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Up in Wudang Shan

CHINA | Saturday, 5 Sep 2009 | Views [978]

Work is bringing me down. I do not enjoy it. To the point that I have let it affect all aspects of my life. No more. I am here because I love this country and feeling depressed is no excuse for stopping to explore it. So after a few lazy months we managed ... Read more >

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Settling in Shanghai

CHINA | Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | Views [461]

Settling in Shanghai is taking a while. Between the whole city being a building site in preparation for the World Expo, the boyfriend and I commuting between Beijing and Shanghai to see each other and the work driving me suicidal, I miss Beijing. Desperately.... Read more >

It's all about change

CHINA | Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | Views [566]

Nothing is for ever. I did think though that Beijing would be at least the next 2 years for me. It seems not as the winds of change and my very insistant bosses are now moving me to Shanghai. Be careful what you wish for is the most useful caution ... Read more >

In South Korea

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [614]

I will forever associate South Korea with the smell of fish. Cooked, raw, caramelised, rotten, in brine and in kimchi, in filthy and clean aquariums, in markets and in soups. And if I had to eat another seaweed I would turn into a fish myself. ... Read more >

The Paralympics

CHINA | Monday, 15 Sep 2008 | Views [661]

The Olympics are over and despite the hangover in the city the preparations are already on for the Paralympics. Niu Niu or whatever the little ox mascot is called is replacing the 5 "Fuwas" of the Olympics at breakneck speed, on the buildings ... Read more >

Company trip to Japan

JAPAN | Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 | Views [689]

Unbelievable! It is customary in China at least in our industry, to go on a company trip abroad that does not involve any work whatsoever. To my delight, we all voted for Japan. A combined Osaka, Kyoto trip that, as these things do, ended up beeing timed ... Read more >

Qingdao by the Sea

CHINA | Tuesday, 2 Sep 2008 | Views [631]

The Chinese are amazing. Already right after the Olympics and even before the Paralympics the Qingdao Sailing venue has been transformed into an Olympic Exhibition Centre. Maximising the use out of everything. Smart. Effective. Qingdao is really like ... Read more >

Tags: beaches

Athletics, the star of the Games

CHINA | Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | Views [672]

Saving the best for last, we are went into the Central Olympic Green on Sunday night. Finally the Bird's Nest and the Cube, up close and personal. The whole Green looks like a make-believe city. Like an architect's design come to life. Perfect! And facing ... Read more >

Beach Volley and the World Premiere of Marco Polo's imaginary journey

CHINA | Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | Views [698]

Saturday August 16th. Sunny at last! After a few days of rain and grey skies, the day is bright and shiny. A perfect day for the beach, or at least for beach volley. Beach volley is in Chaoyang Park, on the east side of the city. Since nothing is done ... Read more >

The Archery Fields

CHINA | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Views [697]

Yesterday was pouring down with rain. One of those weird days that prompted the comment that BOCOC had tampered with the weather to ensure that it would be nice on the 15th, the first day of Athletics in the Bird's Nest.  This morning's sunny sky would ... Read more >

The Beijing Olympics

CHINA | Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | Views [583]

Finally the Olympics have started. We are all cought up in the excitement of the city. Gone are the complaints about lengthy and laborious visa procedures, extra security checks and policemen at every corner. Foreign faces are again on the rise and bandanas, ... Read more >

Gallery: Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

CHINA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

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3 days in the name of solidarity

CHINA | Monday, 19 May 2008 | Views [600]

A billion people nation coming to a standstill to pay tribute to the 34,000 people that died in the Sichuan quake on May 12th 2008 is very powerful to experience. From our office, 3 metro stops away and in a straight line from Tian an Men square ... Read more >

Our home in Beijing

CHINA | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [647] | Comments [1]

We found it. Forget the lavish apartments, the fancy penthouse, the 160 square metre complex. Our residence is going to be a tiny little hutong. A traditional Chinese courtyard. Our neighbours are a lovely old temple, Tian An Men and ... Read more >

Easter in Mystras

GREECE | Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [1043]

A day of lamb, rain, smells of jasmin, rose and orange blossom, family and friends. Ping-Pong, Rummicube, tea, laughs, fire in the fireplace. Happy. In the little house, mum and dad sleep in their own bedroom at the back of the house. My brother in ... Read more >

Crossing the river Jordan

JORDAN | Saturday, 19 Apr 2008 | Views [652]

"Why are you going to Jordan" seemed to be a recurring question when I told people that I was heading here. Clearly none of them had ever been. I now find this question very easy to answer. There is much to fascinate here. From the Roman ... Read more >

Under the dessert sky

JORDAN | Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | Views [1289]

To the East of Aqaba, in the South of Jordan, not far from the Saudi Arabian border is the dessert of Wadi Rum. It is Bedouin and camel land, a real dessert but surprisingly full of life and riches. Sandy but with big rocks, endless horizons, gorges and ... Read more >

Gallery: Athens - my city

GREECE | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Picking olives in Mystras

GREECE | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Views [3254] | Comments [14]

On the outskirts of Sparta is a gem that few people know exist. It is called Mystras. Mystras is a medieval castle, what used to be a very important kingdom in Byzantine times. It is hard to convey how perfect this place is. Nestled against the mountain ... Read more >

Swimming with dolphins

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [869]

If ever I felt that I have been blessed, it was when a dolphin checked me out. In Kaikura, on New Zealand’s South Island, you can swim with dolphins. On their terms, providing them with entertainment and not the other way around. They are curious, graceful ... Read more >

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