India

June 27, 2015

07 - 150509 - Indie - Agra - Taj MahalOur visit to Bhutan comes to an end. We cross the border to India to spend the last few days there before flying back Welcome to Agra!

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Bhutan

June 23, 2015

022 - 150429 - Bhutan - Punakha Dzong (Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong)– What’s your plan for your next holiday? – Ask my friends.

– Bhutan.

– Butane? Like propane-butane? Where is the connection between the gas and your vacation?

I had many discussions like that. Bhutan is not only the component for filling lighters, but also the tiny kingdom located in the Himalayas between Tibet and India, also known as The Land of Thunder Dragon.

Until the seventies Bhutan was almost completely cut off from the world. In 1974 the airport was established and the first tourists arrived. To this day the number of visitors is strictly controlled in organized groups and guests pay money for each day of stay directly for the Bhutanese government. Individual tourism does not exist and is forbidden. Despite that Bhutan is not a forgotten land at the end of the world. At least in the cities the people play with the modern smartphones, use mobile phones and Internet. Interesting is that Bhutan’s gross national product is expressed in the degree of happiness of the residents.

A trip to Bhutan is on the one hand the cultural journey to the numerous Buddhist monasteries and on the other hand it means hiking in the highest mountains of the world.

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Castle Wilhelmsthal

April 20, 2015

WilhelmsthalHow did the Landgrave of Hesse Wilhelm VIII use to live in the eighteenth century? What is most important in the rococo architecture style? How the princes use to dress and eat? This and many other interesting things you can learn during the lecture in the castle Wilhelmsthal near Kassel. It is a perfect tour for Sunday afternoon. Firstly you have to walk a few miles through the forest and at the end of the path you see a beautiful castle. Just take the chance and go there!

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Iceland in winter

March 10, 2015

Island 626We have one week holiday and we are thinking about our next destination. Let’s go to Iceland!

- To Iceland – ask our friends. In winter? Are you crazy?

Hmmm, who knows… It’s true, Iceland in winter is cold. But so beautiful!

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Christmas Tourism

December 31, 2014

001 - 141205 - BraunschweigRoute: Wiesbaden, Mainz, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf, Köln, Kassel

Sharp at 03:30 pm I turn off my computer and leave the office. I can work longer from Monday to Thursday but Friday is the beginning of the weekend! The day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. In this special time we decided to visit one or even two Christmas Markets called “Weihnachtsmarkt” every weekend.

“Weihnachtsmarkt” is the main winter attraction in Germany. More and more tourists from all over the world come to visit them. The guests drink hot wine, eat traditional sausages and buy crafts. There is the unforgettable atmosphere…

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Lauterbach

December 30, 2014

008 - LauterbachLauterbach is a small town in the eastern Hessia. We went there not because of its tourist attractions, but because of – let’s call it – cultural values. Our friend celebrated his birthday and organized a party with traditional German sausage, meat called Leberkäse, potato salad and hectoliters of beer. Apart from the food the highlight of the party was the outfit. The hosts and many guests were dressed in dirndl – Bavarian-Austrian folk costume. We could not compete with them. In my wardrobe I found only one shirt a little bit similar to the dirndl.

After the party on the next day we visited the charming town. The buildings in the center are built in the half-timbered style. Their windows are decorated with flowers in boxes. On the main street there are many cafes and ice cream shops serving delicious sweets. It was worthy to come here and visit Lauterbach.

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Harz Mountains

December 29, 2014

001 - HarzToday is a beautiful autumn day. We pack our bags and go to the town Braunlage in the Harz Mountains. Here we meet with a friend and start a long trail to the highest peak called Brocken (1,142 meters above sea level). It is hot like in summer. On the blue sky we don’t see any single cloud. We definitely do not need so many clothes. No wonder that on such sunny day many people hike… The path is very crowded.

If someone doesn’t want to walk he can take a buggy or train. We try to take small paths in order to avoid the crowd but it is difficult. On the top all the trails connect in a wide street leading straight to the shop with drinks and the restaurant. Tourists disembark from the train, eat and go back the same way. It is also fine. The most important thing is they didn’t spend that day sitting in front of the TV eating chips on the couch. We eat our dinner after finishing the trek: a huge and delicious meal. We are very hungry because we walked in total 33 km.

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Holy mess with animals

November 24, 2014

005- Please open your baskets. I will go between rows and bless the contents – the priest said.

This time it’s not Easter blessing of food, but blessing of our four-legged friends. Catholic priest squeezes between the benches, peering into each box, patting rabbits, hamsters, dogs and cats.

- Woof, woof, meow, meow – you can hear around. Suddenly we also hear the noises of two horses!

Through various actions priests try to encourage people to come to church. Such Sunday masses are e.g. hold outdoors and not inside the church. I must admit that the way works. On Sundays with “special attractions” more people than usual visit the mass.

After the mess we enjoy the rest of the day on a hike in the forest near Kassel to the statue of Hercules mentioned in the previous article.

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Statue of Hercules in Kassel

November 10, 2014

007 - KasselThe Statue of Hercules towers over Kassel since 1717 and is the hallmark of the city now. In July 2013 it has even been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (No. 38 in Germany). Kassel once ugly and industrial urban center is transforming into the cultural capital of northern Hessia and attracts thousands of tourists from Germany and abroad.

The cooper sculpture of the Greek demigod stays on a hill in the park called Wilhelmshöhe. Besides the beautiful view from the top the major attractions in summer are illuminated cascades and fountains.

At the foot of the column there is also a palace Wilhelmshöhe constructed in classical style in the seventeenth century – now a museum. Not far from that there is yet another castle named Löwenburg modeled on a medieval castle – for years a private residence of the landlord of Hessia.

Why is Kassel so famous in the world? Every five years the largest contemporary art exhibition “documenta” is taking place here. Next time in 2017!

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Hiking to the Cross Peak

November 8, 2014

008 - 140817 - Zlaty Chlum i Krizovy wrchRoute: Rejviz – Zlaty Chlum – Cross Peak – Zlaty Chlum – Rejviz (15 km)

In the Czech Republic, just a few kilometers behind Głuchołazy, the small Polish town on the border where I was born, there is the tiny village Rejviz situated at an altitude of 792 m above sea level. It is famous mainly for winter sports. Besides the numerous cross-country ski routes and ski lifts there are many hiking trails suitable all year round which start here. On one of the last sunny days of autumn we pick a hiking trail to the Cross Peak.

Before we get there we pass Chlapecke Rocks, where we take pictures and stop at the Zlaty Chlum (875 m above sea level). Here we climb the 26-meter high tower built in 1899 and from the top we enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Near the tower there is a rustic bar serving sausages and a delicious herbal alcoholic drink. After a few more kilometers through the forest we reach Cross Peak where a beautiful restaurant is situated. Inside we eat delicious garlic soup with egg – a specialty of Czech Republic and drink the famous black beer Cerny kozel. After this highlight all that is left to do is the hike back…

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AROUND THE WORLD TOUR 2012-2014

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ABOUT ME

I was born in Głuchołazy, small city in the South of Poland. After finishing high school I went to Berlin. I have graduated History and Society of South and South East Asia at the Humboldt University. As long as I remember I have been travelling a lot.
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