March 25, 2017 Cruise

Jiufen VLOG Jiufen BLOG In day 10 of my Taiwan Trip, my friend Natalie and I went to visit Jiufen, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Taiwan. From Taipei, it only takes about an hour and a half by train and bus, and is definitely…

March 23, 2017 Cruise

Watch the VLOG for “Walking Around Taipei’s Attractions” Taiwan Cycling Trip – Day 8, a non-romantic Valentine’s Day Or read the full story here It was no ordinary Tuesday morning in Taipei. Today was Valentine’s day! Luckily, I had my good friend Natalie to keep me company. She first joined…

March 20, 2017 Cruise

Video for hiking Elephant Mountain Watch the VLOG for hiking Elephant Mountain Day 7 of Taiwan Cycling Trip My good friend, Natalie, arrived in Taipei after flying from America, and for our first day together we decided to hike the popular Elephant Mountain. My new friend, Zack, whom I met…

November 20, 2016 Cruise

Korankei 香嵐渓 is a valley in Toyota, Japan (near Nagoya), and is one of center-Japan’s most popular viewing spots for Autumn leaves. There is actually a word for viewing the changing of the leaves in Japanese, called kouyou (紅葉). Here is a shot of the main river from the main…

September 3, 2016 Cruise

Norikura, or Norikura-dake (乗鞍岳) is Japan’s highest paved road, peaking at about 2,700 meters. So it was my birthday weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to ride up Mt Norikura… twice.. Mt Norikura is located on the border between Gifu prefecture and Nagano prefecture. Both of these prefectures…

July 18, 2016 Cruise

I’d been wanting to do the ride from Nagoya to Kyoto for a long time, but just kept procrastinating and not making any plans to do it. That is, until now! My friend and old cycling teammate from Detroit, Kroske, was visiting Japan for a week with his son, and…

May 17, 2016 Cruise

Mt Ontake (御嶽山) is a famous active volcano in central Japan. It actually erupted suddenly a few years back, killing a large number of people, so there is still some risk in coming to this type of place. Despite this, it is still a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, and…

February 6, 2015 Cruise

So as you can tell from the title, this has been a very good week! Part I – Visa A few weeks ago, I received my certificate of eligibility from Japan, which allowed me to apply for my Japanese Visa. The last time I applied for my Japanese Student Visa,…

January 1, 2015 Cruise

Failed Goals Despite all of my intentions of maintaining a regularly updated blog, I didn’t quite succeed with that in 2014. On the bright side, I was able to find some time this past Fall to start updating my blog/website to a better format/design. I also have numerous topics which…

September 10, 2014 Cruise

As a graduation present to myself, I decided to take a vacation for part of the summer in Japan so that I could visit friends, brush up on my Japanese, and also take a short break before entering the real working world again. While exploring my options with tickets to…