Hammam new year

What’s merrier than past blending into now, extrapolating into future? Hot baths, marble, arab lamps, canned water, led panels, wifi routers, inflatable pagan ornaments.

Winter street food Athens

The mini winter street food of the historical centre will begin at Monastiraki square. (The fruit stands are deserted in the rain but koulouria are always dependable.)

A walk through the market alleys…

…leads to waffle cubes and cuteness.

Turning back and taking Ermou, the high fashion street…

means it’s time for creative-ethnic koulouri sandwich (resisting for now the roasted corn and chestnuts outside).

Walking through Plaka brings along the sun, lurking pigeons and sachets of dried nuts,

just in case anyone’s hungry on the walk towards Koukaki,

and to a warming souvlaki next to Syggrou-Fix metro station.

Right at an iconic urban spot for letting the day set in the halo of distant sea-reflected light.

A day at the expo

Passing over Daejeon’s iconic bridge…

…to disembark at Science Expo.

Every year in autumn it’s where big and small people can fly simulations…

Build cities by singing…

Meet the latest humanoids in person…

And be generally amazed.

Seoul squares

Convenience stores and coffee shops and tetris buildings. Someplace in the sprawling downtown.

At the other end of Yangmingshan

Through Yangmingshan mountain to Jinshan town by bus.

Fog, greenery, fog and the occasional blossoms.

At the small town, a temple of Manju.

And a street market and a coffee shop (with milk cream in the coffee and bakery-chain-level cakes).

And back, with flashes of places visited five years earlier.