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The train from Hsipaw

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My two fellow travellers and I got the last three tickets for the soft seats. At the time we didn’t know that we were very lucky, but we were. The remaining westerners were given a ticket for the ordinary class, … Continue reading

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Goa and Agra, practical

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I visited Goa and Agra as an independent traveler in february 2012. Here are some first hand practical things that I encountered in those weeks and the reader might find useful. South Goa – I stayed in Majorda at the … Continue reading

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Portuguese left in India

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My research question was: What’s left of the Portuguese in India? Many old mansions and many Portuguese names. The hotel woman listens to the name of Fernandez, the signs of shops show Da Costa, Silva or Teixeiras. In the capital … Continue reading

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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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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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Patan, the temples

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Na een half uurtje op de open eerste verdieping van een cafe met uitzicht op het Durbar Square van Patan zie ik een laag stof op mijn zonnebril die op tafel ligt. De stof was me zo dichtbij niet eerder … Continue reading

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Pokhara, the beauty

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Pokhara is most of all serenity and nature. Views on the high Himalaya’s with a golden line if you see the sun rise. Early rise for that view. Paddle on the lake in an unseen setting. Walking the fields and … Continue reading

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