Joyce, the chef …

September 4, 2016 / 0 comments

I know I’ve been lazy about writing new blog posts. I do have tons of excuses like working a lot, traveling and having many other things on the plate right now. It’s not that I don’t have plenty of strangers to write about. I met plenty of new faces and also took some pictures. It’s…

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death penalty and hinduism

July 15, 2016 / 0 comments

our reliable driver who always kept an eye on our safety and joy on the roadtrip through rajasthan and uttar pradesh, in bikaner arranged for a guide at junagarh fort. the guide’s name was shailhindra calling himself jitu (which means hero or the one who always wins). He was around his late thirties or maybe 40,…

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chef, gin dealer and a good soul

December 11, 2015 / 2 comments

In Jaisalmer we stayed two nights in a very new private Hotel in a new neighbourhood. It was still under construction but two floors of rooms had been already finished and presented themselves in oriental charme decorated in style. The owner and his family often were around the guests, the location had been named by…

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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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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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captain darius

May 28, 2015 / 2 comments

I usually don’t take a camera with me while diving. However, during the 4 days diving on the Seychelles, I had a bit of time during lunch. I went out for the first two dives of the day at 9am coming back for lunch and picking up more people for two more afternoon dives. Darius…

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painting the world new

March 7, 2015 / 3 comments

when i met marc he had no home, he slept in the stockroom of the pizzeria he worked for as a delivery boy. marc was born in 1984 and learnt house painting after he finished school. while painting houses he discovered his creative talent. he quit his job, moved to another town and started to…

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