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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

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

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

Back to China

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I am definitely not lost, but I have a burning desire to wander. I love to explore other countries and cultures, mingle with the locals and support local businesses. I also love to meet people from all over the world. I have just been to China in April and May and I am captivated by the beauty of the country and the friendlyness of the locals. On my journey I met some fantastic people along the way. Read more

A new Design – Update

A few days ago I announced that I will test and introduce four WordPress Themes – Photography, Portfolio, Profile and Photographer – on my blog in the next one and a half weeks. Well, apparently that plan was a bit too ambitious as adapting a Theme onto one’s blog often means more than just placing a few tick marks and sometimes takes more time when things don’t work like intended. I purchased the Photography Theme two days ago and tried to adapt it onto my blog for one whole evening but in the end it didn’t appear like I wanted it to. To try out four Themes ten days are obviously not enough. As I am leaving for China on the 17th October I decided to maybe postpone this trial. I might purchase, try out and introduce the contemplated four Themes when I am back home, but definitely not before my departure. Read more

Exploring the Temple of Heaven

China’s capital Beijing has more than 20 million inhabitants and a more than 3000-year-old history. Its name means Northern Capital. With the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the former Imperial Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the old and the new Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Lama Temple, the Confucius Temple et cetera it hosts an imposing cultural heritage. Read more

A scary experience in Beijing

50 minutes before landing I am woken up by the Stewart who collects the blankets. Due to wind conditions the approach flight on Beijing Capital International Airport is quite rough and I am really surprised that such a huge airplane like the A380 can be shaken so much. Read more

Great Wall, China

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A trip to the Middle Kingdom

China has been on my travel bucket list for several years. For May 2010 I had originally  booked a trip called “Essential China” which would have led me to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Leshan, on a Yangtze River Cruise, to Yangshuo and to Hongkong but due to some unfortunate reason I had to cancel my trip two months before leaving home. A few months later I did a tour through Yunnan and Tibet instead which was absolutely amazing and one the best trips if not even the best trip I have done so far. Everything great came together. We were a small group of only seven members. My six travelmates came from the Netherlands, Norway and from Canada and were fantastic and Mill, our tour guide from the US, was outstanding. The same goes to our local tibetan guide Jigme who guided us through Tibet and gave us a great impact into his region. The places and sights we have visited were absolutely stunning. After finishing the tour in Kathmandu, Nepal I knew that I want to go back to see more of China. Read more