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2013 was an interesting year.  Photographic excursions I have done include Myanmar (Burma) in January; Iran in February; "The Killing Fields" of Cambodia in March; Sabah and Brunei on Borneo Island in April/May; the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, Shaanxi province of China in May; in August to October l conquered the rugged mountains and valleys of Xinjiang province of western China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In Nov/Dec I went to France and Luxembourg. I bid farewell to 2013 on a tropical Thailand island in the Andaman Sea and started 2014 in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, and then back to Myanmar, and then the remote Maldives Islands in April. I hope to soon visit North Korea and Papua New Guinea and possibly Ethiopia.  Deo Volente.

My latest books released are "India: The Kerala Way" and "Iran - Persian Colours" as well as the inauguration issue (160 pages) of my new glossy magazine: "Globerovers vol 1, no 1, July 2013". The cover story is "Iran · Persian Colours". Other destinations covered are Iceland, Myanmar, India, China, Ecuador, Nepal, Japan, Nicaragua, and my close encounters with the North Pole.  


The 2nd issue (December 2013) of the Globerovers Magazine is a Special Edition entitled "Faces In Far Away Places". See the link in the post below.


Quick overview of Central Asia (and others) on PINTEREST

Atolls of the Maldives Islands

Posted: April 14, 2014
The Republic of the Maldives (better known as the Maldive Islands) is a chain of twenty-six atolls situated in the Indian Ocean about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India’s Kerala State. With a population of about 400,000 people, about 25% live on the small island capital of Malé. Reminiscent of other nearby nations such as Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh, the Maldivian people are known for their hospitality and big smiles. While most people around the world who have seen photos of the Maldives will think of luxurious resorts consisting of rows of wooden lodges perched on turquoise smooth waters, this is not the way Globerovers explores the world! Our way is the non-luxurious way to spend time with the locals on a far-away island void of any tourists, as well as islands free of any kind of human settlements. This is the better way to explore the Maldives!  Enjoy these photos mainly of Baa Atoll in the north, as well as the capital city of Malé situated on a small island.
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Rediscover the tranquility of Paris, France

Posted December 11, 2013
Paris, France.... Arc De Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Eiffel Tower... Oh so many well known sites to visit in Paris. Just when you thought you have been to Paris enough times, when another opportunity arises to visit Paris you just could not resist! Right? It is such a great city just to wander around and enjoy the fascinating world renown sites. the historical buildings, the peaceful parks, and of course the darn good French cuisine. I went once again back to Paris in the autumn of 2013 just a rediscover this lovely city. In addition, I ended up in nearby Luxembourg to enjoy this small quaint city packed with historical sites and a pretty old historical town centre.  Photos of Paris and Luxembourg.

Globerovers Magazine December 2013 issue

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206 colourful glossy pages displaying 222 portraits of amazing faces across 15 countries. This is the second issue of the Globerovers Magazine and is a Special Issue entitled "Faces in Far Away Places". Every picture deserves a pause as you imagine what these peoples' lives must be like. At a price of just US$40.19 plus shipping, this Magazine showcases a massive effort to capture exceptional portraits across several countries. A masterpiece and an ideal Christmas gift!  ORDER A PRINTED COPY


Tajikistan - rugged mountains, quaint valleys, and many sheep!

Posted Sep. 15, 2013
Tajikistan suffered from a devastating civil war which lasted from 1992 to 1997, but peace has returned. A mountainous landlocked country, Tajikistan borders Kyrgyzstan to the north,  Uzbekistan to the west, Afghanistan to the south, and China to the east. The narrow mountainous Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. Mountains cover more than 90% of the land so mountain climbing and hiking is popular among the few tourists who venture here. Much of the country is covered in snow during the harsh winters and higher roads around the Wakhan Valley are closed for months. The few tourists who do travel here are greatly rewarded with the warm hospitality of the locals who mainly belong to the Persian-speaking Tajik ethnic group. One of the many highlights is a flight in the Antonov AN-28 (a 2-engined light prop transport aircraft) of  Tajik Air from capital city Dushanbe to the little town of Khorog from where the exciting route goes all along the Afghan border to and through the Wakhan Valley and out into Kyrgyzstan. 
Photos of Tajikistan

Afghanistan - turning back the clock 100 years!

