Rainy Days in Normandy

I was thinking of you when the rain began. The air was heavy around me with the scent of fresh grass and mud and something like salt, and suddenly everything was wet. The rain stayed for days, the sound helped

Rainy Days in Normandy

I was thinking of you when the rain began. The air was heavy around me with the scent of fresh grass and mud and something like salt, and suddenly everything was wet. The rain stayed for days, the sound helped

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The Castro, San Francisco’s Gayest Neighborhood

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood has a storied history that is more interesting than most people I’ve met. Around the time of the California gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s the area attracted large groups of Finnish seamen looking

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The Castro, San Francisco’s Gayest Neighborhood

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood has a storied history that is more interesting than most people I’ve met. Around the time of the California gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s the area attracted large groups of Finnish seamen looking

Camping in Nuuksio National Park

Here’s somewhere I never thought I’d find myself – spending a summer Saturday cramped into a tiny tent on soggy ground, deep in the forests of a national park. But that’s exactly where I ended up in early August. And the

Camping in Nuuksio National Park

Here’s somewhere I never thought I’d find myself – spending a summer Saturday cramped into a tiny tent on soggy ground, deep in the forests of a national park. But that’s exactly where I ended up in early August. And the

A Wedding at Meiji Shrine

Japanese wedding processions are quite foreign to me, and I never really thought I would end up in the middle of one. But that is exactly what happened on sunny Saturday outside of Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. A huge crowd had

A Wedding at Meiji Shrine

Japanese wedding processions are quite foreign to me, and I never really thought I would end up in the middle of one. But that is exactly what happened on sunny Saturday outside of Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. A huge crowd had

Alternative Antwerp

Antwerp is one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe, but it’s often left in the shade of its neighbors, such as Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. That shouldn’t be the case, since Antwerp can offer pretty much everything that those

Alternative Antwerp

Antwerp is one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe, but it’s often left in the shade of its neighbors, such as Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. That shouldn’t be the case, since Antwerp can offer pretty much everything that those

Paris Blues

There’s a special kind of beauty to Paris after dark. The city of lights, it’s called, and not for nothing. The city seems to shine brightest enveloped in the darkness of night, shimmering softly when light hits it. Paris is not

Paris Blues

There’s a special kind of beauty to Paris after dark. The city of lights, it’s called, and not for nothing. The city seems to shine brightest enveloped in the darkness of night, shimmering softly when light hits it. Paris is not

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San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf used to actually house fishermen, years and years ago. Nowadays it’s closer to a glorified mall, mostly existing for tourists. Actually all the locals I’ve met say they avoid the neighborhood with more vigor than they would

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San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf used to actually house fishermen, years and years ago. Nowadays it’s closer to a glorified mall, mostly existing for tourists. Actually all the locals I’ve met say they avoid the neighborhood with more vigor than they would