Author Archives: Kim

Art and Culture in Berlin – Part 1

By | 14th May 2018

Berlin is a city recognised internationally as a global hub of culture and creative industry. It has an extensive and diverse range of art galleries, museums and centres for music and the performing arts. It is also home to a large number of film and television companies, media offices, architectural practices, design studios and fashion… Read More »

Potsdamer Platz

By | 11th May 2018

Often when visiting a new city I find it worthwhile and orientating to get some perspective on the city from a height. In Berlin, I headed to Kollhoff Tower, a 25-story office building located within the large public square and traffic intersection known as Potsdamer Platz. Getting to the tower involved a pleasant ride on… Read More »

Prague

By | 20th April 2018

It was early on a cold and wet morning, almost in the middle of April, when I left Stansted Airport for Prague. It had been overcast and raining periodically in London for several days and everyone was wondering when on earth spring was going to start. In Prague, spring was well and truly underway. It… Read More »

One Last Stop in Delhi

By | 18th March 2018

After dropping our bags and passing through security, we were waiting in the departure hall of Goa Airport with what must have been several hundred other passengers. As I surveyed the space, I counted no less than thirteen different shops, only two of which had customers, and both of those were food outlets selling microwave-heated… Read More »

Agra and the Taj

By | 5th March 2018

The Taj Mahal is a white-marble mausoleum located in the city of Agra, about 200 kilometres south of Delhi. It was commissioned in 1631 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved and favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal who died while giving birth to their 14th child. When Shah Jahan died more than thirty… Read More »

Sarnath near Varanasi

By | 28th February 2018

At the Kautilya Society Guest House in Varanasi, we met two young Indian students who were doing some work at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). We chatted with them over breakfast and lunch and were delighted we could finally have a conversation with some locals who didn’t have ‘making a sale’ as their main agenda for… Read More »

Shiva Temple, Varanasi

By | 27th February 2018

Most visitors to Varanasi, whether they are religious pilgrims or mourners cremating their dead, will make a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – the focal point of Shiva worship in the city and one of the most important Shiva temples in all of India. Vishwanath is one of twelve so-called Jyotirlinga sites. The Jyotirlinga,… Read More »