Month: February 2016

Day trip to Versailles

For my birthday, I took a day off, hopped on the Thalys high speed train to Paris, fetched my sister and went on a day trip to Versailles. I had last gone in the spring of 1999. I do not remember much, except that I found it eerily empty. It was probably in preparation to the renovations they had planned,…

Barbary coast

San Francisco is a city born in the gold rush. Within a short time it went from a small town of some 1.000 people to the biggest city on the West coast. On March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, an then built the Mission San Francisco de Asís, what is today Mission Dolores. Some years…

Power of the hug

We’ve all been in a position when we simply needed a hug. From a friend or family member, or heck, sometimes even just a random stranger. As humans, we know the power of the hug. It relaxes, releases hormones, relieves tensions and stress. Even just a single hug does. So now think about getting dozens of them. Which is what…