Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture in Nature

We are surrounded by textures man-made or natural. Moss has such a warm, soft almost furry texture. The above moss I found in cracks between the paving stones in our garden. Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden scene that is hard to achieve otherwise. I love that clammy feel of moss on the ground against the…

The faces of Bayon at Angkor Wat

5 Reasons to Travel while you’re Young

1: When you’re still young and you don’t have too many serious commitments, its important to take your opportunities when you can. 2: Broaden your horizons. Try new food, learn a different language and explore other cultures. You will carry these experiences with you for the rest of your life. 3: Meet new people. You…

My apartment building!

My first cup of coffee in Moscow

My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of this city pulled me towards it. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. I…

My apartment complex

My crazy Russian Neighbour in Moscow!

At first when I moved to Moscow I lived alone in my old Soviet flat for 3 weeks before I eventually got a flat mate. I was busy settling in, getting to know the area and spent a lot of evenings at home watching a bit of TV and studying some Russian after walking around…

My attempt at a self portrait in front of the palace!

La Moneda Palace, Art and Eating Empanadas in Santiago.

It’s autumn in Santiago, Chile so the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly. But it’s sunny and warm during the day, perfect for walking around town.  I am staying in a hostel at the moment, not the best place to stay while working but unfortunately the flat I found to move into would only…

A lot of the graffiti is really beautiful!

Graffiti / Street Art fill the streets of Santiago, Chile

Chile has long been the center for radical propaganda painting. As early as 1940 leading Mexican and Chilean artists were painting murals in Chile. Now, Latin American street art is as innovative as any in the world and Chile plays a really big part in this.  I was amazed by the amount and quality of…

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

Public holidays are synonymous with parades in most countries. The 21st of May was a public holiday in Chile, Navy Day to Commemorates the Battle of Iquique. The Battle of Iquique was a confrontation that occurred on May 21, 1879, during the naval stage of the War of the Pacific, a conflict between Chile and Peru and Bolivia. The battle took place off the…

Plaza De Armaz metro station

Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

The city of Santiago has a couple of very old churches that are absolutely lovely to explore. Walking down Merced Street I stopped at the Basilica of Mercy a Catholic church located just before I reached Plaza de Armas. This Basilica was built in 1566 and established by the Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy, who…

Their costumes were beautiful and very elegant

Travel theme – Japan’s Summer festival Costumes

This weeks travel theme is costumes and I immediately thought of the colourful costumes the dancers wore during the Japanese summer festivals. I lived in Higashi-Rinkan, a suburb of Tokyo, Japan for a while and was fortunate enough to be there for their summer festival. Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday and draws millions of people each summer.  Japan is the…

Love the striking builing that houses the museum of memory

Santiago’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights

The best way to spend a rainy day in Santiago is by visiting one of its many museums that are dotted all over the city. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a chilean museum dedicated to commemorate the victims of Human Rights violations during the Military Regime that took place  between 1973 and…

Here you can see the Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest building in South-America

Exploring the Botanical parks of San Cristobel Hill in Santiago

I have been working and living in Santiago for nearly 3 weeks now and have found it quite a peaceful place to be. Unfortunately I have been working late into the evening during the week so haven’t actually gotten to explore the city that much. Last weekend we had a lovely sunny Saturday, perfect for spending…

A pity Santiago is covered in smog during winter

Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

The streets of Santiago are quiet and deserted before 10am on a weekend and even more so on a public holiday. It felt like I was walking through a ghost town as I walked from Bellavista to Santa Lucía Hill in the center of the city.   I walked through Parque Forestal next to the Mapocho River. The…

I was greeted by a huge iron spider as I arrived at the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills

Foggy view of Tokyo from the 53rd floor!

Roppongi Hills in Tokyo is an expansive shopping and entertainment complex. It is very sleek and modern. I usually stay away from shopping centers but the Mori Art Museum is on the 52nd floor of the 54-story Mori Tower. Completed in 2003 and named for builder Minoru Mori, the tower is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development. The…

Memorial statue at the entrance of the park

Meeting atom bomb survivors at the Hiroshima memorial service

A visit to Japan is not complete without visiting Hiroshima the horrific site of the first nuclear bomb and when better than on the anniversary of that horrific event. The whole world knows about the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 where as many as 140 000 people were killed. Since then, thousands more have…

Disneyland parade!!

Toon Town and Roller-coasters at Disneyland Tokyo!!!

I don’t normally like theme parks as roller coasters scare me but I was beyond excited about going to Disneyland in Tokyo!!  I felt like a little kid in a candy store. I could barely sleep the night before and made sure that we arrived at the gate just as the park opened. My friend…

Turning around to have a last look at the fireworks!

Stalking girls in Kimonos at Yokohama’s Firework festival

Grand-scale fireworks festivals are one of the most exciting events that represent summer in Japan, and are held in various locations across the country!! People get dressed up in their beautiful summer Kimonos and go to parks during the day and attend firework shows at night. These popular firework festivals generally attract from around 700,000…

The tea-house in the middle of the tidal pool!!

Drinking Japanese Green Tea at Hamarikyu Gardens

I actually planned on visiting the famous Tsukiji fish market but it turned out to be closed today for some or another reason. Not wanting the trip to be a waste I went to Hamarikyu Gardens just around the corner from the market. Hamarikyu means detached palace on the coast, I guess it got this…