Winter Travel 2019 – Osaka (Day 4)

My plane left early afternoon, so I took a leisurely stroll to Namba station after breakfast, and caught the bullet train to the airport. My overall impression of Osaka is a positive one. Had I been there longer, I probably would have returned to Kyoto or Nara, or visited Kobe. Perhaps next time! The trip…

Winter Travels 2019 – Osaka (Day 3)

One of the things I particularly liked about Japan was that in restaurants, they gave you water, as they do here, but it was cold water (as opposed to the hot water you get in China). I decided to visit Osaka Natural History Museum on Friday morning. This was in the south of the city,…

Winter Travels 2019 – Osaka (Day 2)

This trip was a short break – from Wednesday to Saturday. Thursday morning, after breakfast, I took the subway to the castle. This is an impressive structure, in the typical style of Japanese castles. It was originally built in the sixteenth century, but burnt down several times. The main tower of the castle was reconstructed…

Winter Travels 2019 – Osaka (Day 1)

Classes have finished for me, and as students prepare for their final exams, I decided to take a short trip. Not yet sure where I will be next year, and whether or not I will be in this neck of the woods (i.e. Asia), so I am trying to visit places I want to visit…

Winter Travels (Tokyo to Beijing)

Departure day was largely uneventful. My flight was at 14:20, on Friday, the day of Chinese New Year. So, I thought perhaps the plane would be quiet. It wasn’t, but it wasn’t as busy as it was when I left, and the airport in Beijing was very quiet. Still, on checking out I did, basically,…