Day 4 – Okayama + Kurashiki

Day 4 was again spent being driven by our friend and guide Yukari to small towns that were just awesome. Our first stop was in this castle that was turned into an interesting museum. Inside the museum you could try on shogun + concubine costumes! On the way to our next stop we saw these … Continue reading Day 4 – Okayama + Kurashiki

Japan in pictures #1: Hiroshima

Here's some long overdue pictures of my trip to Japan, starting with Hiroshima. I'm quite busy these days so I don't really have time to write an elaborate text covering the general atmosphere and my feelings while travelling the land of the rising sun, but I still have a lot of pictures (and 2 videos!) … Continue reading Japan in pictures #1: Hiroshima

Do cockroaches have souls?

Sure, it's not an experience I especially enjoy. It's repulsive, to be honest. Every time I see one I get a little tingle of eew that reverbrates through my spine and down to the tip of my fingers. By now I know they're definitely not as shocking to find in my house as rats, and after watching … Continue reading Do cockroaches have souls?

Here’s a text because it’s been a while

It's 9 am and I wake up abruptly. Every morning. As if I was late for work. I scramble in my mattress directly on the floor of my bedroom (the landlord had promised a bed base when I visited, but later denied ever saying this, so here we are) to extend my body enough to … Continue reading Here’s a text because it’s been a while

A Holiday in Laos

Our protagonist wakes up abruptly, momentarily in shock. His cell phone alarm, set for 6 am, seemed to have never rung at all. He checks the clock: 6:55. His flight to Hué is at 8:05. He is instantly, fully awake. In a panic, he rises from the couch where he slept the night as a … Continue reading A Holiday in Laos

Lost thoughts of a border crossing

Last month I discovered Terry Pratchet's Discworld novels and it's having quite a funny effect on my brain. I think he's my new favorite author. I'm sure a used reader will detect the influence on my writing. I guess I should mention that at the moment of scribbling this in a Vietnamese student notebook I … Continue reading Lost thoughts of a border crossing

New Year on Phu Quoc

Long have I wanted to visit this island, of which the reputation is on par with paradise itself. As a big fan of islands myself, it was with grudging resolution that I stopped my bike in Ho Chi Minh city back in March 2015 (gasp! Almost a year already!) to look for work as my … Continue reading New Year on Phu Quoc

Berlini

Berlin: a king among cities. An island, standing alone in Germany. On this island, a park. The Mauer park.  Not one of the largest or most beautiful but certainly a staple of nocturnal and daylight activities, is  Prenzlauerberg's Mauer park. Once, it was a death strip, a zone between the Berlin walls where no one ventured...but … Continue reading Berlini