1 Jul, 2017 in Southern Spain

Between Malaga and Seville up in the mountains and close to national parks (Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema) is the lovely old town of Ronda. Dating back to the 9th century BC (yes, BC, not AD), it’s one of the region’s oldest towns and has seen all conquerors and rulers. The mountainous […]

30 Jun, 2017 in Vienna

My tour of Vienna started with the area next to the conference center, following the end of the conference I was attending, and so I set out to get grand views of Austria from above in the Danube Tower Donauturm and walk around the nearby park.  The views from up there are spectacular, especially on a clear […]

29 Jun, 2017 in Rotterdam

I recently visited Rotterdam for a quick visit to see Erasmus University on a weekend. Dutch academia is doing very well, and Erasmus is one of the more modern Dutch universities that has been climbing up the world rankings, especially when it comes to the business school. It’s young, diverse, English friendly, and quite international. […]

28 Jun, 2017 in Malaga

To wrap up the visit to Malaga, no summary is complete without mentioning the old historic center. The apartment I had was very close to the center, and so I had plenty of opportunities, day and night, to walk around and explore. It’s quite lovely, all pedestrian area, lots of cool restaurants and bars, with […]

27 Jun, 2017 in Ghent

Ghent is one of Belgium’s top city attractions, featuring a charming old town center, filled with canals and cathedrals, with a laid back bohemian feel, plus lots of options for drinks and food, with music and culture everywhere. During my very short visit I strolled around a lot, did a boat trip around the main […]

26 Jun, 2017 in Lodz, Visions

Up till a year ago, I have seen very little of Poland aside from a trip at a very young age that I barely remember. In the year since, I’ve seen quite a bit of Poland – Poznan, Warsaw, and Gdansk. My most recent visit was to the Lodz area, to explore a bit of […]

25 Jun, 2017 in Lausanne

I was invited to visit Lausanne University located at the western side of beautiful Lausanne and so took the opportunity to take a long stroll along the Geneva lake all the way back to the old town. What a stunning area, lucky students and faculty, lucky locals. A clear water lake, wonderful beaches, fresh breeze, […]

22 Jun, 2017 in Bonn

Around this time last year I made a quick daytrip during a very hectic month to see the nearby Bonn. During that time there was a hot-air balloon festival taking place at the Rheinaue Park, a large park at the center of Bonn, although there were only setting up when I visited. I took a stroll […]

20 Jun, 2017 in Maastricht

Like caves and tunnels? Then Maastricht is just the place for you. In this very small area of the Limburg province in the southern part of Netherlands are an endless array of tunnels dug deep into the regional hills. You don’t get many hills in the Netherlands, and since they’re made from lime stone they’re […]

16 Jun, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

I spent the last summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, and was looking for daytrips from Sapporo. Otaru was a daytrip promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it featured ‘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 […]

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