We stumbled upon Hogsback, which lies in the Amathole (Xhosa for ‘calves’) mountains of the Eastern Cape, without having planned it. It was amidst another uncertain lockdown with some provincial closures, schools closed and uncertainty around whether we should even be travelling. We missed the main road into Hogsback and
Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.