1 Jun, 2017 in Yangon

In blazing hot 37-40 degrees I set out to explore Yangon on foot. I started out from the Shwedagon Pagoda, without doubt the top attraction in Yangon, and then searched for the next thing to do in the area. Locals I talked to suggested the nearby park – Kandawgyi Park, which turned out to be quite […]

31 May, 2017 in Berlin

The complicated story of 20th century Berlin involves many nuances, with Berlin split between the western powers and Russia following the end of the second world war. For decades, Berlin was separated into East and West and was united around the time of the USSR collapse in 1989. Still, almost three decades, the differences between east […]

30 May, 2017 in Geneva

I arrived at Geneva early morning and had half a day to explore around before work called, and so a quick search indicated that the best place to get a view of Geneva and the region from above was Saint-Pierre Cathedral. It’s high on the central old town hill, and has old stairs going up to […]

24 May, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

In the last few days before leaving the scenic Hokkaido region in northern Japan I took a few quick day trips around Hokkaido to see the beauty of this island. One of those were to Lake Toya and the Showashinzan cable car, with gorgeous mountain-lake scenery and some breathtaking views overlooking the lake, the coast and nearby […]

23 May, 2017 in Vienna

Not sure why, but in my self-created memories of my visit to Vienna Austria as a kid there is a bit about us visiting Freud’s home. Whether my parents support this claim or not is almost irrelevant, if Freud has taught us anything it’s that our inner world guides much of how we think and […]

14 May, 2017 in Madrid

Toledo is a gorgeous mountain-top fortified city with a very rich history dating back the 2nd century BC, passing through the hands of many different regional powers. One of the fascinating things to see in Toledo is how they’ve built on this history to boost up tourism, and one of the prime examples is the local […]

13 May, 2017 in Yangon

The number one highlight of Yangon in Burma is the Shwedagon Pagoda. Digs in the area suggest that this worship site dates back as far as 6-10th century BC. This (possibly) 3000 years old Pagoda is the most sacred place in Burma, and includes various relics linked with important Buddhist figures. It’s also a place for families […]

10 May, 2017 in Gdansk
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To wrap up the posts about my visit to Gdansk in Poland last year, I’ll take you through the main highlight in Gdansk – the old city. It’s very Polish and colorful, taking you back hundreds of years to the medieval times. Like many of the Polish treasures, this city was hit hard in the second […]

9 May, 2017 in Warsaw

When visiting Warsaw I had a flat not too far away from the central train station, which is about 20-30 minutes walk from the old center of Warsaw. Turns out that on that route there’s the old Nożyk Jewish synagogue which somehow managed to survive the second world war. It dates back the the end […]

7 May, 2017 in Sapporo

During the summer I spent in Hokkaido one of my favorite things was to go up the cable cars. The Hokkaido region is perfect for that, with high mountains surrounding the urban regions. During the freezing winters, all those mountains become ski slopes, but during the summer, they make for some spectacular observation decks down […]

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