I met Ai almost exactly one year after I’d moved to Japan. I’m getting ahead of myself, though – I need to go back to the beginning. In my early 20s, I was addicted to travelling; I had perpetually itchy feet. Travelling had me in its grasp, my wanderlust an uncontrolled entity. And like most […]
Osaka, Japan I grew up in a small city in the Canadian prairies, a place known for wheat and hockey. I spent my youth memorizing maps; I was excited when the USSR broke into pieces, if only because it meant I had 15 more countries and capitals to learn. I never felt suffocated or held […]
Life in Japan from This Battered Suitcase on Vimeo. Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Miyajima, Japan I think of my two years in Japan all the time, and I think about the wonderful people I met there every day. Not only did I learn a lot and travel a lot, I laughed even more […]
Happy (and Comfortable) in Cusco, PeruI love to travel, obviously. I also love fashion, and I love to dress up. Sometimes it’s very, very difficult to merge the two, as, as a traveller, one’s wardrobe is often dictated by the fact that it must all fit inside a small backpack or suitcase. Add rapid changes […]
The Chinese Countryside Pushkar, India Seoul, South Korea Beijing, China Melbourne, Australia Osaka, Japan Jodhpur, India Tokyo, Japan Irkutsk, Russia Havana, Cuba It’s the colour of love and blood and lipstick, of wine and berries and passion. It’s my favourite colour.
Yangon, Myanmar Osaka, Japan Havana, Cuba Jaisalmer, India Seoul, South Korea Tokyo, Japan Jodhpur, India Kathmandu, Nepal Beijing, China Bangkok, Thailand Yangon, Myanmar Udaipur, India With Earth Day coming up, here are some shades of green around the world. See more green here. See yellow here and here. See pink here and here and here and here. See blue […]
A Love Letter To Japan from This Battered Suitcase on Vimeo. Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, Japan The first of many love songs to Japan (my home for over two years). And who can sing a love song better than Leonard Cohen?
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand I am seriously addicted to cheap massages/spa treatments when I travel. When I was in Southeast Asia, I got spa treatments a few times a month (or even a week) if I could; the 60 baht foot massages in Chiang Mai, the 40 000 kip full body massages in Vientiane, the […]
Siem Reap, Cambodia Vientiane, Laos Varna, Bulgaria Cairo, Egypt Udaipur, India Istanbul, Turkey Madrid, Spain Yangon, Myanmar Kyoto, Japan Shades of yellow around the world.
Osaka and Tokyo, Japan Last month I had another piece published on the Glenfiddich Explorer site (I had one on Mongolia published there in November), this time on the history of sumo! 1. The Beginnings Of Sumo The Japanese national sport of sumo is believed to have […]