29 Mar, 2017 in Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful town well worth exploring, and one of the nicest ways to do that is take a boat ride through the canals. There are lots of tour companies that take tourists around, so you don’t have to plan too much, and just hope on one of those for an hour or so going […]

28 Mar, 2017 in Warsaw

Warsaw is a vibrant fast-growing modern city with lots to see and do, and yet, a visit to Warsaw (and Poland in general) is incomplete without addressing the past. The Poland story in the 20th century is a tragedy, being caught between aggressive powers that did not hesitate to bully, occupy, and divide Poland without […]

27 Mar, 2017 in Venice

Gorgeous Venice is mostly flat but there are a few old catherals rising up above all other buildings to offer you some spectacular views of Venice and the area. During my last day in Venice I queued up to go on to the Basilica di San Marco Observation deck. Small elevators and a very old building […]

26 Mar, 2017 in Brussels

Brussels is, in my humble opinion, and under appreciated city. I’m not sure why Brussels gets such a bad rep as a tourist destination, in the few visits that I did I found it quite charming. There are quite a few funky tourist attraction, but perhaps the most visually interesting, or challenging depending on your personal […]

25 Mar, 2017 in Sapporo
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I spent much of the last summer in Japan. The original plan was to roam around the Nagoya area, but with ~35c weather, I quickly changed plans and moved up north to spend most of my time in the lovely Sapporo in Hokkaido. The whole Hokkaido region is green and lush, and so Sapporo has […]

21 Mar, 2017 in Taipei

Taipei’s got a blooming cultural scene, with new cultural districts offering lots of cultural events, exhibitions, and art displays. In 2014 I made a cultural tour visit to Taipei and discovered a few new areas, and when I came back to visit in 2016 I went in for a quick revisit to see what was new […]

20 Mar, 2017 in Madrid

Madrid has a cable car near the city center that takes you out to the main Madrid park and nearby amusement parks. I generally like cable cars and the opportunity to see a city from above, even if it’s usually over-priced and there’s typically a long wait. The Madrid cable car may seem promising on […]

19 Mar, 2017 in Bristol

In 2001, I had a plan of visiting a friend in New York, with a British Airways flight stopping over in London. Then, 9/11 happened, and all flights to New York were cancelled for almost three weeks, leading to my first ever out-of-the-blue backpack trip through England. I had visited the UK before that, London […]

17 Mar, 2017 in Uncategorized
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The Reichstag Building is where the German parliament seats. It’s quite magnificent with very interesting history, and so it’s no surprise that this is one of the highlights of the visit to Berlin and considered one of the top tourist attractions. This is also why, if you want to visit, you need to book your […]

16 Mar, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While I was spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, the Otaru daytrip was promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it had ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would offer a bit of European […]

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