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Indelible impressions from Japanese Hot Springs

JAPAN | Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | Views [24102]

Travellers often avoid Japan because of it's reputation for being expensive. This was certainly true a decade or so ago, but these days it's quite the bargain. We visit Japan fairly regularly and go to get our fix of two things: the food and the onsen ... Read more >

Tags: children, culture, experience, hot springs, japan, onsen, tokyo


Friday night in Shenzhen

CHINA | Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | Views [1463]

Smell. The first thing you notice is the smell. As you step off the air-conditioned train scents waft up from from bakeries and noodle shops to mix with the odours from the sewers and stale cigarettes. Actually, in fairness, I find Shenzhen ... Read more >

Tags: business, culture, economy, work


On the origins of classical Greek sculpture

GREECE | Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | Views [2516]

Sitting on the beach in the little fishing village of Apollonas on the northern tip of the Greek island of Naxos, I pick up a beautifully smooth pebble. Nothing unusual about that, except this one is made of high quality marble and has the most gorgeous ... Read more >

Tags: art, beach, culture, greek, greek islands, marble, naxos, sculptures


How can a pot be so interesting?

GREECE | Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | Views [3025]

Well, it can be 5,000 years old for start. If that seems like a long time, try imagining a man or woman making it in their home and what that might have looked like. It is hard to imagine the world in say the year 2407 and almost impossible to have ... Read more >

Tags: ancient, culture, disaster, perspective, philosophy, santorini, tsunami


Cataclysm

GREECE | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [2561] | Comments [1]

All the ancient ruins are spectactular if for nothing else than their age: when you are looking at beautiful jewelry and art, often with very human humour, that is 1900 BC it is breathtaking. Over the years we have visited many of the anciant ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, ancient, culture, history, perspective, philosophy, ruins


Light and Dark

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [2717] | Comments [1]

A clear night in the remote desert, ochre red dust howls as children and dogs run wild, lit by lots of flickering open fires, people lounging on vehicles in various states of disrepair, like a scene from an indigenous version of Mad Max. On TV it would ... Read more >

Tags: aboriginal, children, culture, experience, family, festival, garma, health, indigenous, politics


Outrageously scenic

INDONESIA | Thursday, 11 Jan 2007 | Views [4440]

The day starts with a flash of blue slicing past the coconut palms outside our veranda that overhangs the stream. A distinct ccreeeee-ccreee of the Balinese kingfisher heralds its presence each morning but we only catch glimpses of blue, orange and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, bali, ceremony, culture, death, family, festival


Tranquility

INDONESIA | Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | Views [2338]

The cool afternoon breeze floats across the rice paddies, the sounds of ducks, frogs and crickets drifting into our room with it. The atmosphere is tranquil and exquisite. Perched on the far corner of a back lane-way a short distance from Ubud, the ... Read more >

Tags: bali, children, culture, decoration, family, festival, people, places to stay, temple


The other Bali

INDONESIA | Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | Views [1729]

Ah, Bali. Tropical, friendly, easy, stunningly beautiful, lush, and interesting, somehow even the crass commercialism of Kuta doesn't dirty the experience. The Balinese know only too well how to alter their environment to best effect, turning the smallest ... Read more >

Tags: bali, culture, fear, gods, island, magic, terrorism, travel with children


On the edge of Tokyo

JAPAN | Saturday, 30 Sep 2006 | Views [1417]

It's just a house on the edge of Tokyo, a timber house constructed to withstand the frequent earthquakes, a house I lived in for a little over a year, a house that we return to with our own family now, a house full of memories, a house cluttered with ... Read more >

Tags: architecture, culture, philosophy of travel, tokyo


How would you use 1m² to feed your family?

THAILAND | Saturday, 8 Jul 2006 | Views [7769] | Comments [2]

Would you set up a street stall and sell beads ? Fruit juice? Old coins or fake Louis Vuitton handbags from behind a curtain? Would you sell drugs, foreign currency, T-shirts, shaved ice, Pad Thai (fried noodles) or fake antiques? Would you ... Read more >

Tags: bargaining, culture, having fun, markets, on the road, people, philosophy, responsibility, work


What better way to spend a wet day in Paris than with 1 million dead?

FRANCE | Monday, 26 Jun 2006 | Views [5333] | Comments [4]

I'm so over Paris. Seriously. Sunday, it's pissing down, and everywhere is shut. So much so that it was even impossible to buy a bloody umbrella. Have they heard of initiative in France? Is it that I am still trying to kick this flu? Is it that ... Read more >

Tags: age, change, culture, dead, death, history, mood, philosophy of travel, reflection


Travel broadens the mind. Really?

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 24 May 2006 | Views [6045]

Having travelled widely, I have firm beliefs in the positives of the travel experience in getting people to be a little more compassionate towards one another. Racism, intollerance and war are all harder to propigate when you have experienced local hospitality ... Read more >

Tags: children, culture, ignorance, philosophy of travel, racism


Meandering along the Mekong

LAOS | Monday, 30 Jan 2006 | Views [1707]

Luang Prabang reminds us greatly of Nan in north-east Thailand. Some years ago we meandered along the Thai-Lao border that is the Mekong for some months, gently absorbing the various towns and villages with no particular destination in mind. The pace ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, ceremony, culture, luang prabang, on the road, travel with children


Comatose Capitalism

LAOS | Sunday, 22 Jan 2006 | Views [1279] | Comments [1]

In Vietnam you only have to go near a market to have someone try to sell something. Anything. "You buy", "for the baby", "for your boy" and "same same" are aimed in your direction on even the most general of strolls.... Read more >

Tags: capitalism, culture, luang prabang, market


Then and now

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 10 Jan 2006 | Views [1630] | Comments [2]

Inevitably returning after 15 years we are making comparisons. It's impossible to say better or worse; just that things have changed. Some things we miss, others we don't (definitely!) Probably the biggest single difference is the noise and pollution.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, culture, cyclo, memories, pollution, travel tips, travel with children


Sushi excitement

JAPAN | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2005 | Views [1357]

Kamagaya, the town of my in-laws is famous in Japan for the huge, sweet nashi pears they grow everywhere. The large timber framed family home is literally full of memories. Since the day I was first there over 16 years ago, every postcard, photo ... Read more >

Tags: culture, family, memory, temple, travel with children


Dust to dust

SOUTH KOREA | Sunday, 21 May 2000 | Views [1674]

Yuki's father turned up with Grandmother in a beautifully wrapped box casually tucked under one arm. We had all flew down south to some military airport near Pusan for the funeral the next day, and startedby visiting Grandmothers original village ... Read more >

Tags: celebrations, ceremony, culture, culture, death, funeral, impermanent, people, tradition


Life & death in Chichicastenango

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 26 Nov 1998 | Views [3300]

The peaks of the volcanos, cloaked in cloud and on fire from the dawn sun, glide past the windows of our plane. In my imaginations I had painted a land of jungle not volcanos large enough to greet you as you arrive by plane. Being thrown back into ... Read more >

Tags: children, clouds, culture, death, mortality, philosophy of travel, volcano



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