New Zealand part two: South Island road trip part one, Tuesday 3rd – Monday 9th December

We left Hamilton on a night bus and were immediately reminded of how irritating other people can be as a guy was playing terrible music out loud on his phone. Thankfully this only lasted a short while, and we were able to grab a few hours of fitful sleep in between toilet stops. We arrivedContinue reading “New Zealand part two: South Island road trip part one, Tuesday 3rd – Monday 9th December”

New Zealand part one: Tuesday 26th November – Tuesday 3rd December

During the time we’ve been travelling, we’ve taken to arriving at airports earlier and earlier. Partly this is to make Jay’s flying anxiety easier to deal with, but also because airports are places where you can generally get free wifi and somewhere comfortable to nurse a coffee, so we could get some planning done forContinue reading “New Zealand part one: Tuesday 26th November – Tuesday 3rd December”

Japan Part Four: Hokkaido and Tokyo (3rd – 12th November 2019)

Hokkaido As we headed for Japan’s Northern island, we were on our own, with no more Servas members available to host us. It had been an absolute marvel being hosted, both financially and culturally. We learned an enormous amount from our hosts, and our time in Japan was all the richer for it. However, onContinue reading “Japan Part Four: Hokkaido and Tokyo (3rd – 12th November 2019)”

Japan Part Three – Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and the  Japanese Alps (24th October – 3rd November 2019)

Osaka Three trains after Hiroshima, thanks to the miracle that is Japan’s rail network, we were deposited in darkening streets 500m from our hotel in a downtown area of Osaka. It was clear when we arrived that our accommodation used to be one of ‘those’ hotels, but that they were now trying to go forContinue reading “Japan Part Three – Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and the  Japanese Alps (24th October – 3rd November 2019)”

Japan Part Two: Bunny Island, Miyajima and Hiroshima (October 21st – 24th 2019)

On the 21st we woke early to get to Okunishima as soon as possible, which will be known as Bunny Island for the rest of this post. We caught our first bullet train: a spectacular affair with more leg room than UK first class trains, and comfy reclining seats, which can be rotated at theContinue reading “Japan Part Two: Bunny Island, Miyajima and Hiroshima (October 21st – 24th 2019)”

Japan Part One: Tokyo, Fujisawa and Mount Fuji (October 15th – 21st 2019)

Within 60 minutes of arriving in Japan we’d both been told off by an escalator and given a surprisingly thorough and not entirely consensual douche by a robot toilet. And it was only going to get weirder as time went on, from bed-shaking earthquakes and steaming volcanoes, to the many awful versions of Last ChristmasContinue reading “Japan Part One: Tokyo, Fujisawa and Mount Fuji (October 15th – 21st 2019)”