Magical Mystery Tour Given a brief window of time how…

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Jagariko: A Quick Bite In Japan – VIDEO

On the last day at one of my schools this year some (… many) students gave me one of my favourite snacks: Jagariko (じゃがりこ). Since I now have so many of them clogging the hallways of my apartment building I thought it best not to waste the opportunity, and make a video of me munching…

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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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