Author: Julia

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

In 1999, a few girlfriends and I decided to take our very first international post-college trip to Europe.  We had no idea how to go on our own, so we booked a bus tour that would take us across seven countries in a span of…

A Lesson On How Not To Get Scammed From People Who Got Scammed

A Lesson On How Not To Get Scammed From People Who Got Scammed

From the moment we strap on our backpacks, tell the cats we love them and to behave themselves, and head out to the airport, an invisible target appears on our backs.  We are now tourists and therefore a target to every tourist scam in the…

NAKED     BATH      JAPANESE     GIRLS

NAKED BATH JAPANESE GIRLS

It’s always interesting for me to see which of our posts get more traction and which barely a trickle of visitors.  I often find it to be completely unpredictable when some of my own favorite posts fly under the radar (example 1, 2, 3) while uninspired…

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

There Is Always Room for More: Exploring Japanese Cuisine. Part II

My last post was all noodles – soba, udon, ramen, but there is so much more to Japanese culinary traditions.  To expand our food horizons, we visited Dotombori street in Osaka.  The name “Dotombori” refers both to the Dotombori Canal and to Dotombori Street which…