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Asia » Japan » Kanagawa » Kamakura October 6th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today I started at the same time as Ichiro which gave me a bit more sleep than what I got yesterday but it was still not quite enough to catch up on the sleep I lost so far when travelling from Qatar. Kerstin was even more jet-lagged than me though so she overslept. Luckily she had been foreseeing enough to pack all of her things last night so she managed to get ready quick enough anyway. I left together with the two of them and we walked together for a bit before I veered off on my own path to get to the station from where I would have a direct train to Kamakura. I took a local train, these are nowhere near as comfortable as the shinkansen or the express trains ... read more
Statues of Myōbu
Hokora (Small Shrines)
Enjoying the Beautiful Koi

Asia » Japan » Tochigi » Nikko October 5th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I was off to an early start this morning because I wanted to be able to spend as much time as possible in Nikkō before I had to return to Ichiro in Shinagawa. Nikkō is an historical town and large parts of it are designated as a World Heritage Site. In total there are 103 structures that are considered to be World Heritage and they primarily belong to either the Rinnō-ji Temple, the Futarasan Shrine or the Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shrine. As I wrote in my blog post yesterday the Nikkō Tōshō-gū Shrine is the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) and this is the one which I was looking forward to visiting the most. Ieyasu was the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603–1868) and he is one of the most ... read more
Statue of a Myōbu
Ema (Votive Tablets)
Hondō (Main Hall)

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinagawa October 4th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I arrived back in Japan this afternoon after a long flight from Doha. I'm tired and jet-lagged, but happy, and even though the flight was a long one it was a good one because Qatar Airways holds a very high level of service. There was plenty of good entertainment on the flight and the crew brought me as much snacks and drinks as I could handle. They even served Japanese meals on the flight which I think was a really nice touch and a good way to get into the proper setting for a visit back to my favourite country. The flight also gave me a good opportunity to brush up on my Japanese as the man seated next to me didn't speak English and the stewardess that waited on our section ... read more
Street View

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 3rd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today I once again started in a very leisure pace with a dip in the pool of the compound. I tried to contact Kerry's jet ski guy but got no reply and with the desert tour costing an arm and a leg I went for the free museum option that I had checked out yesterday. Since I still had value left on my bus card I decided to go to the centre by bus. It turned out though that google maps had the location of the bus stop wrong due to the construction work so I ended up missing the first bus and spent a lovely half hour sitting together with a local in the shade of a traffic sign, stubbornly waving off taxi after taxi. When the bus finally came I ... read more
Radwani House
Company House
Bin Jelmood House

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 2nd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I started with a leisure pace today, taking a few laps in the pool of the compound that Kerry and Trudi live in. My plan for the day was to go to Katara, which is a really cool area currently being built that is sort of a mix between Islamic and Roman building influences. Since there are no bus going there Trudi actually arranged for an Uber to get me there, my very first Uber ride! At Katara there is still a lot of constructions going on so there are many areas that are off limits but even the areas that are open sort feel like and empty shell. It's grand and beautiful but it doesn't carry the same feeling as the old Roman structures of the mosques of old. There is ... read more
Masjid of Katara
The Pearl

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 1st 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today Trudi dropped me off by the Museum of Islamic Arts which was pretty much all of my plan for the day until when me and Belal would meet in the evening for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the QNCC. First I would visit the Museum of Islamic Arts and then the Souq Waqif and if I had enough time then walk along the cornice. I can tell you right away that I didn't have neither the time nor the energy for that walk! The Museum of Islamic Arts is really big and really well organised! I spend a lot of hours in here, gawking at the many gorgeous artefacts! They are all very well presented and illuminated which makes this a photographers heaven! It's very easy to take photos of everything ... read more
Camel Guards
Horse Guards
Falcon Souq

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 30th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Late last night I took the train to Copenhagen airport to spend an uncomfortable night waiting for an early morning flight to Doha. My friend Marcus who lived in Malmö has moved to Västerås now so my days of cushy waiting in his apartment with home cinema are gone. So I settled in for the night on a two seat bench with tonne of anime shows at my disposal. Once I boarded the flight it was lights out pretty quickly for me and I pretty much just woke up to eat. But the flight with Qatar Airways was really comfortable even in economy class. Plenty of leg space, comfortable seats and lots of entertainment. When I arrived in Doha I bought a bus card, it cost 30 riyal and gave me 20 ... read more
Red Devils
The Pearl
Waiting at Copenhagen Airport

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 4th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! We left early this morning, parting with a big hug for Jerson and Laila. I know I'll meet them again for sure, they felt like kindred souls in the couch surfing community and I'm really grateful that I got to meet them both! For this day we didn't have any plans other than getting to the airport in time but we ended up checking out Plaça de Catalunya while we were shifting between the train and airport bus, we had some spare time so we used it to take a look at the many wonderful statues on the square. It's certainly worth a view with it's neoclassical style and especially this early in the day it had a rather relaxed vibe to it. This trip has been a good one, we've especially ... read more
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Monistrol de Montserrat August 3rd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Somewhat exhausted, due to the Brazilian guy barging in in the middle of the night, me and Ante managed to drag ourselves out of bed and down to the street where Laia, true to her word, was waiting for us with her car. It's about an hour or so drive from Sabadell to Montserrat and me and Ante did our best to stay awake to talk to Laia who was also tired since she rarely goes up this early in the morning, so it was a generally pretty tired party heading into the mountains on this morning. Laia was also looking forward to going to Montserrat since she had never actually been there despite being able to see it from her parents house on a good day. The drive up the mountain ... read more
Santa Maria de Montserrat

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sabadell August 2nd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Me and Ante had a leisure start on this day with plenty of time before our bus back to Andorra was leaving so we slept in for a while and then we headed to the same cafe we went to yesterday and ate some more of his delicious baguettes. We saw a lot of the same people there as we did yesterday so that place seems to have a lot of regulars which is very understandable. With some breakfast under our belts we jumped on the bus and went back to Barcelona, same as on our way up we enjoyed the lovely Andorran landscape but once we came down to the lower lands we sat back with a movie until we rolled into Barcelona. As we came into the city I noticed ... read more
Hospital de Sant Pau
Casa Milá
Casa Battló

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