Iceland: Reykjavik, Þingvellir & Gullfoss

Whilst start-ups may satisfy the adventurous feelings of most people, and by Jove is there a lot of uncertainty and compromise, for me, there’s no greater than adventure than the open road, and so May saw my return to the Tarmac, taking a road trip around Iceland. Day 1: Blink and You’ll Miss It Landing… Continue reading Iceland: Reykjavik, Þingvellir & Gullfoss

Japan: Final Farewell Thoughts

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang Sitting at my desk, on my last day of school, I can’t help but recall all the major ‘lasts’ from my life; Uganda, Placement Year, University, and how recent, yet… Continue reading Japan: Final Farewell Thoughts

Kurokawa Onsen Village: Birthday Bananza

Another year, another year older, and as is my custom in January, I celebrated this passing with a party. But not by spending the night at a ‘Spoons, hitting on chicks called Sandra that work in HR whilst holding back Ginger Rob’s hair as he pukes, and not by working on coursework with the deadline… Continue reading Kurokawa Onsen Village: Birthday Bananza

London: Stranger in Familiar Lands

Christmas 2015 saw my first return to the UK since moving to Japan 17 long months ago – so what did we learn about the UK? Well… English Only Please Even at the airport, all signs are in English! It was almost embarrassing! Having spent months reading (I used reading very generously) signs in English,… Continue reading London: Stranger in Familiar Lands

Yakushima: On a Quest for Princess Mononoke

“Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.” Apparently, but alas I was unable to test this hypothesis during my recent trip to Yakushima, aka, the scenic inspiration for studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke/もののけ姫. Setting off from Oita city with my travel companions, R & L, we didn’t depart until nearly… Continue reading Yakushima: On a Quest for Princess Mononoke

Kyoto: A Step Back in Time

Kyoto – The cultural capital of Japan. Spared by the Americans during the bombing of Japan, today it is a throwback to traditional Japan and home to thousands of shrines and temples. From Mie to Oita, Oita to Osaka, Osaka to Kyoto took nearly the whole day! It was funny running into the other Oita… Continue reading Kyoto: A Step Back in Time

Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji

For the final instalment of my adventurous Summer holidays, it was time to climb Fujisan! Famous from its appearance in  ukiyo-e block prints, its a iconic status can only be matched by anime and crazy Japanese electronics. Thursday: Arigatou Mr Robotou Always a joy to shorten the work week, I woke up at 0515 on a Thursday morning,… Continue reading Tokyo: Conquering Mr. Fuji