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Blog entries along the way!

  • Blog,  Japan

    Christmas in a Temple (Part 2)

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  • Blog,  Japan

    Christmas in a Temple (Part 1)

    Months before I had arrived in Japan, I began the process of planning where I wanted to go and what exactly I wanted to do. The destinations practically chose themselves. However, there was one aspect of travelling that I was…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

    What brought me to this quiet little mountain town of Yudanaka? What was the reason for taking the 5-hour bus journey from Tokyo to this little-known town on the outskirts of a ski resort? It wasn’t for the slopes, rather…

  • Blog,  Japan

    Tokyo (Part 2)

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  • Blog,  Japan

    Tokyo (Part 1)

    After bidding a farewell to the nation I have called home for over 2 years, it was time to begin my adventure with a fresh new country; Japan. A country I’ve been dreaming of visiting ever since I was a…

  • Blog,  China


    Two years ago I was faced with a decision; where would I like to live? Beijing or Shanghai. Quite the decision to make, particularly when you’re on the other side of the world and with no real knowledge of either…

  • Blog,  China


    This must be the most world recognized natural phenomenon China has to offer, a true natural wonder of the world. An image of another primeval world, a time of long forgotten mystery. A location which has been forever immortalized in…

  • Blog,  Mongolia

    Mongolia – Part 2

    We left off after a 250km drive from the capital Ulaanbaatar deep into central Mongolia. We pick up the story on the outskirts of Khogno Khan National Park after spending the night with a local nomad family in our own…

  • Blog,  Mongolia

    Mongolia – Part 1

    I’ve racked up a fair number of countries on the list, most of which were along the tried and tested beaten tracks of endlessly reliable streams of tourists. Not often have I stepped too far off the trail, or travelled…

  • Blog,  Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia’s capital city comes with a bit of personal history for me. A few years ago, the conclusion of my first ever backpacking adventure would bring me to Kuala Lumpur after a rapid 3 months. An incredibly bitter-sweet end to…