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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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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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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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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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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