12 Oct, 2016 in Ghent, Visions
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Over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a nearby city I’ve been meaning to go see for a long time – Ghent. It’s a charming old town, filled with canals and cathedrals, with a laid back bohemian feel to it, lots of options for drinks and food, music and culture everywhere. It was […]

11 Oct, 2016 in Nagoya
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Nagoya in southern Japan is famous for its automobile car industry, and Toyota is one of the most famous Japanese global brands. One of the highlights in Nagoya is to visit the Toyota factory and technology-industry museums to learn a bit of the history and current state of this successful company. I wasn’t sure what […]

8 Oct, 2016 in London
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Last winter I took a weekend trip to gloomy London to relive old memories and revisit old familiar spots. I spent a day walking around central London and the main sites. Join me for a walk?   Westminster Abbey…     St James’s Park…     Piccadilly street…     Piccadilly Circus…     Towards Trafalgar Square… […]

7 Oct, 2016 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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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 […]

2 Oct, 2016 in Eindhoven
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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