Himeji Castle – A Must See Japan Treasure!

Himeji Castle

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle is Japan’s largest and most visited castle.  It’s also known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior which can be seen gleaming in the distance. This Japanese historical treasure is a must see attraction that’s an easy day trip when visiting Osaka or Kyoto.

This article provides some information about the castle, some handy tips when visiting, and to make sure you do it right, a great recommendation for a family run Udon noodle restaurant to satisfy your appetite! Continue reading “Himeji Castle – A Must See Japan Treasure!”

Living in Niamey, Niger – My Experience

Niamey Niger Woman

I recently had the opportunity to speak at a Meetup event attended by fellow travel enthusiasts in Bangkok. I was asked to speak about a country that folks might find interesting. So I decided to speak about my previous country of residence, Niger. As nervous as I was to speak in public, I rather enjoyed the experience! Folks also seemed to enjoy the presentation and there were a few that were even interested in traveling to Niger.

Before moving to Niger I tried to do some research on what I should expect living there. There wasn’t much out there on the Internet that got me excited to be going. In fact, most of it was pretty scary stuff about kidnappings and terrorist activities. I recently looked online and there still just isn’t much information out there for folks interested in traveling to Niamey, Niger. Continue reading “Living in Niamey, Niger – My Experience”

Sweden – Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Tjörn Island

When Qatar Airways had some troubles with their neighboring countries I took advantage of the panic sales and purchased roundtrip tickets from Bangkok to Stockholm well in advance for dates that would be good for me and my Viking Princess.

A few months later she transferred to a different department in the company. Unfortunately due to work requirements she wouldn’t be able to go to Sweden to visit her family during the dates that I booked. Fortunately for me I have a great relationship with her family and wasn’t at all feeling deterred from swapping sweltering Thailand heat for comfortable Sweden cool weather. In this article I will highlight some of the wonderful fun and food I experienced along with the loving hospitality of my other family. Continue reading “Sweden – Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Tjörn Island”

Sukhothai – An Exploration of Thailand’s First Capital

Originating during the 13th century, Sukhothai was the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Much has certainly changed over 800 years. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site this once magnificent city left a large collection of ruins that are absolutely worth exploring today, as well as recipes passed down through the ages for unique noodle soups and pad Thai dishes that are both delightful and delicious! Continue reading “Sukhothai – An Exploration of Thailand’s First Capital”