Whitsunday – The Worlds only Pure Silica sand beach

Some of the most spectacular shorelines on earth are on protected land or are nearly impossible to reach. Whitsunday is one of those amazing destinations, and has won many awards included CNN`s 2010 – “The world`s most eco-friendly beaches.”

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Arlie Beach is a good place to go to find a tour company that can take you to Whitsundays for snorkeling, whale watching and to Whitehaven beach. Visitors are limited by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and must register with a tour guide for access this area.

The island is accessible by boat, seaplane & helicopter from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 Islands that make up the group of Islands discovered by the British adventurer James Cook in 1779. Cook called it Whitsunday after the day he found the area. The Christian holiday starting with Whitsunday celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. The week following Whitsunday, was one of three vacation weeks for the medieval villains. The day after Whitsun, remained a holiday in the UK until 1971 when the holiday was replaced with the Spring Bank Holiday.

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Whitehaven Beach is known for its white sands. It has beautiful scenery, and the 1.85 billion tons of sand consists of 98% pure silica which gives it a bright white color. Local rocks do not contain silica, so it has been suggested that the sands were brought to the beach via prevailing sea currents as the Ice melted and the sea levels rose over millions of years. Unlike regular sand, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat, making it comfortable to walk barefoot on a hot day.

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This powder sand is also so fine that it can damage electronic equipment such as telephones and cameras, but it is great for polishing up jewelry and scrubbing the body. It is against the law to bring sand back from this area, and you can be heavily fined if you get caught taking some.

To get the best view of the area when arriving by boat, you can walk up to Hill Lookout to see the inlet to this amazing white silica sandbanks and beach.

I spent a day with a sea rafting adventure tour group to snorkel the reefs and visit the beach and lookout. The reefs were damaged in April when the hurricane ….. hit the area hard. Several boutiques are still closed in Airlie beach, and you can see giant reefs on land several places after the storm. But the islands and the reefs are still gorgeous and colorful. I felt like swimming in an aquarium full of colorful fish and turtles. We also spotted two whales close by the boat during the day.

The next day I went in a tiny Cessna with 4 people including the pilot to check out this part of the Great Barrier Reef from the air, and see the Hill Inlet from the sky. That was truly worth every penny. I will let the pictures show you what nature looks like in this unique part of the planet.

8 days & 8 Iconic viewpoints visiting Sydney

The Blue Mountains

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Getting to the blue mountains is easy when you are lucky enough to know someone that wants to show you around. I was in luck as I was invited by my Australian family, whom I had never met before. We arrived at the blue mountains after a great road-trip, getting to know each other and having the worlds best coffee in a cowboy movie like mountain village on the way.

I absolutely love the street signs in Australia, so being lucky also means you get to stop and take pictures wherever you want.

The blue mountains best lookout is from echo point at Katoomba. From here you can see tree sandstone peaks towering more than 900 meters high among the cliffs of Jamison Valley.  The site is about two hours drive from Sydney, and buses and trains are departing Sydney for The blue mountains many times every day. You can walk down to the sisters if you like the thrill of heights, and continue all the way down to the valley floor at the base of the tree sisters. The valley floor is covered in rainforest, and 2,4 kilometers of board walk will take you through the rainforest dating back to the time of the Dinosaurs. I loved the pink gum trees and was amazed by the strangling fique trees that kill trees and ends up as beautiful hollow sculptures when the tree rots and disappears.

You can also take a gondola across one of the valleys for a scenic view, and decent from the top down to the rainforest in a vertical train ride. A great day for fantastic views, exploring nature, curing height freight and getting to know each other.

YHA – the Rocks

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Getting back from the mountain this afternoon to find out that Vivid was starting – we all met up at the rooftop at YHA in the Rocks. The view overlooking the harbor bridge and the Sydney opera house is priceless. The rocks are the neighborhood on the south shore of Sydney harbor where the first prisoners were sent from England in 1788. Back then it was the slum area, often frequented by sailors and prostitutes.

Today it is a lively Urban area full of history, chick cafes and excellent restaurants. The original Victorian architecture combined with steel and glass and niche stores makes this area one of the most popular areas of town.

