10 Ways Hong Kong Surprised Me

10 Ways Hong Kong Surprised Me

While I spent quite some time browsing through inspiring pictures and reading many informative articles about Hong Kong, the city still managed to surprise me in several ways.   1. Dim sum heaven For someone who doesn’t even like dim sum, I was amazed to hear myself say: “Let’s have dim sum for breakfast-lunch-dinner… Yes, [ ... ]

Birthdays Abroad

Birthdays Abroad

The past 7 years I’ve been so lucky to celebrate the start of a new life year abroad, either doing something exciting or lazing in the shade of a coconut tree. Because this year was so different, I thought I’d look back on those past birthdays.   Turning… …22! Stargazing in Liechtenstein’s Alps As wild [ ... ]

5 Quirky Things to do in Bali

5 Quirky Things to do in Bali

There is a great misconception that Bali is just another tourist mecca full of beautiful clichés. Granted, there is a great deal of mass tourism, but there is so much more to it than that. Finding authenticity is a walk in the park and going off the beaten track is just as easy. Quirks are plentiful and [ ... ]

Canchánchara: Cuban Cocktail Recipe

Canchánchara: Cuban Cocktail Recipe

The canchánchara… My favourite cocktail, born in the colonial town of Trinidad in Cuba. Spend a day in the old town and let it transport you to another era. An era of cobbled streets, horse drawn carriages and grand 19th century Spanish mansions. Add some slightly ‘rum intoxicated’ mulattos swinging their hips to the rhythmic conga [ ... ]

Nepal in Pictures

Nepal in Pictures

When some friends announced their upcoming months long trip to Nepal, I was immediately transported back to its colourful streets clouded with incense. As soon as I arrived home, I browsed through my photo collection to relive my Nepalese journey. I could almost feel the fresh mountain air filling up my lungs and hear a [ ... ]

What’s in Sulawesi?

What’s in Sulawesi?

Maybe I should start by answering  the question “where is Sulawesi”. Among the 6000 inhabited islands of Indonesia, lies Sulawesi, one of the country’s largest. Announcing we were off to explore Sulawesi, my friends and I all got the same puzzled reaction: “Oh, how lovely… What’s in Sulawesi?” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure when we [ ... ]

Travel app tip: Momondo Places

Travel app tip: Momondo Places

I’ve recently discovered an interesting new iPad app by travel search site Momondo. I’m really excited about it so I thought I’d share it with you. ‘Momondo places‘ is an interactive city guide app helping you to find hotels, restaurants, shops, sights, markets and activities for your city trip. At this moment, there are 7 city guides to [ ... ]

Remembering Russia

Remembering Russia

With all the negative publicity given to the host of the Winter Olympics these past weeks, I started thinking about my own experiences in Russia a few years ago. The unbelievable “fail” photo’s and comments that sports journalists in Sochi have been tweeting got me “LOL’ing” as well as thinking: “why am I not surprised?!” [ ... ]