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A new beginning – I have moved my Blog!

I have moved my blog

A new beginning – I have moved my blog (Photo taken by Bengt Langer)

I didn’t seem to be active on this blog in 2014 yet, but I was busy. As I have written in my last post, my review of 2013, setting up a self-hosted blog was one of my goals for 2014. I have already put this plan into action and have setup a new self-hosted blog. This was quite a lot of work and took more time than I have expected. You can now find my new blog under http://www.travellingcolognian.com. Read more

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2013: My China Year

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

Merry Christmas

As much as I love travelling, especially in Asia, I always make sure that I am home for Christmas. In the past three years I got back home at least two weeks before Christmas or left Germany in early January to be able to absorb a bit of the christmassy spirit which fills the cities and places in my home country in the weeks before the feast. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be light!

During my travels all across Asia and back home I encountered all different sorts of lights, natural and artificial lights. Down below I present a collection of what I saw so far. Let there be light!

Candles, seen next to the canals in Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Candles, seen next to the canals in Lijiang, Yunnan, China

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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Little chinese girl and her Mom in the Yuantong Si Temple in Kunming, China

The little chinese girl is watching me carefully. She seems to be curious and shy at the same time. Apparently she hasn’t seen many westerners before, so the encounter with the blonde western woman who is smiling at her seems to be something totally unexpected. I meet her and her Mom during my second visit to the Yuantong Si Temple, one of the oldest and the most famous buddhist temple in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in the Southwest of China. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good morning

Morning mood on the river Ganges, Varanasi

Morning mood on the river Ganges, Varanasi

The air is crisp and cold. It is still dark when I step out of my hotel room at 5 A.M. We take a private minibus to the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi. Locals are surging down the Ghats to the river.

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One day in Dubai

I love Dubai! For me it’s a great city, very safe and clean, very structured and efficient. Even as a western woman one doesn’t need to worry when walking around alone even at nighttime. It’s probably one of the safest places I travelled, maybe even safer than my small hometown in Germany. Considering that at the beginning of the last century Dubai has just been a small settlement at the Persian Gulf and that it’s nowadays a supermodern Metropolis with 2,1 million residents, I am quite impressed. Read more

Looking forward to a new adventure

Nine days from now I am off on a new adventure. I’ll be heading to Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Java and Bali for six weeks.

I have been to Dubai four times already on my way to or from Asia, but all I know so far is the direct transit area of the International Airport. So I decided, it’s time to finally see the city and a bit more of the United Arab Emirates. Four and half years ago my boyfriend and I spent two days and one night in Abu Dhabi on our way to Thailand. This time I’ll be there for three days and two nights and I hope, this is enough to get a first impression. Read more