14 Mar, 2018 in Trinidad

Trinidad was definitely one of the highlights of the trip to Cuba. An old colonial Spanish style town, lots of old buildings, bustling with cafes, restaurants, markets, and music. There are quite a few things to do in the area (e.g., Torre de Manaca Iznaga & Los Ingenios Valley), but there are also quite a few […]

23 Sep, 2017 in Limburg

The summer highlight for the Limburg region are the many music festivals in the area. This year I went to Pukkelpop in Hasselt, about 30mins from Maastricht, for a day of music, and got to see London Grammar, Bastille, George Ezra, Hasley (?), and others. The event was very well organized and laid out, lots […]

21 Apr, 2017 in Southern Spain

One of the nicest surprises for me in Seville was a Flamenco show I caught with the Museo del Baile Flamenco. Although it is meant for tourists, and you might expect cliche, as far as I can tell this was a very well done show, with some very impressive local artists. It gave a very good intro […]

2 Aug, 2016 in Gdansk
Opener Music Festival 2016 Gdansk Poland (26)

In my recent trip to Gdansk in Poland I discovered there was a big music festival playing in the nearby Gdynia, with big names like Florence and the Machine, Red Hot Chilli, PJ Harvey, and many others. So, I decided to go for the first day featuring Florence. And it was pretty amazing. It’s probably […]

20 Feb, 2016 in Maastricht
Maastricht carnaval 2016 Netherlands (11)

I never expected the little town of Maastricht at the southern tip of the Netherlands to be this lively, but even during the gloomy cold winter time there’s lots going on surrounding the carnival. Maastricht proclaims itself to the the carnival capital of the world, no less. You might think that’s a bit overdoing it, […]

20 Apr, 2015 in Phoenix
Musical Instruments Museum Phoenix Arizona-003

Every big city has an arts museum, most have a natural history museum, and a regional history museum, and when you roam around the world for a few years it’s hard to really be excited about these any more. There’s a limit to how many Picassos, Chagalls, and dinosaurs bones you can see before you […]

25 Apr, 2013 in Puerto Rico
Ponce Music Museum (12).JPG

The lovely town of Ponce has a variety of charming museums which you can combine into a day of culture. You can start off with the impressive Ponce Museum of Art, continue to visit the  El Museo Castillo Serralles and then head downtown for a walking tour of small specialty museums. First up – the […]

17 Aug, 2012 in Jerusalem
Hansen - Alma Zohar performance (9).JPG

Though most of the secular Jerusalem folks have already taken to the notion that Jerusalem is culturally dead, especially in comparison to the younger more vibrant Tel Aviv, every time I go back to visit I discover that’s far from the truth. In my recent visit there were atleast 3 festivals going on and dozens […]

15 Aug, 2012 in Chicago
Blues Bar - Live Music - Chicago (16).JPG

In Chicago? Then you have go check out some of the local Chicago blues bars to get a taste of the world famous Chicago blues music.   Completely unexpected, I was taken to two different blues bars on two different occasions – once, by a lovely American Taiwanese living in Chicago, and the …

16 Jan, 2012 in Shenzhen
Israeli Restaurant in Shenzhen : Ahava

Another surprising discovery. After the new Israeli Falafel place I found in Guangzhou, a friend told me I should go over to Shenzhen to visit a newly opened Israeli restaurant. I was somewhat skeptical, expecting this to be a "middle-eastern" restaurant probably with either Turkish or Egyptian owners/chefs, but as I arrived in Shenzhen’s Shek-O […]

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