How you can help Japan after the disaster

I have been to Japan only once, more than 10 years ago, and only for three days, so I can’t claim to know the country well. Yet, like everyone else, I want to help in any little way I can. UN aid worker and fellow Blogsherpa Todd Wassel is passionate about Japan. He believes we [...]

How to rent a home in New Zealand

After the Christchurch earthquake, the grassroots movement Blog4NZ was born, aiming to support New Zealand tourism after the earthquake. For 72 hours, travel bloggers from all over the world will tell stories about a country we love. Here’s one of mine: After I had my youngest daughter, I used the opportunity afforded by Norwegian family [...]

Bregenz: going back

Bregenz, though not perhaps Austria’s best-known city, is a city dear to me. When I was 15, a friend and I spent the summer, officially doing a language course, but in reality concentrating on beer, boys and night clubs we were much too young for. (These things were a bit more lax back then). We [...]

Oslo, the open-minded city

A quick detour to Oslo today, dear readers. I’m taking a break from the Middle East for a bit to do a post closer to home for the cool World Reviewer. No worries, I’ll return to the exciting Arabian world shortly, with posts on Egypt, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. And maybe Qatar. But for now, [...]

Fujairah, the friendly emirate

Some of the seven emirates we quite liked, others less so. I’m happy to finish this series with Fujairah, the friendly emirate.

Abu Dhabi, the affluent emirate

Abu Dhabi holds a whopping 9 % of the world’s oil reserves, is the richest city on earth, safe, green, clean and, dare I say it, a wee bit…

Sharjah, the energetic emirate

Between Ajman and Dubai lies Sharjah, the third largest emirate – and perhaps the third best known, as well. Sharjah is also the most conservative emirate: alcohol is completely forbidden, dress codes are strict and no mixing of men and women if unwed. Not even a sheesha cafe to be found. Lively Sharjah Despite those [...]

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