There is no way to see the real face of Cambodia overlooking its tortured past imposed by the 1975-1978 Khmer Rouge regime; even if there is, it is probably the wrong way. Tuol Sleng prison (S-21) and Phnom Penh’s killing fields (Choeung Ek Genocidal Center) stand as the eternal witnesses of a genocide that cost the lives of more than two million people.
A visit to the floating villages of the Tonle Sap lake is one of the most humbling experiences you can have in Cambodia. When I found out about them, I knew I had to find the right guide for this, a guide who wouldn’t treat these communities as human zoos, where you go in and Read more
Apsara dance is one of the cultural elements of Cambodia no one should miss. According to the Hindu mythology, Apsaras were beautiful female creatures that descended from heaven to entertain Gods and Kings with their dance. Their name means “celestial dancers” in ancient Sanskrit. Legend has it that they were born from the Churning of the Ocean of Milk and thus, they are messengers of peace between Kings on earth and Gods in heaven.
We were not really planning this trip. Air China arranged it for us by rescheduling our flight to Phnom Penh for the next day. Thankfully, this was a month before departure, so Dora and I had plenty of time to check what we could do for one day in Beijing. One day is not enough Read more
There are four main ingredients in Khmer food: rice, fish, prahok, and kroeung – the last two being unique to this mouth watering and tasteful cuisine. Below you can read just some of the foods you should try in Cambodia. Rice is not only present in every Cambodian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is also Read more
I’m no different to the other thousands of Greek people who left their home country in the recent years. We were unemployed and we made the obvious choice, to get a job, anywhere we could. There was and there is no heroism in this. It was our choice, so complaining about it is just moronic. Read more
Yesterday, I attended with some friends the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It is the oldest ongoing ceremony in the world, carried out, without fail, for nearly 750 years.
The Ceremony lasts only for seven minutes, commencing at exactly 9.53 pm. Escorted by Foot Guards, the Chief Yeoman Warder (who must have served in the armed forces for more than 20 years) locks first the Middle Tower Gate (39) and then the Byward Tower Gate (38). Once locked, none of the gates can be opened from the outside, even if someone had acquired a set of the Keys.
There are many reasons to go to Paris. One of them is to stroll around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This is the beloved neighbourhood of many writers, artists, and intellectuals of the past centuries: Voltaire, Rousseau, Marquis de Sade, Hugo, Hemingway, Ionesco, Joyce, Miller, Kerouac, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Picasso, and Brecht. Are you dizzy yet? I have Read more
According to author Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is “the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns”, but this is not quite right. “Several Internet contrarians claim that Bradbury confused Celsius and Fahrenheit, putting his estimate off by 391 Fahrenheit degrees. They cite as evidence the Handbook of Physical Testing of Paper, which lists paper’s ignition temperature as 450 degrees Celsius.” 
I met Robert Doerfler on Instagram a few days ago when I posted a photo of my old typewriter.He “liked” it and, as I didn’t know him, I checked out his account only to find out that he is a typewriter artist, based in Germany. To be honest, I had never heard of this art before, but I spent a good amount of time meticulously looking at his pictures. Then, I decided to interview him.