Monthly Archives: October 2016

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A walk in Daan Park, Taipei

I visited Daan Park in Taipei, Taiwan in September 2016

The sun is shining, it is a warm day. Daan Park looks beautiful in the sunshine. Here and there trees provide shade, a chance to get away from the hot sunlight. People are sitting on the grass under the trees. Chatting. Or sleeping. Squirrels are running around on the grass, between the trees. Seemingly not afraid of humans at all.

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Taipei 101

I visited Taipei 101 in Taiwan in September 2016

The view from the top was breath-taking. From an altitude of 384 meters, you can see quite some distance. The city of Taipei law beneath me, covering large areas of land. In most directions the urban sprawl went on for as long you could see, to one side forest-covered mountains lay not far away. It was a bit cloudy, the view was partially blocked from clouds and smog in the distance. I had been in Taipei less than 24 hours, did not know the city, but with the help of a map I figured out where I was staying in relation to the tower. I looked and looked. I never managed to spot my building.

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Funky Fresh Bar in Taipei

I visited Funky Fresh Bar in Taipei in September, 2016

I never had time to visit all the places in Taipei they recommended me to go, but the ones I did go to did not disappoint. You only had to ask and they would start writing down places to go. Restaurants, hot springs, night clubs, cool sights. The owners at Funky Fresh were some of the nicest people I met in Taiwan, which was the main reason I kept coming back.

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Spending the Night at Narita Airport

I spent a night at Narita Airport outside Tokyo in September, 2016

As I arrived at the airport it was just after midnight. I took the escalator up from the platform, left the train station and headed towards Terminal 2. The train had been almost empty the whole way from Keisei Ueno Station in Tokyo. The airport was almost deserted. A few other passengers were here, almost more security guards and police officers. It was still just over eight hours until my flight left, I was going to spend the night at the airport.

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Onsen and Okonomiyaki. Afterski in Niseko

I visited Niseko in December 2015

Just lying there, all relaxed, not a worry in the world, the 42°C water encompassing you, was so relaxing. Just what my sore muscles needed. After a long day of skiing, having a bath in the onsen at the Hilton Hotel was perfect. We were cold after hours out on the slopes, our muscles were sore, we were tired. We could not wait to sink into the hot water when the skiing was done for the day. I have never enjoyed an Onsen as much as I did in Niseko.

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Ski rental in Niseko, Japan

I visited Niseko in December 2015

It was already almost 1pm, if we wanted to get some skiing done we had to get ready quickly. The people we were meeting in Niseko were already on the slopes, we would meet them after skiing. I needed to rent everything, all I had for this trip was long underwear. There were many places renting equipment in Niseko I had been told.

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The Perks of Travelling

In December 2016 I travelled to Japan, to spend Christmas and New Year’s there. The trip would not have been as good as it became had it not been for my visit to Fuji Rock Festival in July 2015. Because of that trip, my visit to Japan became amazing.

I just made my flight back to Tokyo, the bus to New Chitose Airport in Sapporo had been delayed, as I arrived at the airport I only had minutes before check-in closed. I ran through the airport, made it just in time.

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Book Review: Kansai Cool

Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan

I read Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan in July 2016

Kansai, a region home to about 19% of the Japanese, is maybe the most important and most ‘Japanese’ region in the country. Including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, Kansai is in many way the historical and cultural home of Japan.

While busy Tokyo, in the Kanto region, is now the busiest and most visited city in Japan, the cities of Kansai can often be more laidback, relaxed, fun and open.

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