Hiking in the lush forests of Yakushima, Japan

Yakushima hiking

All Asia, Asia, Japan | January 10, 2018 | By

One of the highlights of our recent Japan trip was without a doubt our stay at Yakushima. The island south of Kyushu is well-known for its nature trails and is an amazing destination to unwind and breathe in some fresh mountain air.

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Planning 2018: setting my intentions for a glorious year ahead

Travel planning for 2018

Practical | January 4, 2018 | By

Raise your hand if you love planning as much as I do! Which is A LOT.

You might call me an über planner. I do believe it is good to strive for balance between spontaneity and impulse versus planning and research, but I just can’t help myself.

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How to spend a few days in bustling Hong Kong for non-first-timers

All Asia, Asia, Hong Kong | December 19, 2017 | By

When we got invited to attend the wedding of a friend in Hong Kong some time ago, it didn’t take us long to book our tickets. Hong Kong is always fun, and what better reason to go than to be a part of my friend’s big day there? If you’ve been to Hong Kong before, you can always shop and eat your way around town. In this post I share a few tips on what to do beyond the obvious sights and experiences.

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Enjoying the splendor of Kyoto’s fall foliage

Eikando temple Kyoto, Japan

All Asia, Asia, Japan | December 13, 2017 | By

What do you do when you happen to find yourself in Kyoto at the peak time of fall foliage? Enjoy it to the max!

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Exploring the Frisian countryside by bike

Weidumerhout sunrise

All Europe, Europe, The Netherlands | October 18, 2017 | By

Living in the city of Amsterdam is great, but sometimes you just need a little break. We needed some rest and fresh air. So my husband and I decided to go to Friesland for our first wedding anniversary. Bliss doesn’t even begin to describe it.

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Recipe: Veggie-packed pasta in fresh tomato sauce

All Recipes, Non-Avocado, Recipes | August 29, 2017 | By

Whenever my husband Titus and I can’t think of what to cook, we rely on this pasta recipe. In our house, it’s dubbed Pasta à la T. I know it says here that this one is for four to six persons, but to be honest, we will eat this for days on end until the last morsel with just the two of us. 

A healthy, hearty dish chock-full of nutrients and goodness suitable for all seasons! 

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Rain or Shine: 7 things to do in London

Summer in London: an ambiguous phrase. The dates for summer are set, but the weather has a mind of its own. Still, going to London is always a good idea, just be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions!

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Recipe: Green papaya and pineapple salad with shrimp

Recipe Green Papaya and Pineapple Salad

On honeymoon in Vietnam, the food was excellent throughout the trip. However, one dish was particularly memorable. It was a green papaya with pineapple dish at Orivy in Hoi An. Back home I recreated it for a lunch with colleagues, and people loved it. It is an even more tropical spin on a classic Thai spicy green papaya salad. In my book, it is a winner! 

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Brittany’s magical inland forest of Brocéliande

Moss in Brocéliande forest

All Europe, Europe, France | May 26, 2017 | By

King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, knights and fairies. Who hasn’t heard or read about these legends? The French forest of Brocéliande (la fôret de Brocéliande, Paimpont) is the place said to have inspired these tales. Covering a vast area in the center of Brittany (Bretagne), it is a mystical place that up to the present day still attracts many visitors wishing to feel some of the magic that sprouted from the pages of literary classics such as Wace’s Roman de Rou and poems by De Troyes. I spent a few days there with my husband and an old friend, and was (almost!) transported to ancient times, or at least, it felt like it with no internet!

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About that time I went to the horse races with an Indian doctor

Race course

All Asia, Asia, Europe, India | April 23, 2017 | By

Ten years ago I went to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, for the first time, on one of my first work-related trips to India. There was a conference I would attend. My stay in Kolkata took an interesting course after I went sunbathing on my day off. Read on to find out what happened.

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