Japan’s saviours: women or robots?

JR train from Tokyo to Sapporo: the little cart approaches, loaded with coffee makers, soft drinks, bento‘s and sweets. The young Japanese female train attendant asks us what we would like in a perfect English with an American accent. We are puzzled! Keep reading

Japan: what to pack & check prior to departure

A trip to Japan can require quite a bit of preparation. A few more details will make your trip even more enjoyable and sustainable.  Continue reading

The frustrations of an English teacher in Japan

Why I learnt to speak 5 languages – and working on my 6th…

From an early age on, I have been very driven to explore the world around me. I recall ordering ‘une baguette s’il vous plaît’ (or at least, this is what I thought it sounded like!) Keep reading!

Japan food series – Bento, the convenient and tasteful Japanese boxed-meal

The Tokyo station is a crazy maze! Japanese people walk around like ants, workers in Keep reading

Never thought I would need a notice to go to the toilets, until… Japan!

I push on a button: a water splash starts. Wrong button… Another one: now it is a different kind of splash. Still the wrong button! Will I ever make it? I start panicking Keep reading

Hiking from Magome to Tsumago: timeless Japan

With the 4-day-Yari-dake hike we have just finished the day before, and still being used to waking up at sunrise, we decide to go for an 8-km stroll between the timeless villages of Keep reading

Temple hopping in Kyoto: travel tips and our top 10

I am biking like a mad woman on the sidewalks, with my knees almost hitting my chin at every turn of the pedals on my ridiculously small bicycle, ringing the bell to warn pedestrians in the busy streets, who weirdly enough do not seem surprised by that tall Dutch woman showing off her bicycle skills on that tiny Japanese bike. Overtaking herds of tourists, I am temple hopping in Kyoto! Keep reading

Road trip in the wild Northern island of Japan: Hokkaido

Erupting volcanoes, tranquil ponds, busy crossings, endless forests, crashing waves, relaxing onsens, humid and hot in the South, chilly in the North: Japan is a country of significant contrasts, and we clearly notice this as soon as we arrive on its Northernmost island, Hokkaido. Keep traveling!

Where to go skiing in Europe: the Austrian or French Alps?

My face hits the white cold substance when I fall down as my body gets out of control going down a small hill in the mountains of Austria. I have the hardest time getting up without falling again, as my feet are in the most uncomfortable shoes to which the rental skis are attached. I am surrounded by people who speak a language I cannot understand and during the lunch break I eat food I have never seen before: I was three when I started to learn how to ski… Keep reading

Biking patchwork & panorama roads in Biei, Hokkaido: the Provence of Japan!

The black cloud seems to move faster than me, while I puff and sigh trying to get uphill along the patchwork road in Biei on my rental bike. The sound of thunder is getting closer Keep traveling!