guided by a friend

November 26, 2015 / 0 comments

One cannot get into a Monument in India without being occupied by a handful of guides (or swing a cat without hitting one), who are get alarmed as soon as the car enters the parking place where they wait for their victims. The more competing colleagues are around the more forceful they approach their potential…

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the beauty of india

November 2, 2015 / 3 comments

on our three weeks trip through the northern part of india we one day asked our driver to stop in the middle of nowhere near thar desert when we spotted a camel herd in the steppe. but as soon as we hopped out of the car and started approaching the camels four teenage girls and two…

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the brahmin’s housewife

October 16, 2015 / 2 comments

jaisalmer is called “the golden city” what you easily understand when you view the old city located on a huge plateau at the entrance to the thar desert in the low light of the golden hour. while jodhpur is called “the blue city” due to the many vivid blue-painted houses that popped out all over the…

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surrounded by blue

October 9, 2015 / 3 comments

It’s easy to meet people on the street and take there picture. However, a real conversation besides exchanging a couple of words is hardly possible. This old man sitting in front of his blue house in the old city of jaisalmer was different. Mool Raj Acharieya had been waiting for visitors walking by to invite…

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the unofficial guide of churi ajitgarh

September 25, 2015 / 3 comments

churi ajitgarh is a small village a little south from mandawa in jhunjhunu area. as a western tourist without any india experience you get quickly overwhelmed by the wealthy architecture, colorful houses and lush green of the fields all around shortly after monsoon season was over. once, when the silk road was still running, the…

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matching patterns

August 4, 2015 / 3 comments

mariposa is a small sleepy town roadside the famous hwy 49 but downtown is cute, well preserved with many antiquites & collectables, used, art and jewelery shops, galleries and delis with homemade food. it was around noon when i arrived, parked and started strolling down main street. it was too early to go for lunch…

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the old fashioned way …

July 28, 2015 / 5 comments

I know I’m often posting strangers I found in Taiwan. Does it mean that Taiwanese are pretty open to have their pictures taken? I’d say, yes. Taiwanese are friendly and very polite people, still being interested in strangers crossing their way. Or is it the fact that wherever I travel, I bring stories back. Even…

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marcia, fred and potatoes

July 21, 2015 / 0 comments

almost exactly one year ago we travelled the u.s., seven states in about three weeks: california, oregon, idaho, wyoming, montana, utah, nevada. it was another u.s. trip before when i started my personal ‘strangers’ project when i made a two weeks road trip all by my own through the california gold country, to and fro…

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Graduation Day

July 4, 2015 / 0 comments

Today, Saturday June 26th, is Irene’s big day. Today, she graduates from a Taipei school with a bachelor degree in international business. Today, Irene is all smiles and happiness as the picture shows. She must be hot in the black robe and the hat. It’s 38°C outside and even hotter inside the crowded Sun Yat…

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free hugs

June 8, 2015 / 0 comments

On the way back from picking up my mobile phone at the police’ lost and found office my friend Nico and I passed by Liberty Square again. We found a group of young people offering free hugs. It turned out the students from Yang Ming University were not only there to give free hugs and…

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