#FunFacts, common mannerisms and how to save some pennies during your first trip to Japan!
As the land of extremes in the far east - Japan has been a major bucket list item of mine for a long, long time! This post will guide you through how to
get your Japan Rail Pass
survive Japan as a vegan
make the most out of Japan in 14 days
Gorgeous menus and fermented vegan cheese at Choice Café in Kyoto, Japan.
Returning to Tokyo, finding stationery-paradise and getting the best surprise ever in shape of…
The adventures of the railroad continues: Getting lost along the route to eerie Koya-San and visiting the Little Prince Museum in Hakone.
A 8-kilometre day hike between Magome - Tsumago and people watching in Kyoto.
A town conquered by deers and a visit to groovy Osaka.
Kyoto: Visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, lining up with the local tourists outside of % arabica in Gion, dealing with the crowds at the Golden Temple, eating fermented vegan cheese and walking up Inari-san.
Have you ever stepped into a cafe or restaurant so cosy you have been immediately struck by a strong urge to move right in?
That is Le Coccole for you.
Staying in a traditional Ryokan, wandering from onsen to onsen in a snow fall and visiting the monkeys of Jigokudani.
Time Difference wakes me up early and I realise this town is a bit of a late snoozer, with most places not opening until 10-12ish. Not great for a caffeine craving scandi!
I head off to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall under the looming rain clouds, where I get targeted by one of their English speaking guides. He seems to think that talking to me is the best thing since Colour TV, and persuades me to stay and watch as they do the hourly guard swap. So I do, only to conclude that…
The t-shirt sticks to my back. Too impatient to figure out the correct bus route, I have started walking up a hill outside of Hscinchu in 35 degree heat. Only a very stubborn (or more accurately: foolish) scandinavian would think to do so.
So how do I find myself here? Even the Taiwanese girl working at the hostel where I stay in Taipei gasps "WHY HSCINCHU?" when I reveal my travel plans.
I am a bit torn with how to feel about these called "Cat Cafés" that has been popping up world wide in recent years.However, hearing of the Taiwanese cat VILLAGE was a different story. One that quickly made it to my itinerary!
Arriving in Beitou is like balm for the soul. There is a reason I have saved this little excursion to my second last day in Taiwan…
Oh, it is difficult not to fall head over heels in love with Taiwan. With a rich cultural heritage, plenty of street food delights and a very humble population - this place is just darn liveable!
Here are some of the things I made notes on and appreciated a little bit extra during my 10 days on the green isle.