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Endings and Beginnings – Basho and Cesca return home from their adventures

Endings are actually beginnings too. This is what I told myself as I sat in the tiny, oh so tiny, room in Osaka. It’s […]

Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, green tea and finding inner peace

I have written before about travellers wanting a point to it all, to travelling. In part this is perhaps seen as them wanting to […]

The Zen Gardens, Our First Days in Kyoto

The bullet train pulled smoothly and serenely into the station, totally belying the speed it had demonstrated when blistering through the Japanese countryside.

As I […]

Chan Buddhism, Daoism and Zen – Journey through the East

Writing an article about Zen is almost a contradiction in terms. That is unless I simply leave the rest of it blank…

Just a finger, […]

Mount Fuji, Tokyo and the 200 mph Bullet Train

I wallowed comfortably in the exceedingly warm waters, the balmy mountain air was cool and smelled of the rich wood my surroundings were constructed […]

Tsukiji Fish Market, Adventures in Sushi and the Edo-Tokyo Museum

4am in Tokyo, Japan trickled around and we were ready to go. We skipped breakfast and headed down to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market.

It […]

Tokyo: Akihabara, Asakusa and Shibuya

Tokyo, like Beijing and especially like Delhi, is a city that one could spend a lifetime in and never feel a sense of completion. […]

Arriving in Japan

I have always looked at maps of the world and wondered if they skew perspective. America appears massive while Australia and India are diminished […]

The Purpose of Travel

We often take arriving at the destination to be the purpose of travel. Taken in this way the journey itself is not the point, […]

Beijing and the Great Wall – Our final days in China

“So,” said Cesca loudly and clearly, just as I was drinking from a water bottle, “What’s all this about China and Tiananmen Square?”

I almost […]

China’s National Treasures – Pandas and the Terracotta Warriors

Everyone loves Pandas and at the Panda Conservation Centre near Chengdu, China is probably the best place to see them in the world.

Watching them […]

Mount Wudang and the Meaning of Life

In China, Daoist temples atop mountains are so numerous that there must be something about these high places that answers a longing for cliff edges […]

Tiger Leaping Gorge & Lijiang

Flanked by several enormous mountains, Tiger Leaping Gorge is top contender for the deepest gorge in the world. The upper road of the gorge […]

Yaks for tea and Tibetan Temples. Living the high life in Shangri-la

“You have to imagine,” said the man in broken English, “that this…” he gestured his hands at the view in front of us, “big lake… […]

China: Li River to Shangri-La

At one point in our journey I actually advocated to Cesca that we skip China. That she didn’t listen, and talked me round, proves clearly that […]

Hong Kong : The Most Photogenic City in the world

Certain cities in the world are instantly recognisable from hundreds of classic movies that have been set there. No one could mistake Paris, New York […]

Gandhi

Very little survives a man’s death. I have commented before that most of the “Great’s” from history did not write much down for themselves and […]

The day I met the Buddha, and killed him

Delhi. Many people say they have “done” Delhi, but in all honesty they haven’t. They have perhaps done the tourist parts of New Delhi, or […]

Shimla mountains and a happy meeting

Breaking out of the Backpacker Bubble in India

Jaipur, the Kalka–Shimla Railway and onto Shimla

I sat on the balcony and considered the view. The remote 7800ft high mountain town of Shimla flowed over the hills in front of […]