Darling Harbour

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After checking out the Sunday morning market in the Rocks, we took the ferry to Darling Harbour for lunch. This harbor is situated adjacent to the city center of Sydney and is a giant playground of fun, food, history, and shopping. This is where you will meet Crocodile Dundee in wax and the wildlife world where you can meet a Koala. Shopping centers, food courts, museums, and entertainment for all ages.

The layout, fountains, and architecture alone are worth a visit. This is also where you can do all kinds of boat tours in and around the harbors.

Bondi to Coogee Walk and then some

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Sydney is so much more than a big city. The coast offers amazing cliffs and beaches, and if you surf, this is the place to try the board. If you are like me and love taking pictures, you will love the walk from Bondi to Coogee.

The walk takes about 1 hour depending on how many times you stop to take pictures, and there is a beautiful restaurant with fantastic views over the pool and sea as you get around the sculptural rocks near the beach in Bondi. After Lunch, We made our way to the ferry at Watsons Bay for more great views all the way back.

Ferry to Manly

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Take the afternoon ferry to Manly for a day at the beach and get back in the evening as the sun sets in Sydney.

Manly is a cute little city to explore with lots of shops and cafes. The sunset view of Sydney Harbor coming back is excellent.

Milsons point across the harbor bridge

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We stopped here early morning sightseeing. What a view over Sydney harbor. The Neighbourhood is a suburb just across the Harbour bridge from the Rocks and is a must see viewpoint of Sydney. When you come over the bridge, turn right, and you will see it.

Train station at circular quay

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I took a picture every time a stopped at Circular quay, so the station had to be on the list. From the platform on the second floor, you can see both the Opera house and the harbor bridge in addition to the bay walk with all the cafes and restaurants and the ferry terminal with the iconic boats arriving and departing continuously.

Bennelong Lawn

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I came over this lawn on my way past the Opera house going to the Botanical gardens. Both of which also is great viewpoints of Sydney. If you are at the opera house, you need to go up the stairs to the park to see this view.

The park also makes for a pleasant stroll and is connected to the botanical gardens. Both picturesque and worth a visit.

Shangri-La Blu Bar on 36

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A nice glass of wine with amazing people is always the perfect ending to the fabulous days. There are several places I could recommend but this is definitely number one.

 

Melbourne – The Co-Working city for Female Entrepreneurs

The most livable city in the world – the two-time winner of this prestigious competition, Melbourne did not let me down. I just spent a month living and co-working in this Metropole in the south of Australia. Being winter there at the moment the weather is still better than most Norwegian summers. The city is vibrant and alive with concerts, art galleries and a beautiful architecture blend of Victorian colonial mixed with modern steel and glass skyscrapers. At street level, you will find numerous alleyways throughout the city. They are lined with coffee shops serving the best coffe in the world and the walls are decorated with beautiful murals and graffiti. To get around you can jump on the city tram system for free within the central business district. All you desire to enjoy a rich cultural life outside the co-working ecosystem – you will find it here.

Co-working is an amazing way to work that makes you sharpen your skills by sharing them and learning new skills from others sharing their skills. It is also where you meet like minded people that work on their start-ups, nomads roaming the world sharing the worlds problems and technological progress. It is where you can invite experts to brainstorm with you and be a part of a community of thinkers and doers that want to solve the world’s problems. Skill-sharing, mastermind classes and meetups are weekly happenings. After trying a few co-working places my first week in Melbourne, I decided to continue my Australien co-working experience at “One Roof”, a place specializing in catering to female entrepreneurs.

One roof has everything you need in a support network when you are working on materializing a new idea or taking your start up to the next level. The girls behind this Coworking place found a niche in the co-working marked, specializing in female entrepreneurs. If you need a mentor, coach, or wish to be in an incubator program, this is the place to join. Being part of a supporting ecosystem with more than 70 companies on an entrepreneurial journey you will expand your network, accelerate your learning curve and thrive towards your goals in One Roof.

