Month: January 2016

A picture HAS to say 1000 words in Japan.

We are currently on a ski holiday in Japan.  I have to be honest about this and say that I  wasn’t initially looking forward to it – mainly because I can’t ski.  That is now in the process of being remedied which I am feeling somewhat surprised about actually.  That said time here is precious but I wanted to share some photos as it is just so beautiful here. We are staying in Nozawa Onsen which until recently was more famous for its Onsen – Japanese Baths in the hot springs, than it was for skiing.  Now there are many Australians making their way here for annual holidays in perfect powder.  Me….I am just a bit enamoured by the culture…..and I want to know more and I cannot understand a word of any of it. Being so new to Western tourism there is no information available in English so I am just using my eyes and perhaps making up a few stories about what some of the items we have seen for sale might be …

Desert Camping in the Magic Kingdom

The week before Christmas we were invited on a desert camping trip.  We figured it would be a good way to see what the good ol’ VW Touareg was capable of and to see the interior of Saudi Arabia in a little more detail.  Earlier in the year we went on a trip to Maid’an Saleh over in Western Saudi which was an amazing trip that I will blog about at a later date. That however, was an organised tour and this was heading out with 12 other vehicles into the desert with walkie talkies, GPS, some way points and our spirit of adventure. We departed early on Friday morning – our weekend is Friday and Saturday here, with the idea of driving North West towards Riyadh before heading off the beaten track after about 2 and a half hours of highway driving.  The aim was to be back by about 6pm on Saturday evening. Thinking back I wish I had taken more photos of just the trip up the highway.  We stopped to pick …