Category Archives: Around The World

Two Tales of a City, Hiroshima

“Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British Grand Slam, which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare”. These fateful words of Harry Truman, President of the United States, on August 6th, 1945 marked the first public announcement of the atomic bomb. 140,000 would die from the effects of the bomb in Hiroshima by the end of 1945, and many more […]

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A Morning Visit to Miyajima Island

We arrived in Hiroshima after a long day of train travel, and checked into the Sheraton Hotel. Even though it’s right at the train station, the hotel is first-class. We couldn’t help but break into big smiles at the western-style room complete with fluffy king-sized bed, club lounge, and movies in English. We’ve been using Tours By Locals and batting .500 – Patrick in Tokyo was VERY good, Takashi in Takayama not so much. Jasmine, our Hiroshima guide, spent a year with her family in Oregon where her husband was a visiting professor. We started our day at Miyajima Island, one […]

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Takayama – Gateway to the Northern Japan Alps

Next stop, Takayama. We took a shinkansen (a Japanese bullet train) from Yokohama to Nagoya, then switched to an ‘express’ train from Nagoya to Takayama. An express train is slower than, and runs on different tracks than, the shinkansen, and usually has a few stops between major destinations. Takayama is considered the gateway to the northern Japan Alps. We could see them but quite in the distance. Nagano, home to the 1998 Winter Olympics, is 2-3 hours away. The highest peak we could see in the distance stands at about 10,000 feet tall, with the more immediate peaks around this […]

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Our Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

Our hotel in Takayama, Hidatei Hanaougi, is a ryokan. The hotel’s website lists ‘Heart-warming hospitality” as the Number 1 reason to stay there, and we couldn’t agree more. From the first moment we arrived, we felt welcomed, pampered and attended to. Where else does the general manager himself stand at the curb at the end of your stay waving good-bye until you are out of sight? A ryokan (旅館?) is a type of traditional Japanese inn, with a special and specific way of providing services to guests. Ryokans originally served travelers in the Edo (shogun) period (1603–1868).  We found our ryokan to exude […]

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Hiking Around Mt Fuji with Mountain Trek

We’ve spent the past week in the company of 6 other intrepid trekkers hiking around Mt Fuji with Mountain Trek guides Ted Taylor and Kirkland Shave. Mountain Trek is a hiking and health spa retreat just outside of Nelson, British Columbia where we’ve enjoyed some fantastic hiking in the past. Each year, Mountain Trek leads an international adventure trek. This year’s trek dovetailed nicely with the rest of our Asia adventure, so we joined in. The trek was timed specifically for the best chance of seeing the Sakura (cherry blossoms) and wow, did they get it right! We have experienced […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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