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Hong Kong Never Sleeps – Postcard

Posted by on May 1st, 2013 in Asia, Feature, Hong Kong, Postcards | 17 comments

Hong Kong never sleeps, the neon lights shimmer thru the night as cars flow through the gaps left by the glowing sky scrapers. The roads, tunnels, bridges, even pedestrians move on multiple levels. There is too much going on to restrict the city to a single flat surface. The future is here, it’s Hong Kong.

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Night of Tram Lines and Castles in Ghent

Posted by on January 21st, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 16 comments

Old medieval city, clear night sky and a camera, that’s a Saturday night sorted for me.  And Ghent fits the bill more than perfectly. So while my friends headed to the pub, I took a few hours to walk around the city with my camera. And I was not disappointed, there are canals with reflections, illuminated castles and cathedrals, tram lines and lamp posts; all offering beautiful night views. Of course the trouble was not so much finding views worth capturing, but where to stand my camera for the 20 second exposures. I only travel usually with a gorillapod, as proper tripods are a bit too cumbersome. After a few hours however, it was time put away the camera and head to the pub where my friends were keeping a seat warm for me. And after a few hours...

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Yi Peng – The Beauty of the Floating Lantern Festival

Posted by on November 10th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Thailand | 29 comments

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha We were at the Yi Peng festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, also known as the Floating Lantern Festival. And while Yi Peng festival occurs at the same time as the better known Loi Krathong festival, it is a different festival with roots in the ancient Lanna kingdom. It was already quite late and dark, but as we lighted the torches surrounding us, the night grew brighter with the flames and everything felt warmer. We all sat down; the sea of orange flames stretching on indefinitely to each direction and we settled down for mediation, which, I do admit, is probably not that exciting if you haven’t really done any mediation before. I...

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Viva España

Posted by on July 4th, 2012 in Europe, Spain | 2 comments

[Not a valid template] Spain had made it to the Euro 2012 final and with luck I had flown to Torrevieja on Friday. And if I know one thing about Spain, it is that they love their football. So there was no way I was going to miss the spectacle on Sunday. And while my parents aren’t keen followers of football (nor am I), they do know an opportunity for a good party when they see one, so they weren’t difficult to talk into heading out for the game. So we left the house around six o’clock. We probably should’ve left a bit earlier, but I slept for two hours after the hard day at the beach. Sunbathing is damn hard work when it’s this hot! We first aimed for the beach boulevard, but quickly discovered that all tables...

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I’m Sorry Essen, It’s Not You, It’s Me

Posted by on June 30th, 2012 in Europe, Germany | 4 comments

[Not a valid template] I told a German couple I met in London, that I was working in Germany. They were of course very excited and asked where in Germany I was working in. When I told them I was working in Essen, the excitement quickly vanished from their faces and they told me they were sorry. So to back up a little, yes I got back from my Round the World Trip in January, and yes I’ve moved back to my expat life in London, but I’m also currently traveling to Germany every week for few days. Well, I was, but not anymore. Anyways, back to Essen, which even the Germans themselves don’t think is that great. And I can understand why. It does feel like a big suburb sometimes and it does seem to lack character somehow,...

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