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Philippines

What to say about the Philippines? I have been thinking about that for a couple of days now. It is one of these comfortable situations where it feels a little bit like coming home. Although, I have to admit, at first I was taken aback by the chaos and poverty.…

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Hong Kong and Macau

Some places are so overdue in terms of having to be visited, it is almost painful. Hong Kong was within my reach in autumn of 1996, when I was on my way to New Zealand. In fact, Hong Kong was my first port ever outside of Europe. But since I…

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Checkered Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, late evening, it is dark, the street is dimly lit. I am carrying all my luggage with me. Coming from the right side someone approaches me holding a tray on his right hand, merely containing a bunch of napkin packages. Continuously talking to me “Mister, mister, please buy…

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Stories from 1000 and 1 night

Traveling Iran I had to come up with a plan B regarding how to continue since Husam did not get the Turkmenistan visa. So, I reverted to my initial plan, from before planning to do travels with Husam, and went to Oman and the Emirates, namely Dubai. Since Saudi Arabia…

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This is not farewell

Traveling on to Yazd, and eventually to Persepolis and Shiraz, we ventured deeper into the dry areas of Iran. Mountain ranges on the horizon presenting an impressive play of lights and shadows in the setting sun, as our VIP bus is moving at inching speed. Yazd invited us to our…

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Friendly Iran

Finally, I was on the road to Iran. Even holding a visa in my hands. This visit had been years in the making. The country that has been described by some as championing the friendliest people you can encounter as a tourist. Crossing the border into Iran Reaching the border…

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Crushing on Baku

How often does it happen that you come to a place and like it straight away? By now I would say cautiously “like it” because many centers of town, especially capitals look gorgeous, but away from the bustling and hustling? Not so much. Especially countries considered developing. Baku is one…

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When you need a Visa. And got none.

Certainly a new situation for me. I do my preparation quite well usually. Creating an excel sheet with dates, expected budget needed, required documentation to enter the country, interesting sights to visit, the whole shebang. Possibly I do get sloppy, the more I travel? Anyhow, I never before tried to…

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Wine region Kakheti

Going to the wine region in Kaketi I was thinking to team up with some other backpackers and explore some wineries. Unfortunately, the booking somehow went wrong and it was canceled. So I had to find a guesthouse in the night and ended up at grandma Nana’s house. But I…

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Armenian shared housing

It happens rarely but it happens sometimes that you get to a hostel and the timing is right to just meet people that you click with immediately. In Yerevan, I had such an experience. I felt reminded of my student time when we would sit by the kitchen table, cook…

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