trails & tribulations

by Jakob

Rendez-vous de Paris

I just stepped out of the bus, and I hope I got out at the correct terminal because I could not get any clarity through my ticket. At the airport it doesn’t get much clearer: the only thing I see are arrival-boards. Turns out that I have to cross the road, than going upstairs and […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Tuesday October 15 2013 at 9:33 AM


My body clock is apparently slightly upset: I wake up a little late, almost to late. I look at my watch and a little startled I see that I’ve only 20 minutes left for the bus to Nice. I dress as fast as possible, roughly fill my backpack and in a light trot I rush […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Sunday June 30 2013 at 7:18 PM


“Do you have a cheap room?”, I ask the lady behind the counter of a cheap looking hotel.” 40 euros, with private shower, toilet” answers the lady.” Oops, that’s quite expensive”, I think, I thank her kindly and continuing looking.

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Saturday June 29 2013 at 8:17 PM


“I see you are well prepared” says the steward of Air Malaysia to me with a friendly smile when I thanked him while I leave the plane. He points to my down jacket. On the way to my backpack and the customs for my visa I feel uncomfortable: inside it feels allready cold and chilly, […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 11:57 AM

Malakka, Malaysia

The steward in the bus calls “Malaka, old Town!” Malaka, the old center of the city is on the World Heritage List and by hearsay it must be all very interesting. The old medieval monuments, mostly build by Dutch settlers are quite nice, at first look they don’t look so old, perhaps because the buildings […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Thursday January 3 2013 at 3:04 PM

Nepal: Bhaktapur and Thamel again

A friendly man on a motorcycle asks me where to go. “Bhaktapur”, I reply. “I can bring you, doesn’t cost anything, I must go there anyhow”, he replies. It seemed to me more attractive to take the bus: it’s probably safer and if I am in Bhaktapur it’s easier I find my bus back for […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Saturday February 4 2012 at 5:35 PM

Bandung and Tangkuban Prahu volcano

During my stay in Jakarta with my friends Bram and Ivon we went a weekend to Bandung and its surroundings. Bandung is quite a big city where many colonial landmarks have been preserved. The Bragaweg (Jalan Braga) in the center of Bandung is the best kept shopping / entertainment street in Art Deco style in […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Saturday December 3 2011 at 5:24 AM

“Lost” in Jakarta

I had a good reason to go to Jakarta: some Friends of mine live and work there for some time and I’m reasonably close by to give them a visit . A visa was easily arranged: simply upon arrival at the airport in Jakarta on payment of ยง 25 and you can stay one month. […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Thursday November 17 2011 at 5:23 AM


I arrived at midnight in Kathmandu. I already have been in Kathmandu before and actually I didn’t have much sense in negotiating with pushy taxi drivers, but well, I can’t ignore them all.

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Sunday October 30 2011 at 5:20 AM


Together with the Swedish brothers we went to the Great Wall, one of the must-see attractions of China. After a journey of about two hours we arrived at a non touristy part of the wall. It’s all quite impressive, but anyway, it’s nothing but a huge long wall. After one hour it began to rain […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Wednesday October 12 2011 at 1:35 PM


I take a sip of fermented mare’s milk, surprising .. it tastes very good: fresh, a little like buttermilk and it looks like there is some alcohol in it. The dried yogurt I liked less: sour and very dry. We’re sitting on the ground in a gertent. in the middle is a stove where a […]

Post tagged with: ‘culture’ - Published on Thursday September 15 2011 at 10:39 AM
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