2 Oct, 2016 in Eindhoven

On a gloomy winter Friday, I headed up from Maastricht to Eindhoven to attend  a workshop at the Eindhoven Institute of Technology (EIT). Before that trip up I knew very little about this institute and only caught a glimpse of it on the train ride when near the Eindhoven train station. Turns out that this institute […]

1 Oct, 2016 in Warsaw
Taras Widokowy Palace of Culture Science Warsaw Poland-003

My first stop in Warsaw was the Palace of Culture and Science near the main train station. On the way I could already see the grand building from afar and as I drove closer the building emerged in full glory. The area surrounding the train station features some of Warsaw’s funkiest architecture, but most of it is […]

29 Sep, 2016 in Lisbon

If you’re visiting Lisbon it’s very likely that at some point you’ll hit the Praca do Comercio, the historical commercial center of Lisbon. Lots of things to see and do in the area, and the plaza is spectacular, but to really be able to experience it you should head up the Rua Augusta Arch and look […]

28 Sep, 2016 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions

My recent summer was mostly spent in Asia, with the longest time spent in Japan. Since it was boiling hot down in central Japan, I made an unexpected change in my plans and went up to Hokkaido, to see a bit of the wonderful scenic north and cool down a bit on the mountains. I […]

27 Sep, 2016 in Sintra
Quinta da Regaleira Sintra Portugal (3)

Sintra is a gorgeous getaway trip from Lisbon in Portugal. It combines many lovely attractions to keep every type of tourist happy, old forts, scenic views, nature hikes, funky estates, castles, and an old Portugese town with cafes and shopping. The last attraction I visited in Sintra before heading back to Lisbon was the Quinta da […]

26 Sep, 2016 in Daytrips from Sapporo

A nice weekend or daytrip from Sapporo towards the east of Hokkaido is the Furano-Biei area with some gorgeous natural scenery and local culture. One of the examples for a fascinating natural phenomenon is the over-commercialized Blue Pond near Biei. It’s basically a pond, which due to minerals dissolved in the water looks bright blue. Getting there […]

22 Sep, 2016 in Limburg
Museum Romeinse Katakomben Valkenburg (33)

20 minutes from Maastricht towards the east is the hilly area of Valkenburg, with some odd attractions. Turns out, that the uncommon Dutch hills were used for all sorts of strange ventures. In some instances, local entrepreneurs just dug the hills for building materials and through that created a large array of underground tunnels, later […]

20 Sep, 2016 in East coast, Visions

It’s been a few years since I last visited Taiwan, and it’s been even longer since I last visited the area around Keelung. My former visits were very memorable and arriving in Taiwan I was filled with nostalgia about almost everything I saw. On my last days before heading out not knowing when I’ll be […]

19 Sep, 2016 in Vancouver
Simon Fraser campus : Vancouver

Last year I came in to Vancouver to attend a professional event taking place during the summer. I made a very late decision to come, and so the hotels were running insane rates with very low availability. To my relief, a former-classmate friend who is now working at Simon Fraser invited me to come stay […]

16 Sep, 2016 in Bocas del toro

To wrap up my posts about my getaway trip to Panama last year, the final post is about a wonderful boat-trip from Bocas del Toro to nearby islands to do some dolphin watching. In two little fishermen boats we went to dolphins bay where dolphins like to come hang out. For the entire duration of our visit […]

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