I made amazing new friendships and watched companies solve problems and grow to new levels in the short time I was there. Every Friday afternoon it is wine down at the where we shared wine and cheese, and networked, getting to know each other better before ending the work week. I also attended several of the member companies events. She Mentors with inspiring and humorous talks focused on female imposter syndrome and how we sabotage our own success was a wakeup call. Speed Networking where we had 6-minute meetings with each company, working on our pitch and networking was incredibly useful to be better at both presenting ourselves and our ideas by dropping everything but the essentials.

Melbourne is the country’s technology hub and home to half of Australias top 20 tech companies. This is also the knowledge capital, and one of the global top five cities for international students. The government of Victoria rates technology skills as essential to their economic growth and supports the technology sector with the lowest rate of business tax of any Australian state. They also support R&D investments to a degree that KPMG ranks Melbourne as having the most attractive R&D location costs in the Asia Pacificalian state. Not bad if you are working on a tech start-up.

 

 

The Historical and Political Wine District of Australia

The capital city of Australia, Canberra – is the best place to learn about their political development and history. The city exists as a compromised agreement between Sydney and Melbourne about getting the Capital status. The layout of the capital is a result of an architectural competition won by The American Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, Marion, and it is built in one of Australias best wine districts. There is nothing not to love about this place.

 

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Capitol Hill Parliament building

 

The political scene is presented in a straight line from the capitol hill where the parliament is situated, to the war memorial on the other side of the Griffin basin. The parliament house has free guided tours every day at 09:30am, 11:00am, 13:00pm, 14:00pm and 15:30pm. You get to visit the house of representatives as well as the Senate, and you can take pictures. You are also allowed to sit in the public galleries during the parliamentary sitting days. The rooftop of the Parliament has an excellent view of Canberra, and you can log on and work from the on-site café overlooking the parliament grounds with a view over to the war memorial on the other side of the lake if you wish to spend the day there. In the heart of the building, the member’s hall is a mingling area for the members of parliament. The architecture is worth a visit, and this is also where the prime minister’s portraits are, and you might bump into a familiar face. Learn more about the parliament here.

 

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Old Parliament House – Democracy Museum

 

Just down the hill from Capitol Hill, you will find the old parliament housing the museum of Australian democracy. Enjoy the architecture of the house that was the federal government from 1927 until 1988 and learn the political history of Australia. In front of the old parliament house, you will see the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. It was established here in January 1972 as a response to the prime minister’s refusal to recognize Aboriginal rights to the land, minerals, and forests.

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War Memorial

People visit the national capital because it is the seat of federal government, and also because it is home to important cultural landmarks like the Australian War Memorial. The memorial is a shrine to commemorate the sacrifice of the young men and women who died at war. It is also a museum of artifacts and stories, and it houses an extensive war archive. The boulevard leading from the lake to the museum is lined with memorials of all the wars Australians were sent to battle, so renting a bicycle going up and down the avenue will give you the best overview of the history of war.

 

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The national gallery

 

The National Gallery of Australia is a work of art in itself. The architecture is worth a trip alone. The permanent exhibitions are free and display the history of Australian art, as well as contemporary art. A must see when visiting Canberra if you are interested in art, design, and architecture. Remember to check out the gardens as well as the inside of this art piece.

 

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The High Court

 

 

 

The High Court is situated next door and is a 40-meter high glass and concrete building. The High court’s public hall and three courtrooms are open to the public. There are court guides present to introduce you to the history, as well as the role and operations of the Court. If the court is sitting, you can watch the proceedings, following the high court’s etiquette.

 

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National Library of Australia

 

National Library of Australia is a library supporting creative and intellectual endeavor as well as learning. Expect to find documentary resources of national significance to Australia’s diverse culture and heritage. They also double as a publishing house releasing 18 publications related to natural history, art, photography, and literature a year. They also publish award-winning children’s books. They have a bookstore and an in-house café, and two floors filled with desks and computers to work from.

 

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The National Museum

 

If you want to be a part of the history of Australia, the most prominent place will be the National Museum. Their motto is “where our stories come alive,” and they do. This museum is a time capsule covering the history of Australia from the aboriginals until today. It is an interactive and fun learning experience for kids and grown-ups alike.

