Sunday, July 23, 2017

24 hours in...SINGAPORE

This is the fourth issue of the latest category on my blog which is designated to transform a - maybe forced - stay like a layover into a short extra-vacation. Of course these itineraries - one for a sunny and an alternative for a rainy day - are great not only for layovers but for any kind of a brief stay, e. g. during a vacation in neighboring Malaysia.

Marlion and Marina Sands Bay
Iconic view of Singapore: The Marlion and the Marina Sands Bay in the backdrop. But this is not the half of it!

Singapore with its population of 5.75 million is the second densest sovereign state in the world (after Monaco). Interestingly of this number a quite high percentage are non-residents, and its strong suite is the service industry such as international banks, insurances, etc. Therefore, although the official national language is Bahasa Malay (very close to Bahasa Indonesia), basically everybody is fluent in English since this is the main working language. With a percentage of 76 per cent ethnic Chinese and 7 per cent ethnic Indians, Mandarin and Tamil are official languages, too. And just like the population presents a colorful variety, the city itself with modernism next to traditions, financial districts and shopping malls close to ancient jungle does, too. I first got to Singapore because I was on a trip to Malaysia and thought that would be a good opportunity to visit it of a day or too. Actually I fell in instant love with the city that I find almost more vibrant than New York - and I love coming back. So if you have the chance to spend a day on a layover in Singapore, do it. I supply you with a complete itinerary that allows you to see as much of this fascinating place as possible.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ART AND ALPHABET - an exhibition in hamburg

Given the fact that Hamburg is Germany's second largest city, its culture scene is not exactly overwhelming.

Friederike Feldmann: Brico
Friederike Feldmann: Brico (acrylic on wall)
Poetic, tender painting of imaginary lettering - yet unlasting

However, after the Kunsthalle, the art museum housing Hamburg's most complete art collection, got remodeled from 2014 on, two years and 15 Million Euros later the curators seem to catch up with art venues in other German cities - like today's opening of ART AND ALPHABET pleasantly proves.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Greeting from Planet Earth"

I'm so happy: my blog's business card is ready; and it turned out even more beautiful than I expected.

"Greetings from Planet Earth" - picture post card
The card's front with photographs from Hawaii, Bali, Mexico, Peru, Viet Nam, and Thailand.

Referring to my blog being a travel site, I designed the card in the style and size of a classic picture postcard - like those we used to mail in the pre-social media era. Very retro.

Monday, July 17, 2017

24 hours in...ZURICH

This is the third issue of the latest category on my blog which is designated to transform a - maybe forced - stay like a layover into a short extra-vacation. Of course these itineraries - one for a sunny and an alternative for a rainy day - are great if not only for layovers but for any kind of day tripping.


Zurich lake. bye:myself
Look back at...Zurich.
Photo: Zürich Tourism / Martin Rütschi

Zurich has almost 400,000 inhabitants and is Switzerland's largest city. It is - like the country's capital Bern - located in the German speaking part of Switzerland. It is mainly known as the rich, expensive financial center. But the river Limmat, the Zurich lake, and of course the circumjacent mountains make Zurich one of the cities with the highest quality of life - but at the same time the highest costs of living. Despite Switzerland's squeaky clean reputation, they have a long history of unusual, quirky artist personalities. Already hundred years ago the Dada-movement started at Zurich's Cabaret Voltaire. Today there are free spirits like conceptual artist and musician Dieter Meier, ingenious video artist Pipilotti Rist, or the hysterical projects by Peter Fischli and David Weiss - who unfortunately died in 2013. So Zurich with its large number of museums and galleries is a pleasant destination to be explored on a day trip or for a couple of hours during a layover.