Author: Steven

Book Review: Laundry Man by Jake Needham

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There has been a neat little explosion of novels set in Thailand. Mostly written by expats and travelers, these novels largely focus on a Westerner’s experience in a country that is both delightful and alien at the same time. Christopher…

Laos Caving and Kayaking

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One day in Laos, my buddy and I booked a full-day trekking/caving/kayaking tour. Nice combination of activities! We booked with Green Discovery and I highly recommend these guys as their service was friendly and helpful, the guide was informative and…

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

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Please forgive me for the month-long hiatus. It is cold here in Gifu and I have not been feeling very inspired to write much. I started reading a great book last week and so decided to push myself to post…

Temples in Vientiane, Laos

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It has gotten rather chilly here in Japan so I have not been hiking at all. And I am busy with the fall semester at my schools so no travel. Bit frustrating to a wanderer such as myself. No matter,…

Buddha Park Laos 2014

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I still have stories from my summer trip to Thailand and Laos to share. In Laos but close to the Thai border is the Buddha Park, with many statues of the Buddha as well as assorted Hindu deities and guardians.…

Jumangoku Festival-Ogaki, Gifu-14/10/12

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Ogaki City is a small town in Gifu prefecture yet they have festivals rather frequently. Last Sunday (Oct. 12th) was the Jumangoku festival celebrating the poet Matsuo Basho who stayed in Ogaki during his travels around the country and the…

Mt. Kinka Part III

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Climbed Mt. Kinka (金華山) this weekend with some of the other English teachers. This makes my third trip up the highest mountain in Gifu City, although it is only 329m. We took the long Meizo route which measures 2300m in…

Nagano Part 2!

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I went to Nagano twice with my wife this summer. The second time was a bit shorter and we only stayed one night at a minshuku. But we got some good hiking in on the second day. We encountered less…

Corrections Museum Bangkok

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As promised, I want to show you guys the Corrections Museum of Bangkok. It is out of the way and in Rommani Nart Park, near Chinatown. The museum consists of cells and devices used in 19th century prisons in Thailand…