Merge & Al's Excellent Adventures

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Underwater magic at Grand Turk Island

The Turks and Caicos (T&C) Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Cuba, and north of the Dominican Republic. …

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Does the egg salad sandwich at 7-Eleven Japan live up to the hype?

The short answer is yes.  I (Merge) have now been in Japan for 18 days, and I have not yet tried the (in)famous egg salad…

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Wacky, weird and wonderful Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s third largest city by population.  While the #1 Tokyo is known for its iconic modernization and the #2 Kyoto for its classic…

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Tantalizing Tokyo … religion and royalty

When you think about Japan, the first city that often comes to mind is Tokyo, its capital.  With almost 9 million inhabitants, is by far…

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Charming calming Kochi

Kochi, located in Shikoku, Japan, is a coastal city known for its historical significance and scenic coastal views. It offers a mix of cultural attractions…

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Volcanic encounters of the close kind!

Kagoshima, a city on the southern coast of Kyushu, Japan, is known for two things – its absolutely picturesque bay, and the nearby active volcano…

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Nagasaki – the day the Fat Man came …

Nagasaki is a port city located on the west side of Kyushu Island.  Starting in the 16th century and for almost four centuries, it greeted…

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Scenic Sasebo

As I (Merge) continued my travels around Japan on the MS Westerdam, we stopped for a day at the port of Sasebo, our first stop…

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Sakaiminato – Manga and anime on display

As the MS Westerdam circled its way around Japan, my (Merge’s) next stop was Sakaiminato, a coastal city located in the Tottori Prefecture.  The town…

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Sokcho, South Korea – just minutes from North Korea

Sokcho, located in the northeastern region of South Korea, is a coastal city nestled along the Sea of Japan. Most people visit because it serves…

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Hakodate – home of the Goryokaku Fort

Hakodate is one of the main cities on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Situated on the south coast, it is a port city with a rich…

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