30 Dec, 2018 in Yearly summaries

So what did 2018 look like?   After over 3 years of being away from Asia, being based in North American and Europe, I returned to Hong Kong, to take the next step in my professional career. I enjoyed my life in Europe very much, and was already very familiar with Hong Kong, so was […]

After my visit to Turin northern Italy, I took a short road trip up to the northern mountains, before heading down to Genoa. I have heard it’s a nice ride, but nothing prepared me for the spectacular views of that region.  Sacra di San Michele, up high, is the perfect observation point for the mountains and […]

29 Dec, 2018 in Helsinki
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Much to see and do in Helsinki, but one of the nicest things I did was to take a short boat trip to one of the outlaying islands to explore some of the local history with the Suomenlinna fortress, and 18th century defensive island protecting Helsinki from invasions. There are a few stops for the boat […]

I have a slight obsession with cable cars, if I’m visiting somewhere, one of the first things I look for is whether they have a cable car or an observation deck. Coming in to Busan without doing much homework, I googled that, and quickly found that  there’s the Song Marine Cable Car from Songdo Beach, that goes […]

I love specialty museums. I’m so tired of the same old typical museums in each city that every time I run into something different, I’m ecstatic. In a recent trip to Japan to the Fukuoka region, I did a quick trip to the nearby Kitakyushu and while on the bus from one cable car to another […]

25 Dec, 2018 in Dali, Visions

Yunnan province in China remains one of the best trips I’ve ever done in China, and I’ve done plenty in China. One of the unexpected treats was Dali, specifically the gorgeous old town and my visit to the huge mountains nearby. I’m a sucker for cable cars, and Dali offered one of the most amazing […]

25 Dec, 2018 in Kagoshima, Visions

On my last visit to Japan I visited a new region. Kagoshima is down on the south western part of Japan, an area with lots of volcano mountains, which together with the Japanese islands landscape offers some spectacular scenery. In Japan this also means hotsprings and spa, which the Japanese know how to do very […]

25 Dec, 2018 in Visions, Zhuhai

In late 2018 China opened the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuahi bridge, the longest bridge in the world and an archaeological wonder. I’ve been to Macau many times, but I’ve never visited Zhuhai, so opening of the bridge gave me the opportunity to experience the bridge and see a new place. Zhuhai exceeded my very low expectations. Sure, […]

25 Dec, 2018 in Quang Nam Province, Visions

I recently made a nostalgia visit to Hoi An Vietnam after 13 years of being away. Although I stayed in Hoi An for 2 months, I did very little to explore Danang, which back then seemed to me like a big boring and “expensive” city, compared to the Hoi An little town charm. During this […]

I recently made a nostalgia trip to Vietnam, after 13 years of being away. Long ago, in 2005, I was backpacking through south-east Asia, and somehow got stuck for 2 months in the little town of Hoi An. The only reason I left was that my visa ran out. There was a special charm to […]

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