Some of the thousands of skulls dug up in the Killing Fields

Weekly photo challenge: Creepy in Cambodia

 This week, share an image of something creepy. Unsettling. Eerie. Disgusting. My most unsettling and creepy travel experience was visiting the Killing Fields of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This mass murder site, where the Khmer Rouge executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979 is definitely very unsettling. The place is filled with mass graves containing…

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town.

Wordless Wednesday: Cape Town street art

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town. Streetwires was started in 2000, and this Proudly South African project provides training, support and materials to unemployed people who in turn use their artistic capabilities to create African wire and bead art. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday.

Im actually moving and staying up right but only with the help of a snow shovel

Throwback Thursday: The foreigner tries ice-skating in Russia

When my Russian friends Alexander and Anastasia heard that I have never actually ice-skated before, they took it upon themselves to teach me. They picked me up early one Saturday morning and we headed out to their weekend house ( Datcha) just outside of Moscow close to a small town named Shishken. Their weekend house looks like a…

Cappadocia in Turkey

The number ONE way to experience Cappadocia

I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in…

Train station signs

Wordless Wednesday: Train station signs

Usually you find signs like “mind the gap” or “dont stand too close to the tracks” at train stations like this one. Here in South Africa we also get signs that say ” dont climb in or off the train through the window” and ” Dont smash the train windows”…… Published as part of Wordless…

My current Muse: Western Cape, South-Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This weeks’ photo challenge is to show your muse — the subject you turn to frequently, that leaves you inspired each time! At the moment my Muse is the colourful buildings and people of the Western Cape in South-Africa. Each time I go exploring I come upon a new brightly coloured treasure, and I cant wait…

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The foreigner tries Kung-Fu

While living in Ho Chi Minh City I tried to experience everything about the Vietnamese Culture and decided to try something ” Vietnamese”. So I went out and signed up at a local pagoda in my neighbourhood for Kung-fu classes. I was so excited at the prospect of learning a martial art that I didn’t even…

Cape Town Minstrels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

The weekly photo challenge vivid imediately bought to mind the bright, intense and cheerful colours of the Cape Town Minstrels. In CAPE TOWN, South Africa you get to watch these colourful and brightly dressed mistrels parade the streets as they celebrate the Tweede Nuwe Jaar event ( Second new years ). The Cape Minstrels (also known as the Kaapse Klopse)…

Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and more motorbikes. While living in Ho Chi Minh I got myself a canary yellow 1969 super cup motorbike, which I named Buttercup. It couldn’t go faster than 60km per hour but in a city as crowded as Ho Chi Minh City…

My apartment building!

Throwback Thursday: My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow

My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of Moscow acted like a magnet for me. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. Although…

Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh – Spring in Japan

The Freshness of Spring creates the perfect atmosphere for rejuvenation and well-being. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. There is definitely a sense of renewal and new life all around. The appearance of the Cherry blossoms in Japan bring with it an energy of change and something new. The fragrance of the fresh…

Barbed Wire Defence

Barbed Wire Defence

Between the old and beautiful buildings of South-Africa there is also spikes and barbed wire, intended to keep safe despite its ugliness. It does look like some places go to extremes for safety but I guess it is necessary in some cases. In the military science of fortification, wire obstacles are defensive obstacles made from barbed wire, barbed tape or concertina wire. They are…

The Bo-Kaap (2)

Cape Town Free Walking Tour

These days most big cities have walking tours and some, like South-Africa’s Cape Town, even has free walking tours. At the end of the tour you can tip the guide but don’t feel bad if you cant afford too, that is why they are called free walking tours. You get a guided tour from a local…

Cape Town City Hall is a large Edwardian building in Cape Town city centre which was built in 1905.

Disregard of a Straight Arrow!?!?

I actually got to see the inside of the beautiful town hall of Cape Town the other day. Unfortunately it was not to explore it, but to go and squash a traffic fine that I got the other day. Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. I have just moved back to South Africa and have…

Eyes on Long street

Eyes on Long street

I have noticed that there are quite a few mosaic benches and seats popping up all over Cape Town lately. It seems that Cape Town is really doing South-Africa proud as the Design Capital of the year and I love seeing all these new changes to this great city. I read that they are adding…

Lotus Park in the south of Xian

Lotus Park in the south of Xian

One of my most peaceful experiences in China was spending the morning in the Lotus Park in the south of Xian. While on our huge China Odyssey my mom and I rarely had time to just sit and relax as there was so much to see and so many places to go to. So spending…