Posted Sep. 11, 2013
We're all aware of Afghanistan's troubled past and its rich history being a focal point of the Silk Road.  Urban civilization may have begun in the area as early as 3,000 to 2,000 BC., but then partly destroyed by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and in more recent times by the Russians and Americans. The 1990's civil war and life under the extremist Taliban government made life unbearable for the Afghan people. I have found nothing but the greatest hospitality here, in particular in the village of Shughnan and further south near the town of Ishkashim. I was treated with the greatest respect and as Western tourists are extremely rare, I was treated like a celebrity, albeit an alien. People came up to shake hands (men only) and hardly anybody (men only) refused my request to take a photograph. Young women turned their backs at me as they are not suppose to look at strangers. I slept on the floor with a local family and ate bread and tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After all, in these mountain villages life has been standing still for many many years.
Photos of Afghanistan

Uzbekistan - religious buildings, civic architecture, architectural ensembles, and the desert!

Posted Sep. 6, 2013
Uzbekistan is slowly coming out of the stone age although it is still troublesome and expensive for most nationalities to obtain a tourist visa. First you need to get some silly (and expensive) invitation letter from a government approved travel agency and only then you can apply for the (expensive) tourist visa. You are only allowed to stay in government approved accommodation and need to collect your registration card before leaving as once you exit the country they may ask for all your registration slips. Exploring the architecture in the towns of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand is on most tourist itineraries. Uzbekistan is famous for its religious buildings, civic architecture (caravanserais, market buildings and 16th/17th century bathhouses), and other architectural ensembles. It also offers camel trekking, deserts, the drying Aral Sea to the north, and of course Uzbek cuisine and hospitality! The locally grown grapes, peaches, fresh figs and nuts are irresistable.    Photos of Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan, larger than all of Western Europe!

Posted: Aug 24, 2013
Kazakhstan is the world's ninth largest country and is also by far the largest landlocked country. It does share an inland "sea", the Aral Sea, with Uzbekistan to the south. Sadly little is left of this sea as it has almost vanished over the past 30 years. It also borders the inland Caspian Sea which fortunately still has a lot of water. With an area larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan requires a lot of time to explore. While it may not be the most exciting country in the world to visit, it does showcase some impressive flatlands, Kazakh steppe (grasslands), taiga (coniferous forests), rock canyons, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. The former capital, Almaty, is a fairly large and modern city with a population of 1.5 million inhabitants of which half is Kazakh and one-third Russians. Its a nice city with bustling markets, museums, cathedrals, mosques and more than 120 fountains. Photos of Kazakhstan

Jailoos and snow-capped mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Posted: Aug 15, 2013
Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is unquestionably the star of Central Asia. A bloody revolution in early 2010 overthrew the former president and the country seems to enjoy stability now. The Russians are long gone and the local Kyrgyz people are extremely hospitable. Markets are stuffed with interesting merchandise from around Central Asia, as well as local foods and fruits such as berries, peaches, grapes, and succulent figs. Head to the jailoos (meadows) along the lakes such as Song-kul and Issyk-kul and stay in a yurt owned by a local family. Get  your horse named "Baby" and gallop into the hills and along the snow capped mountains. Pack your tent, sleeping bag, food and gas-stove and head into the mountains for a multi-day hike to a glacier in the Tien-Shan mountains or the Pamir-Alay mountains. You will never forget your trip to Kyrgyzstan!  
Photos of Kyrgyzstan  FULL STORY COMING SOON.

Globerovers Magazine inaugural issue is available.

