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A Day of Serendipitous Surprises in Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017

Today was like a series of weird dreams. By subway, I head to the Harajuku District, a very touristy and densely populated area of Tokyo. I only have one destination in mind: The Kawaii Monster…

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Sensoji Temple, Coming of Age Day, and my Small Fortune: Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017

I slept 14 hours last night due to jet lag. After a late start, I stumble onto rainy streets with a growling stomach. A sign with a small notation about vegetarian…

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A Visit to the Ancient City of Bhaktapur, Nepal

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014

We left Nagarkot after breakfast and arrived in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the “cultural city” of Nepal, just a half-hour later by taxi. Bhaktapur is about 20 kilometers from Kathmandu but seems a world away. The air is cleaner and the traffic…

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Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today we visited what many consider to be the most sacred place in Nepal, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinah. I knew I would see cremations taking place and wondered how I would react. It turns out, the…

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Happy Last Days on Jeju Island, South Korea

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013

I am so glad I returned to Jeju Island after New Zealand. The weather was so much cooler than it was a month ago and that alone changed my whole perspective. Maybe because I was arriving in Jeju for the second time, I…

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