9 Dec, 2016 in Amsterdam
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Lots of great museums in Amsterdam, from world-class art museums (Rijksmuseum), local history museum (e.g., Anne Frank, Jewish museum, Canal House museum), to funky beer museums (e.g., Heineken). The Stedelijk Museum falls into the first category, grouped together in the Amsterdam Museum District, this one is meant for modern and contemporary art and design. With all […]

7 Dec, 2016 in Berlin

Just before heading back after a quick weekend getaway to Berlin, I had an hour or so to burn, and so was looking for something quick in my hotel area that could help me gain further insights into the peculiarities of Berlin. There’s no shortage of those. There are reminders for the complexities of the Berlin […]

6 Dec, 2016 in Taipei

One of the greatest things to do in Taipei is to visit one of the many crazy night markets. Sure, there are night markets in other countries, but nothing comes close to the intensity of the Taiwanese night markets. It’s a phenomenon one has to experience to fully grasp the extremity of Taiwanese food culture. […]

5 Dec, 2016 in Dusseldorf
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If you’re looking for a good place to get a feel for Dusseldorf Germany from above then head straight to the imposing Rhine Tower Rheinturm. You can’t miss it. It’s that futuristic missile rockety thingy at the heart of Dusseldorf overlooking the Rhine river. Dusseldorf perhaps isn’t the most beautiful city, but from above with […]

2 Dec, 2016 in Sintra
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The Portuguese Sintra, is a wonderful getaway from Lisbon with world class attractions. Of all the Sintra attractions I visited, the nicest was the Castelo dos Mouros, or Castle of the Moors, a medieval castle built by the Moors in the 8th century over an imposing hilltop. A UNESCO heritage site, this fort has it all, incredible […]

1 Dec, 2016 in Cardiff
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Recently, I had my first chance to visit Wales, while I was making a short stop at Bristol in the UK, and so decided to do a quick detour and go see a part of the UK I haven’t been to before. Though things still look, well, British, you quickly notice the differences, mainly the […]

30 Nov, 2016 in Sapporo
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I planned to do this summer roaming through southern Japan following a conference, but once I was there it became clear this was a flawed plan. At temperatures of ~36c, there’s very little that you can do in terms of travel. So, without any prior planning I decided to head up to the northern region […]

29 Nov, 2016 in Taipei
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In my recent visit to Taipei I went back to the newly renovated Huashan 1914 Taipei area to see a few of the funky exhibitions taking place. One new attraction is the very engaging Upside Down House, a house that was built upside down, helping you take some really odd photos to amaze and amuse your […]

23 Nov, 2016 in Gdansk
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How did the soviet union collapse? Yeah, been wondering about that too. On my recent visit to Poland the story told was that it all started in Gdansk, with the solidarity movement and a very eager political activist by the name of Lech Walesa. Back in the 1980s the workers of the Lenin Shipyard in […]

22 Nov, 2016 in Nagoya
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I spent most of the last summer in Japan. It started from a big conference that took place in Nagoya, and after realizing it’s scorching hot I made my way up to Hokkaido in the north to try and cool down a bit. Although it was unbearably hot in Nagoya, I tried to make the […]

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