Trekking with Becky
Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

What I Learned about the Russian Santa Claus

What I Learned about the Russian Santa Claus

Red Square is incredible no matter what time of year you visit.  It’s the best place to give you the I’m really in Moscow feeling, but the other day, I learned a lot about the Russian Santa.  I wouldn’t have…

Photo Friday:  St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

Photo Friday: St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

You can’t go to St. Petersburg without trekking to Palace Square, which is the city’s central square, and seeing the Winter Palace, also known as The Hermitage, at night.  It was the official residence of the Russian tsars from 1732-1917,…

Hotel Chisinau, Moldova

Hotel Chisinau, Moldova

I know that a lot of people want a hotel with a good view and the most modern comforts, but walking into Hotel Chisinau in Moldova is stepping back into the Soviet era. It’s cheap, clean, and very convenient.  Staying…

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Stumbling upon the Chisinau Ghetto Memorial last weekend was completely unexpected.  Chisinau is the perfect city to wander around for a leisurely weekend.  The old Soviet architecture, churches, and other cultural features didn’t surprise me, but the ghetto memorial stopped…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

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