My greatest passion in life is travelling. I just can't live without it. Thus, I always take the oppurtunity to go somewhere whenever I can. It doesn't matter to me whether I'm able just to make a short trip over the day or if I'm able to stay for a month. All trips and its experiences counts in my world.
Cultural exchange is high on my agenda and there is no better way to achieve this than through travelling.
Feel free to comment my publishings in either english, swedish or japanese.
April 5th 2010
Tokyo with the Shinkansen On monday it was time for me to visit the capital of Japan, Tokyo. I had prior to my arrival in Japan purchased a Japan rail pass so I was able to catch the Shinkansen bullet train from Osaka. The day started of early as I had a train to catch from the huge new Osaka train station. Before boarding the train I bought the obligatory bento lunch box and a cold green tea drink to indulge during the trip. The train departed from the station on the exact minute. The approx 510 km between Osaka and Tokyo takes a little under 3 hours including 6 stop along the way. The train reaches the speed of around 300 km/h. The funny thing was that you couldn’t feel a thing while on board. ... read more
April 4th 2010
Hanami in Osaka-jo Koen The day after I arrived to Osaka Maria and Takayuki had arranged a cherry blossom viewing party (Hanami) with a bunch of Takayuki's friends. The hanami included a lot of Japanese beer and a wonderful BBQ. Hanami is one of Japan's most important festivals where the people greet spring by sitting under cherry blossom trees enjoying a pick nick and a couple of beers. For most Japanese people a couple of beers are enough for making a crazy party atmosphere. Upon arriving to the Osaka-jo Koen (Osaka Castle Park) I could understand why this occasion is so important. The park was packed with people in a very festive mood. The cherry trees almost shined throughout the park. During the evening I got the chance to meet a couple of Takayuki's friends which ... read more
April 3rd 2010
A crash course to Beijing As I have told you before I had a transfer at Beijing Capital Airport on my way to Japan. The stop was seven hours so prior to my arrival I had arranged a visa. The flight was early and I went straight for the immigration. The airport was build for the 2008 olympics and it's really an impressive sight. The immigration process went very smooth and I didn't have to use my visa for my entry this time since I was to return to the airport for a flight later that day. After taking a high-tech train ride to the arrival hall I was able to take the airport express into the city. At that time it felt like I had done my daily work out already. Travelling in Beijing with ... read more
March 23rd 2010
Time for planning Yesterday I went to a travel agency in Stockholm which specializes in travels to Japan. My goal was to purchase a voucher for a Japan Rail Pass. The rail pass is vaild for 7 days and will let me travel throughout the island country for a set price. Right now I have only planned a trip from Osaka to Tokyo but the price for the pass is lower than buying a regular train ticket between these cities. Soon it will only be a week before it's time to leave the country in the north for a little bit of exploration in the east. //Kristian ... read more
March 20th 2010
I've recieved my visa for China I'm going to Japan to visit a dear friend of mine the 2nd of April. On my way to Osaka i will have a stop in Beijing for 7 hours. Instead of waiting at the airport I have decided to try to exit the airport for a short visit to the chinese capital. I've planned this little detour carefully. If the flight is on time I will head for the immigration to end up on the airport express which will take me into the city in about 30 minutes. From there the metro will take me to the Tiananmen Square (Himmelska Fridens Torg) where I will have som time to look around before heading back to the airport. To be able to do this I had to apply for a ... read more
March 19th 2010
The bag is back! There have been a lot of you wondering what happend to my friend Anders's bag. I just thought I would give you an update on this issue. Anders have had a couple of telephone conversations with the responsible delivery agency and the responsible airline during the last couple of days. Finally today ha has recieved his bag! Anders is now ready to move on in life. //Kristian... read more
March 17th 2010
There is something red about this square I and a couple of friends decided a couple of months ago to go for a weekend to Moscow. All three of us have had a special kind of interest concerning the Russian capital. My personal goal with this trip was to either verify or get rid of my prejudices towards the Russian country and its people. It all started a couple of months ago with the three of us applying for a Russian tourist visa. I can assure you that this is not an easy task to conduct. Here is a small insight into the process; First of all you need to have an official invite from a governmental-approved tourist agency in Russia, which also takes full responsibility for you during the stay in the country. The official ... read more