• 10 Essential Things to Do in St. Petersburg
  • Chindogu: Only in Japan will these things exist….
  • Going to a Cat Cafe in Japan (When You Have a Cat Allergy)
  • Does Boycotting a Country Do More Harm than Good?
  • Kabukicho : The Strange World of East Shinjuku

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10 Essential Things to Do in St. Petersburg

Swan Lake at the ballet in St Petersburg

See the Ballet The Russians are the Michael Jordan of the ballet world, and the opportunity to see a performance any day of the week should not be missed. If you want to see the pinnacle of this art form go to Mariinsky Theatre, without doubt one of the best ballet companies in the world, […]

Chindogu: Only in Japan will these things exist….

Chindogu inventions

I’m not much of a shopper but if I’m going to be suckered into buying something I don’t need, it’s going to happen in Japan. Walking inside a shop anywhere in Japan is like walking into quicksand: it’s a struggle getting out of there. Everything, absolutely everything, looks so appealing. Given the correct packaging I […]

Going to a Cat Cafe in Japan (When You Have a Cat Allergy)

Cat cafe Kyoto, Japan

When you have a cat allergy the last place you’d want to go inside is a cat cafe. Or so you’d think…. Not me. I must get some sort of perverse pleasure from self-inflicted suffering. Since I was born I’ve had allergies of all kinds, and seem to spend half of my life slathering myself […]

Does Boycotting a Country Do More Harm than Good?

Boycotting Russia

After travelling to a country, have you received comments from people about why they would never go to that country on the basis of morality? I’ve received this kind of response after visiting China, Russia, Burma and surprisingly even Norway and Iceland. I appreciate these comments often come from a good place; boycotting a country […]

Kabukicho : The Strange World of East Shinjuku

Kabukicho, Tokyo

Within east Shinjuku lies Kabukicho (named after a large Kabuki theatre which was meant to have been built in the area in the 1940’s but was never completed), Japan’s most well-known red-light district, renowned worldwide for its plethora of restaurants, bars and sex-related establishments. This is the Tokyo I’d always pictured in my mind; streets […]

A Photographic Look at Burmese People and Traditions

Burmese man wearing Thanaka

Burma has made its way into my heart, just as Norway has done and Poland before that. These places make me feel fuller, deeper, and happier. When I think of the countries I love the most, they are all so very different, but one thing drawing them together is the people: the tight-knit community of […]

Japan: A Country of Intense Contrasts

Tokyo neon lights

In terms of things to see and do, I cannot think of a country that offers as much diversity as Japan.  It has a cultural dualism of the zen and the zany, leaving visitors to oscillate between the two worlds, often just streets apart, without getting dizzy. I’ve never been to a country that can […]

Saltstraumen Maelstrom – the World’s Strongest Whirlpool in Bodø!

RIB Boat over Saltraumen Maelstrom

Before going to Bodø in Northern Norway I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s not well visited by tourists and I wondered if that was correlative with the amount of things to do there… I’m pleased to say it’s not. There are quite a few things to do in Bodø that range from the arty […]