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Mekong Delta E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
26 May 2010

Women pushing their Vietnamese boats along on a creek in the Mekong deltaOn our last day in Saigon we booked a trip to the Mekong Delta, from where we would continue our journey to the coast ...

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Kon Tum E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
21 May 2010

Two children playing near the river bank outside of Kon Tum, VietnamOn a horrible trip from Hoi An to Danang from where we took a shared taxi to Kon Tum in the central highlands...

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Hue: The purple forbidden city E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
17 May 2010

Detail of restauration work going on in the Purple Forbidden city of Hue, VietnamBy far the most spectacular site in Hué is the purple forbidden city. Although it cannot by far be compared to the forbid...

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Lao Chai E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
12 May 2010

Rice terraces in the mountains of Lao Chai, near Sapa in northern VietnamOn a rainy day when Elene was really sick, we made a hike through the hills and rice fields of several hours. Since it had...

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Halong Bay E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
07 May 2010

Sailing along the Karst peaks that rise from the water of Halong Bay in VietnamIn Halong Bay we spent three days and two night; one on a Chinese junk and one in a hotel on Cat Ba island. Apart...

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Yangshuo E-mail
Asia - China
01 May 2010

Street dog in the streets of YangshuoAt our hostel in Guilín we booked a trip to Yangshuo on a bamboo raft. After a gruelling bus ride to get to the starting...

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Xiao Likeng & around E-mail
Asia - China
27 April 2010

Almost full moon over Xiao Likeng, ChinaFrom ugly Wuyuan where we spent the night in a very cheap and ugly hotel and from there we took a motorbike to...

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Wuzhen E-mail
Asia - China
24 April 2010

Old man with his boat in the canals of WuzhenFrom our Hangzhou hostel we booked a tour to Wuzhen, an ancient canal village that had been restored in order...

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Quanzhou E-mail
Asia - China
19 April 2010

Two Chinese men playing a game in the streets of Quanzhou, ChinaQuanzhou was our basis for a couple of days to make day trips from. The city is not that appealing, but there are worse...

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Xiamen & Gulang Yu E-mail
Asia - China
17 April 2010

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visiting Nanputuo templeA horrible bus ride brought us from Chaozhou to Xiamen, from where we took a ferry to Gulang Yu, an island full of...

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Hong Kong E-mail
Asia - Hong Kong (China)
09 April 2010

Bronze statue of a camera man with the Hong Kong skyline in the backgroundFrom Beijing we took a 25 hour sleeper train to Hong Kong, where we stayed for a couple of days. From the first...

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Beijing's disappearing hutongs E-mail
Asia - China
20 March 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaBeijing's hutongs, characteristic low profile buildings that have been the city's face from mongol times are rapidly...

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Confucius temple & Lama temple E-mail
Asia - China
22 February 2010

Prayer flags at the Lama temple, Beijing, ChinaAnother trip we made inside Beijing was to the confucius temple and the Yonghe (Lama) temple. Our visit to Beijing's Yonghe...

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Beijing Qian hai and Bei hai park E-mail
Asia - China
30 January 2010

Old lady enjoying the sun in the streets of Beijing, ChinaAfter our visit to the zoo on Saturday we continued to Houhai park, right in central Beijing and one of the three parts...

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Olympic village Beijing E-mail
Asia - China
17 January 2010

The Great Wall of China (Chinese Wall) at Simatai, ChinaThe first weekend in Beijing was actually meant for studying only in order to catch up with the first week of the course I had missed...

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Bursa E-mail
Asia - Turkey
30 October 2009

Market in Bursa, TurkeyWe did a lot of effort to be able to see the Turkish city of Bursa and drove for hours off our route to Istanbul, but were sligthly disappointed...

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Amasya E-mail
Asia - Turkey
27 October 2009

Columns at Priene, Anatolia, TurkeyComing from Hattusa/ Bogazkale and arriving late in the city of Amasya (Amaseia), it was hard to find a place to sleep, but in...

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Antioch in Pisidia E-mail
Asia - Turkey
25 October 2009

Turkish farmer, his wife and daughter on a tractor on their way to the fields for harvestingAntioch in Pisidia is a rather modest collection of ruins in Turkey, mainly of Roman origin. Nearby Yalvaç seemed a sleepy little...

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Didyma E-mail
Asia - Turkey
22 October 2009

Lion head at the entry of Didyma ruins, TurkeyWith 122 columns, Didyma featured the second-largest temple in the ancient world. Their size is absolutely stunning...

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Izmir E-mail
Asia - Turkey
22 October 2009

Necklaces for sale in the streets, Izmir, TurkeyFrom Izmir, a big city where we spent the night, it's a short drive to Selçuk, a lovely little town with a beautifully restored...

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Ayvalik E-mail
Asia - Turkey
20 October 2009

Man relaxing on cart in Ayvalik, TurkeyEn-route from Behramkale/Assos to Bergama (Pergamum) we stopped for lunch in the harbour of Ayvalik, a gorgeous little....

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European Turkey E-mail
Asia - Turkey
18 October 2009

The sun setting over the plains surrounding Troy, TurkeyStarting from Istanbul, we drove to Kiyiköy and then south to the Gallipoli peninsula that is littered with graves and war...

