The Great Train Journey – part 5

Dorasan Station - 20180905 HH

By Hilbert Haar Seoul is a city of 10 million, roughly 250 times the sizes of Dutch St. Maarten. Entering South Korea is not a problem, because Europeans do not need visa. Finding your way around town is another matter. Mostly everything is written in Korean, a language I do not speak and I am not able to read either. Somehow, there is always somebody More...

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At the Dinosaur Museum - 20180829 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, September 16th, 2018

The Great Train Journey – part 4

By Hilbert Haar On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now – since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China More...

Tumen Ekh - 20180821 HH
By The Publisher On Monday, September 3rd, 2018

The Great Train Journey – part 3

By Hilbert Haar We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning – rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than More...

At the Gagarin monument in Irkutsk - 20180818 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, August 26th, 2018

The Great Train Journey – part two

By Hilbert Haar On a Thursday at 3 o’clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital More...

Beer-loving Ivan from Omsk on the train - 20180817 HH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The Great Train Journey – part one

By Hilbert Haar This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While More...

SXM Promotion at Red Square - Photo HH
By The Publisher On Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Homeless by choice

By Hilbert Haar My life as a global nomad began on June 26 when I stepped on a plane in Grand Case headed for Paris. Reality did not kick in immediately: I traveled with my wife Myriam from Paris to Amsterdam with More...

Hilbert Haar - foto Milton Pieters
By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The presumption of innocence

By Hilbert Haar The presumption of innocence is a crucial component of our judicial system. You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you are not happy with a court ruling you are free to appeal More...

Hilbert Haar - foto Milton Pieters
By The Publisher On Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

A liberating experience

By Hilbert Haar We’re getting closer to the beginning of our big trip towards Asia. St. Maarten is in the rearview mirror, after we left the island at the end of June. It is still weird not to be involved in what’s More...

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert on Caribbean female leadership
By The Publisher On Monday, July 16th, 2018

Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is More...

Julio R. Romney
By The Publisher On Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Understanding our Parliamentary Democracy Government: The nullifying of the political crises/dilemma

By Political Analyst, Julio R. Romney Knowledge is understanding – with the swearing in of the Council of Ministers on June 25, 2018, the ruling United Democrats/Sint Maarten Christian Party (UD/SMCP) coalition More...