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Georgia (2018)

May 3rd, 2018|Asia|

After my writing retreat in Greece, I flew to Tbilisi, Georgia for a conference of the Dynamite Circle (DC), an international community of successful location independent entrepreneurs. After visiting over 100 countries, I was excited to visit a new country. I only stayed 4,5 days, of which 2 were the conference. But our host [...]

Lost in translation

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

Three examples of how ordinary things (such as buying groceries in a supermarket, finding a shower and flushing a toilet) can become ‘adventures’ when you don’t speak the language…. Next in line, please Even going to the supermarket is an adventure in Japan. Not only to see all different kinds of food displayed (most [...]

Tiny living

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

I first stayed in a tiny Airbnb apartment in Bunkyo, a very local area in Tokyo. No more than 14m2, but it has everything, including a mini kitchen with a mini washing machine and a cozy bathroom with a mini bathtub! I had to squeeze myself to the wall to take the picture. It [...]

Tokyo street impressions

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

Japanese people live in tiny apartments because there is so little space and so many people… Check out these videos of a subway station and a busy intersection: The people in the subway station are trying to get home, I was trying to get to a dinner with friends. These 17 seconds of Tokyo [...]

Work with a view

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

People work really hard in Tokyo. Many times I saw passengers on the metro falling asleep, some even while standing. I prefer to take it easy, have a good nights sleep and then pick a beautiful work spot to get some things done. My favorite work spots in Tokyo have huge windows with amazing [...]

Skiing in Yuzawa (Niigata)

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

Just 160km from Tokyo (one hour by shinkansen bullet train) and you're in a different world. Mountains, villages without the facilities of the big city and lots of snow. Most Japanese people work so hard that they can only go skiing for one day. Weekends are most busy of course. I went during the [...]

Kyoto

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

My first impression of Kyoto is even better than Tokyo: the old town is almost like a village, with beautiful old wooden houses and temples and great tiny local restaurants. I stayed at a simple, very conveniently located Airbnb apartment. Walking distance from public transport and the famous Gion old part of town. I [...]

Only in Japan

April 20th, 2017|Japan|

Disney, Snoopy, dinosaurs... Japanese adults seem to have a weird liking for children's cartoons. I am getting sooo many compliments on the Hello Kitty socks I got from my Airbnb host! Nobody seems to have second thoughts about an adult wearing these. And what about the 'motivational' poster saying Mickey Mouse is the natural [...]

Saigon

March 15th, 2017|Vietnam|

Saigon is very much alive. Traffic is almost hypnotizing: thousands of scooters weave their way in the streets, like a school of fish. Four tips: 1) take Uber motor rides. Adrenaline, sightseeing, quick, local and super cheap. You don't have to negotiate and you don't even need cash. 2) [...]

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (2015 and 1993)

March 9th, 2015|Asia, Indonesia|

Twenty years ago I went backpacking in Asia for two months with a friend. Of course we visited Indonesia. I remember how impressed I was with Bali: the beauty of the island, the friendly mentality of the people, flowers and offerings everywhere. We made a brief visit to Ubud, but the only thing I remember was [...]

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