20 Sep, 2018 in Normandy

In my recent visit to France, I was based in Paris for a few weeks, and then decided to rent a car and do a short getaway from the big city towards the northwest to see Rouen and the French nortwest coastline. I spent a lovely day walking around Rouen city, from the river bank, […]

5 May, 2018 in Zurich

During my last month in Europe before heading off to Central America and relocating to Asia, I tried to do as much as I could around Europe, and that included heading off to the German side of Switzerland to explore cities I’ve long wanted to see. I finally made it to Zurich, arriving late night, […]

22 Apr, 2018 in Vilnius

Vilnius was one of my last minute rush weekend getaways during my last month in Europe to try and see as much as possible. Haven’t been to Lithuania before, so this was meant to give me a taste of the country, people, and culture, and the weekend far exceeded my expectations. Vilnius was a lively […]

21 Aug, 2017 in Lausanne

I was invited to visit Lausanne University, and was put up in the old city center of Lausanne. The city is gorgeous, and the old town is spread out of a few hills and valleys. I didn’t have much time to explore everything, but I did take a few strolls around the center, visiting the […]

28 Jul, 2017 in Taipei

I lived in Taiwan on and off for about two years, and so my last visit was filled with nostalgia. My strong connection with Taiwan started in the very first day I arrived in Taipei in the middle of the night some day back in 2005, and the next few days roaming around Taipei were […]

2 Jul, 2017 in London

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Royal Holloway University of London, on the outskirts of London close to Windsor and so had the chance to see a bit of the area. On this visit, I decided not to spend the little time I had to see the castle, which I visited on other occasions […]

1 Jul, 2017 in Southern Spain

Between Malaga and Seville up in the mountains and close to national parks (Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema) is the lovely old town of Ronda. Dating back to the 9th century BC (yes, BC, not AD), it’s one of the region’s oldest towns and has seen all conquerors and rulers. The mountainous […]

26 Jun, 2017 in Lodz, Visions

Up till a year ago, I have seen very little of Poland aside from a trip at a very young age that I barely remember. In the year since, I’ve seen quite a bit of Poland – Poznan, Warsaw, and Gdansk. My most recent visit was to the Lodz area, to explore a bit of […]

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, […]

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