Havana, Cuba

“My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.” – Ernest Hemingway

Cuba, one of the last bastions of communism in the world, a forgotten country so close to USA and so far away…

My first trip to Cuba was in 2008. I joined an international Cuban tour organized by Cuban Adventures. And from then on, a life of Cuban adventures has started!

Havana (Habana)

Passing through the José Martí International Airport in Havana, is like being in another world, a world stopped in time 50 years ago: aged buildings, grandma fashion and smell of cigarettes. People were smoking while waiting to pick up their luggage!

I accepted a ride to my hotel from two men inside the airport. Their “taxi” was a very old, broken Lada soviet made car. Of course, no safety belt or taxi meter. The men were very friendly and smiling all the time, until they frown up…

Niagara Falls - Polar Vortex

One of the harshest and coldest winters in Canada was the winter of 2013/14 – with a Christmas ice storm that downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to half million people – and a series of polar vortexes. The polar vortex from the beginning  of January froze the Niagara River and the two smaller waterfalls, creating an unusual winter landscape.

Kathmandu Rush Hour

Namaste!

Namaste – It was a Nepalese greeting. It meant: The light within me bows to the light within you. (Jennifer Donnelly)

I visited Nepal in 2010 and I felt in love right away with this beautiful country.

It is very sad to see the destructions of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, not only on the human scale (8,800 people dead and more than 23,000 injured), but also in the destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Durbar Square in Kathmandu.

An introduction to Kathmandu in three parts, starting with first impressions.

Christmas on Four Continents

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It is the time for Christmas – a time for joy, celebration and reflection, a time to look back to the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

Looking back many years, the Christmas caught me in some unusual places such as in a deserted lounge of the Lagos airport, near the bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand, on the top of Carpathian Mountains or at a cabaret show in Havana.s

Koh Chang Island

It took me a while to decide about the name of the post. What is ‘Porn Bungalow’? And what is ‘Porn Resort’? Depending from where you are coming from, the word “porn” may have different connotations.

And now, that I’ve awakened your curiosity, let’s solve the mystery!

Bangkok Night

Impressions from Bangkok

What’s different, new and surprising for a first time foreigner in Bangkok in short stories and photos.(reposted)

Taipei Street Photography

From Taipei, With Love!

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.

Worms, Insects, Bugs and Frogs

Finally I did it! From a large variety of insects, worms, frogs, bugs and other alien looking creatures I tried three varieties here in Bangkok, under my own will and being in the right state of mind: fried frogs, bamboo worms and wood worms!

A certain quantity of Hong Thong (Thai spirits) helps.

This culinary adventure happened sometime ago. Read the tasting review, and, if have a chance, try a little bug next time!