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
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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
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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 […]

6 Dec, 2016 in Taipei
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One of the greatest things to do in Taipei is to visit one of the many crazy night markets. Sure, there are night markets in other countries, but nothing comes close to the intensity of the Taiwanese night markets. It’s a phenomenon one has to experience to fully grasp the extremity of Taiwanese food culture. […]

5 Dec, 2016 in Dusseldorf
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If you’re looking for a good place to get a feel for Dusseldorf Germany from above then head straight to the imposing Rhine Tower Rheinturm. You can’t miss it. It’s that futuristic missile rockety thingy at the heart of Dusseldorf overlooking the Rhine river. Dusseldorf perhaps isn’t the most beautiful city, but from above with […]

2 Dec, 2016 in Sintra
Castelo dos Mouros Sintra Portugal (13)

The Portuguese Sintra, is a wonderful getaway from Lisbon with world class attractions. Of all the Sintra attractions I visited, the nicest was the Castelo dos Mouros, or Castle of the Moors, a medieval castle built by the Moors in the 8th century over an imposing hilltop. A UNESCO heritage site, this fort has it all, incredible […]

1 Dec, 2016 in Cardiff
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Recently, I had my first chance to visit Wales, while I was making a short stop at Bristol in the UK, and so decided to do a quick detour and go see a part of the UK I haven’t been to before. Though things still look, well, British, you quickly notice the differences, mainly the […]

30 Nov, 2016 in Sapporo
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I planned to do this summer roaming through southern Japan following a conference, but once I was there it became clear this was a flawed plan. At temperatures of ~36c, there’s very little that you can do in terms of travel. So, without any prior planning I decided to head up to the northern region […]

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