Chugoku – in the past targeted, in the present oft-overlooked

Part 2 of our 2014 trip to Japan Places visited: Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kure, Okunoshima Hiroshima greeted us with a heavy thunderstorm. It even caused a massive mudslide north of the city, as we would find out later. When the lightning had abated a bit, we rushed through the rain to our hotel, wearing our disposable…

Japan’s Hot-Spot Kyushu – Volcanoes, Fireworks and Onsen

Part I of our 2014 trip to Japan Kokura, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Aso, Shimabara, Obama Onsen, Unzen, Nagasaki We arrived at KIX in August, just before Obon. Customs went smoothly, although the officer was amused/taken aback by the roll of toilet paper on top of my luggage, leftovers from a . As we stepped out of…

How China (kind of) took over my life

When your CV includes the line “Chinese – fluent in speaking and writing”, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be asked why on earth you would want to learn Mandarin, at least to that level. In my case, the honest reply is – because I had nothing better to do. Boredom can be dangerous, as…

Previous and future trips

Past trips: China 2013 – studying (180 days) *Shanghai Japan 2014  (52 days) *Tokyo, Chubu, Kyoto, Chugoku, Northern Kyushu China 2015 – working (180 days, 30 days, 20 days) *all over the map China 2015  (42 days) *Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Yunnan Ireland 2015 (23 days) *road trip Wild Atlantic Way I’ll catch up on…

Welcome to my travel stories!

Of course, there are thousands of travel blogs floating through the internet – why should you read this one? I’m not even attempting a round-the-world trip after all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t join me digitally on my adventures. When planning my recent trips to China, Japan and Russia, I couldn’t help but notice…