Antwerpen

In the nearly 12 years that I lived in Brussels, somehow I never got my sister Sabine to discover Antwerp. Even though it is possibly one of my favorite places in Belgium. So we were set for a day trip to the city which is only some 40 kilometers from Brussels, due north, just before […] Read More

Canberra war memorial

Every town in Australia has its war memorial, big or small, and the memories of the Great War are kept fresh, especially during the centennial. So I visited Australia’s official war memorial in Canberra, a bit up on the hill, overlooking the city and down Constitution Avenue, on the Old Parliament building, and the new […] Read More

Nullarbor

I woke up in the early morning, and took a sneak peak out of the window… Grey cloudy skies… Not what I had expected in the desert… It had rained overnight! The landscape? Flat as a pan, red dirt, some low bush grass. Looked like planet Mars after some terraforming project… The Nullarbor Plain is […] Read More

Cape of Good Hope

How could we not make a day trip to the Cape? After all this town is named for it. The Cape of good hope is basically just a rock formation along the long peninsula to the South of Cape Town. While many, including me, think that it is the Southern  tip of Africa, it is […] Read More

Last day in India

Before flying out to South Africa, I had a last morning in Delhi. Time for a little stroll into the old part of Delhi, the ‘grown’ part, that is so distinct from New Delhi’s constructed and planned-out map. It’s pure Indian craziness in there, with the traffic, the people, shops, Bazaars… like Varanasi, maybe a […] Read More

Agra Fort

If you live without a job for such a long time, you simply don’t know what day it is any more… Monday, Friday, Sunday – all the same to you. However, if you book a trip, in that case to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, you should at least check if, on the one day […] Read More

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

India is the birthplace of Buddhism, so I am running into Buddha over and over again. One of the holy sites in Buddhism is just a bit north of Varanasi, in Sarnath. It was here, near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers, where Buddha first taught the Dharma. Today, it is a holy site to Buddhists, with many temples from all […] Read More

The Mandarin’s House

The historic center of Macau is filled with places to visit. One of the most impressive ones was this big complex called the Mandarin’s House. It was constructed in 1869 by Zheng Guanying, an author and merchant who was read by emperors, Sun Yat Sen and Mao himself. The 60-room complex is impressive and beautifully designed […] Read More

The temple of A-Ma

On the southern tip of the peninsula, built onto and into a rock formation, you’ll find the Temple of A-Ma, which supposedly gave Macau its name (as the Portuguese tried to enunciate the sound of the name of the place). It is one of the oldest Taoist temples in Macau, built in 1488, and it […] Read More

Macau

I took the speed ferry this morning to Macau. As I could not find a place to stay on Airbnb before Friday, and hotels were way too expensive (and I’m really not into dorms and hostels anymore), I decided to take the trip to Macau now. The boat ride took about an hour, through the […] Read More

Templo mayor

I have seen the ruins of the Templo Mayor, the main Aztec temple of Tenochtitlan, from the side of the Cathedral three weeks ago, but as it was late in the day, the museum was already closed. It didn’t look that big, so I thought I could make a quick visit, walk through the ruins and then […] Read More