Over-booked

The past days have been spent in Cafés with wifi, in order to (re-)plan the next weeks. Luckily, my credit card is up and running again, so I can actually make all these bookings. I urgently needed to find a place to stay in Hong Kong after the China visit fell through. Extending my Airbnb […]

Thunderstorms

The last day in Vancouver was relaxing, but something was in the air. I was at the beach – yes, again – and read a bit. But high humidity and clouds announced a bit of a weather… I checked out late, but managed to meet my host Darek, a hydrologist, who rented me his room […]

Back to Canada

As I could not find a place in Seattle (that I could pay) that was free for the whole month, I checked out of Lily’s home this morning, rented a car, and drove up north to Vancouver. I like this city. It’s been a long battle between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland, as my home for […]

Viva Mexico

Mexico City here I come (soon). I am a bit early this time, but even better, as I finally had more choice, and lower prices. I booked an apartment in the Reforma area in the heart of town, close to the Bosque de Chapultepec Park, and close to the trendy areas of Roma, Zona Rosa and La […]

Seattle (Part II)

Still had a gap to fill in Seattle, as I could not find an affordable central place for the whole month. After an initial 16 days with Lily, I’ll rent a car and head up north for a weekend in Vancouver, meeting Joe from Buenos Aires again, and then come back down to Seattle. I’m […]

Capitol Hill

It took ages to found a place in Seattle. I was super late to book for a whole month. There was very little choice left, practically nothing in or around Capitol Hill, and the few places were either shared rooms, a couch, or a sleeping bag! I’m not kidding. A few rooms were available, but a couple […]

Bonjour Montréal

And another booking completed, with airbnb and with the help of my friend Francois, whom I met back in Buenos Aires. Bonjour Montréal! I’ll be staying in Josées charming apartment in Plateau Mont-royal. It seems to be a great area and I can’t wait to discover the city. I have been to Montreal for only two […]

In the heart of Tel Aviv

I finally booked my place in Tel Aviv. I was really late this time and a lot of apartments were gone or partially booked for my time there. But I found a nice, central place with Adi, and it’s close to the beach and the Yemenite Quarter, where I already stayed in 2012. I’m looking […]

Harassed

So far, the trip has gone remarkably well, without any incidents or accidents. Well, until Istanbul. Walking home from the hamam and the restaurant on Tuesday, I passed into my neighborhood, an area of Beyoglu that is clearly poorer, more run-down than the blocks around Istiklal street. The houses are old, some abandoned, the streets […]

Just a dream

One week ago I was strolling through Tokyo on my last day. Then I flew home and spent a couple of days there, seeing friends and family… and I had a feeling of familiarity, that kind of made the memory of the first trip vaguely bizarre… as if I had only dreamt it all up. Being […]

Osaka

These two weeks in Tokyo have passed way to fast. I do regret a bit that I did not stick with my initial plan to stay four full weeks in Tokyo. I had feared I would be lost in translation (and I am!) and be bored like in the movie… What a big error. There’s […]

Train ride through Nippon

Next week, I’ll get my Japan Rail pass. I ordered it in New Zealand, as you can only acquire it from abroad. Two weeks for 330 Euros, (nearly) all trains except some few super-mega-express Shinkansen trains. But most of the high speed Shinkansen trains are covered… You just can’t beat that. So I had to […]