Gippsland Lakes

After the endless rain, the sky was showing a small but growing hole with blue skies, so I drove over the 30 minutes to Metung, a tiny fishing village on the Gippsland lakes. I wanted to stay there initially but it was pretty much booked out – in my price class. I walked along the lake […] Read More

500 days

Today I am on the road for 500 days! Those special ‘anniversaries’ are always a good moment to look back at the road traveled so far… Especially on this day, as I am bidding farewell to Melbourne. Usually, I am pretty matter-of-fact on my travel days. No nostalgia, pack, taxi, airport, flight… Just – snap fingers – […] Read More

The rainy city

Not talking about Brussels. I mean Chicago. The once Windy City presented itself today in one continuous downpour! I arrived in the early afternoon, took the metro and the bus towards Boystown, where I had my hotel. I had opted against an easy airport hotel and preferred to be in town for the day. I […] Read More

Lluvia mexicana

October is supposed to be a dry month in Mexico City. With the start of winter, the summer rains subside . This year though, it keeps raining. Several hurricanes have hit the Mexican coast, and while we don’t get them here in the capital, the remaining rain clouds cross the city and let it rain […] Read More

On and on and on

Yesterday I saw the first rainy day in over two months if I remember correctly (not: it rained last week), since that rainy weekend in Istanbul. I had totally forgotten about that phenomenon, and especially that it makes me (want to) stay at home. In those moments, I miss my place a little. You get distracted […] Read More

Rain check

I woke up pretty late – I sleep well in this bed – to the sound of pouring rain. The water was running down my street in front of my window. I spent most of the day inside and on the couch, reading, and eating. I only went to the supermarket to get some fruit, […] Read More

Tokyo in the rain

The rain was really torrential. All day long. To a point where you really do not want to set foot outside. Even in a new city. I got TV, high speed internet, who cares, there’s lots to watch. But, curiosity won. At least I wanted to go see the Tokyo Metropolitain Museum of Photography, it […] Read More


So many names here in New Zealand remind me of Britain, of course. I understand the settlers wanted to remember the home they left, but it’s also somewhat weird. I can’t really think that they were reminded by the landscape…? With those high mountains? I drove from Kaikoura to Christchurch today, taking the scenic Alpine Pacific […] Read More

Movie day

Friday afternoon, everybody was ready for the storm. Events cancelled, clouds hanging low…. and in the end, hardly a drop of rain. I went to a birthday party with Clint and his friends. As we don’t have a TV in the house, I had missed out on Kiwi television. However, the host and birthday boy […] Read More

Hatches down for Lusi

The weather has been great yesterday, and I enjoyed a good time in Albert Park with a bunch of shirtless students from the nearly university, and my NZ travel guide. I also managed to get some Japanese Yen, as I realized it might be wise to have at least some local currency before heading north. […] Read More