The national museum offers the ultimate Virtual reality experience with David Attenborough. Go back in time to explore earth coming to life and try diving the great barrier reef.

 

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The robot at Questacon

 

Questacon is the national science and technology center of Australia. They have more than 200 hands-on experiences to explore for people of all ages. This is the place making the future history. Try freezing your own shadow and experience an earthquake. Challenge a robot to play a game with you or free-fall down a six-meter long slide. Bring out your inner child and enjoy.

 

The history of producing wine goes back 160 years in Canberra. With 140 vineyards and 30 cellars within 35 minutes’ drive from downtown Canberra, a winery is an obligatory visit to the area. Learn the difference between the grapes and how they are combined and tested to fulfill every taste in wine. Riesling, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Tempranillo or Chardonnay to name a few grapes combined to make red white or rose in this area. Join one of the many tours offered to be picked up at your hotel and get back safely.

Visiting these informative sites will give you the 101 on Australien History. An excellent reason to visit Canberra.

8 Digital Nomad workplaces in Danang, Vietnam

Danang is the Ugly big city sister of HoiAn and only a half hour drive north. This town is a huge construction area, and even though there are finished buildings, the city feels like a giant building site. Closed roads and construction work makes this a noisy place to stay. I stayed at the beach side and had buildings going up on three sides, starting 07:00 until 20:00 most days. I am up early and started every day with morning exercise at the beautiful empty beach before walking 25 minutes to the city center to work at coffee shops and coworking spaces in town. The beach is just as beautiful as in HoiAn, but even though it is close to the city center, there are no people there. The ocean is colder here than in the warm Gulf of Thailand or the Indian ocean, but it was refreshing to end the exercise and start the day with a chilled dip in the morning.

Coffee, especially cappuccino is an important start of my work day. Danang certainly fulfilled my need for coffee. There are numerous great cafés to work from in the city center. Along the river boulevard between Han River Bridge and Dragon Bridge, you will find several super places for Digital Nomads and remote workers to work from.

My two favorites along the boulevard are “Waterfront” and “Namunamu.” They both have healthy juices, great food for breakfast and lunch, good Wi-Fi and power plugs to charge your mobile and computer at some of the tables. The view from the second floor is lovely from both places, but I found it was better to work from the ground floor where the light is better when you work on a PC.

 

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Den Da Cafè

 

If you are outside “Namunamu” facing Dragon bridge, take the first right and stop at “Den Da Coffee” on the right side. This coffee-shop is another favorite, with a great coffee selection, and cakes for your sweet tooth and afternoon work in an inspiring environment of bookshelves, a gallery, and a big tree from floor to ceiling, and fantastic light and interior.

 

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Wonderlust Cafè

 

“Wonderlust” is another café with excellent Wi-Fi, amazing coffee, power plugs and good cakes. I went in because my wanderlust is huge, so I loved the name. The second floor was my afternoon working hideaway every time it rained. The chairs are ideal for working, and the atmosphere is quiet and calm. You can find it on the main street, one street up from the river boulevard between the two bridges.

 

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Danang Souvernirs Cafè

 

If you follow the riverfront road north of the Han River bridge, you will get to the “Danang souvenirs and café.” This is an open spaces souvenirs shop and café with a garden. I found a table with power plugs on the second-floor gallery on a rainy morning and ended up spending the entire day there. Historic touch to the modern environment, excellent cappuccinos, and great light. Check out the pictures from ancient times displayed on the left as you leave.

 

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Moon Cafè

 

Another café worth visiting is the Moon café. They have a bar painted with graffiti, fresh interior and is on the third floor over the busy main street crossing dragon bridge east to west. The view is facing the bridge, and they have healthy smoothies and coffee. I was on the terrace on the third-floor working when the lights came on the Dragon bridge, nice. Great place to work for a couple of hours.

 

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Hot Desks at the Hub Danang

 

 

There are two coworking spaces in Danang. “The Hub” Danang is on the main street between the two bridges. It is on the fifth floor, and they have good office chairs and proper tables and a great view over the city center. They have what you need in an office, including Wi-Fi and printer, instant coffee and water. Their price list is affordable, and they have aircon. A great place to work, and if you like yoga, there is a yoga studio one floor down.

