Saturday, 3 December 2016
Sunday, 27 November 2016
When I told family and friends I was going to Jordan for a conference, many asked me if I was mad. I guess there is reason to think a person is mad to go to the Jordan right now; it's got some hot headed neighbours. Syria has been in a state of war for 5 years, Saudi Arabia is at war with Yemen, we all know what happened in Iraq and Egypt has its share of terrorism in the last years and then there is Israel. But Jordan has remained pretty calm. However tourists are staying away and I don't understand why.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
When I was in the Thai capital a few weeks ago, it wasn't my first time. So instead of visiting the bog standard tourist hot-spots I was looking for quirky things to do in Bangkok. Here is what I got up to.
Jim Thompson House
The first place I visited was the Jim Thompson House. It is the house of the American entrepreneur who settled in Bangkok and started a silk business. He had a successful career, but unfortunately disappeared on a walk in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia in 1967. His house was turned into a foundation and museum and gives an amazing insight into what Bangkok life was like in the first half of the last century. At least for the fortunate ones.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
My quest for ethnic restaurants in London led me to have Uzbeki food at Samarkand this week.
It was also a lovely reunion with a friend who has recently moved back to the homeland across the North Sea, so a double whammy.
Samarkand is a fairly new kid on the block and opened earlier this summer and I had been dying to try it out. The restaurant is located in a basement just off Charlotte Street. It was a bit hard to find as there was only a blackboard outside stating that the buff bouncer was guarding the door to a restaurant and not some swanky nightclub.