Japan in pictures #3: Onimishi

Onimishi, beautiful and small temple town set in a hillside, by a river.

Japan in pictures. First stop: Hiroshima

Here's some long overdue pictures of my trip to Japan, starting with Hiroshima. I'm quite busy these days so I don't really have time to write an elaborate text covering the general atmosphere and my feelings while travelling the land of the rising sun, but I still have a lot of pictures (and 2 videos!)... Continue Reading →

Lost thoughts of a border crossing

Last month I discovered Terry Pratchet's Discworld novels and it's having quite a funny effect on my brain. I think he's my new favorite author. I'm sure a used reader will detect the influence on my writing. I guess I should mention that at the moment of scribbling this in a Vietnamese student notebook I... Continue Reading →

Bizarro world is in Vietnam

It's amazing how much opposites I have noticed when comparing Canada and Vietnam - and  I'm not talking about the weather. Opposites in life, in way of thinking, in how to deal with problems, in teaching, in every single aspect of life. I keep realising it when I talk about Canadian culture to my students. I... Continue Reading →

Berlini

Berlin: a king among cities. An island, standing alone in Germany. On this island, a park. The Mauer park.  Not one of the largest or most beautiful but certainly a staple of nocturnal and daylight activities, is  Prenzlauerberg's Mauer park. Once, it was a death strip, a zone between the Berlin walls where no one ventured...but... Continue Reading →

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