The other Coworking space is called “D Nest.” It is on the same street as The Hub but just north of the Han River bridge. It was closed when I was there during their Tet holiday. All in all, Danang is a good place to get work done. The constructions will be your alarm bell, the beaches are made for running, and the coffee shop culture is like in Europe, but without the large international coffee- chains like Starbucks.

Osaka city – Inspirational sightseeing for innovators

After spending 30 minutes, in a packed train, full of suits and no sound, I was happy to arrive at the Osaka station to hear the noise again, making sure my hearing was excellent. It amazes me that all the trains in Japan are more silent than a church with “silence please” written everywhere.

The area you arrive in is called the Umeda Area. Exiting the station, you will see a mall called “Grand Front Osaka.” Go inside and be amazed by the architecture, make your way to the contemporary Mercedes coffee shop, that doubles as a store selling merchandise and cars. The first of its kind.

This mall is a test station where products are tested on consumers before they are mass produced. On top of the building, there is a start-up hub called “the knowledge salon,” subsidized by the Japanese government to get good ideas commercialized. They test the products at the mall. They have demonstrators that show customers the products and collect feedback to the entrepreneurs.

On the first floor, you can find the Café lab, where visitors can learn and share knowledge with their coffee by using the tablets on the tables. Go up the stairs and check out the AI personal shopping assistant, and try clothes on in a hologram of yourself. “The Active lab” is a place to experience new technology and to help design it even better. If you want to help create the technology of the future, this is the place to go. Read more about is here. The latest in fashion, branding, and interior from High profiled brands are also presented here, to get feedback from consumers before they mass produce.

Make your way to the top floor and have lunch in one of the themed restaurants and check yourself in on the interactive machine. Try the restaurant that grows their own vegetables or the one that breeds their own fish. Guaranteed free of toxins.

There is an underground passage from the mall to the Umeda Sky building. Make your way to the top to get a view of the city.

There would be another mall worth a visit, especially if you did not have lunch at Grand front. Hep five have a food court worth a visit. And the floor above is a game level not to miss if you want to see what is popular amongst the Japanese youth. This is where selfies are taken to another level. Using new technology to old ideas, you will a get a different photo booth experience, and there are many to choose from. If you are not afraid of heights, the mall also has a Ferris wheel on the roof. The view was great, and there is the obligatory photo at the end of the experience.

Across the street from Hep Five, you can get on the purple line, one stop to Nakazakicho station. Exit number two and check out this area of narrow alleyways and small boutiques and cafes. Exit number one will take you to the Tengo Nakazaki shopping arcade, leading to the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping arcade, that goes on for 2,6 kilometer and houses 600 stores. This is the longest straight shopping street in Japan filled with more than you can imagine.

From Osaka station, get on the JR loop line to Osakajokoen Station. Or, if you walked all the way through the arcades heading south, you can get on the purple line, one stop to Temmabashi station exit 3 or Tanimachi station exit 2 or 9. The beautiful gardens around Osaka Castle is a welcome break from the city. Go through one of the gates leading over the Moats surrounding the Castle and explore the gardens. The park area is famous for its Cherry and Plum blossoms. There a are hot seated fully automated public toilets in the area,  as well as food and coffee served several places in the area.

Make your way to the red Mido-Suji line station called Shinsaibashi Station. If you exit number 1 you will find yourself just outside Louis Vuitton, in the luxurious north/south going Mido-Suji shopping street, where the luxury brands line up along the road. Go one block east along the east/west running Nagahori dori street and enter the Shinsaibashisuji shopping arcade by Zara and walk south. This arcade is higher profiled than the ones in Umeda. You will encounter robot doormen, and At the end of the street, you will cross the famous Ebisubashi bridge. Stop and take in the neon light facades and giant commercials this space is known for. It is an explosion of colors and moving images. A stroll along the canal, stopping by one of the many eateries gives your legs a welcome rest, and your eyes a never-ending change in facade display.  

