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India – A transformative experience (Part I)

India. The second most populous country of the world, thousands of years of history and culture, a multitude of languages and uncountable dialects, utter variety of religions and customs, stretching from tropical beaches and dry planes to the high peaks and fertile rich forests of the Himalayan mountains. India is no easy place to write…

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27 hours to Delhi

India! The night bus from Nong Khai to Bangkok, a plane from Bangkok to buzzing Mumbai dodging the thick black clouds of the monsoon. From Mumbai, I took a bus to Pune to visit my cousin. After a great stay, I fought for a day to get a train ticket for the sleeper class to Delhi…

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Southern Thailand and a trade in Khanom

Departing form Jakarta in Indonesia, I flew to Thailand. I was a bit of a short notice decision, but a good one. I didn’t know much about Thailand, except it having a slightly fragile political situation, a buddhist majority and an abundance of german expats (among others). OK, maybe I knew a little bit more…

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Beautiful Indonesia from Bali to Java

Indonesia. A culture and temperature shock was likely, and yes, it was quite an experience to be amidst the crowds, heat, smells, motorbikes, colours and things of busy Denpasar on Bali, coming from Australia and New Zealand. I got a full dose in Kuta and quickly escaped to quiet Padang Bai, crossed to Lombok with…

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A website for the Community Recycling Network Aotearoa

My journey from Queenstown led me to Waiheke Island, just a 30 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s busy center. The Community Recycling Network of New Zealand invited me to build a website and would be hosting me on the island. My new project for the “Auckland Community Resource Recovery Network”, in short ACoRRN, shouldn’t only…

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When we walked through clouds

White clouds of all shapes perform an eternal dance through Aotearoa’s south island fiords, from the rain-soaked rainforest valleys of the west coast up to the mighty mountain ranges around Mount Cook in the interior. Snow-topped mountains, thousands of meters in height, mirror in extensive lakes both in their depth as on their spotless cobalt…

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Endless roads and empty spaces

When I decided to start my trade experiment in Australia I wasn’t only thinking about the tropical surf beaches and national parks along the coast. I imagined visiting the Outback, and dreamt of empty spaces and otherworldly landscapes. After arriving and finding out more about how everyone here lived, my curiosity grew given the fact…

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The good people of Melbourne

After my time exploring the coast south of Sydney, I arrived in Melbourne (apparently the world’s most liveable city) and I was ready for some cultural treats. I had the best of all arrivals, since some good old friends live in the city and their hospitality is some of the best I have ever experienced. My…

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Road trip to Melbourne

It was time to hit the road again after the beautiful stay with Ben and his family in Jervis Bay. I am writing this in the first days of 2014 (shame on me, i promise to keep my journal updated more frequently from now on), but memories are still very much alive, exciting times lay…