Three days in Tokyo: Ameyoko Market

Ueno District is the closest thing to Old Tokyo. Local Japanese, ex-pats, and visitors all come to Ameyoko Market to eat at their favorite restaurant or search for the ideal bargain at the hundreds of one room shops. Neon-lights and red lanterns (and nearby red lantern streets with sex-clubs and prostitutes) cast a mysterious glow…

Good fortune, long life

Most of us are familiar with origami to some extent. We like the way it looks and it’s fun to try to fold the tiny pieces of paper to make beautiful decorations. But what do these folded pieces of paper signify to a Japanese person? In the first image, a dove – the worldwide symbol…

Ueno

Ueno (上野), a district in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, means “upper wild field”. Home to some of Tokyo’s finest museums (National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Nature & Science), and cultural sites: a major public concert hall, numerous Buddhist temples in addition to the famous Kan’ei-ji Pagoda of the Tokugawa shoguns now sheltered inside…

Three days in Tokyo

More images of Japan: A visit to a memorial cemetery in the Old Quarter and watching tool use by a Japanese Macaque.

Three days in Tokyo

Snapshots of Ueno District, Tokyo, Japan, one of many places I’ve never written about. Get ready for a week of images from our three days in Japan.    

Winter wonderland in Africa

On the summit with Lucky Jaguar (aka Chui Bahati in Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa), K2, and Rotary Club of Belleville Banner. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Snows of Kilimanjaro did not melt.  Heavy snowfall April to June swathed the top 500 metres of the 19,341′ freestanding volcanic…

Snows of Kilimanjaro…to the roof of Africa!

Day 5 – Karanga to Kosovo  A short 3.58 km hike today to allow ample time to relax or sleep in preparation for midnight summit push. We decide to sleep at Kosovo Camp instead of the traditional summit night sleep at Barafu Huts Camp.  WHY? We’ll be an hour closer to the summit AND will have…

Snows of Kilimanjaro…the journey begins

Day 1 – Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp First daily diamox with our last breakfast in Arusha. Diamox – aka acetazolamide – is a prevention of (but not a treatment for) symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath at high altitudes (10,000 feet/3,048meters).  Diamox helped me on the Inca…

Prepping for Mount Kilimanjaro

Count down to departure. Been hiking in conservation areas all winter but yesterday added 6kg: a daypack packed with books. Five km up-down-up-down the esker and five empty beer cans later, Kalurra, the dog, & I returned to the car. I’ll bet you’re thinking “WHOA did she guzzle a beer every 12 minutes?” What I wrote…