1 Nov, 2018 in Lijiang

Shuhe was a delightful unexpected surprise, a recommendation I received when I was visiting Lijiang, to get away from the tourist crowds. A 30min taxi toward the northwest, and you’re there. It’s an ancient water town offering tranquility, peace, and quiet. A bit like Lijiang, it also offers long winding alleys with small water canals, […]

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 […]

6 Oct, 2017 in Utrecht, Visions

Been in the Netherlands for about two years, passed by Utrecht lots of times from the south going up to Amsterdam, but never really took the time to go around and explore. The closest was during my parents trip, but even then we just did a quick walk and grabbed a bite, and didn’t even […]

27 Jun, 2017 in Ghent

Ghent is one of Belgium’s top city attractions, featuring a charming old town center, filled with canals and cathedrals, with a laid back bohemian feel, plus lots of options for drinks and food, with music and culture everywhere. During my very short visit I strolled around a lot, did a boat trip around the main […]

16 Jun, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

I spent the last summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, and was looking for daytrips from Sapporo. Otaru was a daytrip promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it featured ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would […]

2 Jun, 2017 in Bruges, Visions

Ever since moving to Europe and living next to the Belgium border, I’ve been hearing that I have to go visit Bruges, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that I found the opportunity to go for a short visit before flying out of Brussels. Yep, Bruges is gorgeous, history, gigantic cathedrals, canals, windmills, chocolates, swans, […]

16 Mar, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While I was spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, the Otaru daytrip was promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it had ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would offer a bit of European […]

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 […]

17 Jan, 2016 in Rotterdam, Visions
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Around newyears time I was visiting the Hague area and had a chance to drop in to the nearby Rotterdam for the first time to see the city in the freezing cold following a night of buzzing and partying. The city was pretty much deserted, and in most parts I could see left-overs of the wild […]

25 Nov, 2015 in Mexico City
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If you’re looking for a funky local experience in Mexico City, then head down south to the ancient canals of Xochimilco to see what the Mexicans made of the ancient Aztec UNESCO heritage water systems. No, it’s not a museum, and you probably won’t get to see much of the history, I’d say the preservation […]

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