The Amateur Traveler talks to Andrew Dye about the Island of Kyushu, the southern island in Japan.
Kyushu is one of the warmer parts of Japan. Nagasaki is probably the best-known city on the island for its tragic history as the second city targeted with an atomic bomb. The island has is green and hilly with a number of active volcanos. Andrew and his wife had a chance to visit a number of museums, the peace park in Nagasaki, visit a volcano, be buried in hot and take in a local soccer game. They toured its large cities but also headed into the countryside.
Nagasaki, at one time, was the only port that was open to foreign traders where they were confined to a small island. For 200 years as new ideas came to Japan from outside they often came through Nagasaki. Goods like coffee, chocolate, and beer as they first came into Japan came through this port. There is now a museum of history and culture that explains this history.
The island of Kyushu is a little bit bigger than the country of Belgium and a little bit smaller than the state of Maryland and easy to navigate by train. The train stations are often large and built into local malls.
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It was with some apprehension that I listened to your podcast recently, as I’ve previously found American radio to be rather more nonsense than information. Not so with yours, I’m glad to say. Now that I’ve found you, I’m keen to listen to lots more on my iPod as I do my daily walk. My initial choice was David Grenewetzki ‘s first trip to India, which I thought was great.Then I managed to find one on Burma. Yippee! Now that the country is opening up, I’m sure there will plenty of people who are keen to travel there.
I’m planning a trip to Burma in November and have now listened to the one episode I found on that country. However, there is plenty of scope for another program, visiting different places and perhaps giving more detail about getting around and other things to do in the cities, particularly for a traveler who isn’t on a guided tour. I’d like to hear from someone who’s been on the Irrawaddy River boat between Mandalay and Bagan, and also the slow train through the hills between Kalaw and Inle Lake. Perhaps the caves at Pindaya. Also, the pitfalls of finding a suitable budget guesthouse and things like that. I really like all those little tips that are so important. For instance, are the boats on Inle Lake likely to tip over and ruin my good camera! How can one tell if the cheap hotel has bed-bugs! What drinking options are available if the water is dodgy. And most people love to hear about the food of any country. When travelling to very poor countries, it’s good to know what little gifts the villagers would appreciate from an affluent country. I believe the Burmese children would love to receive papers and pencils, which they can’t afford. In Bali I found the poor women wanted my lipstick.
There could be a lot more useful little tips on your tip tab rather than focussing on electronics etc., none of which a person like me would take away. What to look for when buying a backpack and how to keep things safe are also good things to know. As I’m new to these podcasts, it’s more than likely that you’ve covered all these things before; if so I will discover as I make my way through them, and I apologise in advance for the advice.
Looking forward to listening to many more episodes, and thank you so more for a very worthwhile program.