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Music on the street

I see people with headphones everywhere and I often wonder what they listen to. On the street, in the office, at the tram… I had an idea to make something out of this, but as usual someone else had already done it. So here you are.

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Visual misconceptions in movies

We often perceive travel destinations from visual impressions gathered from movies, TV and other sources. This can of course give a somewhat different view than the real one. When James Bond arrives to a city, there are always fancy cars and girls in bikini everywhere with no sign of pollution, poverty or rain clouds. As a-ha once sang, “the sun always shine on TV”.

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Au revoir Jubilee Gardens

Some cities have a sweet spot where I tend to return. It’s like a magnet and I don’t know why. 12 years ago, I walked alone along the Thames riverfront in London. This was one year before the London Eye wheel was built. I came to the Jubilee Gardens and sat down on a bench.

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Camden on fire

A newsflash tonight caught my eye more than usual. There was a big fire going on in Camden. From what I heard the Canal Market is gone, but Lock Market and Stables Market seems to be alright. I’ve heard contradictory numbers but some claim up to a third of the markets fell prey to the fire.

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Realistic subway maps

I recently wrote a post about free subway maps. As we all know, good subway maps are a visual guide to the system and not by any means an accurate map of the real city. What seems close on a tube map could very likely be a large distance in the real world.

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London calling

I found myself back in London again. The springtime is cold but lovely. Had a beautiful spring walk in St James’s Park, saying hello to the swans and smelling the cherry blossoms.

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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."
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."
New Years Eve in Sydney

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."
The fairytale castles of Sintra

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "
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."
Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

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