trails & tribulations

by Jakob


‘Happy dance’ made by Crutches. Yep, I’m in a couple of times too, thx Crutches!

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Tuesday June 24 2014 at 10:18 AM

Time to leave

Early in the morning I woke up because I did not want to miss my flight, and in any case I wanted a bit of time at the airport. After a train journey of 1 ½ hours, I arrived at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and having checked in I was good at my ease a look […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Tuesday March 18 2014 at 9:35 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: ‘travel’ - 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: ‘travel’ - 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: ‘travel’ - 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: ‘travel’ - Published on Thursday January 3 2013 at 3:04 PM


Singapore, quite a contrast compared to Phnom Penh … Singapore makes me initially think of Europe, to be more specific: a hot summer day in Europe, this impression changed soon when I was in the center of Singapore: numerous high and modern skyscrapers stand close together and where there is some place left building activities […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Sunday December 30 2012 at 4:30 PM

Phnom Penh

From within the bus I watch the landscape of Cambodia: very flat, many rice fields, houses on high stilts, it all looks green and friendly. The majority of the ride is on a well maintained or perhaps new road, only the last part of the journey is on a unpaved road and the clouds of […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday December 24 2012 at 4:33 PM

The ruins of Angkor, Cambodia

The 4000 islands in Laos are beautiful, but four days being lazy is a bit too much for me, so I decided to take a bus to Siem Reap in Cambodia. A longtail-boat would pick me up at for about 8 o’clock in the morning to bring me to the main-land. In Laos everything goes […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Friday December 21 2012 at 2:33 AM

Back in KL, feels like home, but still getting lost

I don’t know what went wrong, but I booked a ticket to Hatyai in Thailand, but my luggage was checked out in Kuala Lumpur and to get my luggage back I first had to check myself in Malaysia again. When I got my luggage I didn’t have much time left, “what the heck”, I thought. […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Saturday December 8 2012 at 9:03 PM

Silimalombu, Lake Toba, Sumatra (again)

After a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur I arrived in Medan, the capital of Sumatra. From the airport I walked to my guesthouse, the same guesthouse I had a year ago. It felt like I was here yesterday and at the same time I felt amazed to be back here. I bought some snacks at […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Wednesday November 14 2012 at 6:53 AM

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a long night on the train I arrived in Kuala Lumpur Central Station and bought a metro ticket to China-Town, there should be numerous guesthouses and hostels.

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Thursday October 18 2012 at 9:04 AM

Ladakh: from Rumste to Tsomo Riri

We walk slowly uphill, sometimes we have to stop because of the lack of air. I’ve the feeingl that I’m not really adapted yet to the heights of the Himalayas, the minimum height is around 4000m and today we have to climb a pass at an altitude of about 5300m. The three French girlfriends seem […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday September 3 2012 at 7:17 AM

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: ‘travel’ - Published on Saturday February 4 2012 at 5:35 PM

Volunteering in Silimalombu, Indonesia

I apparently was arrived in onion-season, because almost immediately after my arrival in “Ratna’s place” I was asked to help preparing onions to make them suitable for sale. Actually the onion-work wasn’t too bad, maybe even quite entertaining. I usually did this work with Rudy, the “old man”, as he often was called. My room […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Friday December 23 2011 at 5:39 PM
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