Utrecht

Greetings once again from a FlixBus! Currently on my way to Copenhagen and these buses seems to be the only place I ever get time to write. Last we heard of our strapping you protagonist he was on a late nights bus headed from Antwerp to Utrecht. What he didn’t mention though is that he had messed up his accommodation plans like an idiot. Yes, it’s true. I accidentally booked my hostel for the night after I was arriving in Utrecht. When I looked again, there was nowhere cheap to stay. Luckily video games came to the rescue once again…

Antwerp

My next destination after Lille was supposed to be the Netherlands, but since I was going that way I thought I might as well stop in Antwerp for a day. I arrived at night, slept in a hostel and then left the following night. I was up bright and early and my first was a wild goose chase orchestrated by Joon (previously of Antwerp now of Reykjavik). I was told to visit a certain square and “look to the ground”. What I supposed to be looking for was the image of a nude woman laid into the stonework of the…

Lille

After four exhausting days in Fontainebleau I had a night in Paris before catching a bus to Lille. I had 3 nights in Lille and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was graciously hosted by new friend Kevin Bradshaw, who was really great to me. Kevin has 3 housemates, all of whom are excellent. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, which was a lovely change of pace from the intensity of Paris and Font. On my first night in Lille we met up for supper and drinks with Armel and Delphine from Klondike. They both do very cool work…

Fontainebleau

After a spree of touristing (yes it’s a verb, mom) and city life in Paris and Berlin I was itching to get outside, be in nature and of course, touch some rock. Just an hours drive drive South of Paris is the legendary bouldering destination of Fontainebleau. I simply had to sample the stone for myself and so I hastily put together a ramshackle four day climbing trip. Planning this wasn’t particularly straightforward as I was without many of the standard resources you need for a decent climbing trip. I considered many dodgy plans including camping by the boulders in…

Le Tourisme Troix: Montmartre

Montmartre was the destination for my third day of Parisian tourism. Montmartre is an old hilly district of Paris that somehow survived Haussmann’s renovation and thus still sports the old narrow streets. The place has a lot of historical and cultural relevance due to the fact that it was the artistic hub of France in the early twentieth century. Many artists had apartments or studios in Montmartre, including the likes of Picasso, Dali, Monet and Van Gogh. The skyline of the area is dominated by the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which I decided to visit first. Aside from some fairly aggressive con-artists/thieves,…

Le Turisme Deux: Tourist Harder

The day after The Walkening I went on a veritable tourism rampage. It will be hard to top by any human ever. I woke up early and ate enough free hostel breakfast to feed a small family of walruses (lifehack: take advantage of free food) before immediately setting out for Notre Dame. I could tell you how big these things are, or describe the stained glass or whatever. But to be honest, I don’t have any unique insights into things like Notre Dame. It’s Notre Dame; the world famous cathedral. So I’ll let some pictures do the talking. Also, my…

Le Tourisme Un: The Walkening

Following the success of The Berlin Tourism Enthusiasts, I decided to turn it up to 11 in Paris. I loved it in Berlin, but truth be told I was itching to move on and explore. One of my biggest sources of anxiety about this trip was wondering how well I’d handle travelling alone. It’s still too early to tell, but the signs are promising. Being introverted helps I think. Anyway, I was really looking forward to having a bit more independence and exploring Paris at my own pace. Turns out the pace I wanted was 100% relentless. I arrived by…

Going to Stugan!

If you’re reading this then you’re probably not too far from my social media circles and you probably know this already, but I got accepted into Stugan 2016. Stugan is non-profit games accelerator that takes 20 or so promising indie developers and sticks them up in the Swedish woods for two months so they can work on their dream games. They expect nothing in return, except that you work hard on your game. It’s an unbelievably cool initiative and a incredible opportunity to say the least. I submitted with Kingdom in the Sky with Marc and Dorianne. This is a…

Berlin Tourism Enthusiasts

The day after AMAZE coincides with a monthly 8-hour game jam called the Berlin Mini-Jam. The place was overflowing as many of the festival goers, including myself, pitched up to make games. Over 30 were produced in total. Personally I really enjoyed jamming with new faces and seeing the different styles of designers that I’ve never seen before. The game I made is called Triangle Sports; a two player competitive game where you control a triangle with an arm, and attempt to juggle a watermelon through a hole in the roof. I like the control scheme. I think I can…

AMAZE Berlin

If any of you are unaware, I’ve recently embarked on an 88 day trip around Europe. The maximum amount of time I could travel with a 90 day visa and a limited budget. I’m currently patiently waiting inside Berlin’s finest (I assume) laundromat. In fact I’ve been in Berlin for the last week or so. This post is about that week. I had a lovely plane trip from Cape Town via Joburg and Abu Dhabi where I read Spelunky by Derek Yu cover-to-cover. It was as excellent as I’d hoped. I also got to share my plane trip with Ben…

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