San Sebastian

San Sebastian

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San Sebastian San Sebastian is to me one of the best parts of the Basque Country. Situated along a bay in the north of Spain the city's coastline is divided in two by a small archipelago which houses the cities older quarters. To the east is a beach with almost constant surf, making it popular among the locals and the surf crowd. To the west is a much calmer beach popular among the tourist and those in search of calmer waters. But most important for us foodies is that San Sebastian is the town to visit for for that tasty delight called pintxos. Where to stay In San Sebastian the closer you can get to Old Town the better. There are several reasons for that, but mainly it means that…
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Koh Tao – Thailand

Koh Tao – Thailand

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Koh Tao The island of Koh Tao is located in the bay south of Bangkok and to the north of the islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is the diving mecca of Thailand with dive centers practically on every corner of every street. But since I have yet to taken up that particular hobby I won't address that further except to say that my friends all recommend Phoenix Divers on Sairee Beach. The main beach is Sairee Beach and that's where you'll find most of the visitors to the island as well as lodgings and restaurants. At day you can stroll on the beach, enjoy any water-activity of your choice and at night indulge in copious amounts of food, beverages and entertainment. Getting there and getting around The island…
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Tonsai Beach – Thailand

Tonsai Beach – Thailand

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Tonsai Beach [caption id="attachment_491" align="alignright" width="342"] Sunset from Tonsai Beach[/caption] I've been to Tonsai two years in a row and have to confess that I'm truly fond of this little slice of bohemia. I know it probably won't be to everyone's taste and I'm actually happy that it won't be. Because if it were it would soon become like most other tourist infested places in Thailand. I also have to admit that this little rundown of Tonsai beach is mostly for you fellow climbers out there since climbing is the predominant activity in the area.   Tonsai is located in Krabi and is nestled between the town of Aonang and the more known Railay Beach. The easiest way to get there if you aren't in Krabi already is to take a flight…
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe The weeks the festival fringe lasts is for me a happy time. I've been there on several occasions since my first unknowing visit, and it grows on me every time. I seem to discover something new with each visit and since it is the largest arts festival in the world one might say that the options on what to do and see is pretty much inexhaustible. Also noteworthy is that because the festival fringe attracts a lot of visitors other happenings have started to crop up. Last time I unwittingly stumbled upon a foodie festival so it's worth looking into other happenings in the Edinburgh area during the festival fringe. Prices and Tickets The prices of accommodation usually is increased for the festival fringe so be aware when booking…
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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

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Edinburgh My first visit to Edinburgh was during a backpacking trip through England. We had decided to stop of there a few days before going up to Inverness to see Loch Ness and hopefully Nessie. We had not figured that accommodation was going to be an issue so we didn't look into booking something until a few days before. While looking through the booking sites there was not really much there, but we found a B&B not far from Old Town which is a central district of Edinburgh. When we arrived it turned out we were double booked, but the hostess was nice enough to set us up in a friends empty loft at the same cost (thank you). Anyway when we made it into town we understood why there was…
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Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant

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The Robot Restaurant I thought I would describe my experience at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo. And I know most of you have already seen something about it on TV, I know atlas that Bourdain was there on a show and I'm sure several others have been as well. But I've yet to see a report that can cover everything the Robot Restaurant is, and I'm certain my attempt won't either. Anyway,  I was eating breakfast in my hostels kitchen next to two guys I didn't know who where browsing through some pamphlets when they suddenly asked me what I had planned to do that day. When I said that I had nothing special planned they asked me if I was interested in going to this Robot cabaret thing that had a 3 for…
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Tokyo

Tokyo

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Tokyo This post will be about Tokyo but since I covered a few general topics about Japan in a previous post on you might want to check that out as well. Getting around In Tokyo the preferred way of getting around is the subway. Which in my experience works great, is fairly inexpensive (single ticket between 1,5-2USD depending on route) and can take you pretty much anywhere in the metropolitan area resonably fast. But if you're there for an extended stay they offer allday passes in a variety of days. If your coming to Tokyo from the airport you can buy a multiday Tokyo subway-pass at a discount in combination with the train ticket to Tokyo railway station. I do recommend picking up a subway map so you can check…
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Koya-san

Koya-san

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Koya-san Koya-san is a 900 meter tall mountain in the vicinity of Osaka. What special about Koya-san is that it is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism which started there 1200 years ago. Which still is one of the most important buddhist sects in Japan. Today it is a secluded temple town, meaning that there is almost as much temples as as people. Well not really but 117 temples is still a lot. Since Koya-san became a UNESCO world heritage site it has seen quite an upswing in tourists outside of the normal pilgrims, but when I was last there it still felt rather peaceful. There are an average of about six thousand inhabitant in the village so even if it is secluded it still is a fairly large village. Getting…
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Fuji – Ascending the Summit

Fuji – Ascending the Summit

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Fuji Or Fuji-san as it's called in Japan is the tallest mountain in the country and is easy accessible from Tokyo. Is ascending the mountain and reaching the summit something anyone can do? If you're in good health and not completely out of shape then in my experience yes! Will it be easy? Probably not, Fuji is after all a 3776 meter tall mountain. But if you decide to do this during a popular period of the year you will see both pensioners and children on route to the top. But there are some pitfalls to be avoided which I will get to later. When to go The mountain is climbable all year round, but on the main route there are several huts, bathrooms, rescue personal on standby, etc. which are…
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Japan – A Travel Report

Japan – A Travel Report

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Japan Where to begin when broaching something as large as Japan? I personally have always been interested in the country because of their rich history and culture, and have since my first visit there studied a few semesters of the Japanese language. Which might be an indication that I really enjoyed my stay there. In an effort to minimise my ramblings this post will be divided into sections and since there is far to much to write about this will be about Japan in general. More about specific things you can do, destinations etc. will be in separate posts.   The Climate Japan has a mainly temperate climate but it varies greatly because of the country length. From the northernmost Hokkaido with cold winters and cool summers to Okinawa in the south with a subtropical climate. Therefore…
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