Being deaf, dumb and illiterate – an experiment in Bangkok

"handpainted" directive for the taxi driver to bring me to my apartment

“handpainted” directive for the taxi driver to bring me to my apartment

“Tuktuk, Sir”?  -Argh! Bangkok, you give me a real hard time! Sticky 30°C at night, but the A/C in the taxi is set to “arctic”. I am not surprised to hear people sneeze all the time. At least, thank you for the free entry to Thailand. 30 days visa for free at the airport. Do you want me to fall in love with you at all? Continue reading

Burning men.

Cremations at Bagmati River

Cremations at Bagmati River

“They took Shiva Linga from our village. And then, darkness came across our entire country.” the village elder said to Indiana Jones. When he knew that it is all about Sankara, wealth and glory, he headed out to the temple of Pankot. The place I visited involves also a legend around Shiva Linga, but I did not visit a tuk ceremony but what I saw there was also very unsettling for western eyes.

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The devil to pay 100 rupies

Misspelling?

Misspelling?

“Devil’s Falls?” I thought they are all buddhists in this country!” After 15 days of cold showers, sore legs and incredible views it was time for some diversion. Pokhara is famous for the beautiful Phewa Lake, the Gorkha Fighters and Continue reading

Around Annapurna – Highlights!

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Final destination of the trek is Pokhara, the second biggest town of the country. Straight after sunrise at Poon Hill, I headed off to Nayapul to get a bus or a taxi. Looking back, I am very happy to have made the decision to go around Annapurna. It is one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had.

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Around Annapurna, Day 14: Macha-Do about Poon Hill

The whole shebang!

The whole shebang! Annapurna and Macchapucchre

I have a hot date at 4am on Poon Hill. Yes, a date. I am going to meet someone up there, and I am very excited when my cell phone woke me up to the charming sounds of Roseanne. With only three layers of clothing, I start out with my mini MagLite for a one hour walk up to Poon Hill. I did not have a clue what expected me there.
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