Beijing bites: the Great Wall

Spontaneous trips for Indian citizens are pretty much out of the question due to visa formalities, but that was pretty much what this trip was. Gotta love Malaysian Airlines promotions – we bought our tickets before even having a look to see whether Beijing was worth the trip. Beijing is a six-hour flight from Kuala…

Nakamise-dori, the Skytree and Sumida River

Nakamise shopping street is THE place for souvenirs. The street is located in Asakusa, and the entrance to Nakamise-dori is marked by a large gate (known as Kaminarimon) with a well-decorated bell on top. Past the gate are rows and rows of tiny shops and stalls that sell everything from Japanese souvenirs to ice cream…

Tokyo travels: the initial stages

2013 was a busy year. So much was happening that when one day in March, when I randomly scrolled through my firm’s calendar for August and saw three days of public holidays in a row, I told myself ‘that’s it. Holiday. Book. Now.’ A quick scan of Air Asia told me what I needed to…