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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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During my second day visiting Poznan in Poland I wanted to make the most of a beautiful day and try and see something a bit further away from the central old town, possibly experience more of the local life with fewer tourists. Over on the east side of Poznan I found a large artificial lake area […]

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In my last visit to Hong Kong after over two years of being away I stayed in the Shau Kei Wan very local area. That’s where I discovered the Sai Wan Ho ferry pier where you can take ferries to places I’ve never been or rarely visited in Hong Kong before. One such place was Tung Lung […]

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While I was visiting Hong Kong I ran into an old schoolmate who invited me to come visit her department at the University of Macau, and so I had a chance to see Macau again. Macau is a really small place, and I’ve visited a few times, and so I was wondering if there was […]

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On my last day before leaving Taiwan on my recent summer visit I was looking for something I haven’t done yet, possibly with a fresh view of Taipei. The Miramar Park ferris wheel has been there fore a long time, but I never got around to trying it out, and so to say my farewells […]

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Berlin has been on my GOTO list for a long time. Many of the people I meet who have heard a bit about my travels kept asking whether I’ve been to Berlin yet. Having moved to the Netherlands, and having visited quite a few German cities, it was only a matter of time before I would make […]

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