2013 was without a doubt my China year. Unlike other travel bloggers I haven’t stayed there for several months or even a year, but China has definitely stolen my heart. I have been to China once before, in July and August 2010, when travelling through Yunnan and Tibet. At that time already I absolutely loved it and have always planned to go back to see more of the Middle Kingdom. But I have never expected that it would blow me away that much and that I would travel there twice in eight months. At any one time I have stayed there for three and a half respectively four weeks and have spent a few additional days in Dubai, Hongkong and Thailand. Read more
On my travels I encountered many different sorts of communities. Four and a half years ago on a boat trip on the Mekong river from Huay Xai at the Thai Lao border to Luang Prabang we stopped on route at a local, very pristine, basic village without electricity which lies at the banks of Mekong river. At that time locals there apparently hadn’t seen many westerners before. They were shy but also curious at the same time and took us into their village which only consisted of a few wooden huts. Especially the kids seemed to love being photographed and gathered themselves around us to watch our results. Read more
Souksaan wankeud – Happy birthday, King Bhumibol.
The thai Monarch is turning 86 today. He was born on the 5th December 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where his father Mahidol Adulyadej studied medicine in Harvard at that time. His father died in September 1929. Four years later Bhumibol Adulyadej moved to Switzerland with his mother, his older brother and his older sister, where he went to School and University. On the 9th June 1946 he became the King of Thailand after his older brother King Ananda Mahidol died under mysterious circumstances on that day. Currently Bhumibol is the Head of State in the World with the longest term of office, he is reigning even longer than Queen Elizabeth II. Bhumibol Adulyadej was officially crowned king on the 5th May 1950. His wife Sirikit,who he has married two years before, was named to be Queen the same day. Read more