Exploring Oregon: Drawing Hearts on Cannon Beach


Cannon Beach is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist destinations. At least in the summer and when the weather is mild. As soon as I saw the iconic haystack rocks in other people’s images, I knew that we just had to check it out. Especially since Microsoft uses it as one of their default background pictures (Have you ever noticed? There are some great Milky Way samples, too, as I found out the other day). Read More »

San Diego: Overall Impressions of Three Short Days

San Diego skyline at night
San Diego skyline at night

San Diego as a city managed to surprise me in every good way possible. I spent three full days in SoCal and, from what my coworkers, family and everyone else were telling me, that should have been enough to bore the heck outta me. Well, surprisingly, I found these three days just the right amount of time to get to know this lovely town and, contrary to my previous beliefs, I wouldn’t mind spending even more time here or re-visiting the city. From the first day, I saw quite some diversity in SD. Read More »

Old Town San Diego: Mixing Ancient With New


My second day in San Diego was about as action-packed as the arrival day. In the morning, I made my way over to Old Town San Diego, which is a good 30 minute ride by public transport from downtown. Old Town is perhaps one of the most touristy but also charming parts of the city. It literally consists of gift stores only, interspersed with touristy restaurants and other entertainment. Read More »