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Tokyo Takeaways

Asia, Japan
Tokyo traffic
I’m not sure how it happened, but I managed to visit almost a hundred other countries before I decided to treat myself to Japan. Last May, I went for two…

Spontaneous Exhaustion

Europe, Norway
A typical lake along Rondanestien.
Spending the first half of May in Japan was interesting, but I was extremely tired when I returned home. Japan is a completely safe country to visit, yet I was…

Narita By Night

Asia, Japan
Pagoda and night sky.
We have a mid-morning flight to catch from Tokyo Narita Airport, going home after two weeks in Japan. To avoid the stress of navigating rush hour in the city, we…

An Arty Day in Oslo

Art, Europe, Norway
Crop of Bridal Party in Hardanger, a painting at the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway.
Oslo was my home for more than a decade, and I still live nearby. If you want advice on visiting the city, you could do worse than listening to me.…

Gifted Children

Asia, North Korea, People
Students at the Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School for Gifted Children.
Hey, just a quick note: I am fully aware of the ethical issues involved when going to North Korea. This article is not about those, but about a visit to…

On Long Walks

Early morning on the Camino de Santiago.
Hi. My name is Bjørn, and I’m a walker. When I first began traveling, I would focus on well-known highlights. If I went to Paris, I basically saw the Eiffel…