RTW journey to Lake Kawaguchi

The first thing you must realize is that there are at least two Kawaguchi stations. I needed the one on Lake Kawaguchi, with full name (Fuji)kawaguchiko, which is east from Tokyo. I had researched online and was dismayed that the route there included a lot of changes. However, by chance I also checked in google…

RTW from the ferry into a fire

The journey to my first destination in Japan didn’t end with the delightful ferry journey from Shanghai to Osaka. I had made the decision to maximize my time in my primary destinations and avoid one night stays, so I didn’t stay in Osaka but continued onward to Yamanouchi in the Nagano area. It would have been…

RTW spectacular Shanghai

So my three weeks in China had come to an end. My last two nights were spent in Shanghai, resting at a private room at a nicer hostel than what I had been staying in for previous weeks, shopping for the two-day ferry ride ahead and checking out the main sights. The high speed train…

RTW train from Zhangjiajie to Xi’an

The train from Zhangjiajie to Xi’an is usually referred to as a night train, but it’s really not. It’s a 16 hour journey, from 10:24 am departure one day to arrival at 2:27 am the next morning in Xi’an. You do not win either a day for sightseeing or spare a night of hotels, since…

RTW train from Hanoi to Guilin

Well, it’s been a day and a half! Today has been a hard lesson in being better prepared than I was. Good grief! The night train from Hanoi to Nanning, China, went actually quite smoothly. The train was fine, the bed quite comfortable, the toilets dire as is so often the case. No toilet paper, and…

RTW night train from Hue to Hanoi

I had traveled by bus and minibus so far in Vietnam, as Da Lat was not on the train network, and Hoi An to Hue with a bus meant a ride over the mountain pass, so I was delighted to give trains a chance. I had booked my train ticket about a week in advance, just…

RTW Bangkok and final days in Thailand

All things come to an end. My two month long adventure in Thailand is finally almost over. After amazing islands, incredible cities and awesome animal adventures, as well as some mishaps, I spent my last days in Thailand in Bangkok. Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was a relatively simple affair of taking a direct night…

RTW journey to Alice Springs

After five weeks on the south and east coast of Australia, it was time to go explore the dry center. As time was limited, I traveled the 2000 km from Magnetic Island to Alice Springs in two days, with just a one night stop in Mount Isa, about halfway through. This post is untypical, as…

RTW San Luis Obispo and more sea life

These past two and a half weeks along the coast of California have been terrific. Amazing cities, the sea and the abundance of sea life all around. And the weather has been fantastic. Really, I am running out of superlatives for how terrific amazing fantastic * insert a synonym here * these past weeks have been. Another excellent…

RTW Monument Valley

Whoa, was Monument Valley worth the effort or what?! The effort to get here, to Flagstaff, I mean. It took me about two days to arrive in Flagstaff from New Orleans, first 35 hours on a train to Tucson, then on a bus via Phoenix. As I wrote in my post, I just loved the…