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Why I chose Taiwan over China

Since I began studying Sinology, for various policy-related reasons my heart beat for Taiwan.

Why I like Danes

Read some facts, anecdotes and very personal views about the author’s favorite neighboring country Denmark.

It wasn’t love at first feel with Taipei City for me

Although nowadays it’s a very livable city, Taipei in the 1980s was a pretty messy place to live.

Adding a personal touch to the Battle of Dunkirk

Two young British soldiers surrendered to my father during the Battle of Dunkirk. Others weren’t so lucky…

Having no health insurance sealed a motorcyclist’s fate

Nowadays, getting excellent medical help in Taiwan is actually the norm. But 30 years ago, a scooter accident went tragically wrong…

Buffalo Town, Taipei’s legendary apartheid disco

During my first night in Taipei I ended up in a disco called Buffalo Town, which in many ways was a quite special place.

Maiden voyage to Taiwan, the old Formosa

I arrived in Taiwan for the first time in 1988. This is the first posting about those good old days.

Personal background and name choice

I'm neither Dutch nor am I a sailor, but in a way I identify with that legendary figure. Please read a little about the reasons for my cosmopolitan restlessness.

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