First Impressions

It started in this guesthouse, my fondness for Mandalay, where we were greeted with grace and elegance. The tastefully built B&B has three floors of spacious rooms and a dining area on the roof deck. Once owned by the mama, Wyn and wife, Sue, now run the place. With her immaculate English and years of … Continue reading First Impressions

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Mingalaba

I approached the guy holding a sign with my name on it. “Mingalaba (hello),” he greeted and then led us to a Toyota Corolla. The first thing I noticed (aside from it being an old car) was the right-hand steering driving on the right-hand side of the road. Before we even reached the guesthouse, I … Continue reading Mingalaba

Asahikawa

Hokkaido’s second largest city is a good base for those exploring the nearby Daisetsu mountain range and the picturesque Biei-Furano. But because we were there in the dead of winter and we don’t ski, we had other things in mind. We were there for the 58th Asahikawa Winter Festival, its zoo, and ramen. The Asahikawa … Continue reading Asahikawa