“What you need to know about Brandy,” —I was told— “is that his default mode is to stop. Your job is to keep him going!”
But here’s the thing. My default was to stop too. Brandy and I were kindred souls. Which would have been just fine if I wasn’t trying to learn how to ride. Movement is somewhat of a prerequisite. Read More
I took a bite of chocolate cake as I gazed out at the enchanted Medieval village. Overlooking the beige stone turrets, the evening sun was sinking into the snow-capped summit of Mount Fuji. I chewed thoughtfully. There were many aspects of my current situation that were surprising. Read More
Travel between Japan's two largest cities can be done in a mere two hours via the Shinkansen bullet train, which rockets through the country at speeds up to 200 mph (~300 km/h). Alternatively, you could pay more and take seven and half hours and ride a bus. Read More
Japan's obsession with organisation has led to the country stuffing all their foxes up a mountain. Read More
The Hokkaido Sun Guest House was right in my neighbourhood, situated between my apartment and closest supermarket. The fact I couldn't find it was therefore perturbing. Read More
I arrived back in Sapporo just before Typhoon Lionrock smacked into Hokkaido. Read More
On Sunday night, I fulfilled all of my deepest fantasies. Read More
"If we could not confirm your arrival by 1:00 in the midnight, we consider the guest as NO SHOW CASE."
What did that even mean? Read More
I climbed up the metal ladder to the wood and concrete box and launched myself onto the mattress. The space was a cross between a shipping container and Hagrid's hut. It even had a window. I loved it. Read More
“It’s too late to use the toilet. They’ve been announcing that for the last 40 minutes and now you’ve missed your chance!" Read More
It has long been on my bucket list to be captured in a glass by a giant joker.
Well seriously -- whose bucket list ISN'T that on? No ones. Read More
Everyone has a weakness. One that will make them abandon the common sense ingrained from years of primary school doctrine and follow random strangers into situations from which they could not possibly escape. Read More