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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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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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Review: Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

Review: Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

Rolf Potts is perhaps best known for his classic book “Vagabonding”, detailing how to get ready for long-term travel. But “Marco Polo Didn’t Go There” from 2008 is a fine collection of travel stories with an unusual twist, since each chapter has ending notes which describes the circumstances surrounding that particular story. This is a great concept and feels like the director’s commentary track on DVDs.

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Review: A Sense of Place

Review: A Sense of Place

This little gem has unfortunately been collecting dust on my shelf for a decade since I found it by accident on a sunny morning in San Francisco. There was a time when I bought a lot of books and I shiver at the thought of all those books I’ve carried across the Atlantic ocean in excess baggage.

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Review: Urban Safari

Review: Urban Safari

If you prefer to spend your vacation on a sunny beach instead of walking through crowded cities, this book is not for you. This is a love story about the big cities in the world.

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Review: Istanbul: Memories and the City

Review: Istanbul: Memories and the City

Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in 2006. He has lived in Istanbul for almost his entire life and this book is the tale of him growing up there, as well as an attempt to describe the mentality of the citizens in the ever-changing city.

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Review: Long Way Round

Review: Long Way Round

In 2004 the actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman went on a four-month trip from London to New York. But to make things interesting they decided to go eastward. On motorbikes. At first things went pretty smooth and they reached the borders of Eastern Europe as planned.

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Review: Anatomy of Restlessness

Review: Anatomy of Restlessness

Bruce Chatwin had a very unique touch to his storytelling. It often goes from simple dialog to pondering philosophy in less than a few sentences. As a result of this, his books can be both excellent and dry at the same time, even on the same page, but I still consider him to be one of my all-time favorite travel writers.

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Review: The Terminal Man

Review: The Terminal Man

This is the story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri and why he lived in Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle airport for 16 years. The movie The Terminal from 2004 was based on his story but the movie script was a bit different.

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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."
Vineyards of southern France

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."
On the Trans-Siberian

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."
Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
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."
Visions of Singapore

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

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