“When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
What a city, Vienna! It is one of the most tranquil and civilized cities in the world!
Get a glimpse of the imperial grandeur by visiting the Belvedere, Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces, or just walk through the old city centre starting from the Stephansplatz. The sound of music will follow you: Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt, Brahms and many others. Read More
The most thrilling experiences are when you first arrive in a new country, especially if the country is so different from yours. Pico Iyer would call it “The Shock of Arrival”. For me was “Rush Hour in Kathmandu”.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
One of the highlights of the Navaratri Hindu Festival are the religious rituals, such as the piercing of body parts.
Apparently the devotees experience no pain and they do not bleed from their piercings.
At the Navaratri festival in Bangkok I witnessed the cheeks piercing of a Hindu devout with a metal spear. View the piercing ritual step-by-step. Read More
Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. (Wikipedia)
In Bangkok the Navaratri Hindu Festival is celebrated every year during the ninth month of the lunar calendar mainly around the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Silom Road.
The roads around the temple are closed, making space for thousands of worshippers to pray and make offerings alongside hundreds of makeshift altars and stalls with flowers, food and souvenirs. Read More
“She rode on a ship from Yokohama pier, taken away by a foreigner.” – Akai Kutsu
Yamashita Park in Yokohama is the place where the luxury passenger liner Hikawa Maru is docked and where you can find the famous “Little Girl with Red Shoes On” statue. Read More
There is something exciting at every corner in Taipei! Something new, something cool, something you may want to try or something you may want to keep distance from it.
Get lost at night wandering through night markets, snake alleys and massage parlours. Try a snake soup or enjoy a dinner in a toilet! 8 strange and cool Taipei experiences.
“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” – Juliette Binoche
One camera. One city. And if the city is Taipei, then you are a lucky photographer. Seven days in Taipei and 1,600 photos!
Each photo tells a story, each photo has an emotion attached to it. But how can you select the best photos without the emotions getting into the way? The American street photographer Garry Winogrand would even wait one year before judging his images.
Falling in love with Taipei and its people is easy. Enjoy a glimpse of Taipei in 24 images. Read More
This is a continuation of my previous post “Tibet: Om Mani Padme Hum“.
There are actually two Everest Base Camps on the opposite sides of Mount Everest: the South Base Camp in Nepal and the North Base Camp in Tibet.
Follow the journey to the North Base Camp in 21 photos. Read More
Time to revamp an older post: the 2010 Tibet adventure. More photos and stories added.
Tibet was a tough trip. With only 60% to 70% available oxygen at these high altitudes, especially the nights were more like a nightmare. Four hours sleep and the rest of the night struggling to find oxygen. The Tibetan high altitude pills didn’t help too much. The highest point reached was at 5, 248 m.
“There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs.” – Madeline Sheehan
Borrowing the title from ufology, “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind” involves direct communication between aliens and humans.
And here are the stories of the “aliens” I met during my trips, strange encounters with wandering souls. Read More