A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

Aug 6, 2016

A contrary tale of two towns in Tohoku

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The sea in Tohoku is beautiful and cruel. A vast mass that owns the horizon, it shimmers in the sun, abundant and giving, like a mother that charms and nurtures. However, it is also a primeval force, a deep darkness that may swell up ...

Boarding the train to Glacier National Park

Aug 6, 2016

Boarding the train to Glacier National Park

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Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation decision. We weren’t driving, so yes, we’d have some wine. We then sat back and watched as 2,400 kilometers went by aboard the Empire ...

Hitting Japan's best beaches

Aug 4, 2016

Hitting Japan's best beaches

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The summer is here. You’ve kept your New Year’s resolution and stuck with that diet or new exercise regimen … right? It doesn’t matter. These beaches are so beautiful, nobody will be looking at the people. Usu Beach in Date, Hokkaido Usu doesn’t get ...

Inky points of interest in Tabata

| Jul 30, 2016

Inky points of interest in Tabata

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Under glowering clouds, I decide to explore the area around Tabata Station in Tokyo. Though recently renovated, the station is one of Tokyo’s oldest depots, dating from 1896. The station offers nifty spots for watching shinkansen trains bullet by, but I take the north ...

Crossing Spain on an ancient pilgrimage route

Jul 30, 2016

Crossing Spain on an ancient pilgrimage route

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About three hours into the day’s hike, having just cleared the highest mountain point of the Camino de Santiago, I looked down into the valleys pockmarked with yellow and purple spring blossoms, and froze. Surely that faraway black office tower, seemingly no bigger than ...