Hanoi on foot

Walking around in Hanoi. Below some pictures. En promenad runt i Hanoi. Nedan några bilder. Quan Thanh Temple  Tran Quoc Pagoda  Street Life Great way to cut costs. No costs for the saloon, waiting room already furnished and a natural breeze instead of a hair dryer. I will suggest this to my hair dresser and hope…

First night in Hanoi

As I didn’t have that much cash, I had to watch my spendings so for first meal out in Hanoi I went to a local “restaurant”. Not sure you can actually call it a restaurant but it was a hole in the wall with some tables and chairs and only locals. No one spoke English…

Okonomiyaki 

When I was in Osaka I tried a local speciality, Okonomiyaki at Mizuno. Very popular place judging by the line outside.  När jag var i Osaka så testade jag en lokal specialitet, Okonomiyaki på Mizuno. Väldigt populärt ställe av kön att döma. Positive thing by travelling alone is that it’s always easier to get a…

One day in Taipei 

I had one day and two nights in a rainy Taipei. The first night I spent on the phone with the banks and credit card companies. On Monday however I went out in a rainy Taipei and since I’d forgotten my Wellington Boots, my flip flops had to do. Below a few pictures from Taipei….

Challanges

I suppose it would be too good to be true to not encounter any challenges on this journey. On Monday when I was at Osaka airport waiting for the flight to Taipei I thought I’d use the time to book another flight. As a security precaution my bank always sends me a code via text…

Daifuku 

Daifuku or gooey balls of heaven.  I just loved these sticky, gooey, gluey sweet desserts that the lovely Mariko-san brought me as a gift.  I don’t really know how to describe them as they don’t really resemble anything I’ve had before. But the texture and taste somewhat reminds me of a rather loose, plain, raw…

Temma Osaka

Today I met Mariko, a friend of Yukiko-san. She had agreed to show me around Osaka and we decided to go to Temma area which is mostly locals and full of bars and restaurants. A dream for someone like me. We were planning to do some bar hopping but they served us too much food…

Tasuku Japanese Wine Bar

I was recommended by Takako-san to visit a Japanese Wine Bar called Tasuku when in Kyoto, owned by Takako-sans friend Yuka.  According to information online Tasuku opens at 7 pm. When I got there there was this small, narrow “alley” with lots of different small bars and by small I mean tiny tiny bars. I…

Takeda General Hospital Kyoto

Now also have the experience of going to the hospital in Japan. Arriving at the hospital I seriously questioned if I would find anyone who spoke English. When I entered I could not see a single thing written in English, all Japanese and it’s nothing you can figure out from that.  I must have looked…

Kobe

Another “when-in-japan” moment.  Walking the streets of Osaka yesterday I was getting hungry and looking for a place to eat Ramen. However, faith wanted something else it seemed as my eyes just happened to see this street food place and the word “Kobe Beef” caught my eye.  There’s street food and there’s Streeeet Fooood. At…

Biking in Kyoto

Nice way to get around Kyoto is renting a bike and very safe as you can ride on the side walks in Japan. Only challange, finding a parking spot or your bike might get removed if you have not parked in a designated area. Locals do park on the street but as a tourist renting…