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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Gulangyu Island, China.

August 2017. As amazing as the Chinese city of Xiamen is, the real inspiration for my trip to Fujian Province was the prospect of a visit to Gulangyu Island. Reached via a fifteen-minute ferry ride from Xiamen International Passenger Terminal, I was horribly unprepared for what a battle it would be to get onto one of […]

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Travel Report: Gorp en Roovert Forest, The Netherlands.

December 2010. I’ve celebrated Christmas all over the world throughout my life in destinations as far-flung as Belgium, China, England, Hungary, Scotland and The Netherlands. I was recently flipping through my photo archives when I found myself reminded of a long ago Christmas Day hike in Gorp en Roovert Forest in The Netherlands. Gorp en Roovert is […]

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Travel Report: Beekse Bergen Safari Park, The Netherlands.

October 2012. Anyone looking for an African style safari experience almost certainly wouldn’t think of The Netherlands! And yet Beekse Bergen Safari Park, located in the south of the country in Brabant Province, offers just the opportunity! This unusual wildlife complex opened its doors in 1968 and was designed by an English circus showman, Jimmy […]

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Travel Report: Live Music in Amsterdam.

Whether you’re an Amsterdam expat or just visiting, checking out the city’s fantastic music scene is a must during your time in the Dutch capital. There’s a host of amazing music venues here and most of them have been converted from historical buildings with rich histories. I got to visit a bunch of these sites […]

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Travel Report: Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.

September 2010. The Netherlands has an incredibly rich art history for such a small country. Moreover, a bunch of the world’s most famous painters were Dutch, including the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. However, bragging rights for the country’s most celebrated and influential artist arguably goes to a man known […]

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Travel Report: The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam.

October 2010. You can’t miss the imposing form of the old Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam. Dating back to 1867, this striking brown brick building served as Heineken’s main production centre for over 120 years until it finally closed in 1988. Having relocated to a larger, more modern facility in Amsterdam’s outskirts, the original structure was […]

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Travel Report: Queen’s Day, Amsterdam.

Back when I lived in Amsterdam, the biggest day of the year was always Queen’s Day. Livelier than New Year’s Eve and a damn sight crazier than Christmas, Queen’s Day Amsterdam took place on the 30th of April to celebrate the birthday of Queen Beatrix. However, the tradition of this intense, all-day city-wide street party […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Xiamen, China.

August 2017. My five day trip to the island city of Xiamen very nearly didn’t happen. In the days leading up to my visit, Typhoon Nesat swept through southern China. This caused considerable mayhem to Taiwan and mainland Fujian Province. In fact, just the day before my journey, all trains to Xiamen got cancelled! Luckily […]

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Travel Report: Railroad Culture Park – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. One of my favourite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. Railroad Culture Park stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometres of landscaped gardens set around a stretch of preserved rails. Popular with ramblers, dog walkers, joggers […]

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