21 September 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland

Back in May, I took a long weekend. It was short, just a three-night stay from Friday to Monday. But I must say, it was quite a fantastic trip. I remember having a positive impression of it more than my two-week stay in Mexico. I don't exactly know why, but I have some ideas. In any case, this trip to southern Holland was a blast.

19 September 2018

Blast from the Past: Hanging Out with Academics

A few weeks ago, I somehow ended up meeting with an ex-colleague, an academic who was working in the same research institute as I was back then. It was a chance to catch up, and hear about what has been happening ever since I left.

17 September 2018

A Visit to Trumpistan: Green-Wood Cemetery

After spending 5 nights in the Washington DC area, it was time to head to New York City. We were also spending 5 nights there, but this time, there were more events surrounding friends than sight-seeing. In fact, I only took out my camera once, when we were checking out Green-Wood Cemetery. The rest of the time, I was either having coffee or eating meals with friends. Plus I also had a day when I felt sick due to a cold, so I just stayed in the hotel.

15 September 2018

Book Review: Jenseits aller Grenzen by Erich Follath

Ibn Battuta was an unknown historical character for me. So when I saw this book, written by a reporter who decided to take a long-term travelling stint visiting a dozen cities around the world where Ibn Battuta has visited back in the 14th century, then I decided to pick it up. It turned out to be a very interesting and knowledgeable read.

See, I did know that Ibn Battuta once existed. But beyond that, and beyond the fact that he was a Moroccan explorer who went to places where people of his time typically didn't go, I didn't know much. So this book provided me the pieces that were lacking. It also provided me with some cultural insights with the way things went during the 14th century. I found myself fascinated with the way people travelled back then, as the author made comparisons with what exactly was backpacking back then as opposed to travelling in style. It definitely is a very different definition compared to what we have nowadays.

13 September 2018

A Visit to Trumpistan: Old Town Alexandria

I wanted to go to Alexandria. It's a cute little town near Washington DC, and easily reachable by the metro. So we trekked all the way from northern Virginia, and after a while, we ended up in downtown Alexandria.