AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Why we love Japan


Posted on Aug 11, 2014

Friendliness In Asia, Japan has a lasting legacy due to it at colonial history. Around the world Japanese history is famous for Samurai and the Atomic bomb. Both of these things do not reflect modern Japanese society. The people are extremely friendly, probably the most friendly in the whole of Asia. They are also extremely polite, going out of their way to make sure you have room to walk. One example is that when you go into a...

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A snapshot of our trip


Posted on Aug 9, 2014

Top destination Kyoto, Japan. We really enjoyed Japan because it was extremely clean and an accessible country with an excellent public transport system. On top of that it has a fascinating history combined with top quality museums. Despite having a reputation from 50 years ago that is very negative, with many war crimes committed (then again all nations in WW2 undertook crimes against humanity, its just that half of these nations won...

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Travelling, a summary

Travelling, a summary


Posted on Aug 8, 2014

Thoughts about return For the both of us we knew this trip was not going to last forever. For others they have managed to make a travelling trip last for a few years because they are travelling journalists or they do volunteering in areas and get board and lodging. Many also couch surf to save costs. There are many ways to save and cut costs, the biggest outgoings are usually transportation and lodging. You could stay in one way for a...

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Annemarie’s List 1. Thorung-La Pass, Nepal 2. Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal 3. Tibet. How could I have forgotten this beautiful place. 4. Huangshan, China 5. Japanese Alps 6. Angkor, Cambodia These are the most memorable places on the trip. Despite disliking many things about Nepal, namely being constantly ill and the fear of death on the roads/lack of roads, the scenery was spectacular and we met some great people. Angkor was also...

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Magome – Tsumago Trail

Magome – Tsumago Trail


Posted on Jul 22, 2014

The reason we were staying in Magome was to walk the Magome – Tsumago Trail (pronounced MA GO MAY and SU MAR GO). Hundreds of years ago a highway known as the Nakasendo, ran between Kyoto and Edo (modern day Tokyo) which had 69 stations along the route. 13 of which were in the Kiso Valley, located in the Southern Japanese Alps. This section was known as the Kisoji. Very few sections of the old highway exist anymore, but the...

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Ryokan Second Impressions


Posted on Jul 21, 2014

After our first experience we were not too impressed with staying in a traditional Japanese room. You paid the same as a decent hotel to then sleep on the floor and you even had to make your own bed! It was like camping but inside! For the price you’d expect a bit more. The room itself had been rather small, so you couldn’t relax with green tea and have your bedding out at the same time; you either sat around the table or...

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