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Vinyl stickers from Tofogu.

日本語が大好きです

Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn, I never thought I’d study Japanese. But as of today, the language has been part of my daily life for eight months. I thought it would be a hobby for a short ti...

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The ferry from Tørvikbygd to Jondal.

Norway Blog 03

The ferry from Tørvikbygd to Jondal is a short but pleasant experience. With an average time of twenty minutes to cross, Myles and I were able to use the bathroom, take pictures and even grab food from the onboard del...

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Abandoned cabin in Tvindefossen.

Norway Blog 02

Norway has a lot of tunnels. The majority are short, between a half mile to a few miles long. There are a few that surpass ten with the longest being fifteen miles long. The length depends on the location and the span...

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Group of young men in Bergen, Norway.

Norway Blog 01

I touched down in Norway to a sunny view of distant fjords, islands and a fleet of helicopters. It was nine in the morning, four hours before Myles was due to fly in. Since I didn’t have any luggage to claim, I bought...

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Near the small lake of Leirvogsvatn.

Norway Blog 00

This is it. The final night before I commence my trip to the beautiful country of Norway. For the next week, Myles Kedrowski and I will be staying in the city of Bergen. Similar to our venture to Iceland, Myles and I ...

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Myles next to rental vehicle.

Iceland Blog 07

After a quick breakfast at Reykjavik Lights on Monday morning, Myles and I checked out of the hotel. The drive to the airport, which is in Keflavik, took around forty minutes from the capital. Once at the Keflavik Air...

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Blafjallavegur.

Iceland Blog 06

Myles and I did not have a lot planned for the final day in Iceland. It was a lazy day. We slept in and had breakfast at the hotel at eight. The only item on our itinerary was to go to the movies in the afternoon. We ...

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Reykjadalur valley.

Iceland Blog 05

First and foremost, I should mention that I travel light. For the past year of travel, even to Japan, I’ve packed one pair of pants to cut down on space in my backpack. But Iceland taught me a valuable lesson about ho...

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Skaftafell.

Iceland Blog 04

The drive to Skaftafell, a wilderness area inside of Vatnajökull National Park, took over four hours. Myles and I got up early on Friday to make the day trip. After brunch at the hotel, we were on the road before seve...

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Þingvellir.

Iceland Blog 03

There were still plenty of sites to see in Iceland, far too many. Thursday was dedicated to locations that Myles and I wanted to see towards the north east of Reykjavik. We got up around seven and were on the road aga...

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Sólheimasandur plane wreck.

Iceland Blog 02

Wednesday was the most well-thought out and detailed day of the trip. It started with breakfast at the hotel at around seven thirty, with the goal to leave the hotel by eight. For the half-hour breakfast, I enjoyed th...

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Japanese From Zero book.

Hiragana Progress

Another month has passed, which marks my second month of study with Japanese. Throughout the month of July, I made steady progress with the first Japanese From Zero! book. Currently, I’m on lesson five. The lesson cov...

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Japanese From Zero book.

Learning Hiragana

There was a time where I could speak Russian. I also had the ability to read Cyrillic script, while also being able to write it in cursive. All of which I learned to do from a Russian professor in 2011. But once I com...

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Grindavík.

Iceland Blog 01

The Boeing 757 touched down in Iceland around six thirty in the morning on Tuesday, May 15th. Off the plane, I was corralled towards the main terminal with the rest of the passengers. But unlike in Tokyo, Japan, I did...

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Myles Kedrowski.

Iceland Blog 00

This is it. Tomorrow morning, I embark on a trip to Iceland with my best friend and co-worker, Myles Kedrowski. Though we will fly separate airlines, both of our flights should touch down in Keflavik on Tuesday mornin...

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Narita International Airport.

Japan Blog 08

As much I hated to return the room key, I checked out of the Hotel Gracery on Monday morning around eight. I considered breakfast at the Bonsalute Kabuki on the ground floor on my way out but decided to head to the Sh...

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Alley in Akihabara.

Japan Blog 07

For the final full day in Tokyo, Japan, I wanted to visit Ikebukuro for the Pokémon Center and revisit Akihabara. Which meant that it was going to be a long day. But I still made time for breakfast at the Bonsalute Ka...

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Shibuya crossing.

Japan Blog 06

Saturday in Tokyo was unique. I slept in for once, which provided an opportunity to seek breakfast somewhere other than Burger King. I tried out the breakfast buffet at the Bonsalute Kabuki, which was located on the g...

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Drug store in Akihabara.

Japan Blog 05

Friday morning, I was out the door by seven. Breakfast was at Burger King, my new usual spot in Shinjuku. It was cheap, familiar and no one bothered me. I finished my food and walked over to Shinjuku Station, where I ...

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Sunrise in Shinjuku.

Japan Blog 04

I woke around three in the morning. Through the window in the hotel room, I could see that the night life was still active down the block. A group of people crossed the street, off to a hostess club or karaoke bar. A ...

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Sign for Kabukicho.

Japan Blog 03

It was dark when the train pulled out of Narita. I did not expect this. In my mind, I had hopes to make it to Shinjuku and locate my hotel before nightfall. But it gets dark in Japan earlier than back home. It was six...

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Sign in Shinjuku.

Japan Blog 02

Immigration is a strange place to be alone, especially if you don’t speak the native language. I remember walking into Narita’s immigration. There’s a large green sign above the entrance that reads, “Quarantine”. I’d ...

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American Airlines Boeing 787 in Chicago.

Japan Blog 01

6265 miles. That’s how far I had to travel to get to Tokyo, Japan. Thankfully, I managed to due so in comfort aboard an American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The flight, spanning 13 hours and 15 minutes, took place...

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Narita International Airport.

Japan Blog 00

This is it. Tonight is my last full night within the United States, at least for the next week. As of Wednesday morning, I will touch down at Narita International Airport. Which, if you didn’t know, is in Tokyo, Japan.