Globerovers Magazine vol 1, no 1 July 2013 (160-page full colour with text)

This inaugural issue in the upcoming series of colourful glossy magazines has "Iran - Persian Colours" as its feature article. Other articles cover Iceland, Myanmar, India, China, Ecuador, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and an adventure report of climbing active Volcán Concepción in Nicaragua. View Online.  Buy your own printed copy.  

Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, China

Posted: May 30, 2013
Buried with the emperor in 210 BC, the purpose of the terracotta army was to protect the emperor in his after life. Located in the Lintong District of the city of of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, the warriors were discovered on 29th of March 1974 by a local farmer while digging a new well near the Qin Emperor's tomb. The well is still visible near the top right end of Pit #1, while the farmer is now a famous man and apparently protected by several guards when visiting the site - to the ooo's and ahhh's of the visting countrymen.  However, Xi'an is more than just the terracotta warriors (although seeing them is an amazing experience). The city of Xi'an also offers the Big (and Small) Goose Pagoda, the very interesting Shaanxi Museum, the Muslim Quarter which is really a city within a city, the fascinating ancient city walls, and much more. Its worth spending a week in Xi'an!  Photos of the Warriors.   FULL STORY COMING SOON.

The Killing Fields of Cambodia

Posted March 29, 2013
The "Killing Fields" refers to several sites across Cambodia where, during the short rule of the Khmer Rouge regime (1975 to 1979) millions of people were tortured and killed. Those who were not killed, died of starvation and diseases. No exact number has been determined but it is estimated that between 1.5 and 3 million people died out of a 1975 country population of about 8 million.  A visit to the sites where people were locked up, tortured and brutally killed is an emotional experience only rivalled by a visit to Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz II–Birkenau in Poland. The "Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum" in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is located in a former high school which was used by the Khmer Rouge regime as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Here you can read the stories and look at hundreds of mugshot photographs of the victims taken during torture and before execution. Many were women and children.  READ MORE...

Iran: From south-east to north-west

Posted: February 2, 2013
My first visit to Iran was in March 2007 when I visited Tehran and then south to areas around Esfahan, Shiraz and the desert areas of Yazd. It was a great trip and I couldn't wait to return. So I did! In February 2013 I flew back to Tehran and then took Mahan Airlines southeast to Kerman where my Iranian friends awaited my arrival. The first few days were spent in and around Kerman followed by a train trip further southeast to the desert town of Bam. From Bam I went back to Kerman and then up to Kashan for a few days. Back to Tehran where I took the overnight train to Tabriz in the far northwest, then along the Caspian Sea to the mountain village of Masuleh. Back in Tehran I stocked up on nuts, dates, figs, leather shoes & belts, and a lovely Persian carpet. Hope to be back in Iran to explore the western provinces along the Iraq border, and the north east along Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.   READ MORE...

Myanmar's Mon State

Posted: January 6, 2013
The first time I visited Myanmar (Burma) was in July 2006 and at that time I promised myself that I will be back very soon. Well, it took me almost 7 years to return. This time I promised that I will be back in less than a year!  Myanmar has grabbed the title of "Land of Smiles (LOS)" from Thailand as this must be the friendliest country I have ever visited. While I found in my recent trip more tourists than back in 2006, tourists are still scares, in particular in the areas I just visited. My January 2013 trip started in the capital Yangon, from where I took a crazy 13-hour train ride to Mawlamyine towards the south east from where I explored the areas as far south as Sat Se Beach. From Mawlamyine I traveled by boat north to Hpa-An where I stayed a few days and then headed northwest to the Golden Rock near Kyaikhto. After a tough mountain climb I went east to the interesting town of Bago and then back to Yangon.  READ MORE...

INDIA - The Kerala Way

Posted October 10, 2012
Kerala state is located in the south west of India and is known for its tea, coffee and cardamon plantations, its lovely beaches, the backwaters of Alleppey, the wildlife (including tigers), the lovely food, and most of all, the friendly people of Kerala. Fly into the town of Kochi and work your way around the cool highlands with its plantations and national wildlife sanctuaries, then grab a houseboat and smoothly sail the canals and rivers for a few days, then head to the lovely beaches. All along enjoy the food and the friendly people. READ MORE... 