 

The canal is dividing the Shinsaibashi area from the Namba area. Cross the bridge, and you are in Namba. Walk straight and take the first street left. Dotonbori street is a continuous movie, of neon signs, commercials, and Japanese letters. You have entered the old theater district – Now a vibrant nightlife scene with restaurants and bars. The narrow streets south of Dotonbori has hidden alleyways with restaurants, bars and tiny shops in cobblestoned historic streets. The perfect place to have dinner. Hozenji Temple is a hidden gem to look for in the alleyways. Soak in the Buddhist tranquillity of this temple, In the calming light of the lanterns lit for the wisdom kings. The perfect ending to a noisy afternoon and evening.

If you need something from the supermarket, I would recommend trying a Lawson just north of the center. Close to the Panasonic headquarters, Lawson and Panasonic teamed up to make the new generation robots for supermarkets and are testing it here in a Lawson branch in Osaka. Get a basket, the groceries are scanned directly on the basket when you put it in. Put the basket on Reji Robo when you are finished shopping, and your groceries are packed while you pay. Straightforward and fast. The purple Tani-machi line at station Dainichi is the closest station if you want to check it out.

If you are staying the night, try the capsule hotels. You will receive pajamas, slippers, towel, and the bathrooms have all you need of toiletries. The capsule you sleep in has got its own safe, TV and mood lighting. This is high tech sleeping, ready to charge both you and your devices. Leaving Osaka, get on Shinkansen, the latest in superfast trains, and fly low to your next destination in these high-tech trains.

 

High tech capsules and Real life Geisha

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. This is the best place to sense the soul of the Japanese people and experience their unique friendliness, customs, and costumes. Walking around the east side of Kyoto, you can detect real life Geisha among the kimono dressed locals roaming the streets and temples. This is where I would recommend everyone to spend their first day in Kyoto, exploring the Japanese culture.

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Kimono dressed girls at Bamboo Forest

I decided to try the first-class room in a capsule hotel in the city center. At “first cabin Kyoto,” I got a capsule with a bed, a table and room for my suitcase. On my bed, I found a pajama, a towel, and slippers. The bathroom had everything you need of good quality toiletries like creams, facial wash, shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer, curler, and straightener. It was shared with the rest of the passengers of this hallway of curtain draped capsules, possible to close with a magnet to the wall. A new and good experience supplying an excellent value for money in the central city, just around the corner from the Shijo station.

To do the east side cultural experience, I would recommend walking or renting a bike. There is a bike rental one street south of first cabin Kyoto. Get on the bicycle and bike yourself one block south, turn east, cross the Kamo river and continue for a few minutes until you find the entrance to the temple Ontani hobby. Follow the gardens, temple areas and graveyard from there, all the way up to Kiyomizy-deira. At the top, there is a beautiful view of the city, and even though this temple is touristy it is worth the visit – you will agree when you get there.

Make your way from the temple down Matsubara-dori and turn right in to Sannen street. Wandering around the narrow streets is a delight for your eyes. Go Geisha hunting among Japanese families, couples or girls with their friends in traditional kimonos, walking along the streets, taking selfies or posing for, or with tourists. If you are lucky, you will meet a real-life Geisha rushing along the streets for their next appointment in this area.

The narrow streets have stores selling Japanese specialties and souvenirs. Sit down at one of the many coffee shops and be amazed watching life go by while sipping a good cappuccino, or go for lunch in one of the traditional restaurants to get a taste of Japan. This is also a good place to wander around in Zen gardens, seeing beautiful temples and learning about the history of Japan. Just make your way through the narrow streets to the Maruyama Park. This huge park has shrines, temples, and gardens to keep you going for hours.

Make your way back to the city center along the canals leading back to the river. You will see more traditionally dressed people, beautiful houses and the vegetation along the channel that changes colors with the seasons. Try the cacao marked cafe here at the end of the canals. If you like mysteries and books, ask the staff to use the cafe and get a code to enter the secret angel cafe hidden under the cacao marked. The entrance is out back.

