Top three things to do in Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya is the main city of Tochigi prefecture, a place that`s consistently voted one of the most boring prefectures of Japan. Many people are underwhelmed with this city and see it as just a gateway to Nikko, one of the most culturally rich places in Japan. Don`t wipe Utsunomiya from your itinerary though. This city…

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A scary encounter in Tokyo

I’ve always talked about how safe living in Japan is. Since I’ve lived here I’ve not felt scared once. That’s a big contrast to the number of times I’ve felt scared in England and in other countries when travelling. It’s just safe, isn’t it? One weekend I was in Tokyo. I spent the day exploring…

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Feeling homesick as an Expat

No matter how much someone likes travel, there really is no place like home. Home means comfort, safety and love. It’s a place you know you belong and a place where you fit in. Unfortunately when you live in Japan, home literally is thousands of miles away. I wrote about the first time I felt homesickness…

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Celebrating Songkran in Bangkok

New Years-eve in the UK usually consists of either a house party, paying an extortionate amount to drink at a bar you go each week or freezing to death outside whilst watching fireworks tumble into the sky as the clock strikes 12. Pretty tame eh? When I was travelling on my RTW trip, I was…

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I’m moving to Ushiku, Ibaraki!

I’ll let you in on a secret. Last summer I was regretting my decision to move to Japan. I found Japan an extremely frustrating place to live and found the culture quite claustrophobic. I was done. Then I spend a week or two in one of my favourite countries in the world, Thailand. So many…

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Trying Kobe beef in Kobe

I must have been a teenager when I first heard about Kobe beef. I was watching a TV programme that said it was the best meat in the world and it’s only found in Japan. The cows were reportedly massaged daily and given beer instead of water to drink, secrets to make the meat so…

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What to Pack when moving to Japan

When I opened the email I suddenly felt numb. I was moving to Japan! Now I`ve travelled to many country in the past, but never actually lived in a different country. Now I just needed to decide what to pack in my 30kg of luggage. Japan is an extremely developed country yet surprisingly many things…

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My World Cruise Wishlist

I walked up to the counter after arriving in Krabi airport, booked a bus ticket to the pier and squeezed myself on the bus between humongous backpacks and Scandinavian guys. We arrived at a random restaurant with extortionate prices and were told to buy our boat tickets here. I had researched that the next boat…

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2015, the year I became an Expat

My hands shook as my fingers tapped on the keyboard, my knees crashed together nervously. Usually I`m never lost for words, however I now couldn`t remember what I was supposed to write. How does one hand in their notice on a job that you`ve done for over 5 years, a career no less? One that…

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All inclusive in Egypt- My experience

I sat on my bunk bed in the small, cramped and fairly dirty dorm room. I entered the WiFi code and checked my Facebook messages. One was from my Mum, ‘Having a great time in Egypt, you’ll have to come with us next year when you’re back, our treat!’. At the time that sounded absolutely…

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