My birthday weekend in Hangzhou

Having talked about going to Hangzhou for easily a year, my birthday weekend seemed like the perfect occasion for a short getaway. Together with friends, we booked rooms at the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale (sounds fancy, right?) which is situated at the top of Hangzhou’s main attraction and UNESCO world heritage sight: the West Lake….

Winter in Phuket

I was reluctant to write about Phuket for a long time, as I have mixed feelings about it. Sure I loved laying on the beach with 34°C sunshine or enjoying cocktails in the pool by the pool bar… but it just felt like everything and every person on that island was there merely for the…