The medieval Castle of Castellar de la Frontera is sitting, proudly on the heights of the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales, in the Cadix province. The road from Algeciras is winding, even a little bit dangerous with its hairpin turns. From afar, the stone towers are quite impressive. I don’t know this yet, but the true jewels lie within the walls. Because this XIIIth Century castle isn’t really a castle.
The very reason why I came to Japan in the first place before flying to New Zealand is called Noriko. She is my penpal, whom I met via the Postcrossing website since last August 2014. When I wrote her about my WHV plans, she wrote me back that I would be welcome in her house in Matsumoto. As crazy as it seems, I believed her. So, here I am, a few months later, meeting in real life my friend Noriko. She is such a nice and loveable person and has a lot of plans for me to enjoy Japan. Amongst them: the Matsumoto Castle.