Take a look at a few photos of Kerala state, and more on Pinterest.

Japan's Okinawa Island region

Posted July 24, 2012
Japan's southern islands of Okinawa are well known for the battles during World Ward II. Other than the tunnels used by the Japanese navy, little evidence is left of the war. The main island of Okinawa and its many smaller islands is a paradise of good food, pristine beaches and clear waters, and an abundance of sea life only second to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. My July 2012 trip covered the islands of Okinawa (main island), Aka, Agenashik, and Zamami Island.

Hiking the Tibetan mountains of Yunnan provinces, China

Posted May 13, 2012
Yunnan province is in the south / south-west of China and bordering Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Tibet. This province is famous for it's Tibetan villages and majestic mountains in the north and tropical jungles in the south. This is a journey to hike in the Tibetan mountains and to photograph the traditional way of living of the Tibetan people of Yunnan. READ MORE...

Tibet, Land of the Bhikkhu

Posted February 29, 2012
Visiting Tibet remains a dream of many travelers. It has been my dream for a long time, and has China not invaded the independent country of Tibet in the early 50's, then Tibet would have been the 102nd country I have visited. In Tibet many people still wear their traditional dress and sell huge chunks of frozen sheep along the streets. Visit the many monasteries and Buddhist temples and you are in for a exhilarating culture shock! READ MORE ....

Animal Paradise - Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Posted January 15, 2012
Islas Galápagos is an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator, almost 1,000 kilometres west of continental Ecuador. From Quito or Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador, fly into the small town of Puerto Ayora (the island of Santa Cruz) to start your trekking and boating around the many islands. Return to Puerto Ayora and spend a few days wandering the island of Santa Cruz. Do the same with the island of San Cristóbal. All other islands are out of limits for individual travel (so do them as part of a boat trip with your local guide). READ MORE...

Hill tribes and rice terraces of northern Vietnam

Posted December 30, 2011
Located in the far north of Vietnam, the area around the town of Sapa, located high in the mountains, is known for their spectacular rice terraces. The colorful hill tribes such as the Black Hmong, Red Dzao and the Zai, will make your visit a very memorable experience. Fog often covers Sapa but when it lifts, views of the rice terraces in the shadows of Fansipan mountain, the highest in Indochina (3,142 m / 10,308 ft), is magnificent. READ MORE...

River Boat from Guilin to Yangshuo, China

Posted November 15, 2011
The area around the towns of Guilin and Yangshuo are famous for their peculiarly shaped peaks, the meandering Li River (Lí Jiāng River - 漓江), small tranquil villages of minority groups, vast rice terraces, and most notably, the local aromatic Guangxi food. Fly into the town of Guilin and book a boat trip down the Li River all the way to the village of Yangshuo. Stay here for a few days and explore the area by foot, small boat, and by bicycle. Climb the nearby hills for spectacular views over the limestone hills. READ MORE...

Sunny Canary Islands

Posted August 14, 2011
The Canary Islands (legally recognized as a nationality of Spain and referred to as Islas Canarias) lie just 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara in western Africa. It includes the larger islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma, as well as several smaller islands. Easily reached by plane from some European cities, in particular Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, these islands are gems worth exploring. READ MORE...

Swiss Alps

Posted June 16, 2011
Not surprisingly, the Swiss Alps is one of the places you must visit before you die. There are many places where you can base yourself to explore by train, bus, car and even on foot. Best is to go during the mid winter season to explore the snowy Alps in all their glory. Along the Montreux to Interlaken route which winds around the mountains are small villages such as Château-d'Oex, Gstaad, Zweisimmen, and Saanen where you can get off and stay for a few days - or never ever leave again. READ MORE...

