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World at a Glance: Hot kitty in Brussels

When I began a sporadic little series Cats of the World a few years ago, this hot pink spandex cat on a bike in Brussels is not the type of cat I had in mind. Cats are indeed photogenic creatures, and so is this kitty. No surprise, really, that this kitty is indeed in Brussels, [...]

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Brussels by Instagram

I’ve been in Brussels at least 50 times, mostly for work, but sometimes purely for play. After finishing uni, I hung about Brussels for ages, partly because I wasn’t ready to begin a proper job right away, and partly because that’s where everyone was in those days. Later, when I did get around to finding [...]

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Amsterdam in December

A short post today, with just a few images of Amsterdam in December. The shops are brimming with Christmassy cheer… … baubles, toys and fancy bags. And colours. Bright, warm colours inviting you in from the cold. I like Amsterdam in winter. Bikes are out in all kinds of weather, of course… The Canals of [...]

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Container living on Scheveningen Beach

Container living? It might sound dismal, but can actually be cool. As you might know, I like quirky and unusual accommodations. So when I was given a chance to sleep in a shipping container, well, I couldn’t turn it down, could I… Outside the Hague is Scheveningen, famous for its long sandy beach, its pier, [...]

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Atomium, a Brussels icon

I’ve been to the capital of Europe countless times. I even lived there for a few months after uni, while I was contemplating what to do with the rest of my life – amongst friends persuading me to join them in diplomatic/bureaucratic service. Idly contemplating, I should hasten to add, involving many a late night [...]

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Rotterdam by Instagram

Ah, Rotterdam. It’s been more than 20 years since I saw you for the first time and I must admit I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had the world’s largest port. These days, it’s relegated to 4th place, surpassed by Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Singapore. That’s to be expected from Asian tigers. Europoort is still by [...]

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World at a Glance: Green bikes – and scooters – in Amsterdam

As I write this I’m on my way to the Netherlands, never mind it being 17 May, Norway’s National Day, which, you may recall, is bigger than Christmas.

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