Trekking with Becky
Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Hallowe’en has become incredibly popular in Japan, but keeping demons away is nothing new.  Every year, Okayama has their festival called Uraja, which is also known as Oni Matsuri (Demon Festival), but in a small city in southern Shikoku called…

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Incredible Medieval City Walls and Towers

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Incredible Medieval City Walls and Towers

A while ago, I did a Photo Friday post about Tallinn’s incredible medieval city wall walkway, and (unsurprisingly) fellow trekkers were bedazzled and wanted to see the other towers and other sections of the wall.  As promised, if there was…

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

My weekend trip to Cyprus on the first weekend of August was totally unexpected and spontaneous, and until I did some research online while on the train to the airport, I’d had no clue that Cyprus was a divided republic…

Photo Friday: Over 1,000 Years of Pozsony Pride

Photo Friday: Over 1,000 Years of Pozsony Pride

With history and cultural pride come traditions, and keeping traditions alive is wonderful provided that no one gets hurt.  As far as I was able to see, Hungary’s tradition of Pozsony pride fits that bill, and what a wonderful surprise…

Photo Friday: Avtovo – The Most Beautiful Subway Station

Photo Friday: Avtovo – The Most Beautiful Subway Station

Avtovo, in St. Petersburg, is the most beautiful subway station I have ever seen.  I never thought that I would use the adjective “beautiful” for a subway station, but when I came to Russia last year, that changed pretty quickly. I’m…

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Medieval City Wall Walkway

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Medieval City Wall Walkway

Trekking Tallinn’s medieval city wall walkway was the highlight of my day-trip there from Helsinki. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walkway is a small section simply called Tallinn’s City Wall. It rained until about a half hour before I had…

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Hitler’s Vienna was unquestionably different from the Vienna we know today, but there’s no doubt that it was magnificent. Vienna is the classiest, most glorious city I’ve ever seen, which makes it hard to imagine a person like Adolf Hitler…

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