When the tuk-tuk driver dropped me at the airport in Luang Prabang to fly to Hanoi, I thought he brought me somewhere else. I asked him “Where is the airport?”. “Here”, he said. And indeed, probably this is the smallest airport in the world.
First evening in Hanoi. I stay in the Old Quarter, Hanoi’s historic heart. I take a stroll on the street. Scooters are everywhere, including on the sidewalks. People take dinner and cook on the sidewalks. They seat on small chairs around a small table. Read More
So peaceful and tranquil, being in Luang Prabang is like going back in time! With lantern-lit streets, Indochinese architecture, French villas and the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is a place where I wish I can stay forever.
Most of the time I rode a bicycle, speeding through the city and passing motor-bikes, tuk-tuks and racing with the school children. Or walking through the streets and visiting the temples here.
The longest ride was 64 kilometers back and forth to the Tat Kuang Si Falls bringing back memories of long bike rides with my childhood friends… Read More
Bangkok. What’s all about? What makes this city so mysterious? What Bangkok offers that Paris, Rome, London and New York lack?! It’s a city with a twist at every corner, a tropical paradise with an edgy reputation, with a hint of danger and excitement (paraphrasing from Frommer’s Bangkok Guide).
After Nepal and India, Thailand is a blessing. No more honking, no more hassles, no more begging, no more garbage. And the most important, the Thais are the friendliest people in the world! Read More
From Pokhara I joined the G Adventures tour to Delhi. Our first stop was the Chitwan National Park in a nice and quiet resort. We visited the elephant breeding centre and as always I broke free from the group and went in a village to take photos and talk with the villagers. The people in Nepal are very friendly and the kids always ask for photos. The houses are made from clay and cow dung. Agriculture is the main occupation. Read More
The 6 days Annapurna trekking in the Ghorepani – Poon Hill area was very succesful. My team was the number one attraction, thanks to my guide, a very nice, petite, sherpa girl. It is very rare to see a woman sherpa in a world dominated by men. Ang CeCi Sherpa did an excellent job and same kudos for my porter, Bishnu, a Nepali-Hindu boy. Read More
Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, lakeside town, where – if you are adventurous – you can try to live the hippie life as in the past, even if for few ephemeral moments. Read More
The dream for a round the world trip was growing in my subconscious for a very long time. But finally, here I am: one more week to the freedom! All this happened in September 2010, when I started my four-month trip from Canada to Asia and Africa via Europe.
Half of the trip was well-organized but the other half was “let’s see what the day brings”. Africa wasn’t planned, it just happened two weeks prior the departure and was a rush against time for the Gambian visa and Yellow Fever vaccination to meet Joyce, my Taiwanese muse… Read More
My first trip to Asia was to Hong Kong, in 2003.
I arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok) after 16 hours non-stop flight from Chicago. The flight path was going North, in an arch, with beautiful views of Greenland and Siberia, and coming South towards HK. I really enjoyed the journey and flying for the first time with a Boeing 747.
The new Chek Lap Kok airport is impressive, perfectly designed for the most efficient flow of passengers. You don’t even have to read the signage, and, voilà, in no time, you are boarding the double-decker bus to the city! Read More
Some places I’ve seen some time ago in Europe.
If you are between airplanes, take the city tour from the airport, or, if you have more time, take the train (a short ride from Schiphol airport) and enjoy Amsterdam! Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen) is the oldest part of Amsterdam and one of the main attractions. For tourists, strolling through the narrow alleys and seeing the prostitutes waiting for customers behind a glass door, is a unique experience.
Buna Ziua! (Good Day)
Romania is my native country and it deserves a lot more exposure. I was born in the beautiful city of Sibiu or Hermannstadt, Transylvania, near the Carpathian Mountains and very close to the Dracula’s Castle!
Romania is a country of extreme contrasts. Beauty and ugliness, luxury and poverty coexists somehow peacefully in an original democracy and a very, very wild capitalism. Welcome to the Wild West! Read More