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Manali E-mail
Asia - India
05 October 2008

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MTB Himachal first 4 days E-mail
Asia - India
25 September 2008

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Cu Chi tunnels E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
24 May 2010

Shooting with an AK-47 (Kalashnikov) near the Cu Chi tunnels in VietnamA day trip from Saigon brought us to the tunnels of Cu Chi, an enormous network of tunnels that extended over...

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My Son E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
19 May 2010

View on a temple at My Son from within another templeA morning trip to the Cham ruins of My Son from Hoi An were definately worth while, though the excursion started...

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Around Hue: Emperor's tombes E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
16 May 2010

Precious flower we saw all over Vietnam and surrounding countries. Hue, VietnamFrom Hué we made a few day trips by motor bike. One of them was to several emperor's tombes some 30 kilometres out...

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Sin Chai E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
10 May 2010

Two Vietnamese women coming home from working the fields in Sin Chai, VietnamOn our way from Sapa to Cat Cat, we found out (down in the valley) that we should have bought an entry ticket...

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Hanoi E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
04 May 2010

Incredible amounts of motorbikes lining up for the traffic light in Hanoi, Vietnam's capitalFrom Nanning we took a bus to the Vietnamese border. Still on the Chinese side, it was as if the Chinese wanted to have...

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Dragon's Backbone rice terraces E-mail
Asia - China
30 April 2010

The dragon's backbone rice terraces seen from above, ChinaOn a daytrip from Guilín we went to China's Dragon's Backbone rice terraces. Since we started out a bit late, we didn't...

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Tunxi E-mail
Asia - China
26 April 2010

Ducks in a cage on a market in Tunxi, ChinaThe little Chinese town of Tunxi actually got into our itinerary by accident, but it was a very pleasant surprise. The town...

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Hangzhou E-mail
Asia - China
23 April 2010

Floating walkway on the lake in HangzhouAfter Shanghai our next stop was Hangzhou, where we unwillingly got stuck for several days. We made a few nice...

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Zhangli E-mail
Asia - China
19 April 2010

Geese and ducks running around just outside the sleepy town of ZhangliAnother trip from Quanzhou brought us to Zhangli. We took a local bus for half an hour first, then hopped on the...

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Chaozhou E-mail
Asia - China
15 April 2010

Fallen flowers reflected on the wet pavement of Chaozhou, ChinaFrom Macau we took a bus to Guangzhou, but the hotels turned out to be so expensive due to a local trade fair...

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Beijing - Temple of Heaven E-mail
Asia - China
05 April 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaA few days before finishing my Mandarin studies and leaving Beijing for Hong Kong we went to see the temple...

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Yuxian E-mail
Asia - China
28 February 2010

Temple of heaven, Beijing, ChinaA weekend trip to Yuxian turned out to be a great success and not only because of the interesting village. On the way back...

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Chinese new year E-mail
Asia - China
19 February 2010

Prayer flags at the Lama temple, Beijing, ChinaCelebrating Chinese new year is quite special, but you do get fed up with it in time, since they don't seem to get enough...

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Beijing zoo E-mail
Asia - China
30 January 2010

Monkey behind glass in the Zoo of Beijing, ChinaSaturday morning we met up with a couple of fellow students to go and see the Beijing zoo. I was told not to expect too much...

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Studying Chinese in Beijing E-mail
Asia - China
10 January 2010

Beijing Hutong in winter, ChinaLearn a language at home? Sure, but at Hutong School in Beijing you'll experience a whole different deal. As did I myself...

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Safranbolu E-mail
Asia - Turkey
29 October 2009

Ottoman houses in Safranbolu, TurkeySafranbolu, or as formerly called in Turkish Zalifre and Taraklıborlu and in Greek Saframpolis, Σαφραμπολις, is a very old...

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Hattusa/ Bogazkale E-mail
Asia - Turkey
27 October 2009

Children playing football at Hattusas/ Bogazkale, TurkeyComing from Göreme, we drove north to the old bronze-age Hittite capital Hattusa (also named Hattusha or Hattusas) and...

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Fethiye E-mail
Asia - Turkey
24 October 2009

Parapente flying behind a boat in front of the coast of FethiyeCoastal Fethiye is a quite typical holiday town with a nice water front and market. More interesting is the nearby Greek Kayaköy...

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Miletus E-mail
Asia - Turkey
22 October 2009

Miletus ruins, Anatolia, TurkeyThe city of Miletus can be seen from afar in the plains of western Anatolia. The enormous theatre features several passages...

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Ephesus & Selçuk E-mail
Asia - Turkey
21 October 2009

Ruins of Ephesos, Efes, TurkeyFrom Izmir, a big city where we spent the night, it's a short drive to Selçuk, a lovely little town with a beautifully restored...

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Behramkale/ Assos E-mail
Asia - Turkey
20 October 2009

Theatre in Assos (Behramkale), TurkeyAfter a long trip from Troy, following small roads along the Aegean coast, we finally made it to Behramkale/ Assos, where...

