21 Jul, 2014 in Netherlands
The Hague - Netherlands (4)

While in the Netherlands, I spent my first night at the Hague. Didn’t do much homework, so wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but the town was quite charming, with lots of history and the mandatory canal atmosphere. The location of my stay was next to the Haagse Bos park, so I started my day […]

9 Jul, 2014 in Southern Israel
Mamshit southern Israeli (36)

The Israeli southern desert is filled with historical treasures. The Nabateans ruled the trade roads across the desert and left some wonderful cities behind that are still standing today. Mamshit is the smallest of those, but still spectacular and well-worth your visit. A quick half an hour from Beer Sheva and on the way towards […]

8 Jul, 2014 in San Francisco
Musée Mécanique Pier 45 San Francisco (2)

A small hidden gem in the lovely pier area in San Francisco is a museum of old game machines, before video games came to be, when things were a bit more naive and simple. It’s quite remarkable what you could do with a bit of machinery and creative vision, some of those games are just […]

5 Jul, 2014 in San Francisco
Pier 39 San Francisco (16)

Lots to see and do in beautiful San Francisco but one of the main tourist attractions is the waterfront which includes several lively piers with lots of shopping and entertainment options. Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, is probably most famous for sea lion sightings where you can see them by the dozens, chilling out, occasionally crying […]

2 Jul, 2014 in Hainan
Haikou walk Qilou Snack Street  Hainan (18)

Hainan is the tropical getaway of China, it’s as closest you’ll get in China to nice beaches and tropical weather. Most people coming in to Hainan go straight to Sanya, to get a taste of highly commercial overly crowded beaches, but you can also go into the cheaper Haikou airport. I was’nt sure what I […]

1 Jul, 2014 in Beijing
Beijing University Campus-051

Mid winter I was invited to Beijing University to give an academic talk and took this opportunity to get to know this beatiful and historical campus. To those who don’t know, Beijing University is among the best – if not the very best – of Chinese academia, and in my field they’re definitely on the […]

25 Jun, 2014 in Kamakura
Kenchoji Temple Kamakura Japan-011

A forgotten temple on my Kamakura temple run day is Kenchoji, one of the greatest Zen temples in the area dating back to mid 13th century.     Here’s a bit from the informative Japan Guide: Kenchoji is the number one of Kamakura’s five great Zen temples. The oldest Zen temple in Kamakura, Kenchoji was […]

24 Jun, 2014 in Netherlands
Leiden Netherlands (2)

My first stop in the Netherlands after the Keukenhof Flower Gardens was to go see Leiden, a quiet little old town with one of Europe’s oldest universities. As a first stop in the Netherlands, this was my first introduction to canal life, and the center of the town is as charming as it can get. […]

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