Monthly Archive: May 2015

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Shikoku – A Cycling Pilgrimage

The 88-temple pilgrimage of Shikoku island was first undertaken in the 8th century by Kobo Daishi, a Buddhist monk. Many pilgrims today, known as “ohenro”, attempt to recreate his original journey – traveling over...

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Cycling the Shimanami Kaido

Cycling the Shimanami Kaido in Japan may just be bicycle heaven.  Gorgeous views, tasty and frequent food and drink stops, and the best cycling infrastructure I’ve ever seen. The Shimanami Kaido is a 70 kilometer...

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Homeless in Hiroshima

During our travels, I’ve tried a lot of new things:  new foods, new places, new experiences.  For instance, in Hiroshima, I tried arriving in a new place where it was pouring rain, with every hotel...

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Nepal to Japan

After surprisingly uneventful flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu and onto Tokyo, we are in Japan! Things are going well so far: we have taken a bullet train, eaten things that we can’t specifically identify,...

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Big Pictures – Lucknow

Lucknow was our only major “tourist” stop in North India. Dmitry wanted to explore some Nawab architecture without pushing through the crowds in Agra. Some of the sites were indeed spectacular, but Lucknow turned...