Posted on April 21, 2013 by Diego
A couple of weeks ago, after a day trip to Tsuyama for a spot of hanami – more on that in this post on my travel blog – I headed for the station to catch the first available rapid service back to Okayama.
Imagine my surprise when the sight of this train greeted me on the platform.
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Posted on March 24, 2013 by Diego
Flowering cherries, that is.
Whilst a decent figurative title under other circumstances, it now reflects the literal truth for many a prospective traveller to Japan this spring (myself included). Unseasonably warm temperatures sweeping across large parts of the country have triggered a much earlier start to 2013′s hanami season than originally anticipated, with places such as Tokyo seeing their trees break out into clouds of white and pink as early as mid-March. This will likely scupper the travel plans of quite a few visitors who have planned and booked their holidays around older forecasts, sending them – yes, as titled – chasing after wherever the blooming might still be in progress within striking distance of their original destinations.
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Posted on November 23, 2012 by Diego
As I still can’t drum up the energy to type out a decent blog entry, let’s make do with posting a few more pictures from my Italian holiday last year.
Today, let’s have a look round one of Rome’s greatest ancient basilicas, the church of St Paul’s Outside the Walls.
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Posted on October 14, 2012 by Diego
I’ve always had the intention of blogging actively about my travels. As to why that noble intention hasn’t translated into a regular series of travel posts . . . well, I can name any number of excuses: work, acedia, bubonic plague, global warming, etc. (All right, scratch the third one, and I profess a contrarian’s views when it comes to the fourth. But we’ll let the first two stand.)
I haven’t given up entirely on the whole enterprise though, so let’s have another crack at it – this time with a brief account of my November 2011 walk through the back streets of Castello in Venice.
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Posted on June 7, 2012 by Diego
Diego’s flying out of the country for his much-needed annual holiday. This year’s destination: a certain northerly corner of the world his younger brother playfully calls “Canadia”.
Blogging will be put on hold for a couple of weeks. However, if yours truly happens to run into a certain soft-spoken alien in the guise of a Japanese student and answering to the name of Asakura Ryōko – who rumour has it was transferred to that part of the world – he’ll be sure to let the readership know.
(Just don’t tell her about him being a Yukitard. He’ll be sliced into ribbons for sure.)
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Posted on January 23, 2012 by Diego
A clue as to my present whereabouts, and a record of the incredible experience I had not more than a few hours ago: seeing and touching snow for the very first time in my life.
No wonder this is one of my favourite cities in the world.
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Posted on November 27, 2011 by Diego
. . . and, in due course, perhaps there once more.
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