12 Jun, 2018 in Peloponnese, Visions

One of the oldest ruin sites that we visited in Greece was Mycenae to the east of the Peloponnese. Dating back as far as the 18th century BC the Mycenae served as a regional stronghold overlooking the region from a mountain top. There are ruins, and not much is left standing, still there is enough that with a […]

11 Jun, 2018 in Nicaragua

Some of the greatest attractions in Nicaragua are about volcanoes. There are active volcanoes in Nicaragua that you can get very close to. Typically, like in the Masaya Volcano I visited coming up from Granada on the way to Leon, Exposure time is limited to 15 minutes, tightly controlled, and after going through some basic […]

9 Jun, 2018 in Busan, Visions

To escape my destiny (aging and birthdays, you know…), I made a quick getaway from Hong Kong to try and find a place in the region I’ve never been to before, Busan in the southern part of South Korea. As usual with me recently, I did absolutely no homework, and so arrived blank slate with […]

7 Jun, 2018 in Kaunas

My last stop on my quick weekend getaway from the Netherlands to Lithuania after visiting Trakai was Kaunas, where I flew back from. I spent a few hours exploring the central are of the city on foot. First, the main Vilniaus street, with various eating and shopping options, from the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica and nearby Kaunas City […]

6 Jun, 2018 in Suzhou, Visions

It’s been almost 6 years since I last visited Suzhou and the city of Suzhou has changed dramatically. Sure, you have the old areas with the canals (unjustifiably promoted as “Venice of the east”) which we all know of, but then you have the amazing new area surrounding the lake. That area, to me, signifies […]

5 Jun, 2018 in Kandy, Visions

Unexpectedly, Sri Lanka was my last official stop in Sri Lanka. As I was exiting the botanical gardens ~3 hours walk my driver pointed to what seemed like a mass army presence and announced that a curfew was to take place in an hour following riots between the Muslims and the Buddhists and that we […]

5 Jun, 2018 in Granada

Was looking for something fun to do near Granada and someone mentioned to me I should head down to the east coast a short drive from Granada to check out Isletas de Granada, the small islands of Granada where the Nicaraguan expat wealthy have turned small islands into small kingdoms. You bargain a bit for a […]

22 May, 2018 in Zurich

One of the nicest hikes I’ve done in the previous year was the  Stoos, with an impressive break-taking “hike” on the mountain ridge overlooking glorious snow-top mountains and clear water lakes. With gondola cable-car and ski-lifts taking you up all the way, it’s as easy as can be, making this possibly the best easy hike […]

16 May, 2018 in Lijiang, Visions

Roaming around Yunnan I visited most of the obvious tourist destinations, starting from Kunming, then Dali, and finally Lijiang. What I didn’t plan, but found a delightful surprise, was an ancient water town about 30 minutes north-west of Lijiang called Shuhe which I visited to escape the endless tourist crowds visiting the very same destinations. […]

14 May, 2018 in Cienfuegos

I arrive in Cienfuegos without a plan, last minute down from Havana, and made my first stop at the Airbnb to leave my luggauge. I was greeted with a cold lemonade, a quick overview explanation of what’s available in the area. After figuring things out in the Cienfuegos area, I was heading town towards Trinidad and asked […]

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