Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scenes From Basel to Zurich

Given my limited time, I was able to squeeze in Zurich in my itinerary. I was also fortunate that Nicole Bataclan, someone I met and came to know a few years back in Stockholm, was currently in Zurich. So we decided to meet and see the city with her as my tour guide.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An Afternoon by the Rhine in Basel

A highlight of my stay in Basel was spending an afternoon by the River Rhine.  There was something calming about it,  sitting by the bank and watching the currents, the boats that passed by, the beautiful architecture across the river and the people whiling their time away.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Around Basel

It isn't difficult to figure out Basel. The place can be explored on foot. Or for tourist spots which are quite a distance from the city center, there is always the tram to make moving about easier. And for lesser carbon footprint, there are bicycles commonly used by the locals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello, Switzerland!

I have always wanted to see Switzerland, the land of cheese, chocolate and timepiece, but never got to during my past trips because it meant having to apply for a separate visa. But finally, Switzerland has become a part of the Schengen agreement which means that the country can now be included in the European itinerary without the worries of applying for a separate visa.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Till Then, Gummersbach!

Two weeks flew by so fast and our seminar came to its conclusion. We have learned so much from our speakers, from our field trips and more from the interaction with our co-participants and facilitators. It was truly a fun and enriching experience.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Around Dresden

For a couple of days, we had the chance to see the city of Dresden in Germany. They say that Dresden can be likened to Manila during the World War II as the city was also bombed during the same period. So let me  show you around Dresden through these photos. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dresden's Hotel Elbflorenz

Continuing with my entries on Germany...

We arrived in Dresden at night. We were brought to Hotel Elbflorenz where we were billeted for the duration of our stay in Dresden. It stood next to the World Trade Center and close to River Elbe.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Hundred Days. Life After Yolanda

It's been a hundred days since Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc on the coastal towns and cities in the Eastern Visayas region.  People lost their loved ones, their homes, their properties, their livelihood. Things will never be the same. I will never look at Tacloban the same way again. As I tread on the city streets and highways that still reek of decay, burnt debris and dead bodies, I will remember how this place was under water, of the many lives that perished and families displaced, how at one point this hometown became ground zero. I will never forget what I saw as I came out of our house after the typhoon.

Yolanda3 Ship

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