23 Sep, 2017 in Limburg

The summer highlight for the Limburg region are the many music festivals in the area. This year I went to Pukkelpop in Hasselt, about 30mins from Maastricht, for a day of music, and got to see London Grammar, Bastille, George Ezra, Hasley (?), and others. The event was very well organized and laid out, lots […]

23 Sep, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

While spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkadio, at the northern region of Japan, I made a number of daytrips to explore a bit of the mountainous region of Furano. I ended up in a mountainous cultural village Ningle Terrance located next to fancy hotsprings of the New Furano Prince Hotel Onsen with a nearby cable car, the […]

22 Sep, 2017 in Liege

A quick getaway from Maastricht to the south across the Belgium border, about half an hour from Liege, are the Les Grottes de Remouchamps, hidden stalactites underground caves and underground rivers with guided tours and boat rides taking you through the complex underground system. There’s typically no English available, but for some reason when I was visiting […]

21 Sep, 2017 in Sicily

My last day in lovely Sicily included a visit to the gorgeous Mondello, very close to Palermo. Clear waters, fluffy white sand, and mountains rising in the background, as far as crowded Mediterranean sea beaches go, this is one great beach. Was a bit crowded when we were there, but still was pleasant overall, if you […]

15 Sep, 2017 in Bagan

While touring Burma I made my way to Bagan to do a two-days temple run. The first day I spent walking on foot around the temples in the old Bagan area (see temple run day 1 Part 1 and Part 2). On the second day I had an electric scooter, so that made life easier, […]

14 Sep, 2017 in Vienna

To wrap up my conference trip to Vienna, I’ll take you on a walking tour I did on the last two days around the Vienna canals, parks, and university area. The two days had very different weather, so you’ll be able to see rainy and cloudy Vienna and blue-skies Vienna.   Shall we?   Canals […]

12 Sep, 2017 in Sapporo

One of the most interesting attractions in Sapporo is an open-air Historical Village of Hokkaido museum on the eastern side of the city featuring 50+ historical buildings from all over the northern Japanese region of Hokkaido from the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japan (1868 – 1926) to take you back in time to a […]

7 Sep, 2017 in Taipei

Near the Taipei 101, once the tallest building in the world, is a historical KMT army village that was turned into a culture village – the Four Four South Village. Long ago I wrote about the disappearing Taiwanese Juan Cun culture and some of what I discovered of what little is left from those KMT villages. […]

6 Sep, 2017 in Lodz

Piotrkow Trybunalski is a small Polish town, about an hour train ride from Lodz. There’s nothing very particular about it, it’s off the beaten track, and not what you’d consider a tourist destination, yet I was there to explore some of the Jewish history in the city and understand a bit about their lives when […]

30 Aug, 2017 in Malaga

Last Christmas I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely Spanish Malaga. Lots to see and do in the city, and I managed to see most of the main highlights, the old historic center,  Palmeral De Las Sorpresas with a boat trip, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and even Noria Mirador Princess ferris wheel. But the biggest attractions of […]

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