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Beauty and the beast – Lao waterfalls and bear sanctuary

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 2 comments

In every country I am able to find beauty and enchantment, yet every once in a while I come across situations that make me witness a darker side of reality. No country is without flaws – and tragically, this burden is often carried by suffering animals. The beauty of nature in Laos, reflected by the fantastic waterfalls of Kuang Si and contrasting sight of abused black bears, reflecting the beasty nature of humans is presented to tourists as a combined attraction. The path to get to Kuang Si waterfalls is leading through a bear sanctuary. The sanctuary houses black bears, rescued from the horrors of circus shows and ruthless intentions of private owners. Once brutally chained and abused, the bears will spend the rest of their days at the sanctuary, in zoo-like activity areas behind high fences. Although I...

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Vegan Cafe, Adoption Center, Seonyudo Park, Green Tiramisu

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in All posts, South Korea | 0 comments

30th June 2013. Our last Sunday in Seoul. Today we hooked up with Tomek’s work colleague Dan and his girlfriend Mimi. Dan has come to Seoul five years ago, not for kimchi but Mimi and the two now live a bit further out of Seoul but came to visit. Dan is working as a freelancer like Tomek which is how they met. Mimi makes artisan soap in her wonderful work-shop called It’s Soap. The kind that makes Lush blush. Mimi is able to create customized soap bars meeting clients’ most fanciful wishes. Incorporating ingredients provided by her customers into soap bars, who believe milky elements to be beneficial, thereby mothers supplying their nutritious fluids, not only to their newborns (yes, soap bars with breastmilk), is no biggie. What better way to let your friends know of the new addition to...

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White Rabbit in Wonderland

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Tokyo is the city of everything. Above all it is wondrous. No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”.   I did say in my last post that the hare is always in the way. Well…   N-n-n-no time, no time, no time! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!     Some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.     Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!     Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs.   No wonder I am late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.     It would be so nice if something made sense for a...

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Vegetarian friendly: HappyCow & Eating Animals

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Living the life of an ordinary perpetual traveller, I am trying not to cause more harm to nature than necessary. I am not a dogmatic vegetarian, with an agenda to make the world a better place. My thought processes are easy, as you should have noticed by now, reading the nonsense on my blog. I simply find it troubling, that living beings are mistreated and killed for food. So here are some uncomplicated veggie thoughts, a cool Android/ iPhone app and a great book.   VEGETARIANS LIKE ANIMALS THE MOST I like sheep, cows and pigs, which are intelligent creatures, like dogs. But we choose not to eat dog. We adore livestock animals on pictures, puzzles, TV, movies and as cuddly toys  – so why the double standard? To fill my stomach, I don’t need animals to suffer in...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 6. Cats Knotts Nature

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

I am a fan of nature. Wait, Tomek just overlooked my starting sentence and is smiling brightly. Great, he’s showing an intensified reaction. He is frowning and laughing at the same time. Love of my life. All right. Maybe I should start over. Norway is for nature lovers, which I am, UNLESS I am given the tempting choice to do city sights. Nature and city life unfortunately don’t mingle too well. However, when I do get the chance to come across nature, I love it. Like in Norway, where nature is stunning… where I truthfully enjoyed undisturbed countryside. I happily took paths up a hill, down a rock, across a fjord, near a waterfall. Moss and rock is BEAUTIFUL. The fact, that I got new trainers in pink for the hike, has little to do with it. I think....

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Ode to the gecko

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in All posts | 0 comments

When you notice rapid movements on your hotel room walls in Asia but your eye only catches a glimpse of the shadow, then you have just missed a gecko. It is easy to mistake them for some bothersome insect at first but as soon as you get to see a gecko in a still position, it won’t take long to find them absolutely adorable. They are cute reptiles, miniature lizards, have two big black eyes and a slim body, which can range from a dark to almost neon green colour. Sometimes they are almost see-through :)   This is a gecko, we got to pose for this picture, in Malaysia.   Geckos are not only adorable for their looks but also for their funny mating sounds they emanate. On Koh Samui we heard their short high pitched sounds pretty...

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Of bees and butterflies

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Butterflies have six legs and unattractive life cycles of egg, larva and pupa but, in contrast to other insects, most people consider them gorgeous and likeable. Moths, although belonging to the same Lepidoptera family do not receive similar acclaim in visual arts, literature or jewellery. Even the name, consisting of ‘butter’ and ‘fly’ does not exactly generate attractive associations. Despite its strange name the butterfly has managed to become a very popular species. And very successful – it has been around for about 50 million years. It was the first time I have been to a butterfly garden and I liked the one at Koh Samui a lot. Loads of those flying beauties surround you upon entering the garden through a heavy metal curtain. There is a walking trail leading up the hill until you reach the viewpoint on...

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Mosquito Defence Mission

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Mosquitoes. I detest those blood sucking monsters whose purpose on this planet shall be punished with indifference. There are enough insects that I am not particularly fond of but which do not cross my way or seek contact anyway. But mosquitoes try very hard to get in touch. Their pertinent manner leading to annoyance and eventually to the well organised Mosquito Defence Mission or short MDM. We are two active participants but growing in numbers.   If you want to become an active member of MDM, then this is what you should do: -Vow to defend your kind from the Malaria spreading insect. Having travelled Asia some 15 years ago we took Lariam (Mefloquine hydrochloride) which is a strong prophylactic drug that has psychedelic side effects turning our dreams into daily nightmares, but there was no teeth or hair...

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