About A Clear Blue Sky

A Clear Blue Sky is my personal blog. Here I share my thoughts, poems, and parts of my life as a Dutch guy living in another country, currently Germany. But I also use it as a publishing point for my empirical research into how new developments can help organisations improve their impact. Currently, I’m running a blog project with the aim of bringing EU citizens (and the occasional resident) closer to EU Politicians through a series of European Portraits.

I called this blog A Clear Blue Sky, because it represents, for me, a positive view on life. A view that focuses on finding beauty in ordinary things, and that when you take away the clouds, everything just looks prettier. With the first post on this blog, I tried to explain that in a poem.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you do by commenting on a post, or on this page. And, let me know if you don’t. Maybe there’s a lesson in that for me, and that is always appreciated.

Maybe you even feel the urge to buy me a coffee after visiting these pages. You know what? You can! Just click the button:

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Now back to the topic of commenting: this is a blog reflecting my personal opinions, thoughts and ideas. It is mainly about seeing things in a positive light, or about delivering constructive criticism. Sure enough with an occasional rant, but I’ll try to limit that. It’s not a platform for propaganda of any sort. Although I’m a big fan of freedom of expression, comments I deem to be propaganda, rude or otherwise unfit for this blog, I will remove.

Arjan Tupan

PS: you can also find me on twitter as @arjantupan. And my quick notes, snapshots can be found on Instagram, and anything I share about MOOCs can be found on Medium.

PPS: In 2012 I decided to write and publish a poem each day. And in 2013, I published a selection of these poems in my poetry debut “A rainbow in the fountain”. You can buy it on Amazon:

4 thoughts on “About A Clear Blue Sky

  1. Hi Arjun,

    I found your details on your blog, I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request!

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I am hoping to find English speaking expats to profile who are living in Latvia. I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV). The program is a spin-off of the popular House Hunters and has spent the last several seasons exploring the idiosyncrasies of buying real estate in other countries. HHI is about a personal journey of discovery and the making of life-long dreams.

    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different. A great deal of effort will be made to capture rich visuals and to provide sequences where viewers will be exposed to local vistas, traditions, lifestyles and architecture.

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter's Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

  2. Hi,
    I am sorry for contacting you this way, but I really wanted to get in touch with you.

    My name is Oana and I am a student at Aarhus University in
    Denmark working towards a thesis on Innovation. I have taken an interest in
    crowdsourcing initiatives, (commons bases peer-production on a different
    terminology) and tried to look at them from a different perspective. My
    hypothesis is that CBPP work as genetic algorithms in their attempt to solve
    problems. I have chosen two case-studies: OpenIDEO and Innocentive.

    I saw your profile on OpenIDEO and it would be of invaluable
    help to me if someone of your background and expertise could take the time and describe
    the phenomenon and its underlying mechanisms. I would really appreciate if you
    could answer a couple of questions either via skype or email. Please write to me
    at: oana.vuculescu@gmail.com or

    Thank you for your time,


  3. Dear Arjan,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Germany, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  4. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say :)

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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