Tag: travel

Africa, National Parks

African Safari, Part II – Lake Manyara National Park

After a wonderful couple of days in Tarangire National Park, our guide took us just a few kilometers up the road to Lake Manyara National Park. We spent about half a day there, but it was enough time to really get a feel for the place. The park is known as one of Tanzania’s premiere birdwatching areas, and we saw a wide variety of both birds and other wildlife.

Asia, Japan, Travel and Transit

Riding Around Tokyo on the Yamanote Line

Despite the fact that I don’t speak or read Japanese, I find Tokyo to be a very easy city to get around. That’s largely due to the efficient train service provided by its network of trains and subways. One line in particular does a great job of taking tourists and residents around the city – because it literally goes around the city. In this post we’ll take a look at the Yamanote Line, and get a feel for some of my favorite neighborhoods along the line. What Is the Yamanote Line? The Yamanote Line (山手線 or Yamanote-sen in Japanese) runs through […]

Uncategorized

Traveling light; Or, how to see the world in 17Kg

I’ve always been the type of traveler typically packed at the last minute, and I invariably end up packing much more than I needed to. But a trip I took recently had some pretty stringent restrictions on luggage weight. I was allowed one soft-sided luggage bag and one carry on bag. The two bags in combination had to weigh less 15 kilos (around 33 lbs). Because I was flying internationally and had 3 flights to my final destination, I also decided I wanted to be able to carry my luggage on-board with me. Both of these constraints forced me to […]

Inspiration

In defense of the 2-week vacation

How long was your last vacation? More importantly, when was the last time you took a vacation? My wife and I just returned from a twelve-day safari in Africa (photos and story coming soon!), and friends I have from the UK and Europe average three to four weeks off per year. Vacations like this seem to be the exception for Americans rather than the rule – Americans earn, and take, less vacation than virtually any other industrialized country in the world. The data for Americans are staggering: