Deadlines

My silence these last several days may seem like laziness but I have been writing or researching nearly every day, for my next assignment, and had to neglect the blog. The deadline is looming but for me its even sooner than required, as I want to submit it before my next journey. (I will have... Continue Reading →

Observations from Basel: Eating

Food is not only essential to survive, but also is part of the definition of a culture. When someone says "French cuisine", you immediately form an image in your mind, and perhaps imagine a certain taste in your mouth or scent in your nostrils. Pizza and pasta are strongly tied to Italy, but are both... Continue Reading →

Armchair traveling

Yesterday was World Book Day, which gives me an excuse to discuss the combination of two of my favourite activities: reading and traveling. For the past few years, I have made a habit of reading about a place before I visit. I don't mean that I read a travel brochure or guidebook in preparation (though I might)... Continue Reading →

Luxury in travel

Inspired by: Joy is both cheaper and harder to find than so-called luxury A few days ago, a friend of mine posted a link to this article about luxury travel and joy. The point was merely that luxury travel does not equate to joy-filled experiences, which seems obvious. I had never equated the two together before and was surprised... Continue Reading →

Observations from Basel: Introduction

I would like to do a regular feature on living in Basel, where I have spent the last eight years of my life and can't help but notice the quirks that set life here apart from life anywhere else. A lot of these observations could apply to Switzerland overall, or at least Swiss-German speaking regions.... Continue Reading →

Summer School

July 2016 One does like to keep an open mind when visiting a new place. That is why one is often quick to proclaim, “I have no expectations,” upon arrival. But this is hardly convincing. It would be more accurate to say that one does not know one’s own expectations until one is forced to... Continue Reading →

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