October 28, 2014

A Magical Spot in the Mountains - The Ju Ming Museum

In The North East Corner of Taiwan 

In a far away corner of Taipei, well, not really Taipei, but as close as you can get and still be far away, is an interesting little spot. How to get there with public transportation I don't know, but I heard that there is supposed to be a bus service certain days and times. If that is true or not, I don't know, but there are taxis and other types of tours, or you take your scooter, if you are lucky enough to have one.

Trust me on this one - it is worth the effort. 

The Ju Ming museum – 朱銘美術館(JuMing MeiShuGuan)- a magical place up in the mountains. It is worth going here just for the view but when you see the museum itself, embedded in the green, it's easy to be lost for words. 

October 25, 2014

In a Corner of Frankfurt

Did I Mention I Love Food?

In a corner of Frankfurt I found my little heaven.
A fantastic food market with foods from all over the world.

A market hall with long history, it has been around for a long time - and it is still going strong. I walked in, with my friend, and I was almost overwhelmed. It's an amazing indoor market, with stands all over the ground floor, and up, on the first floor, a balcony that goes along the market hall, giving you the view over the stands and what's going on, and going on it is - at least on a Saturday, this is one of the most lively little places I have seen, full of smells and aromas, people chatting, sales people offering their product, letting your sample, giving you tips on what to cook and how.

A walk around the market is like travelling to Mexico, over to India, via China, and back to Europe and France, over to Italy and returning to Germany, before heading out to Spain, and then down to Mexico again - and you go around and around and around and meet new parts of the world with every step you take. 

October 20, 2014

Through Europe with train

Travel Slowly 

Currently I am involved in a startup and studying at university. I have a degree from before but I'm in the process of changing. The beauty of that is I get to plan my own time.

It means I am not restricted to location, nor to a specific time. And I use my time wisely. I always travel with my books and most of the time with my computer - but I travel.

And as I am not limited by time, I can travel my favourite ways. I travel by train. And sometimes by bus/coach.

Recently I took the night train through Europe, through German down to Basel, and onwards through to Geneva.

It's a beautiful ride! The amazing landscape you are moving through, not the least in Switzerland, with the mountains and the big lakes, the rolling hills, the farms, the vineyards, the beautiful little villages (and a number of not so interesting concrete buildings), taking the train through Europe without any time pressure, I find it calming, relaxing, and very very fascinating, the contrasts are dramatic between the different parts of Europe, and the history is long and very visible, of kings and queens, emperors and powerful church movements - Calvinism in Geneva not the least - and empires. The Roman influences are still strong in many parts of Europe, not the least in the architecture.

October 14, 2014

The Five Foods You Should Never Eat

Five Foods You Should Never Eat

From the food we are eating we are getting nutrition and energy, food is important for every living being. 

Without food we can survive longer than we can survive without water, but still not very long. 

Food contains not just the energy that we need to but should also all the vitamins, minerals, the antioxidants we need to live a good life, or any life. 

But to stay happy and healthy, there are some foods you should never eat.

October 04, 2014

When I first got to Düsseldorf... NRW Forum, and the expats

Back at NRW Forum

When I first moved to Düsseldorf, Germany I didn't really know many people. I came here for work, but work was in another city. However Düsseldorf was the natural choice, as it is a very international city, with the international airport, with good train connections to the rest of Germany as well as the rest of Europe, and with a lot of people from all over the world. I didn't know that then, but Düsseldorf was even more international than I had thought, and it was to become the place where I feel at home. 

City building and high rises. Bride, RiverTo get to know my new city I went to a lot of museums, and I came across NRW Forum for the first time, NRW Forum that at that time was showing an exhibition called "Radical Advertising" - I saw it several times, and I really enjoyed it. 

When I heard through the grapevine that there was an English "Stammtisch", a regular English meeting at the NRW Forum Friday evenings  I decided to go and check it out - and that's how I first learnt about the English tour that was also at that point taking place at the forum.