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, having a sip of black balsam in Riga, finding my favorite ice cream parlor Cold Stone Creamery in Seoul, seeing Lenin and Mao, drinking Oban in Oban, 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, having vodka race 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:
- Mongolia – Riding in the tracks of Genghis Khan
- Japan – By shinkansen across the country from west to east
- Japan – Tokyo : Getting lost in translation
- Trans-Siberian railway – From Moscow to Beijing
- China – beyond the chairman
- Korea – Across the peninsula from north to south
- Scotland tour of Bagpipe Bastards
- Morocco – Beyond the mint tea
- Moscow – Shades of red
- 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
- Plane crash on Trans-Siberian railway
- The black balsam of Riga
- Bagipe Bastards Scotland tour
- Memories of Skye
- Having pancakes at Prinsengracht
- A sip of coffee in Marrakesh
- On the desert road through the Atlas Mountains
Gosh, U’re THE man when it comes to cities and some MC68k code! ;) Well, I’ve visited Kungsbacka, Stockholm, Stenungssund and Gothenburg (does that count?) in 2008… ;)
Of course it counts! I had a short roundtrip to Kungsbacka today, no rain but quite cloudy.
I missed you at the Front 242 concert last friday, by the way. ;)
Well, Larry got my attention some days before the event of the Front 242 at Trädgår’n but sadly we just missed that out because we’re just too lazy… I suppose it was quite ok? ;)
Yeah, it was pretty good!
Heh, yeah that list is quite impressive. I’ve been in Malmö and also visited Lund and Copenhagen. Probably Trelleborg to (but that’s almost like going abroad with the palm trees and all).
Ah, the sweet palm trees of Trelleborg! Hard to believe it’s been 14 years since I visited you down there in the tropical south. :)
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