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The high ride E-mail
Asia - India
11 December 2008
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Kullu Sarahan: resting day E-mail
Asia - India
01 October 2008

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Shimla: arrival in India E-mail
Asia - India
24 September 2008

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Saigon E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
23 May 2010

How much can you take on your moped, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), VietnamFrom Kon Tum we took a sleeper bus straight to Saigon, which was not a very good idea. The bus was extremely comfortable...

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Hoi An E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
18 May 2010

Man reading a paper, sitting in his windowsill in Hoi An, VietnamAn impossibly small bedded sleeper bus took us from Hué to Hoi An, which was fortunately only a few hour's journey...

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Hue E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
14 May 2010

Vietnamese man phishing ribbish from the Purple City's moatAfter an early morning arrival Lao Cai, after a visit to Sapa by train in Hanoi, we took another train straight away to Hué. This...

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Sapa E-mail
Asia - Vietnam
10 May 2010

Two red H'mong women in traditional clothing chatting on the local market of Sapa, VietnamA surprisingly comfortable night train took us from Hanoi to Lao Cai, from where we took a shared taxi to Sapa, the coolest...

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Fuli E-mail
Asia - China
02 May 2010

Old Chinese woman begging in the streets of FulíFrom Yangshuó we took a local bus to the nearby Fulí, a tiny, sleepy Chinese village famed for its fan making. We first...

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Guilín E-mail
Asia - China
28 April 2010

Karst peaks of GuilinFrom Wuyuan (that had been our base from which we visited Xiao Likeng) we took a bus to Nanning, where we had...

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Xidi & Hongcun E-mail
Asia - China
26 April 2010

The houses of characteristic Xidi reflected in the moat surrounding the villageWe'd been waiting for a few days to leave Hangzhou and in the end the bus we wanted was fully booked, so we had to change...

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Shanghai E-mail
Asia - China
20 April 2010

Little Chinese girl petting her cat in her front porch, Shanghai, ChinaFrom Quanzhou we took a delayed plane to Shanghai, at lot more comfortable than a ten euros cheaper 24 hour...

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Chongwu E-mail
Asia - China
18 April 2010

Fishermen taking fish from their nets and repairing their nets in the harbour of Chongwu, China at low tideFor a few day Quanzhou was our base from which we made a few trips to surrounding towns. One of them was Chongwu...

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Macau E-mail
Asia - Macau (China)
12 April 2010

Macau senado (senate) square seen from under one of the many archesFrom Hong Kong we took a ferry to Macau, the former Portuguese colony that was returned to China in the late nineties...

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Ming tombes E-mail
Asia - China
28 March 2010

Ming tombes, ChinaAnother Hutong School excursion took us from Beijing to the Ming tombes, last resting place of most of the Ming dynasty...

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Beijing Forbidden City E-mail
Asia - China
23 February 2010

Doors in the forbidden palace in Beijing, ChinaTogether with my flatmate Bim I went to what might be the most famous attraction in China: the forbidden city. But...

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Tianjin E-mail
Asia - China
06 February 2010

Traditional musicians in Tianjin, ChinaLast Saturday the Hutong School in Beijing organized a trip to Tianjin, a city that is characterized by it's European architecture...

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Simatai Great Wall E-mail
Asia - China
23 January 2010

The Great Wall of China (Chinese Wall) at Simatai, ChinaSimatai is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing, holds the access...

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Istanbul E-mail
Asia - Turkey
30 October 2009

View through gate on Aya/ Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, TurkeyAfter our long ride through Turkey, it was great to finally come back to Istanbul, relax, not having to drive day and again. We roamed...

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Black Sea coast E-mail
Asia - Turkey
28 October 2009

Turkish Black Sea coastAfter our stay in Amasya we continued north towards the black sea coast, crossing a mountain range. On the south side the...

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Göreme & Kymakli E-mail
Asia - Turkey
26 October 2009

Balloon over Göreme's fairy chimneys rock formationsNo words can describe the first time you see Göreme. This valley littered with fairy-chimneys - rocky conical pillars of vulcanic rock...

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Pamukkale E-mail
Asia - Turkey
23 October 2009

hot springs and travertines at Pamukkale, TurkeyPamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish, was a spa already in Roman times, with it's hot springs and travertines...

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Priene E-mail
Asia - Turkey
22 October 2009

Columns at Priene, Anatolia, TurkeyAfter spending some time in Izmir, we drove on through Anatolia. The puzzle-fallen-apart temple of Athena in Priene, overlooking...

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Pergamum/ Bergama E-mail
Asia - Turkey
20 October 2009

Carved stones at Pergamum, TurkeyFrom Ayvalik we drove on to Bergama, the ancient Pergamum. Pergamum features two fantastic sites: the Asclepieion and...

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Troy E-mail
Asia - Turkey
19 October 2009

The sun setting over the plains surrounding Troy, TurkeyStarting from Istanbul, we drove through the European part of Turkey to Kiyiköy and then on to Troy, a long-time dream...

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Delhi E-mail
Asia - India
07 October 2008

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MTB Himachal last 4 days E-mail
Asia - India
26 September 2008

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