21 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

During my summer stay in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan, I was based in Susukino. Lots of funky things to see and do in Susukino, it’s quite the Japanese adventure, but here I’ll mention four of the tourist/cultural things I did during the time I was there…   Maid Cafe   Lots of Otaku […]

19 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

Lots of curious things happened when I was staying at the Sapporo area in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan during the summer. Happened a few times that I took a bus hoping to get to one attraction and then through some misunderstanding and miscommunication with the local Japanese ended up visiting a completely different […]

7 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

There are quite a few tourist traps in Sapporo, but perhaps the biggest one of all is the Chocolate Factory, catered especially for the mass Chinese tourist crowds. It’s run by Ishiya, a local chocolate company, that has devised a brilliant theme park like attraction around its chocolate. I’ve visited two other such disasters, the Hershey […]

16 Jun, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

I spent the last summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, and was looking for daytrips from Sapporo. Otaru was a daytrip promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it featured ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would […]

15 Jun, 2017 in Bagan

Following a morning flight from Yangon to Bagan, I took a taxi to Old Bagan to begin my temple run. There are those who do this with horse carriages, some who do this with electric scooters (which is what I did on day 2), but for the first day, I just did my Bagan temple […]

1 Jun, 2017 in Yangon

In blazing hot 37-40 degrees I set out to explore Yangon on foot. I started out from the Shwedagon Pagoda, without doubt the top attraction in Yangon, and then searched for the next thing to do in the area. Locals I talked to suggested the nearby park – Kandawgyi Park, which turned out to be quite […]

24 May, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

In the last few days before leaving the scenic Hokkaido region in northern Japan I took a few quick day trips around Hokkaido to see the beauty of this island. One of those were to Lake Toya and the Showashinzan cable car, with gorgeous mountain-lake scenery and some breathtaking views overlooking the lake, the coast and nearby […]

13 May, 2017 in Yangon

The number one highlight of Yangon in Burma is the Shwedagon Pagoda. Digs in the area suggest that this worship site dates back as far as 6-10th century BC. This (possibly) 3000 years old Pagoda is the most sacred place in Burma, and includes various relics linked with important Buddhist figures. It’s also a place for families […]

7 May, 2017 in Sapporo

During the summer I spent in Hokkaido one of my favorite things was to go up the cable cars. The Hokkaido region is perfect for that, with high mountains surrounding the urban regions. During the freezing winters, all those mountains become ski slopes, but during the summer, they make for some spectacular observation decks down […]

3 May, 2017 in Taipei

Last summer I made a stop in my old home of Taiwan on the way back to Europe from a summer conference/visit to Japan. To me, Taiwan is filled with nostalgia. In the time that I lived there I think I did a pretty good job of covering all the highlights and so it doesn’t […]

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