I love to spend time in cities, immersed by the creative chaos of mankind. This year I’ve seen a fair share of them.
Tokyo, Marrakesh, Ulaanbaatar, Novosibirsk, Seoul, Amsterdam, Beijing, Inverness, Irkutsk, Kyoto, Moscow, Oban, Perm, Incheon, Omsk, Zhangjiakou, Riga, Ballachulish, Qingdao, Krasnoyarsk, Ulan-Ude, Stirling, Helsinki, Balabinsk, Edinburgh, Portree, Sainshand, Essaouira, Shimonoseki, Immouzer, Hiroshima, Arvika, Luss, Zhangjiakou, Mallaig, Yekaterinburg, Pitlochry, Halmstad, Glenfinnan, Borås, Kirov, Takayama, Busan, Kungsbacka, Glasgow, Agadir, Stockholm, Fort William and many more.
Roughly 50 cities in 10 countries covered in 8 months. And loving every second of it. Well, maybe not the hours I carried a heavy backpack through endless Japanese train stations with fever and sinusitis, but I recovered.
Memorable episodes includes getting lost in the labyrinth alleys of Marrakesh, singing Marilyn Manson songs at a karaoke bar in Tokyo, trying to find the invisible Depeche Mode bar in Moscow, listening to a Chinese band performing Rammstein covers at a bar in Qingdao, see geishas silently pass by in the Pontocho district of Kyoto, finding my favorite ice cream parlor Cold Stone Creamery in Seoul, seeing Lenin and Mao, having excellent pancakes in Amsterdam and finding the bar from Lost in Translation on 52nd floor.
Outside the cities I also enjoyed riding horses across the grassy plains of Mongolia, sharing meals with a large Russian on the Trans-Siberian railway, driving car across Isle of Skye and getting told to stay away from the mine fields close to the border of North Korea.
Wherever you are, relax and have a Happy New Year!
More photos available:
- From Gothenburg to Tokyo by train
- Alone in Kyoto
- A day of war in Seoul
- Going bananas in Beijing
- Tent heating in Mongolia
- Dawn in Ulaanbaatar
- Isolation on Trans-Siberian railway
- The black balsam of Riga
- Scotland tour
- Memories of Skye
- Having pancakes at Prinsengracht
- A sip of coffee in Marrakesh
- On the desert road through the Atlas Mountains