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Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Gdynia November 25th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Me and Joanna started the day with a steady breakfast of scrambled eggs and bread before she drove us to Gdynia. The first stop on our way was the Orłowski Cliff, which is a really beautiful cliff that are still being eroded by the sea by roughly one metre every year. It's located on the beautiful sandy beach in the Kępa Redłowska Nature Reserve which was founded in 1938, making it one of the oldest nature reserves in Poland. It was founded in order to preserve the natural beach forests and the Swedish Whitebeam trees that stand along the shores. We began by taking a walk up to the top of the cliff and then we walked across it in it's entirety and came down on the other side so that we ... read more
Orłowski Cliff
Orłowski Cliff
Inscription on a Tree in Kępa Redłowska Nature Reserve

Europe » Poland » Pomerania » Sopot November 24th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! When I came back from two weeks in Japan and Qatar, after over 40 hours awake and on the move, I booked a trip to Gdańsk in Poland flying from my local airport in Växjö. It was only EUR 20 for a return flight so I figured that even if the season wasn't exactly right for the destination it should be nice enough anyway for that cost. Plus that I haven't been to Poland since 2009 anyway so I figured it would be nice to go back there. This was my first time flying from my local airport but I knew it's a small one, even so I made sure to arrive in good time before the flight but it was quite unnecessary as it only caused me to wait for quite ... read more
Joanna and Frania
Joanna's Pottery

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Ueda October 14th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Me and Tran left together this morning and took the local train to Nagano where we switched to the shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Tokyo. He was going to Tokyo to write an exam, while I would jump of in Karuizawa where I would visit the Shiraito Falls. The Shiraito Falls is the kind of waterfall that is fairly wide and where the water resemble hanging threads of silk which is how it get's it name. Last year I visited another waterfall with the same name in Fujinomiya at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya was truly breathtaking and I were hoping that this waterfall would also be beautiful in a similar fashion. Just as with the last two days in Nagano it was raining quite heavily today. ... read more
Performance at Ueda Castle
Statue of Sanada Yukimura
Ueda Castle

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Yamanouchi October 13th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I decided to have a leisure start in the morning because the rain was really pouring down. I woke up at the same time as Trung did but I decided to wait for a while and leave later as long as it was okay with him. He had no problems with it, if I just waited an hour or so the building would be empty and no one would notice me leaving anyway and I didn't have to worry about locking up. I decided to do so and hope for the rain to ease up, at least a little bit, because my shoes and socks are still wet since yesterday and I had no desire to make them even worse. At this moment I only had like one pair of socks left ... read more
Alpha Male Soaking in the Onsen
Soaking in the Onsen
Jigokudani Valley

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Nagano October 12th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today I was off to an early start as I left together with Trung when he went work, actually even a little bit earlier than needed because he doesn't want the others in his apartment building to know that he houses guests there because the apartment is provided by his employer. He spent the morning, before we left, cramming pretty hard because in a couple of days he will have an important exam in Tokyo and if he passes it he will get a nice salary increase! It was raining really heavily though so I knew I would find good use for the umbrella he lent me. He was kind enough to drive me the whole way to the train station in Nagano even though he was originally going to drop me ... read more
Enjoying the View of the Zuishinmon (Zuishin Gate)
Amongst the Japanese Red Cedars
Me in Front of the Kuzuryû Shrine

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Matsumoto October 11th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Yesterday I had a wonderful and relaxed time together with Junko and Bárbara in Fujieda and Shizuoka, enjoying a tea ceremony (chanoyu) and I was able to purchase both a kimono and a pair of hakama (trousers). Today it was time to continue my journey though and so I said my goodbyes to Junko for this year as I stepped on the shinkansen (bullet train) going west. I left together with Bárbara who was heading towards Kyoto while I stepped of in Nagoya to switch for a train going to Matsumoto. On the train station in Shizuoka she said that she was going to miss me, but I told her to look at it from the positive side. Now my befuddled face wouldn't drive her mad anymore. However, she said she was ... read more
Frog Statue
Haiden (Worship Hall)
Kuromon (Black Gate)

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Fujieda October 10th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I think that today was the most leisure day of my entire trip as I spent the whole day together with Junko and Bárbara in Fujieda and Shizuoka. The only plans that we had was to go and eat and a lovely dinner at a nice restaurant, shop for kimonos and attend a tea ceremony (chanoyu). It was essentially the repetition of a day that I had last year except that Junko and me was joined by Bárbara. It felt good though to not have any grand plans for the day, sometimes it's quite nice to just slow down the pace and relax. We all slept in, getting some much needed rest to regain our strength after two days of celebration in the autumn festivals of Kakegawa and Fukuroi, not to mention ... read more
My New Kimono and Hakama (Trousers)
Gift of Geta!
Together With Lovely Ladies

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Takayama October 9th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today Bárbara and me left quite early to have as much time as possible in Takayama before we had to return to Shizuoka. First we took the shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya where we switched to an express train bound for Takayama. When Junko first asked me to go to Takayama with Bárbara I read up a bit about the city since I didn't really know much about it beforehand. I learned that the Takayama Festival (Takayama Matsuri), which is the third largest festival in Japan, is held here at this time so that's why I switched my plans around to allow for this excursion. However, Junko's and Bárbara's plan for this trip was for us to go to Shirokawa-go to see the historical villages spread out across that area. However, because ... read more
Hida Folk Village
Praying to Buddha
Former House of the Hozumi Family

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Fukuroi October 8th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I got up fairly early this morning to eat breakfast together with Bárbara and Hideyuki. It was pretty clear that Yasuyo is the one that takes care of food in the household, she was out for the moment so Hideyuki was taking care of it with rather funny results. When she returned the first thing she did was to fix some of the stuff to it's proper order. After we'd all eaten me and Bárbara went with Yasuyo to her position during the Fukuroi Festival (Fukuroi Matsuri) while Hideyuki went on his round around the town. I didn't quite know what to expect from this to be honest as I hadn't been clear on exactly what we were suppose to do but we ended up in a kitchen/outdoor dining area which turned ... read more
Children Pulling a Matsuri Yatai (Festival Float)
She Dropped Her Sandal While Taking the Picture
Cool Crew!

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Kakegawa October 7th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today we started out very calmly, we slept in and then ate a relaxed breakfast together before we left for Kakegawa to celebrate the annual Kakegawa Festival (Kakegawa Matsuri). It's a festival that dates all the way back to the Edo period (1603–1868). Before we left Shizuoka we stopped by an electronics shop where I picked up a new memory card for my camera so that I could resume taking pictures properly. The cell phone takes at a similar quality as my compact camera, but it lacks the zoom capabilities which I use quite frequently. As we arrived in Kakegawa we took the scenic route up to Shôkichi's home which is located beautifully atop of a mountain with a gorgeous view of the valley below. It's in a very picturesque location, nestled ... read more
Cool Crew
Bárbara and Me in the First Music Performance
First Dance Performance

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