What’s New at ‘100 Travel Stories’

New Destinations on Three Continents

It has been quiet lately at ‘100 Travel Stories’, but there are still travel stories to be told and adventures to come – from Europe, Africa and Asia. Latest highlights and what’s next.

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Oscar Wilde

Portugal, Europe

Sintra, Portugal

Pena Palace – Sintra, Portugal

In June I visited Lisbon and Sintra in Portugal. Short time, but I enjoyed every moment. The Portugal’s story is next.

Ethiopia, Africa

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa (Photo credit: Global Partnership for Education – GPE)

In December I will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in my way to Thailand. Very exciting trip, first time in East Africa!

Toronto - Addis Ababa - Bangkok

Toronto – Addis Ababa – Bangkok

Thailand, Asia

Krabi

Krabi (Photo credit: Tore Bustad)

New destinations in Thailand: Krabi and Ko Phi Phi Island (December 2018/January 2019).

Ko Phi Phi Island

Ko Phi Phi Island

Highlights of This Year

Lake Baikal

May, Lake Baikal

May, Lake Baikal

The most interesting and inspiring photo story of this year is “Ice Love: Lake Baikal” – A Thai Girl Winter Adventure in Siberia.

“Traveling in Siberia is the most adventure fully trip for all the travel lovers. The weather condition of this place is Extreme. The temperature is always down below zero degrees. Enjoy the sunset sitting on the ice and freezing wind. I just fall in love with this trip, and all the pictures you have taken on your trip make me excited. I am also a traveler and I am going to many places all over the world. This trip is a great inspiration for all. Thanks for sharing this one.” – Laura Williamson, Water Kayaks.

Hikawa Maru

Hikawa Maru

Hikawa Maru

The most heartwarming comment came from Ann Kennedy for the “The Queen of the Pacific: Hikawa Maru” story.

“I have just read your post, with great pleasure and interest! In 1953, my family and I boarded the Hikawa Maru in Seattle for the voyage to Yokohama as one of a group of other families, each of which had a Fulbright Scholar in attendance. In our case, it was my dad. My mother chronicled the experience, day by day in her diary, and again in letters sent to my grandparents in the states. My father did the same via camera.

In 2014 I returned to Japan and visited the ship in what was an emotional but fantastic experience. To my delight, my father’s Kodachrome slides of the ship’s interior could have been taken in 2014, so little had changed.

Thank you for your excellent post detailing the ship and its history. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

Ann Kennedy – “Haddock and Dill” – Images, recipes, observations and keepsakes from a life well-lived.

Kabukicho

Kabukicho Red Light District

Kabukicho

There is a saying “sex does sell” and here is the post most viewed and with the most stolen photos: “Adventures in the Kabukicho RED Light District of Tokyo” – an insight into the “floating world” of Tokyo.

“A host’s job is to support a lady’s heart” – Sho Takami, host club owner

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

Exciting News from Xue

Xue is ready to embark in a new six month journey in Japan to her beloved fishing village in Daisen – and to China, Taiwan and Thailand.

“Curiosity is my fuel and my life force.” – Xue

Stay tuned for more adventures from Xue, a wild and free spirit who follows her dreams and loves bakery.

What’s Next

It was a time when I used a film camera, a lovely Leica C3 – mostly for trips to Japan, Hong Kong and China. One of my projects is to digitize the old film world and present the images and the stories on this blog.

Older posts are being revamped with new photos. New stories to come.

The blog design is getting some minor updates. The Comments area has been disabled, but don’t be worried, your voice can be heard on social media or by using the blog contact form.

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer

Happy travels!