A few last things before I go

Upon making plans to leave Hong Kong, I knew there were a few things I’d like to do before departing. One was visit the Peak again to get night shots of the city, and another was to ride the Star Ferry once more. Otherwise, I just wanted to spend time on the Island, enjoying the…

The Singapore Sling

Spring Break 2018 – Singapore and its gems In addition to the major neighborhoods of Singapore, there are plenty of other little gems in the city if visiting during peak tourist season. We explored the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which are a must if you love orchids and exotic plants and flowers. Even in the heat,…

Slow down & smell the bauhinias

Day 2 – CNY holiday – Hong Kong: Central, toward Admiralty Today I continue my journey around Hong Kong by going up another steep road (with steps) toward the Fringe Club and Lower Albert Road. It is this road I intend to follow on my way to Hong Kong Park. I woke up aching because,…

On the trail of old Hong Kong

Day 1 – CNY holiday – Hong Kong, Sheung Wan & Central  Undoubtedly, Hong Kong’s early streets and neighborhoods are an urban maze. Stairs up to the heavens. Streets with steps ready to break an ankle. Homespun tea shops and coffee bars. Trees growing like the Kraken along walls – or other host trees. Spray-painted…

In Dublin’s fair city

“In Dublin’s fair city Where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through the streets broad and narrow Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” Alive, alive, oh Alive, alive, oh Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” – “Molly Malone” In Dublin’s…

No rest for the weary. Not on my watch.

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – An assortment of things, part 2 One afternoon, I dragged Mum and my sister from Westminster Station to the Southbank to walk along the Thames and take pictures of iconic sites. We got to the Waterloo Bridge, not quite getting to St. Paul’s as I had planned,…

Gaudí and the Gothic

Un viaje en España – Day 10 – Barcelona After a visit again to Parc Güell, this time to actually enter into the park and the monument, we spied the famous Gaudí salamander sculpture and the undulating, not god-less lines of the monument’s seating arrangement overlooking Parc Güell’s architecture. The rainbow-coloured broken ceramic tiles shunted sunlight around…

The narrow perils of driving in Spain

Un viaje en España – Day 1 – Arriving in Madrid Summer break. There are no two sweeter words to a teacher. I wasted no time. By the next morning after school was out, bright and so not cheerful at 4 AM, the taxi driver arrived to pick me and my friend/comrade-in-crime and take us to…

Then I paint my dreams

Will travel for tulips – Days 4 & 7 combined – SO. Much. Art. I dream of painting, and then I paint my dreams – Van Gogh The Rijksmuseum and Museumplein were so easily accessible by tram. In fact, you could stay most places in the city and be within reach of a tram line. Many…

When you need a little (or a lotta) Christmas

A German Christmas story – Berlin – Christmas markets It is difficult to explain how a German Christmas market smells. A bit of a heady combination of spiced red wine, cinnamon, cookie batter, sizzling sausages, damp earth from a recent rain, and baking bread – it is all of these things and more. My first market…

Apfelstrudel and outdoor art on the Wall

A German Christmas story – Berlin, Day 3 – East Side Gallery (morning) My morning breakfast so far had consisted of a cappuccino and some kind of sandwich at Starbucks. I mixed it up a bit and went across the street to a different coffeeshop. Shocker! I had my usual cappuccino but ordered apfelstrudel instead for…