10 Jan, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

More cable cars in Hokkaido? you got it. A quick daytrip from Sapporo, where I spent most of the last summer, is the lovely Niseko area, well known as a great ski resort. Since I love cable cars and just can’t get enough of them, when given the choice between going up the mountain for grand […]

9 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, the northern region of Japan. Aside from the wonderful cultural adventure of visiting Japan and the lovely scenic beauty of the region there was one thing that made Sapporo especially cool – it had a lot of cable cars. I think […]

8 Jan, 2017 in Brussels

Brussels isn’t very far away from Maastricht but until recently I mainly knew Brussels through its airport, nothing more. In my little sister’s visit to the area we decided it was time to visit Brussels, and I think we were both pleasantly surprised by the old center, the Christmas markets, and the variety of things […]

7 Jan, 2017 in Berlin

In my first ever short visit to Berlin I stayed in the museum island area, which features some of the Berlin highlights and world-class museums, which finally led to being added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Lots to see and do, and I did only a bit of all that this area has […]

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, […]

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