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Posts of year 2020

Remembrance at Père-Lachaise

Remembrance at Père-Lachaise

2020 has been a very strange year. In the wake of the corona virus, it feels like the grim reaper has been closer than usual. Today is the day of remembering the dead. I recently visited a cemetery in my home town, where I found some structures that reminded me of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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The travel bubble in a pandemic

The travel bubble in a pandemic

In these troubled times of covid-19, global traveling has come to an almost complete stop after decades of ever-increasing growth. Last year saw a global movement in the climate crisis, even leading to the new term of “flight shame”. While the travel industry was still reeling back from this, covid-19 came in for a sucker punch like a furious Ivan Drago.

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A decade of responsive design
Review: Prisoners of Geography

Review: Prisoners of Geography

It’s been several years since I read this book, but I figured many people are looking for any additional inspiration and distraction in these sad times of Corona virus lockdown. The pandemic has made global traveling come to a complete stop, but at least we can still read and dream.

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Memories of Burano

Memories of Burano

The corona virus is spreading throughout the world. My thoughts goes to all the affected countries in these troubled times. The nation being worst hit in Europe at the moment is Italy. It will likely be a no-go zone for a long time, so I think back on the many good times I’ve had there.

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Entry 500

Entry 500

This is my 500th blog post on this site. What started as a coding exercise in 1994 turned out to evolve into something different. After starting to write regularly in the early 2000s, it just kept on rolling. All of a sudden, I seem to have written 500 of them.

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Another decade

Another decade

So we have finally reached a proper decade. The 00s or the 10s doesn’t have that nice ring that the 20s have. The last time we were there, it was called “The Roaring Twenties”, a period of prosperity and growth. Somehow I doubt that will be the case of the current decade, but let’s do our best.

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Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."
A journey through Iran

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."
Wazzup in Vaduz

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."
I still love you, New York

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."
Good morning Montenegro

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

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