Kyoto – temples, kimono rentals and mystic Gion district

Did you ever see the 2005 movie “Memoirs of a geisha”? Or have you ever been fascinated about the ancient traditions of a country that is so different to ours? If you want to experience the mixture between tradition and modern life, I will give you a little insight into a city shrouded in mysticism – Kyoto. For much of its history Kyoto has…

Hanoi – motorbikes, coffee and phở gà

Hanoi, capital of and with a population of around 7.8 Mio. people the second largest city in Vietnam. To be honest it was either continuing in Cambodia with a huge bus ride, flying to the Philippines with islands being shut down due to corona panic (no, not the beer) and 3 flights until arriving at my destination or going to Northern Vietnam (2h flight…

Kampong Phluk – the floating village that did not float

Apparently I had to go through a scam at least one time during my trip and fate chose a huge lake and no chance to escape to be the best situation for it to finally happen… and with this being said: welcome to the floating village Kampong Phluk at Lake Tonlé Sap, Cambodia!! A village built on stilts, in which the residents depend on…

Siem Reap – dust, tuktuk and Angkor what?!

Angkor – home of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction Angkor Wat. It was the capital city of the Khmer Empire, which ruled the region during at the time and contains hundreds of temples. A national pride to the people who are still struggling with the traumatic past. The most famous temple of the complex is Angkor Wat (Angkor what?!). Encompassing an area of around…

Malaysia – thank you for 2 wonderful weeks

As I am a little behind, I’d like to squeeze in my last Malaysia post. Coming here with no expectations at all, Malaysia has surprised me being colorful and very welcoming. After Bali it has been very hard for me to change from this chilled and spiritual island with a wonderful energy to a Kuala Lumpur, that presented itself as a crowded, multicultural and…

George Town/Penang – Street Art, love lane and crazy bus rides

I didn’t have much of a clue what to do in Malaysia before going, although I’ve bought a pretty looking lonely planet for exactly this reason… planning a proper trip! Penang however has been one of the reasons to visit Malaysia. Starting from KL, I took a bus, that would take me there in 5 hours. Being in Malaysia, I was once again reminded…

Kuala Lumpur – lights, popping ears and multiculti

The contrast couldn’t be bigger. After 10 days well spent on the island Bali, I’ve arrived at the Kuala Lumpur international airport to meet one of my friends, who lives here for 2 years now and who I haven’t seen for over 4 years. The car ride to his apartment was already a cultural shock. I am not used to seeing this amount of…

Bali – My first stop and unexpected miracle healer

“Travel and your soul will heal”. That was my initial thought 2 weeks before starting into an adventure that I will remember forever. After a heartbreaking separation, quitting my job and moving back home, I’ve pretty much stayed in total isolation for over a month. It was time for me to step out of my self-destructive existence and move forward. But in order to…

White blank page – The one in the café where it all started

It’s always hard to write the first phrase… you sit in front of the screen and stare at the white blank page. The cursor impatiently flashing as if to say “just write anything…?!”. While waiting for some good phrase to pop up in their brain, people would often get distracted by the noises in the surrounding. Maybe the sound of a car passing by…

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