Hostel Madness and Hiking Fails in Hong Kong

After a short sleep on the ferry between Macao and Hong Kong, I arrived in the city at 8 PM for the second time in under two months. My first visit to Hong Kong had given me a great impression of the city, so I was expecting to be equally as excited about it this time around. After spending a week in the big cities…

Macao: A Quick Visit to the Asian Las Vegas

Since I had originally planned on exploring more of China on this journey, I bought a flight ticket to Macao, an old Portuguese colony, which is now a special administrative region in China. But I didn’t have time to get my visa to China before I left Denmark back in March, so I decided to change those plans and go to Mongolia instead. But instead…

Days for the Soul in Seoul

Okay, so using the word “soul” in the title of a post about Seoul is probably the oldest cliché ever. But nevertheless, that was exactly what my days in Seoul were – days, where I got to reconnect with myself, get myself back down to earth, take a breather and reflect on the beautiful life that I was so lucky to be given, but sometimes…

The DMZ: A Peek into North Korea

I have always dreamt of visiting North Korea, the most reclusive country in the world. Originally, my plan on this journey was to go to North Korea after China, but since I didn’t have time to get my Chinese visa, I had to postpone those plans. Instead, I decided to do the second best thing – to visit the DMZ in South Korea, where I…

Chasing Natural Heritage on Jeju Island

Jeju Island is a popular destination for holidaymakers from all over Eastern Asia, mainly because of its mild temperate climate, large beach resorts and unique natural heritage to be found all over the island. My original plan for South Korea was to travel in the mainland from Busan to Seoul, but because I needed several days in Seoul to get my Mongolian visa, I chose…

Jeju Island: Climbing Mt. Hallasan – an Extinct Volcano at 1.950 m.

After spending a day in rainy Busan, I flew to Jeju Island, a special self-governing province located 130 km. from the southern coast of South Korea. Jeju Island is the honeymoon destination of South Korea, well known for its worldclass beaches and beautiful natural heritage. I spent my days on Jeju touring the island, going from one natural wonder to another. On my second day,…

Earthquakes Hit Southern Japan: My Experience in Fukuoka

On the evening of April 14th, which was the day that I had arrived in Fukuoka, my last stop in Japan, I was sitting silently in my bed at the hostel, when the ground beneath me started shaking. I was in the top bunk, which made it even more shaky. Unable to fully comprehend what was happening, I stayed put and talked to my roommates…

After the A-bombs: Discovering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Beautifully set between mountains and vast forests, Hiroshima is a bustling and modern city. While walking the streets of the city, one could easily forget about the devastating event that once left the city in ruins. Hiroshima was the first city in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb, dropped by the United States Army Air Forces at 8.15 AM on August 6th…

Photo Diary: The Sacred Deer of Nara

On the second day in Kyoto, Victoria, Joachim and I decided to go on a day trip to Nara, a city located just 43 km. from Kyoto. Nara is famous for the many sika deer that roam the streets and the large Nara Park. In fact there are over 1,200 wild deer in the city and they are treated like kings! Years ago, the deer…

Kyoto from Above: Climbing Mount Daimonji

Kyoto was my third stop in Japan and I had allowed myself three days to explore the city, two of which would be spent with Victoria and Joachim, who I also met up with in Tokyo. On my first day, I arrived at my hostel at 11 AM, after spending the night at the airport in Osaka and then spending the morning getting lost in…