Kowloon-induced ponderings

I am not a pioneer, that much is sure. There have been many of us “gweilo’s” here before. But more than ever in recorded history. Interaction between the East and the West goes back, way back. The Silk Road, mostly an overland network of trade routes to the riches of the Middle Kingdom, was established…

Big dipping the pen in the ink

(Wenchang Wang 文昌王, a Taoist deity physically represented by the Big Dipper/Ursa Major) After an arduous journey, if I’m allowed to call it that, of over 24 hours, I was only half-aware I had arrived. Luckily my backpack had followed me all the way, because I wouldn’t be surprised if it got lost on the…

Icarus at the bazaar

Waiting for my plane in Brussels, I knew I was in for a long journey, by modern standards. It would take me almost a full day to get from the capital of Europe to that skyscraping hive of people in the Orient. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it, if I have to be honest.…

Shoulder of Orion

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.“ It was the 15th of December in the year of our Lord – or at…