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The Heist – 2/4

Approximately 10pm, November 27 2014.   Emotions this acute should not be drawn out this long, they simply can’t it seems. But sadly they can, an entire existence can be squeezed into the space of a knife edge. That’s how we feel right now, as our bodies become a rubbish tip picked over by opportunists the […]

The Heist – Part 1/4

A year has passed in which we have documented and shared nearly every minute. There were however eight hours we missed from the road between Huanchaco and Trujillo Peru on 27-28th November 2014. This story begins at approximately 8pm in Huanchaco, Peru.  There were signs. We tell ourselves through a fleeting veil of shared guilt […]

While you were working – Flower and Willow, Kyoto, Japan

 The snow leopard, the white whale, the blue sheep; all mystical creatures the stuff of fables. Adventurers and hunters alike have sought out these fables made real as much for a sighting as anything else, their rarity captivates, enthrals and intrigues. Again today we search for our own mystical fable: geisha. These captivating ladies are […]

While you were working – Slippery Slope, Kyoto, Japan

 Swallowed into a great cavity between two buildings we’re engulfed into a truly Japanese universe, a universe of food. Nishiki market is Kyoto’s answer to every food lovers dream; a narrow arcade that runs for about four city blocks crammed with everything weird, wonderful and delicious about Japan. Smells of soy, seafood, salt and seaweed […]

While you were working – Beautifully Boring, Kyoto, Japan

 We’ve been avoiding the elephant in the corner all this time in Japan, a country so famed for tradition and rich culture always has a beating heart which feeds that culture. In Japan, that beating heart is none other than the city of Kyoto. We’re finally in our third capital of Japan, from 794 – […]

While you were working – Golder than Gold, Kinosaki, Japan

 Our toes cling to the ragged rocks so comfortably to stare over the edge into ebbing waters below, lives lived near the sea don’t forget this too easily. The ocean slops and slaps against the rocks in such familiar fashion but it’s not our Pacific Ocean, it’s the sea of Japan, a world away but […]

While you were working – Walk of Shame, Kinosaki, Japan

 On rain slicked roads we walk the familiar walk, one backpack on the back, one on the front like a heavily pregnant hermaphrodite hermit crab. For so much of our time we attempt in vain to wipe clear any lingering stink of tourist cliche but on these ambling staggers from train station to accommodation there’s […]

While you were working – From Little Acorns, Nara, Japan

 There’s many Japanese truisms but none more concrete than one we are living today, the four T’s of Japanese tourism: Travel, trains, towns and temples. Our time in Japan thus far has seen us living on the edge, but not in an adrenaline junkie sense; the question that lives heavy in the air of every […]

While you were working – Gap Filler, Miyajima, Japan

 One of the three best views in Japan, who makes these lists anyway, who takes considerable effort to corral such wildly subjective opinions into measurable lists? Tourism Japan does, that’s who, just like the tourism boffins in every other country around the world. Well it has worked, we’re here with an ATM full of tourist […]

While you were working – A Crowded Room, Hiroshima, Japan

 Tall stacks of aged red brick reach to the stormy sky, pillars of industry that have stood the test of time endure against the storm. Our post storm adventure takes us to Saijo, the home of sake making in Hiroshima province one day after the storm. A typhoon has hit Hiroshima but instead of delivering […]

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