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National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei

I visited the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei in September 2016

The rain was pouring down as I approached the shrine. Rain like we never have in Norway, never downpours like this. A deluge of water coming from the skies, not a dry spot to be found. Except under my umbrella. Under here it was still nice and warm. The rain did not make the temperatures drop, it was still just over 30 degrees. The trepidation only increased the humidity, making it feel even warmer. I wasn’t 100% dry under my umbrella. I was sweating heavily.

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Sightseeing in Rome

I went sightseeing in Rome in April, 2008

I didn’t quite see what the thing with the Spanish Steps was. They were steps. Maybe more beautiful than other steps, I don’t know. I just did not see it. Tourists filled the steps taking pictures, selfies, blocking the way. We did the same ourselves. Have to document that we had been here.

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Gediminas’ Castle. Vilnius, Lithuania.

I visited Gediminas’ Castle in Vilnius in May, 2016

Gediminas’ Castle is easily spotted from near the cathedral in Vilnius, resting on top of a hill, visible in all directions. Now mostly a ruin, a small portion of it has been rebuilt or restored, the tower reconstructed in 1930 the most easily visible structure from below.

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Book Review: One Summer

One Summer by Bill Bryson

I read One Summer by Bill Bryson in February 2016

The summer of 1927 was an extraordinary summer in America. Charles Lindbergh was the first one to fly non-stop across the pacific ocean, Babe Ruth was hitting home-runs like never before, America was the center of the world. The richest, most powerful country that ever existed. The stock market was booming, the future looked promising.

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Himeji Castle

I visited Himeji Castle in July, 2015.

Himeji Castle is visible the instant you exit Himeji train station. A long, straight road, lined by trees, go straight from the station to the castle. The castle sits atop a hill, shining white, glistening like a jewel in the sunshine. Beautiful. It is easy to see why the castle is nick-named Shirasagi-jo or White Heron Castle.

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Book Review: Through Another Europe

Through Another Europe: An Anthology on Travel Writing on the Balkans. Edited by Andrew Hammond.

I read Through Another Europe in June 2015

Through Another Europe is a book about the Balkans. The Balkans is an area where I haven’t travelled a lot, but which I would love to visit. I have only been in the Balkans twice. Five years ago, in August 2010, I visited Dubrovnik, earlier this year I visited Sarajevo. I loved both places and soon I have to return to the Balkans for a longer visit.

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