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Ryokan: the Japanese guest house

The term ryokan refers to a traditional Japanese inn. When Roman and I first came to Japan in 2008, we stayed at two ryokans (one in Kyoto, and another in Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu). The rest of our nights were spent in more modest accommodation at Kyoto’s Cheapest Inn (a tall, narrow […]

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Kaiseki – little plates of food

Kyoto in particular is known for this type of meal, which consists of several tiny and artful dishes offered as a set. The origin of kaiseki (meaning “hot stone in a kimono fold”) lies with Zen Buddhist monks, who carried hot stones inside the folds of their robes, close to their stomach, to ward off […]

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Kids’ Blog: Kyoto Top 5

We asked the boys to come up with their top 5 things to do in Kyoto and area, and to write a little bit about each one. Here are the results: Peter’s Top 5 in Kyoto 1. Shinkyogoku Shopping Street We went to Shinkyogoku Shopping street near Sanjo Station. It has a lot of little […]

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A Long Pause in Kyoto

We are living in Hieidaira, a small neighbourhood located halfway up a mountain in the suburbs of Kyoto. There is only one bus which serves the suburb, and it lumbers up the narrow, switchback road once every hour. We are somewhat out of the way, where the airbnb prices are more affordable, and so our […]

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Fun Food in Tokyo

We love Japanese food, from sushi to soba, it’s always been one of our favourite cuisines. However some of our dining forays in Japan have gone beyond our taste buds – they were an experience. Themed restaurants are a big thing in Tokyo, and during our short week in the capital city, we visited two […]

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5 Reasons Why Taking a Cruise Was WAY Better Than Flying

1) It was loads more fun! Nobody likes a 12-hour flight in a cramped airplane, but who doesn’t like spending two weeks on a cruise ship? This was our first real cruising experience as a family, and it went fabulously well. With most of our days at sea, we basically lived on a floating all-inclusive […]

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Eating in Portland

I enjoy food a lot. I love to try new food, to discover neat restaurants, to seek out novel ingredients and flavours. Therefore, a big part of travel for me has to do with eating local dishes and learning about culture and location through food. Some of these blog posts will therefore be somewhat food-centric. […]

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Kids’ Blog: California

Sam blogs: I went to San Francisco. It was fun because I went to the beach. I found two rocks. Then I went to a giant playground. I went on a piece of cardboard down a slide. I used sand to make it faster and it was faster. I also met my dad’s friend Julianne. […]

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Camping

Hannibal, Missouri The vibrating buzz of crickets at dusk in front of a dying campfire. Cooking hotdogs on sticks in the smoky flames. The darkness descending imperceptibly. In the morning, a chorus of bird calls outside our tent. The kids’ sneakers are soaked-through from dew on the grass. They play hide n’ seek behind the […]

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A Short Ramble Through Quebec City

Quebec City won us over with its Europeanesque charm: the old world architecture, cobblestone streets, and winding, narrow side-roads with interesting shops and nooks. If it were less expensive, we would have stayed for several nights to fully explore the area, but it seems that in late July, we had arrived at the cusp of […]

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