RTW what if…?

Considering how difficult it was to shuffle my plans when I realized in Japan that I wouldn’t be able to take the Russian route home, you may wonder if I would have made different travel decisions if I had known. The answer is a resounding no! This post imagines what might have happened if I had…

RTW eight months in Asia

Well, almost. I arrived in Malaysia, my first country in the region, on 5th October 2016, and I departed China, the last country, on 23rd May 2017. So that’s seven and a half months and four days. Funnily, the whole eight months or so turned out to be just a very long side trip, if you…

RTW the voyage home, part 2

So, as I explained in part 1, after a lot of effort and high drama, I finally had my Chinese visa and I had the ship. But the preparations didn’t end there. Booking a few additional weeks in Japan While much of this was going on, I was in Japan, with my travel booked until Hiroshima. As…

RTW review – month 14

What a roller coaster month! With all the planning and prepping my voyage home, it may feel a bit like the last weeks in Japan were an afterthought. But not so! It has been an incredible month with kimonos and castles, hells and heavenly gardens, memories of war and soothing dunes and colorful wisteria. This post ends a…

RTW ferry from Japan to China

Well, you could just read the blog post about taking the ferry to Osaka backwards, and you would get the idea.. It was actually really nice going back. I knew just how to get to the harbour from the center of Osaka, I just took the subway with one change to Cosmo Square station and…

RTW the voyage home, part 1

As I wrote in the blog post about planning my way home, I was going to board another container ship, the time from China to Europe via the Suez canal. Now doesn’t that sound like a proper adventure! The ship is sailing with CMA CGM and is called CC Kerguelen. It’s the biggest of the…

RTW Himeji castle

I had seen other gorgeous Edo period castles, most notably in Osaka, but Himeji was the real deal. Himeji castle still stands as it was after extensions over four hundred years ago, surrounded by moats and high defensive wall system. Himeji was conveniently on my way from Tottori to Osaka, so I stopped there for…

RTW sand dunes in Tottori

I was knackered when I got to Tottori. The soul sucking string of one night stays from Beppu to Tottori was finally over. I spent the three days in Tottori sitting on the sand dunes, walking on the beach, applying sun lotion and sleeping. I even had a nap on the sand dunes the first…

RTW Miyajima island and Hiroshima

Since I had to stay in Kyoto for four extra nights, it meant canceling my three booked nights in Hiroshima. However, I didn’t want to leave Japan without even a short visit, and managed to fortunately book one night in Hatsukaichi, nearby. I say fortunately, as this was during the Golden Week and Japan was…

RTW Kitakyushu and wisteria

Due to reshuffling my plans a few times during Golden Week, I ended up spending only one night in Kitakyushu. The reason why everyone goes there, and why it was pretty fully booked, were the wisteria tunnels at Kawachi Fuji-en gardens nearby. To have use of the full day, I took an early train from…