Asia

Sleepless Days

10
Jan
2014
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Gentleman taking a nap in Bhaktapur
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Think back to your last travel: a sight like this in Bhaktapur (Nepal) is relativelly common. Do you remember the old man in Bavaria (Germany)?

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Woman at Work

24
Nov
2013
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Woman on a construction site in Kathmandu/Nepal
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Two weeks back I met this beautiful woman in Kathmandu (Nepal). She was not standing in a fashion store or serving food in a restaurant, but smiled and laughed whole heartedly with me while doing the following:

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Elections in Paradise

17
Nov
2013
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Maldives must be close to the paradise
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

Politics is not the first thing which comes to your mind when thinking of the charming islands in the Indian Ocean. You might remember that the Maldivian Parlament once held a meeting under water to make a statement against global warming.

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7/3 for Mao?

18
May
2013
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Mao
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Last week I visited a traditional courtyard house somewhere in the Beijing’s Hutong (China). There I saw what you see on the picture above: a historic poster of Mao Zedong above a beautifully decorated table resembling almost a shrine for worship.

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Arachnophobia

30
Jan
2013
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Spider in Thailand
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

There are some creatures everyone likes – honeybees, butterflies, ladybirds, but others have a bad reputation. Spiders belong to them. As I am personally more afraid of frogs (believe it or not), I can only guess why many of you might have some difficulties in appreciating the picture of this post.

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Gangnam Style Coffee

05
Jan
2013
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Coffee shop in Seoul
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

End of last year I have been to Seoul (South Korea). It is definitely a different world where everyone seems to work two times more than in most other countries I have been to.

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Santa in Nepal

23
Dec
2012
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Santa in Nepal
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Whether you have been there or you heard it from others, without a doubt Nepal is one of the most photogenic countries you can travel to. Beside unique sceneries you pass by tracking through the mountains, especially the people make this part of the world a very special one.

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Monk Is Watching You

29
Jul
2012
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Monk Is Watching You
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

It doesn’t matter whether you travel in Thailand, Burma, China, Nepal or the northern parts of India – wherever Buddhism is practiced, you will pass monasteries where sometimes thousands of novices and monks live and study.

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Who Let The Dogs Out

24
Jul
2012
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Two Dogs
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

In April this year I spent one day in Melaka (Malaysia). A beautiful town where Chinese and Malay history is influenced by Dutch and Portuguese colonial culture.

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Surprise

19
May
2012
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Old woman in Angkor
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

More than ten years – that’s how long my first visit to Angkor (Cambodia) dates back. It is one of the few places I ever revisited and in case you haven’t been there yet: go if you have the chance.

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KL as in Kuala Lumpur

29
Apr
2012
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Dusk in Kuala Lumpur
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Is it only me or do you also like the sound of the word “Kuala Lumpur”? It gives kind of a mystical impression, maybe like Mandalay or Marrakech. I spent the last week there and learned that the name of the capital originates from the Malayan meaning “muddy river”. So much for that mystical part…

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The Early Bird Catches the Monk

20
Apr
2012
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Monk in the morning sun
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

It is 6.30 am and the boy is on his way back from the daily morning puja in the big prayer hall. 

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Flower Power

20
Jan
2012
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Kolkata flower mala sellers from the top
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

If you’ve travelled in Asia, the sight of flower garlands is probably familiar to you – like the ones you see in the picture taken in Kolkata (India).

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Dressed up for Rice

16
Nov
2011
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3 Indian women in a rice field
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

After wheat, rice is the second most widely cultivated cereal in the world. Over half of the world’s population eats rice two or three times a day and if you pay attention, you will be able to discover rice fields in at least 114 countries.

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My Cup of Tea

04
Nov
2011
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Tea plantation
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Earlier this year, traveling through Kandy (Sri Lanka), I read the story about Lipton – yes, the Lipton you might know from the tea bag in your cup.

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On the Road to Mandalay

01
Nov
2011
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Criss-cross from the top in Mandalay
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Mandalay, the very name evokes the splendors of glorious Burma!

But most people will be surprised to learn that Mandalay is not an old city, not even a medieval one, but rather a new city that was created in 1857.

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TashKENt & Barbie

06
Oct
2011
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Lady in red - Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

“Where is that?” − is what most of my friends asked when I told them, that I was going to Tashkent. If you wonder about that as well, keep on reading as you will learn seven facts about Uzbekistan and its capital, you will never forget again:

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Move your lips

30
Sep
2011
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Smiling Tibetan
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Funny, no matter where you travel and how difficult it is to order a meal or ask for the right bus – smiling always works. It’s probably the strongest of all universal human vocabularies.

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Seeking nothing less than enlightenment

24
Sep
2011
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Sadhus in Kathmandu - Nepal
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

What are you doing today? The two Sadhus I met in Kathmandu (Nepal) and their dog probably do the same like yesterday, last week and what they have been doing for the past years: they are pursuing enlightenment. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Lady in Gansu Province – aging like the rest of China

12
Sep
2011
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Tibetan old women
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

When the lady, strolling through a tiny town in Gansu Province (China), had the age of her grandson, more than 40 percent of all Chinese were younger than 20 years.

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