victorian finesse – the beauty of swellendam

victorian finesse – the beauty of swellendam

Way back, in 1745, a bunch of so-called Voortrekkers decided they really liked a little river and the surrounding flatlands. Or maybe they were just plain tired of yet another mountain to climb and river to cross. Whatever their motivation though, their decision to set camp in what is nowadays known as Swellendam, turned out […] more…
wild luxury lodging

wild luxury lodging

I slowly open my eyes. No, this can’t be real. I must still be dreaming a sweat, pleasant dream. Let me just listen instead of look. I hear a river, wind, leaves, trees and animals. Plenty of wild animals. My skin is caressed by a breath of wind. The scent of Africa entering my nose. […] more…
penis park

penis park

A phallus, dicktator or one-eyed trouser snake is a serious thing, used by most people in a restroom, bed or the vicinity of a church, tree or street light. Men have been dicking about their phallus for decades, centuries, millennia. The phallus has been around so to speak. Based on the duration of its existence […] more…
copenhagen citytrip

copenhagen citytrip

Strollers with babies outside on the street while parents drink a cup of coffee or a beer inside the cafe. Bikes are locked with what is a dream for Amsterdam bike thieves. Blankets on chairs for when the weather is fresh once again, food halls sprouting like mushrooms from the ground. Culture, design, architecture, cyclists, […] more…
noma

noma

Challenge number 1 was to get a table. Challenge number 2 to save up some money. Challenge number 3 to sit down, relax and enjoy the food. ‘And’, people ask, ‘was it worth going through all the trouble, emptying your wallet and fly up and down to Copenhagen?’ Hell yes! Even after 17 courses Noma […] more…
dried fish fetish

dried fish fetish

The island of Lantau houses both modern and historical entertainment sites. The modern one opened it’s doors in 2005 and is the home of our famous big eared friend the mouse: Disneyland Hong Kong. The older one opened it’s doors in 1906 and listens to the name Po Lin Monastery. Though in principle a spiritual […] more…
big time little goat

big time little goat

New food ’n drink concepts pop in the US like poppies in spring. And Chicago must be one of the most fertile cities currently. With West Randolph street in the West Loop as the centre of this development. So it is actually no surprise that when you are heading for one place to eat, you […] more…
dutch wonderland

dutch wonderland

Japan, the year 1600. A Dutch ship named ‘De Liefde’ (The Love) appears before the coast of the island of Kyushu. Apart from one city, which name would later be written on one of the blackest pages in human history, the whole of Edo Japan is closed to foreigners. Over the next couple of decades […] more…
brasserie bao bei

brasserie bao bei

I haven’t seen the Lord of the Ring trilogy in Chinese, but I imagine Gollum is going on and on about ‘my Bao Bei’ in the Chinese version. ‘Precious’ is what Bao Bei means in Chinese, often used in the context of jewelry. With this in mind, it’s no surprise to find a restaurant that […] more…
high artitude

high artitude

In a city built in a bowl at 3500-4000 meters altitude you are literally high all the time. But it is not the lack of oxygen that makes a first time visit to La Paz an almost hallucinating experience. It is the city and the people that sometimes make you wonder what’s real and what’s […] more…
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