I spent a few days in Kyoto and visited several other areas around the city. The bamboo forest, the Tenruy-ji garden, and Okochi Sangso garden in Arashiyama was a beautiful area and easy to get to by train from the city center if you like gardens. But if you have limited time and want to go for a nice hike I would recommend the Fushimi Inari, also called the Thousand Torii gate in the south of the city. Get on a train to Fushimi station and make your way through the thousand orange Torii gates from the tourists at the bottom of the mountain and all the way up. It is a beautiful tour, unlike any mountain walk you ever did before.

The most famous temple and tourist trap in town are the golden Kinkaku-ji temple in the north of the center. This is a typical tour bus temple. All through the city, you can find shrines, and temples, gardens and ancient buildings, but Kyoto is also a modern city. The famous shopping mall Daimaru, and the roofed Nishiki marked shopping street is worth a visit. The good stuff is found along the east-west running Shijo Dori Street outside Daimaru. The food court in the basement of this mall has many Japanese snacks to try out. Sweet, salty or sour, take your pick.

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Kinkaku-ji Temple

The niche cafes in the city are also worth a visit. If you need to work, have lunch among books in the chic Café Bibliotics. you can find it here. Log on and work for a few hours, and stop by the next-door bakery for a sweet snack when you are finished. The café culture is superb throughout the city, with Wi-Fi and themed interiors to give you inspirational environments. If you love avocados, like me, try the Mexican restaurant “Avocado” by the river here. Good food, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and a great view of the river is all part of the experience.

Japanese people are amiable and polite. I had people follow me to where I wanted to go on numerous occasions when I asked for directions. Kyoto is the best place to get a feel for the culture. This is where you get the ancient history – both visually and verbally. You will also experience the core of Japanese friendliness if you ask for directions, and the politeness as they line up behind each other going off or on trains, escalators or anywhere else there will be queues. Get on one of the crowded commuter trains and listen to the silence throughout the train trip. You can hear a needle fall as nobody is talking and no phones are ringing.

Gangnam Style – For Fashionistas, and Technology Lovers

Exploring Gangnam I got on the orange line five subway to Apgujeong first. The station is in the basement of Hundai shopping mall. This is a luxury mall and if you stop at this station it is mandatory to taste your way through the designer food floor. It is an interior dream of a supermarket and different restaurants slash fast-food desks where you can sit down and eat. I you shop in the supermarket, the cashier and the person packing the food for you are all dressed in chef like uniforms, clean and nice like everything else on the contemporary decorated floor.

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Hiroshima – Will history repeat itself?

I am writing this as the news from North Korea vows to put US military bases in Japan “under radioactive clouds” and threatens another Hiroshima – If war breaks out. The warning appeared in the Korean state newspaper “Rodung Sinmun”. The threat comes as the Japanese debates over changing their anti-war constitution, in fear that the conflict between Amerika and North Korea increase. Continue reading “Hiroshima – Will history repeat itself?”

4 Co-working places that “works” in Seoul, South Korea.

Ranking first among the top ten countries with the fastest internet in the world, the mother nation of tech companies like Samsung, LG, and Hyundai is a future-oriented country to follow closely. Coworking in South Koreas Capital is easy. Several new coworking spaces are being established these days, and the quality of them is changing fast from casual low key to professionally designed for tomorrow’s start-ups.

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Visiting the DMZ during threats of war and political chaos in South Korea

It has been a strange couple of weeks being a foreigner here in Seoul, South Korea. While the world is watching how super powers threaten to wipe each other out, we all know that if shit hits the fan, it will explode here in the city of Seoul first. Yet, life goes on as if nothing special is happening internationally. There are importent national events comming up this spring, that will change the political landscape of the country. The North Koreans threat, has been there for 60 years. They are more worried  about the new player, the American president.  Continue reading “Visiting the DMZ during threats of war and political chaos in South Korea”

Luang Prabang – Laos Cultural Capital

Welcome to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang. If you are looking for a clean, calm city, where you can bicycle around quiet city streets, watching beautiful colonial architecture, finding inner peace, and drinking great coffee while meeting your deadlines in chick cafes with acceptable wifi! This is your city in Laos.

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