Sobriety, waterfalls and oranges November 24th 2011 This month I have been spending my time laying off the wine, being a good little ecotourist and almost giving myself gut rot from overconsumption of local mandarin oranges.
The sobriety thing is because I decided to join the "Sovember" bandwagon, which is really just something made up by those of us who were too lazy to do Ocsober a month earlier. (Ocsobe ... read more
Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Shizuoka In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Caught the travel bug when I was 15, completing two exchanges in Japan by the time I was finished with high school. After taking up a year's study of university in the UK and bouncing around Europe, I returned to the US more anxious than ever to finish my degrees and get back on the open road. I discovered the wonderful world of Working Holiday visas, first returning to the UK to do some editorial work for an up and coming fitness and lifestyle website. A few months after my UK visa expired, I traveled to Sydney, Australia on another work and holiday visa, staying down under for nearly two yea... full info