Three Weeks in Sri Lanka

“Cabin crew, please be seated for landing.” As you would expect from a well-prepared traveler this is the moment I realize we have no plan for our three weeks in Sri Lanka. Feels good, doesn’t it? Now we are on final approach let's evaluate what I know about Sri…

Yokohama

A sunny morning in Yokohama, Japan captured with an iPhone. I randomly included Yokohama as a stop in my one-week Japan Rail Pass adventure. For the rainy afternoon I brought out my Fujifilm X100s but I did not have much time lef before I had to catch another train to…

A Bizarre Tour in Banda Aceh

Remember this boat? On December 26, 2004 an earthquake, followed by a powerful tsunami killed an estimated 170,000 people in Aceh province on the Indonesian island Sumatra. The capital city, Banda Aceh was almost completely swept away by the tsunami. This fishing boat saved the lives of 59 people…

Bosu Book Street

In a small alley in southern Busan lies a hidden gem well worth a visit: Bosu-dong Book Street. You probably won't be spending a full day here but it's a welcome change from all the fish and food at nearby Jagalchi and Bupyeong markets. It all started in 1950 after…

Tea Country

Tea. I'm not a fan — nor am I a fan of coffee for that matter. Still, it's impressive to see how a single plant brought by the British in the 19th century has shaped Sri Lanka. Hundreds of tea plantations have transformed the landscape in a green ocean of…

Towering Marble Walls in Taroko Gorge

Colliding tectonic plates have contributed to the stunning scenery along Taiwan's East coast. This is where steep mountains meet the bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and where rivers have crafted deep gorges over the course of millions of years. The most famous of all is Taroko Gorge, where…