Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sunday Spotlight – York

No, I’m not writing today about the gateway to America with its skyscrapers and musicals, but the city that it was named after. Well, after ‘New Amsterdam’ was changed to ‘New York’. York is a really great town to visit in the north of England, filled with cobblestone streets and Tudor-period buildings. If you’re making a journey to the United

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World Journeys Podcast Episode 2 [living in Japan]

Today’s podcast continues with our look at living in Japan as a foreigner and today’s guest is the charismatic Dean H. Rueztler, a veteran here in teaching English. Dean talks about his time living in Japan, the things that annoy him about Japan, and the things he loves – especially snow sports. We also talk a little about Maid Cafes

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My favourite Buckets, or my travel bucket list.

Ok, I started a post about my bucket list, I was approaching it very straight down the line, but you know, I’m the sort of person that when I see someone post something that many people have posted, I think ‘not another ‘yada yada yada’. And that’s how I feel about bucket lists. Look, I’ll be honest with you, I

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Secret Tokyo

Tokyo is a pretty big place. A really big place. Heck, it’s HUGE. There’s so many districts and place, temples, train lines, it’s a major headache to navigate at times and pick up your Lonely Planet guide book and look at the Tokyo section and you don’t know where to start. What to see first, what’s worth seeing and what’s

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Sunday Spotlight : Bukhara

Hello! And welcome to the Sunday Spotlight. Each Sunday I aim to provide a post about somewhere in the world I’ve visited that is pretty darned awesome, in my opinion at least. I hope this Easter everyone is safe and enjoying a relaxing weekend with their families and friends. As for me, well, I am off to Mount Fuji today,

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Japan Survival Guide Point 4 – Food and grocery shopping.

So, you’re coming to live in Japan. You’re going to teach English probably, and you’ll have your own apartment and quite often you’ll be cooking for yourself. What’s that like? What is Japanese food like and what are my choices when I eat out? These are all important questions. Let’s start with self-catering and seamlessly melt into eating out via

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An Evening in Shinagawa

If Shibuya is Tokyo being pretty darned trendy, Shinagawa is Tokyo perhaps getting down to business. Well, my wife told me it was a business district, although to me there seemed to be a few hotels and restaurants there. It features the most impressive, in my opinion, of Tokyo’s stations. There’s a big arched roof above a walkway that runs

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World Journeys Podcast Episode One! [living in Japan]

Howdy all! Yes, it has finally arrived! The World Journeys Podcast! I, your humble host, Andrew Boland, will be interviewing and chatting with a number of people this year about travel-related topics, the best of countries, the worst of countries, backpacking, taking a show overseas, the experience of living in another country and so much more. The topic or theme

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