Dalian

This place…  China…  I was amazed at the way people behave and hold themselves.  I was transformed back to the country which my family fled almost 20 years ago…  I was mesmerized by the people and the culture here, still so much like my childhood in Soviet Union…  Starting from the red Pioneer ties I … Continue to full post

Osaka

Just a short stop here to catch the buss to Nara.  The airport, as usual and as expected, is extraordinarily efficient and I’m off the plane, past security, out of the gates, and into the smoking area in all but 15 minutes.  And we have plants all over :-).  Lovely country and definitely worth a … Continue to full post

Tokyo

For how many times I have been to Tokyo… I was never there. The airport seems to be the only place for me to dwell here.  The efficiency and cleanliness of the Japanese that I will see in Nara are evident, clearly, in what I see from the airport window. Ah, water in the ashtray! … Continue to full post

Nara

Keyboard soaked in wine which I tried to emergency-clean off, keys a little sticky, still, I will try to describe to you my recent trip to Japan.  I have been to Japan before and it is amazing every time.  Every city I visit here, every restaurant, every street—everything about this place.  Japan is the “old … Continue to full post

Narita cravings

What happens to you when you remove humanity from a completely everyday situation—craving water? Just a bit over an hour ago I was running from Terminal 2 of the Narita airport in Tokyo to Terminal 1. Only 17 minutes left before boarding began, I did have about 20 minutes of walking left; but, WHOA!, there … Continue to full post