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Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

In the early morning, before the heat has become oppressive, Ao Nang Beach wakes up in stages. The Muslim fruit seller is already at her stand down the street from our hotel, offering delicious iced, fresh coconut, ready for us … Continue reading

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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Ao Ling, (Monkey Bay), Koh Phi Phi. While staying on Phi Phi Island, we took a day-long speed boat tour of nearby Maya Beach, did some good snorkeling on Phi Phi Ley, and visited the amazing Viking caves, where they … Continue reading

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A Relaxed Day in Tendo City

After our climb up to The Yamadera Temple Complex yesterday, and before we start two days of climbing the three sacred Mountains of Dewa in Yamagata prefecture, we took a very low-key rest day today.  Our decision to take it … Continue reading

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Yamadera Mountain Temple Day

I have felt excited about today’s journey up Yamadera Mountain since we arrived here in Tendo City, even without knowing what to expect!  The morning was sunny and already very warm, above 30 degrees, so when the front desk clerk … Continue reading

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From Hiraizumi to Tendo City

Today was the most elaborate day of train travel of our entire journey – we had to take four trains, one Shinkansen and three locals, to travel from Hiraizumi to Tendo City.  Even though the distance is only 165 km … Continue reading

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Our Last Day in Morioka

Compared with the disastrous rains and torrential flooding in Kyushu Province, which we originally were going to travel through for two weeks on this trip, before we decided that we didn’t have enough time to cover so much of Japan … Continue reading

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From Aomori to Morioka on a “Sick Day,” and Exploring Morioka (still sick!)

We both woke up today feeling sick – for Tali, it’s the second day in a row she’s been under the weather, and for me, the first – my nose is running, and my throat is also a bit sore. … Continue reading

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