Last day in India

Before flying out to South Africa, I had a last morning in Delhi. Time for a little stroll into the old part of Delhi, the ‘grown’ part, that is so distinct from New Delhi’s constructed and planned-out map. It’s pure Indian craziness in there, with the traffic, the people, shops, Bazaars… like Varanasi, maybe a […] Read More

Indian Pride

I heard from a friend that Delhi would hold its annual pride march on November 30th. Of course Mallory and I had to try to find it, and we did, after a little odyssey through the center of Delhi. We missed the march itself – due to our prolonged Thali lunch, but then saw a […] Read More

Occupy Hong Kong

Everybody asks how it is in Hong Kong, about the protest of Occupy Hong Kong. My mom warned me not to go to places with many people (a difficult task in a tiny city state with 7 million people…) Fact is: I haven’t seen or felt anything of the protests. Strictly nada. Ok, I heard […] Read More

The cost of Non-China

So, Will has cancelled all the bookings. He will go up north to inspect a factory they work with, but basically only a day trip. We came out of this non-Visa situation relatively ok. We only had to pay: – 240 RMB to cancel the train tickets – 82 USD for my room (first night plus […] Read More

Stuck in HK

I have spent the past days trying to assemble everything for the visa application to China. If you followed the story for India, or lived through it with me like Renato did in SF, you know this stuff makes me lose patience quickly. Different instructions on websites, unclear procedures, all for a paranoid government protecting… […] Read More

Interesting times

‘May you live in interesting times’  is said to be a Chinese curse, that we all have heard at one point or the other. Seeing the protest that have sprung up in Hong Kong over the organization of somewhat free elections promised for 2017, I came to realize that I have ‘escaped’ a few political […] Read More

World Press Photo Award 2014

I love photography. You might have noticed with the number of pictures I take an put on the blog on some days. One of my yearly highlights is the World Press Photo Award. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization from Amsterdam, that holds the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. A jury selects the World Press Photo […] Read More

Castillo de Chapultepec

I woke up early in order to meet Jimena. I met here during a dinner at my friend Ignacio’s place in Santiago, back in december. She’s a Portuguese teacher, also learns German, and a traveller like me. We met up at the Auditorio Nacional, and first went for breakfast in the beautiful neighborhood of Polanco. She […] Read More

Military Parade

This morning I watched the start of the military parade on the Zócalo on TV, and heard the military jets thunder over the city. I headed out and over to Paseo de la Reforma, the big axis in Mexico City, just at my doorstep. Thousands of Mexicans already lined the street, waiting for the parade to […] Read More

Independencia (without me)

By coincidence, I arrived just in time for the biggest fiesta of the year: 16 September is  the Mexican Independence Day, celebrating the events of 16 September 1810. In the little town of Dolores, the Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) marked the beginning of the Independence War. It lasted until 1821, when local Spanish representatives signed […] Read More

Music…

… makes the people come together… (yeah)! A friend told me about the Palestinian queer party that happened once a month in a club in Tel Aviv. Friday evening, we went there, to a club called Comfort 13 in the Florentin neighborhood, one of the oldest in Tel Aviv. It was early though, Davidi asked me […] Read More

Rock the Vote

Go and vote in the European Elections! It’s not something to take lightly. It’s been fought for for centuries. Or, the other way round… What would MADONNA do…? Rock The Vote / Madonna TV Commercial from Glenn O’Brien on Vimeo. Read More