Ira and Jeffrey in front of a mountain lake somewhere in Norway
Somewhere in Norway

 

Kwerps: Reflections on International Living and Travel

By Jeffrey Baumgartner and Iryna Nikolayeva

This bloggish web site is a collection of thoughts, observations, reflections and ideas inspired by international living and travel. I hope it will provide you with three things: a sense of what other places and cultures are like; inspiration to look at your life in new ways and a laugh. But, I don't want to be overly ambitious. If you get two out of three of those things from any of our stories, I will be happy. Read on. Enjoy. Share your feedback!

 

New to this blog?

If you are new to this blog, I suggest you start with Touristless Venice, about my trip to Venice immediately after the EU lockdown was lifted. If you like a bit of romance, you'll probably enjoy Falling in Love in the Austrian Alps.

 

Latest stories

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The Answer Lies Just Around the corner (November 2022)
All my life, I've felt that the answer, some profound purpose in life, has laid just round the corner. Although I have experienced a lot in life, I am still looking for that corner.

 

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Exceptionally Nice Aarhus (September 2022)
We decied to stop over in Aarhus on our trip to Norway. We sort of fell in love with the Danish city.

 

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A Delightful and Thoughtful Family Trip to Norway (September 2022)
Ira, my sons and I went on a hiking holiday in Norway - and I got philosophical about hiking paths and the paths of life

 

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Europe's Business Lunch Rule of Thumb (September 2022)
As a rule of thumb, business lunches grow increasingly impressive as you go south and boring as you go north.

 

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A Solo Journey to Aosta Valley (June 2022)
I took a quick trip to the Italian Alps. Travelling alone, I had plenty of time to think about travelling alone.

 

More stories
Check out all of our stories here.

 

Note: stories are in order of when they were written. The dates in brackets are when the stories took place.

 

 



Other projects by Jeffrey include: Jeffosophy - essays on stuff that he has learned over the years; Ungodly.com - a collection of his recent artwork; and The Imagination Club - hosting experimental workshops in Brussels.