The Taj Mahal

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What shall I do to remember you by? asked the emperor of India his unquestionable love of his life, who was dying. Make something that everyone who sees it, will never forget, she said. So he did with the help … Continue reading

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Goa, the southern part

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What to do in Goa? Do Nothing! Sitting at a beach shack, sipping on a cold beer, smoking a fine Dutch sigar. Watching miles of thin white sands and the endless sea. Read an e-book, see the sun set. That’s … Continue reading

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Lijiang bus station (where I lost my passport and what happened next)

Friday, around 10 am, at the Lijiang bus station.
I gaze at the empty floor. Can’t believe what I see. I see nothing, but I should see my shoulder bag. It is not there anymore. I yell to my wife Hillie sitting next to me: My bag is gone. My passport! I run outside, looking everywhere, into the adjacent fruit store, back into the waiting room, not a glimpse of my bag. Hillie shouts: we must stop the busses. I run into the first bus that is on the point to leave. Continue reading

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Waiting in hotel

Lijiang friday, 2 pm, back at the hotel.

What happened? cried the landlady not expecting to see us again that soon. I told her about the waiting room. She looked real sad and tried to think of what she could do to help us. If you have any questions, ask me she kept saying the next days. It’s a small hotel with about ten rooms around a very nice courtyard. With the advantage of free wifi, but that’s useless without my iPad. Continue reading

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Flying to Shanghai

Lijiang saturday and sunday, waiting …

The next day we decided to book the flight of monday evening. There were two tickets left. Got them. It meant that we would show up at the Consulate on tuesday in stead of monday, four working days left until our flight to Europe on the first of august. Via we booked three nights in the same nice hotel in Shanghai where we’ve been before. Booking has their servers outside China that’s why the connection is very slow. Continue reading

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Public Security Bureau (to get the exitvisa)

Shanghai, tuesday at the Consulate

With the address written down in Chinese the taxi drove us in 50 minutes to the building of the Dutch Consulate. Many people waiting, we were the only whites. A very friendly Chinese looking, Dutch speaking girl helped us. Continue reading

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Leaving Shanghai

Shanghai, thursday and friday, Pay first!


Without a proper ID we didn’t feel free enough to travel around, but we went to the impressive Apple Store and I bought myself an new iPod Touch. So I would have a device with wifi internet acces and a simple camera. Continue reading

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Nepal, the Practicalities

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I recently visited Nepal as an independent traveler in march 2011. Here are some first hand practical things that I encountered in those weeks and the reader might find useful. – First of all take a flashlight with you. It … Continue reading

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Nepal, the summary

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Kathmandu and what else? Katmandu to me is a large, dusty, ugly and very busy city with over two million inhabitants. Busy traffic that passes left and right, not waiting for each other at intersections and horning, continuous horning. A … Continue reading

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Nagarkot, the countryside

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Nagarkot ligt op een heuvel van 2000 m en geeft een mooi uitzicht op de Himalaya’s van 7000 en 8000 m. Ik heb een hotelkamer met een terras en dus dat geweldige uitzicht. Met de opkomst van de zon als … Continue reading

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