Year: 2016

Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2016

This is end-of-year post #9 (all prior ones here). So what happened in 2016? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. I’m not going to lie: Globally and politically, 2016 was a messy year: Not cool. Political institutions and alliances have been…

Days 12-15: Hong Kong

Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement the blog posts to this work trip to China which you can find using the [Viewsource tag](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/viewsource/). Day 12 We’re off to Hong Kong. The border crossing seems a little awkward – you leave…

Zephyr Berlin

Zephyr Berlin:Pants that travel well and are built to last. For women and men. Made in Berlin with environmentally friendly Swiss performance fabric. Successfully funded via Kickstarter. Co-founded with Michelle Thorne. (website)

Days 6-7: Shenzhen

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* Excellent, extensive Szechuan lunch with the Over a dozen dishes and an intense conversation we don’t notice how two hours pass. This is good. *Long discussions happen over shared Szechuan lunch.*…

Day 5: Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* At Taoyan Village we try to have breakfast. Somewhat overwhelmed by the long line behind us (you order as you go in) we randomly order everything kinda wrong, but still delicious.…

Days 3-4: Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* Day 3 is mostly a tourist day. It’s my first time in Shanghai, so I have some boxes to tick. First up, laundry service. Turns out the local laundry doesn’t just…

China day 2: Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* We kickstart the day with a late breakfast dumplings. There’s no better way. It’s truly a breakfast for champions. Ready to go! We chase down the dumplings with excellent coffee and…

China, day 1: Arriving in Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* We arrived in Shanghai. We even made it to the hotel, against all odds, and unlike Michelle’s luggage. Time for emergency food. We poke our head into the Jing’An shopping mall…

Rotterdam delivers!

Michelle and I were invited to speak at a ThingsCon Salon in Amsterdam. Our local host and good buddy Marcel would put us up with his family – in Rotterdam. I hadn’t been, had heard many good things and met many exceedingly nice folks from…

Sintra, Portugal

Historically, Sintra has been a retreat for the rich. Just a short trip south of Lisbon, the small mountain town situated in cooling valleys and woods, was an obvious choice to reatreat from the sweltering heat of the city. It’s gorgeous. Long before that, around…

Souvenirs of Lisbon

One of the particularly enjoyable duties/joys I have in my life, since launching [Dearsouvenir magazine](http://dearsouvenir.com), is to scout for great souvenirs and souvenir shops wherever I go: Makers of traditional goods, local designers, haberdashers and the like. Before they even make it to the magazine,…

Arrived in Lisbon

Arrived in Lisbon. It’s 5am and I’m wide awake. The sky hasn’t quite begun to lighten up. It’s a quiet and windy night. As I’m standing on the balcony a single cab quietly drives by. The neighbors are drying dresses and blankets off the balcony.…

Portugal travel log – Algarve

I try to write down first impressions while they’re fresh: There’s a day or two in which the colors, the noises, the smells of a place are new and unusual; then the brain adjusts and it becomes a regular place. Those early days are the…

The network provides: Lisbon

Office for the day. like! pic.twitter.com/Xms1J6WdmD — Peter Bihr (@peterbihr) May 16, 2016 As we’re setting up shop in Lisbon, Portugal for a few weeks, I did what has become a beloved and much appreciated – really, priceless – ritual: I took to Twitter and…

Milan during Fuori Salone

So, Milan, eh? Turns out I had never been to Milan. To be honest it had never really occured to me, actively, that I hadn’t been: It’s such a household name of a city when you live in Europe that *surely I must have been…

Dearsouvenir

Dearsouvenir is a digital travel and shopping magazine that helps explore a destination through souvenirs and the delightful stories behind them. In collaboration with Wolfgang Macht (Netzpiloten) & Carry-On Publishing. (website)

The Good Home

The Good Home is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the future of living in our homes Co-founded this collaboration with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, with a growing line-up of collaborators and contributors.(website)

Understanding the Connected Home

Understanding the Connected Home is a collection of essays about the questions, challenges and opportunities brought about by increasingly connected homes. Co-authored with Michelle Thorne, published as a free ebook. First published in 2015, fully revised and updated second edition published in June 2016. (website)

Destination Helsinki

Until 2014, I had never set foot in Finland. Since then it’s become a constant companion in my life. This first visit was during a summer roadtrip. M and I decided to fly to Stockholm and drive north through Sweden, into the Arctic Circle and…