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Posts of year 2019

My book has arrived

Friends, allies and distant readers! I am happy to announce the release of my book Här finns inga drakar (Here be no dragons). After many years of work it has finally been completed. The book contains 300 pages with assorted…

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Ruin bars in Budapest

Ruin bars in Budapest

It has been a decade since my last visit to Budapest. Back then, ruin bars weren’t even a thing most people had heard of. The first of them, Szimpla Kert, opened up way back in 2002 but it really took off in later years.

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The layers of Belgrade

The layers of Belgrade

After having visited all of the surrounding countries, I was curious to what I would find in Serbia. For obvious reasons, many of the countries are vary of Serbia, to say the least. When I was visiting Bosnia-Herzegovina some years ago, they all but spat every time I happened to mention the name of the country.

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The harbor of Hamburg

The harbor of Hamburg

The historical port area of Hamburg is on the rise these days. The districts of HafenCity and Speicherstadt are once more buzzing with people and cranes. Towering over it all is the crown jewel Elbphilharmonie, inaugurated in 2017.

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The bricks of Gdansk

The bricks of Gdansk

As I was strolling along the pier Dlugie pobrzeze next to the Motlawa river, I was admiring the Hanseatic buildings of Gdansk. These majestic facades of brick and mortar have sheltered the inhabitants for centuries. Or have they?

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Movie locations around the world part 7

Welcome to part 7 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Featured: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Bourne Identity, Inferno, Moonraker, Way of the Dragon, A Room with a View, Talented Mr Ripley, The Tourist, Mission Impossible, Roman Holiday, Parts Unknown, No Reservations, Battleship Potemkin, XXX, Depeche Mode.

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Wonders of the Vatican

Wonders of the Vatican

The Vatican City State is the smallest state in the world, confined by the bustling metropolis of Rome. We made our way to St. Peter’s Square where a large crowd had gathered surrounded by the imposing pillars. Exactly at noon…

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Getting lost in Yazd

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."
Roaming through Banff

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."
Alone in Kyoto

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."
The urban maze of Tangier

The urban maze of Tangier

"The old Medina is full of fascinating gates and narrow alleys, where I blend in like Moby Dick at a NIN concert."
Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."
Bunker safari

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

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