Frolicking in fields of flowers, aka: Tesselaar Tulip Festival

I haven’t had a chance to make it out to the Tesselaar tulip festival this year (though there’s one weekend left and I’m hopeful!) but I got a chance to go last year and loved it. Tulips are my favourite flowers. I lived in Japan for a year and loved the cherry and plum blossoms but I also completely fell for tulips (I’ve written about … Continue reading Frolicking in fields of flowers, aka: Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Hunting for the Aurora Australis (and failing but having a blast anyway!)

I was lucky enough to get to head down to Tasmania recently (specifically to Hobart) for a conference in early July this year. I’m currently in the final stages of a PhD looking at transmission of bacterial pathogens using genome sequencing, so that was what the conference was vaguely based around, or at least parts of it. While the conference itself was pretty interesting, travelling … Continue reading Hunting for the Aurora Australis (and failing but having a blast anyway!)

Nabana no Sato winter illumination (or: the most fairy lights you’ll ever see!)

Nabana no sato flower park in Mie prefecture (Japan) has to be one of the most brilliantly coloured places I’ve ever been. During the day (in the right seasons) park is filled with thousands of gorgeously coloured flowers, including fields upon fields of tulips. At night, over Winter (usually slightly longer than Winter; November til March) they hold Japan’s biggest and longer illumination, involving millions … Continue reading Nabana no Sato winter illumination (or: the most fairy lights you’ll ever see!)

Wakakusa Yamayaki

Wakakusa Yamayaki is by far one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in Japan.ย The big Buddha (Daibutsu) in Todaiji (the largest wooden building in the world, and is only a fraction of the size of the original!) , and Kinkakuji (a pavilion covered in gold leaf) areย definitely amazing to see, but Wakakusa Yamayaki is something else. It’s a festival… ..during which a mountain gets … Continue reading Wakakusa Yamayaki