Sapa

Taking the sleeper bus to Sapa was once again an adventure.  Bumpy , windy roads, speeding driver,… On top of that the bus stopped in the middle of the night for a quick toilet stop.  So I get off the bus but when I came back, the bus had disappeared.  A local guy who saw … Continue reading

Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam is situated in the northeast of the country.  I was hosted by Xuan Du Ngo Ngoc, a very nice local girl who worked by day at ‘Maison des Arts’, a company who trades art & at Juices, a healthy bar in the evenings.  My time in Hanoi was unfortunately … Continue reading

The Forbidden City

On our way to Hanoi we stopped for a few hours in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam.  Hue was the national capital until 1945, when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated and a communist government was established in Hanoi.  Through the website of couchsurfing, I met Tuan, Nhi & Nia, some local students. We had only a few … Continue reading

My Son

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa.  The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”   It lies in the middle … Continue reading

2 lovely old women

Hoi An, my favorite spot during my journey in Vietnam. This small, ancient town simply got it all… authenticity, a nice blend of Oriental & French architecture, beautiful nature, lovely people, great food, exotic beaches… What more can we possibly ask for?  We rented some bikes and explored the area. The most popular beach is … Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh

Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh as we know it today, got its name after the republic’s former presidents’ death. This city of 10 millions souls is situated in the south of Vietnam & is the biggest city of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh is a very modern city with huge skycrapers, large boulevards, modern architecture but … Continue reading

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta or ‘Nine Dragon river delta’ as the locals call it is a region in the south-west of Vietnam where the Mekong Delta empties into the sea through a network of canals.  I took a tour from Ho Chi Minh city and ended up in a mini-van filled with tourist & an very … Continue reading

The Killing Fields

From April 17th 1975 to January 7th 1979, Cambodja was under the horrifying control of the Khmer Rouge. Million of Cambodians perished under Saloth Sar aka Pol Pot. Most of them ended up in the ‘Killing Fields’, essentially ad hoc places of executions & dumping grounds for dead bodies. One of the most horrifying killing … Continue reading

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is fairly young, only rising to the role in 1866 but is still a city steeped in tradition & history. The city was a French colony from 1863 to 1953. You can notice the old French buildings amongst the traditional south Asian houses. The people are in my experience extremely … Continue reading

West-Baray

Before re-visiting Angkor, we decided to bike the off-the-beaten track and explore the small villages west of Angkor around West-Baray. We enjoyed the scenery and wherever possible we stopped and talked to the locals to have a glimp of how life is in Cambodja. We first met Pao. She had a small shop along the … Continue reading

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is the perfect getaway to the mystical temples of Angkor aka Yasodharapura. And so after meeting my dear Italian friend Alessandra, we rented a bike and cycled to this huge forest area.  Angkor counts more than 2000 tempels & spreads out on a total surface of 400km2! It has become the symbol of … Continue reading

In mother’s Theresa footsteps…

On the nighttrain to Kolkota, my last destination in India, I shared a cabin with 2 Indians. Shayandeep, 27, works for a consulting agency in Lucknow and was on his way to his sisters wedding. Deepak, a slightly older man and research scientist in Bombay aka Mumbai was attending a conference in Kolkata and a … Continue reading

The Holy City

After a 5h delay, I finally arrived in the holy city of Varanasi. My host Ashish, a graphic designer who recently took over the guesthouse of his parents, lives on just 5 minutes walking from the trainstation. Unfortunately he was out, promoting his guesthouse so I decided to explore the Ganges river & the narow … Continue reading

New Delhi

New Delhi… A diverse, colorful, enigmatic and bursting metropole that smells like cooking fires, tropical flowers, pollution, animals, sewage, incense , … To most people a shocking experience at first sight, other fall in love with it!  This city counts almost 19 million souls and is divided in 2 very different cities. New Delhi with grand buildings, … Continue reading

Clement visits Taj Mahal

A few weeks before my departure, a French teacher contacted me and asked if I would cooperate for her school project. The plan was to take Clement, a paper figurine with me and send them pictures from him with whatever was representative for a specific country. And so I took Clement along and our first … Continue reading

Strangers among locals

Bharatpur… a small town south-west of Delhi where time stood still. No must-see touristic area’s, no souvenir shops… just genuine, simple life. Exactly how I like it! Irina & myself got ourselfs a riksja driver, Rajskiit and explored this town for half a day. Wherever we stopped would be a gathering of the locals, surrounding … Continue reading

The Pink City

Jaipur or ‘The Pink City’ is the capital & largest city of Rajasthan.  The centre is extremely vivid & is filled with camels, elephants, cows, riksja’s, temples, forts & palaces.  In the typical markets of the old city people & colors blend nicely together and seem to have an artistic touch over and over again. … Continue reading

The wise man

After a long, crazy ride of 6h in a fully packed bus, where I nearly could squeeze myself between the crowd into a seat, I finally arrived in the holy city of Pushkar where I was hosted by Jagdish Kapri aka Swamiji, an unbelievable nice, wise man & yoga teacher. He’s an Indian by birth … Continue reading

Roadtrip on a riksja

After driving for hours in the desert, the city of Jaisalmer appears as a fata morgana on the horizon. This magical feeling only gets stronger when you approach the huge, golden city walls and the front gate.  The fort of Jaisalmer is nothing like the one in Jodhpur. In this fort people are still living … Continue reading

The little girl & the web designer

During my stay in Jodhpur, I met the downstairs neighbours of Surendra & their cute little girl. On the morning i would leave, she jumped into the sofa and kept staring at me.  So I asked her her name and she answered promptly… Veenu! I was surprised she understood and even could talk that good … Continue reading

Life in the blue city

After a long flight from Brussels to Delhi via London and a hesitating moment by the pilots to take off in Delhi due to the persisting fog, I finally arrived after a 17h journey in Jodphur in the province of Rajasthan. Some call it ‘the blue city’ as the houses are paint in blue in … Continue reading