Baad, Austria

I’ve been back home for merely 24 hours. The first day home after a trip is always curious, the transition, the counting back in time – what was I doing at this time two nights ago? I was sitting in the dining room in the […]

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Call me by your name

Update March 17, 2018 If you remember the irresistible conversation and setting next to the piano: (Elio, playing piano) Oliver: That sounds different. Did you change it? Elio: Well, I changed it a little bit. Oliver: Why? Elio: I just played it the way Liszt […]

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Coming home

I came back home from Venice two days ago. Before I can get on working with all the photos I took during the trip, I feel like sharing a few thoughts on what it means for me to come home. A home is not necessarily […]

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End-of-year reflections

  I was picking out photos to go with this post earlier tonight, and I thought, I would like to have one from Hamburg, and another one from Beijing. Beijing is my hometown, I was there from September to October this year. Hamburg is where […]

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Tokyo, Japan

It’s been a month since my trip to Tokyo. Today I finally have a free day, without work, a terrible cold, house chores, or luggages to pack. So I finished off post-processing of a selection of photos I took and would like to share them […]

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Just before my vacation in the Alps, I had to go to Amsterdam on a short notice. It was my second time there and I decided to take my camera with me to do some shooting after work. I don’t know what triggered the idea, […]

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Retreat into the Alps

I took a few days off in the beginning of August and travelled south to Oberstdorf, a town in the Alps I had visited numerous times when I was living in Ulm. I knew the Alps region in its proximity pretty well, so I figured […]

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Architecture of Hamburg – I –

Here you will find a selection of the photos I took of various architecture in Hamburg. The photos I selected in this post perfectly illustrate the fact that Hamburg, an unconventional city in Germany, is a playground for architects as well as architecture enthusiasts (I […]

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Week in south Italy – Naples

Napoli, or Naples in English, Neapel in German – I had heard plenty about this place before going there. After my colleague in north Italy heard that I was heading there for vacation, he said, “Naples! That is nice, it is beautiful there, but…”. Do […]

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Week in south Italy – Procida

A few days ago I came home from a short vacation in south Italy. For the past few nights I have been going through and editing three or four photos at a time I took during the trip. I was only away for six days, […]

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Wismar, Germany

Happy first of May! I haven’t had the need to write in a long time – almost two months, that is. There has been a lot of traveling for work, a lot of work, and a lot of Sunday strolls with my camera. Recently, I’ve […]

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Overcast days

(A scatterbrained post with trivial thoughts here and there, now and then…) Overcast days don’t have to be as dull as it sounds, I have found them quite enjoyable when I just want to stay at home and relax, especially during the weekend. Usually I’d like […]

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Bremen, Germany

On Saturday I went to Bremen to meet up with a colleague/friend. We spent the day strolling around the city, checking out interesting shops, and eating good food. I pretty much stopped taking weekend trips with a state ticket (Niedersachsen-Ticket, in this case) after moving […]

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A winter reunion

Our family had a reunion this past holiday season in Europe. My parents flew from Beijing, my aunt from New Jersey, and I from Hamburg, with our arrival times all within one hour, we met up at the airport in Munich and started our journey […]

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Hamburger Weihnachtsmarkt

It’s the month of Christmas markets again! While I am enjoying being surrounded by lights and decorations in a metropolitan atmosphere this time in Hamburg, I am missing the much cozy, much more familiar (and fluffy and cute) Christmas market in Ulm and the few […]

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Where did independent thinking go?

A little while back, whenever a topic about the election was raised across lunch table, I often heard the following statements: A: “I don’t want Trump to win.” B: “Who does?!” “Most of Trump’s supporters are uneducated old white men.” “We will be one step […]

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St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

A little over two weeks ago, I went back to southern Germany for vacation. Two days in Ulm to meet up with friends, two days in Lindau/Bregenz for a half Marathon, then four days in St. Anton in Austria to trek in the Alps again, and […]

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Schnakenbek, Germany

It’s a bliss to be able to enjoy seasonal foods in their best times, bursting with flavor and pleasantness. Last Sunday I went blueberry picking for the first time, not hesitating over the 4 hour round trip or whether a Sunday is better spent with […]

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Stade, Germany

Stade is a small town about 70 km south west of where I live in Hamburg. Honestly, Hamburg is quite a big city for me, it still feels like I’ve explored only a fraction of it. And mostly for that reason, I hadn’t taken any trips […]

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To beloved Ulm

You will find here a series of photos I took with my phone in 2015 in Ulm, from spring to winter. Today is my last day in Ulm, the place where I’ve stayed the longest since I left home 10 years ago, the place where I could see […]

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Early spring in Ulm

Despite the warm temperature this winter, spring didn’t come any sooner than it did last year here in southern Germany. We are approaching the end of March and there are still  no signs of cherry blossoms… Guess I don’t get to see them this year in […]

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