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Look Closer, Learn More, #GetAtHome In This World

MicroExploration: See the World – and Study

We have this story in our heads – or actually, these stories – of adventurers and explorers on the one hand, bookworms on the other.

Ideally, though, the two stories actually go together. In microexploration, in particular.

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Japanese Zen Buddhism’s Hidden Roots in China: Hunan’s Baoning Chan Temple

In #microexploration manner, seeking to look closer and learn more, I returned to  the Baoning Si Chan Buddhist temple this summer.

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Alocs Gongfu Cha Tea Set, the Basics

Ever thought of a tea picnic outdoors, maybe even during a hike, instead of espresso?

There is gear for that, in the form of Alocs’ Xun Tang (Xing Yun) Camping Tea Set.

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Learning to Live in China

I’m back in China. This being the third time I’ve come to live and work here, it feels like a homecoming – and living in China still comes with its own challenges.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but I think I can point to some usual issues. And provide my perspective, of course.

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The Long March to a China Work Visa

China has recently tightened the rules for China work visa, indeed.

What used to be a little uncomfortable more because it meant dealing with “scary” Chinese bureaucracy (but wasn’t), has become a lengthy and strange process…

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Prague Marathon: All Runners Are Beautiful

Prague. Beautiful city, from all I heard, only too close to Austria. So, I never visited. The Prague Marathon made for a good reason to finally remedy that. And to see the town in a different way from the usual tourist paths.

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Where to find the Best Gelato in Florence – and Why Social Media Might Not Tell You

A part of “microexploration” I particularly like is to think through food. Enjoy it, and consider connections.

Looking for the best gelato in Florence found a connection with one of my least favorite parts of social media, though: the network effect.

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Rab Flashpoint Pull-On: Ultralight Rain Protection in Review

Nothing worse in everyday adventures, be they urban or mountain microexploration, than getting soaked.

Rab gave me a chance (full disclosure: in the form of a PR sample, i.e. free product, without obligations) to try out an interesting piece of ultralight rain protection, their Flashpoint Pull-On

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The New Age of (Micro)Exploration

Exploration. A thing of the past, when there were still blank spots on the map?

Maybe not, if only we realize how much there is left, certainly for us personally, to learn and see.

Let’s call it microexploration.

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