I have always, since being a teenager, been very hung up by Japan in general. It always seemed to me like such an amazing country with an interesting culture and great food. In addition, I was always fascinated by the high speed train system in Japan; the Shinkansen. According to Wikipedia, Japan was the first country in the world to build a dedicated high speed train rail. I have been lucky enough to visit Japan, and I even got to travel from Tokyo to Osaka on the Shinkansen. It is amazing, during the peak hours, the line between Tokyo and Osaka have up to 13 departures per hour (16 cars and a capacity of 1332 seats per departure), and transports some 150 million passengers per year.
Transportation is this weeks Travel theme at the Where’s my Backpack blog, and the below is the Shinkansen I got to ride from Tokyo to Osaka. A great experience!
The theme this week at the Where’s My Backpack blog is Circles. I came to think of the best pizza we ever had, in a small local pizzeria in a suburb of Genoa, Italy. The circles may be imperfect, but the pizza itself, and the slices of that magnificent mozzarella, was perfect for sure.
The Daily Post today announced a Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration. So, what inspires me? I guess I am a focused, hard-working person. One of the reasons why, is my daily moments where I drift away dreaming of the next time I get to jump off the dive boat to start exploring a new dive site. These moments really inspires me.
The travel theme at the Where’s My Backpack blog this week is Mystical. This to me is pretty mystical; get’s you wondering what is around the next corner.
Where’s my Backpack? is this week asking for photos with the theme of SOFT. I thought it was a tough challenge, but then found this photo from a winter a few years ago. This is from the northern parts of Sweden; Lappland.
We walked the Cinque Terre at the Italian Riviera a few years ago. A stunning place. This sun flower is from one of the villages, cannot remember which one now. But it seems like a good match for this weeks travel theme: Bright
My first Travel Theme entry! I do have a ot of photos of animals, but I realize most of them are either aquatic or from my “backyard”, so staying true to the theme of travel (and not only under water) I had to dig deep. Anyway, here goes.
(Challenge from: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/10/05/travel-theme-animals/).