Soon en route to Scottish Highlands for a winter trip. I have been there once in the summer and like it but did not fall in love with it. It usually takes for me a winter trip to fall in love with any place if it is meant to be. 

As the year ends. I realize that I spent only two months in Istanbul this year. It is a little sad how little I miss it when I am away. I miss home, people, food but never specifically Istanbul. I wish we took better care of this one of the historically most amazing cities in the World and made a modern urban place out of it as opposed to the current mess it is. 

This evening in Istanbul – a scene from my walk back home from a movie theater. It was nice to pay USD 3 for a movie compared to USD 14 that I paid in Japan about a month ago. Roma is a very fine movie, highly recommended. It is also on Netflix but – as a friend rightfully warned me – it definitely deserves a big screen viewing.

My cameras battery died suddenly because of below 0 temperature so I had to rely on my phone. Not a fan of Seoul in just one day but I hear it takes a lot more time. This is a quick shot from a bridge crossing.

I am sipping my coffee at 6am in Tokyo trying to finish some work before getting to Narita Airport for a quick trip to Seoul, South Korea. I am interested in observing the vibe of the recent wonder kid of Asia but it will be a very short trip (will get back to Tokyo for a final week before my flight to Istanbul) as I am not sure how I can survive under -10C weather with all the not so warm clothes I have with me. Yesterday was a good day in Tokyo, ran some errands but did it all by walking so I got to walk through number of parks and quite streets. I will soon report from South Korea. It is strange why my hands start typing North first whenever I need to type South Korea.

I`m in Tokyo for the weekend. I am this time (will be back for another week on the 12th before heading back to Istanbul) determined to get to better know this city. I will devote each day for a walk to different neighborhood – this one is a scene from Ueno today. A nice day, a nice weather and good walk.

I never had a consistent posting pattern on instagram. I will sometimes post everyday and sometimes once in five days. I sometimes don`t really have anything worthwhile to post but the inconsistency is more related to my ongoing battle with those platforms. My webpage makes me happy whereas the social media rarely has the same effect. I recently de-activated my Facebook and it is now one less open browser on my screen. If you have been following me, this blog and this section, which is almost daily updated are the best places to find me along with e-mail. I still keep my instagram account but switched to only desktop version so apologies if I don`t see your messages there on time.

This is my favorite walk in Yakushima – inner parts of Yakusugiland. If you have ever been there during rain, an ordinary or even a sunny day will never satisfy you. Along with a hike in Thailand under rain, this photo is from one of the visually most pleasing hikes that I have done in my life.

Kanazawa skyline. While the scenery is very important to me, I also always associate the places that I visit with a certain feeling and that feeling becomes the determining factor for a second visit, not the scenery. For Kanazawa, the feeling is gratitude and it is more than enough to warrant a second visit.