Tag: friends

New Year’s on the Cape

I’s been quite a while since I posted anything here… mostly for the reason that I did not travel as much in 2016 as I used to. I bought an apartment this year, the home base, and coughing up the taxes and associated fees made me cut down seriously on the traveling I had initially planned. But for New Year’s,…

Sydney in the rain (again)

Sydney and me… it’s not a love story. To say that up front. The city is fun. Beautiful. The harbor, the green, the cafés, the museums… It’s just…. it’s always raining when I’m there. Fourth time here and it rained for 48 hours. Tropical rain. When I was here for 12 days during my round-the-world trip in 2014, it rained…

Return to Melbourne

Sometimes you have this inexplicable pull towards a place, a subconscious attraction that draws you to a certain city, and – without having ever set foot in it – you know you will love it. I had this attraction with Melbourne, years before I came here on 1 January 2014. Maybe it was the tales from friends, maybe it’s something…

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…

San Francisco, California

My San Francisco story

This winter, I celebrated another travel anniversary. My 20th visit to San Francisco, since 2007. Not bad, for nine years. My love story with the city by the bay started some time in 2005. A friend had recommended to me the Tales of the city books by Armistead Maupin. I hadn’t heard of them, but he talked about it with such…