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Happy birthday, Alice Cooper!

alice cooper

Alice Cooper was only 70 years old when I took this photo five months ago.

@RealAliceCooper @hurricanenita @JacksonCasino #AliceCooper #TDIM @ThisDayInMETAL

View from the castle

Peering out the window of Inuyama Castle

I initially wanted to go to Inuyama to watch cormorant fishing. However, the only day I could go did not have cormorant fishing because of the fireworks show on the same river at night. I went anyway as the next best thing to watching cormorant fishing is an awesome fireworks display with a castle in the background.

Today’s photo comes from said castle, and the boats you see in the bottom of the photo are the ones people watch the cormorant fishing from.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

@bluelagoonis #BlueLagoonIceland @Icelandair #mystopover

Later this month I’ll be booking my tickets for Europe this summer. If my flight goes through Iceland on my way to Copenhagen, again, I will likely spend a couple nights north of Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon won’t be on my agenda this year. Instead I’ll try to get to places like the fjords in the northwestern part of Iceland. Any suggestions for particular “must sees”?

Another possibility is a couple nights in Frankfurt, Germany on my way in. Any fans of Frankfurt who would encourage that option? I’ve been to Berlin but only the airport in Frankfurt.

Old stomping grounds

Aerial view of Oakland

#oakland

Today’s photo comes from 2017, when we were on our way to Hawaii via San Francisco. However, it’s a photo of territory I frequented far more often in my earlier years.

You can see the Oakland Coliseum, my home away from home during my first 19 years of life, in the very center of this photograph. The “island” in front of Oakland (now actually attached to Oakland, yet part of Alameda, thanks to landfill) is Bay Farm Island, and the San Leandro Bay is the water between the two. We used to drive up Doolittle Drive on Christmas Eve every year to eat at Alameda’s Acapulco restaurant. I also rode my bike up Doolittle to the stadium sometimes. My house was a few miles to the right of this photo.

You can also see some of the runways for the Oakland Airport in this photo. Fun fact: the Oakland Airport was the first airport in the continental U.S. to offer flights to Hawaii. My first flight to Hawaii was from Oakland, but my flight on this day was out of SFO.

Carlsberg district

Carlsberg District

Today’s photo comes from my neighborhood in Copenhagen in 2017. I would bike home from work via a different route each time so as to fully take in the neighborhood. The houses were lovely and the streets were fun for biking. I looked up the cost of houses on this particular street, and they started at about USD $4 million. I lived in an apartment on the other side of the church (The Jesus Church which was funded by Brewer Carl Jacobsen, co-founder of the Carlsberg Breweries) in today’s photo.

169 tatami room

新別殿

#tea #japan #tatami #koyasan #kongobuji

Rooms in Japan are frequently measured by the number of tatami. 4.5-tatami rooms are common and are the norm for tea rooms. 8-tatami rooms are considered large. However, on this day I sat in a 169-tatami room sipping tea by myself.

This room is known as the “New Temple Annex” (新別殿) in Kongobuji. I’m guessing on most days the room has dozens of tourists in it so this photo was a rare opportunity to capture the room vacant.

Besides having one of the largest tea rooms in Japan, Kongobuji also has the largest rock garden.

And if that isn’t enough to get you to Kongobuji the next time you are on Koyasan, you can head over to the Willow Room to see where Toyotomi Hidetsugu, and several of his wakashu (若衆), were ordered to commit suicide.

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