Planning the adventure: Japan day 8-12

Welcome back to the Japan travel blog! You know how the last one was about a bit of relaxation? Well that’s because the next stage of our journey is crazy busy! On the way back from Seketei, and over five days, we hope to visit: Hiroshima: Because a visit to the peace memorial seems like…

July Update

The picture is of some Japanese money I was given today. It’s the first time I’ve held a Japanese Banknote and they’re quite beautiful in their own way. Thank you to the kindly soul who gave them to us. You’ve helped us so much already. It’s been a real varied month. Some real stresses at…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 6-7

Almost halfway through our adventure Lucy and I will go on our longest section of travelling. We will catch a train from Tsumago and travel via Nagoya to Hiroshima – roughly a five hour trip that will end with a pick-up by the hotel that we will be staying at. After, a £20 a night…

Thought: We can’t all ‘win’ at life.

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.” ― Ryōkan I love this…

June Update

Flaming June seems apt for a month where half the nights seemed to be insufferably hot. I enjoyed some wonderfully sunny days and some great times with friends and family. Especially Pete who paid a (mostly) surprise visit from New Zealand! The summer really is a time to try and heal our dreary souls from…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 4-5

After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Lucy and I will literally be heading out to the hills. We get to try our first shinkansen, then a bit more train based journeying and then, potentially, a bit of a hike. Our destination will be the Minshuku Koshinzuka which is a traditional Inn in an area…

May Update

Wow. What a month! Can’t say this has been the cheapest of months or the most healthy but I’ve had a damned good time overall. Onwards! 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Emailed an a old friend about her time as a journalist. She kindly gave…

The mood of the world is boiling but there is always hope.

Hans Rosling was a brilliant human. His TED talk from a few years ago highlighted the impact that ignorance has on our lives. Didn’t bother watching? That’s fine. The TL;DR version is that you’re probably a fucking idiot and you should stop overreacting over many issues of the world. Everything is, generally, getting better. Hooray! Feel…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 2-3

Waking up for the first time in Tokyo is going to be bloody weird. I love that moment of dissociation when you realise you’re not in your own bed. In this case I’ll be waking up in a strangers house, in a loft above a living room, and where other guests might be idly chatting…