My Luxembourg City – Part II
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  Oh you’re from Luxembourg? The waiter looked surprised, and quickly added: but it’s such a small country! Well, Luxembourg might be small, my friend replied, but the country’s still big enough for Mei to fit in there! I burst … Read More

“All Religions are One”: at the Temple of Cao Dai in Cai Be, Vietnam
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  We were touring in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and heading south towards Cai Be. Although the weather was cloudy and murky, we vowed to see something once we arrived at the Floating Market. Our guide knew that a storm was coming… … Read More

Exploring the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
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  Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City sports a typical late 19th century Neo-Gothic architecture. At the main entrance on Central Park West, we look up at the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt. … Read More

Spinalonga Island, Crete: A Step Back in History
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  As the boat drifted toward Spinalonga Island, I closed my eyes to embrace the warm Aegean wind.   As an archaeologist, I’m used to explore ancient ruins. But visiting an island abandoned only in the late 1950’s was new … Read More

Our 10 Favorite Castles in Luxembourg… A Quite Personal Affair
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  Did you know that there are more than 70 castles in Luxembourg that have survived since the Middle Ages? What if we celebrated our wedding in one of them?   Kerstin looked quite surprised when she realized that I … Read More

What you should NOT do in Luang Prabang, Laos
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  4am. The daily gong from Mount Phou Si first woke up the stray dogs. And soon, their howling stirred the roosters. 5 minutes later, they all quieted down, but the wooden floor above us began to crackle. The guesthouse’s … Read More

Exploring Cambridge University with a prospective student
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  Standing outside of the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, we carefully studied the paper map. King’s College, Trinity College, St John’s College… and oh look: here’s the Fitzwilliam Museum, and there the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology!   Soon, we … Read More

Eating our way through Crete
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I just climbed out of the shower as Kerstin almost ran me over. Oh my god, I just made a very old woman run uphill!, she exclaimed. She had been sitting on our guesthouse’s rooftop, observing the deserted Lasithi Plateau, … Read More

Back to Paris… beyond nostalgia
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Do you think it was really the right decision to leave Paris?   Sitting on the Quai des Tuileries, I dangle my feet and try to avoid looking into Kerstin’s eyes. A couple of Japanese tourists walk past us, then … Read More

My Luxembourg City – Part I
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  7:30 am. The train from Mersch was slithering along the rails. Soon we would enter Luxembourg City’s railway station. But the rattling wheels lurched to a halt on the Biisserbréck (Biisser brigde). The sun was rising. From my window … Read More

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