31 Dec, 2016 in Yearly summaries

What did 2016 look like? The year 2016 marked my transition to European life. After ~10 years mostly spent in Asia and the US, I moved to the Netherlands. It’s been a terrific year, both personally and professionally. The new location in Europe offered great new opportunities for travel around Europe, with new adventures in […]

31 Dec, 2016 in Madrid, Visions

Been meaning to visit Madrid for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the holidays this year that I finally had a chance to make it. On the first night of my arrival I was pretty overwhelmed, the whole city was overrun by tourists, with the big squares featuring holiday markets and huge Christmas trees, […]

30 Dec, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit. After starting my adventures at Malaga, I rented a car and headed up the mountains north-west through the white villages and cliff-hanging towns – Ronda and Zahara – to finally arrive at Seville. Although I was unprepared about Seville and had very limited time, some of my […]

30 Dec, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit. After starting my adventures at Malaga, I rented a car and headed up the mountains to the north-west towards Seville to visit some of the white villages and cliff-hanging towns – Ronda and Zahara. The road up is long and winding through some beautiful mountainous coastal […]

29 Dec, 2016 in Southern Spain, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit, starting my adventures in the southern city of Malaga. It’s a charming coastal town, with an imposing fortress on a hilltop overlooking the entire region, with some picturesque mountains in the background. The entire center has been cleared for pedestrians and is filled with bars, […]

28 Dec, 2016 in Madrid, Visions

Visited Spain during holiday time to warm up a bit, venturing into a new area of central Spain that I haven’t been to yet. While visiting Madrid, I took a quick daytrip to Toledo without doing any prior homework, and had the most wonderful surprise. Although the day started out foggy, with almost zero visibility, […]

13 Dec, 2016 in Venice

If you get a bit tired of the heavy tourist traffic in Venice and want to cool off a bit somewhere more quiet then a boat trip to Murano Island could be just the thing. A short trip on the gorgeous water ways and with some of the remarkable Venice landscapes in the background, and […]

12 Dec, 2016 in Ghent
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One of the highlights of beautiful Ghent is the medieval 12th century Gravensteen castle at the heart of the old town. If you want to get a sense of the crusaders’ sense of justice and prison system, especially if you’re fascinated by the various means by which a person can be tortured, this is the place […]

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 […]

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