Svalbard - Gateway to the North Pole

Posted May 14, 2011
Even if you don't have the guts to hike the remaining 850 km to the North Pole, a few days in Svalbard will be an unforgettable experience. There are at least 500 polar bears on the main islands of Svalbard. In winter their roaming area is very large and you may not see any. In summer, when there is much less ice and snow, there is a bigger chance to see them. READ MORE...

Orangutans of Sumatra and Borneo

Posted April 11, 2011
Two of the best places to see Orangutans in their natural habitat is the Gunung Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra Island of Indonesia, and Borneo Island of Eastern Malaysia. In both locations is best to go on a few days trip through the jungle. In Indonesia, head for the city of Medan, and then a long trip to Bukit Lawang, a small village on the banks of Bahorok River. In Borneo, fly into Sandakan. READ MORE...

Russia's Golden Ring

Posted March 3, 2011
The so-called "Golden Ring" area of eastern Russia lies towards the east / north east direction of Moscow. It's aptly named after the many golden domed cathedrals spread out across several towns and villages in a circular route. Many of the ancient towns along this route played a significant role in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. READ MORE...

Greenland - Its not green, its ice!

Posted September 30, 2009
In September 2009 I took a smallish twin prop plane from Reykjavik, Iceland, for the 2-hour flight to Kulusuk, one of the tiny settlements on the eastern side of Greenland. (Un)fortunately Greenland is not ready for tourists. While there is so much to see, its almost impossible to reach these places with your own (legs) transport. You need a helicopter, boat, and Greenlandic dogs (a type of husky). READ MORE...

Iceland - Island of Fire and Ice

Posted August 25, 200

The Republic of Iceland, located in the North Atlantic Ocean, has a population of almost 320,000 with Reykjavík as its largest city where approximately two thirds of the population live. Reykjavík is a modern town with a well advanced infrastructure and when you're here in this town, it sure doesn't feel like some far-off tiny island known for its fire and ice. READ MORE...

Qashqai People of southern Iran

Posted June 30, 2009
Head down to southern Iran to the town of Shiraz, in search of something special. This area is apparently the origin of Shiraz wine (where the Shirazi wine was produced). However, wine has long been outlawed since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, so no more Shiraz wine here! The area of Firuz is where you will find the nomadic people referred to as the Qashqai. These people are nomadic pastoralists. READ MORE...

Hiking the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp

Posted May 30, 2009
Hikers in the Nepalese Himalayas have two serious choices: The Khumbu (Everest) region in the west, or the Annapurna region in the east. I have done both but spent more time in the Everest region. I liked both and my advice is to do both. They are different and they are both spectacular. This is a photographers paradise and an experience of a life time! READ MORE...

Sweden's Ice Hotel

Posted April 30, 2009
Sweden's Ice Hotel is a few hours north of the Arctic Circle in the Swedish Lapland. Here you can roam around the 73 rooms (between 10am and about 5pm) and be amazed about how artists have carved sculptures for the 50 or so themed rooms. Fancy staying over night? No problem. A standard square room costs US$350 and if you want one of the many themed rooms, be prepared to pay from $400 to $900. Spend time in the Ice Chapel and the Ice Bar for Vodka on the ice. READ MORE....

Winter wonderland of northern Japan

Posted February 16, 2009
Tancho Cranes and Hooper Swans migrate from the upper Russian Siberia to the relatively less harsh winters of eastern Hokkaido. Watch as these cranes do their love dances in the snow and feel free to join the swans in the lake. When bird spotting in the deep freeze gets too tiring, soak in one of the many romantic outdoors natural thermal springs while your surroundings get covered up in soft falling snow. End off the day with creatively prepared Japanese cuisine around the fire place, and sleep on your tatami after sipping on a cup of green tea. READ MORE...

Life along the Mekong Delta - Southern Vietnam

Posted January 15, 2009
I recently had a good talk with John Pilkington who explored the Mekong River in 2003 and with two Tibetans reached and mapped its source at over 17,000 feet in northern Tibet. They followed the Mekong from it's sprawling Delta in Vietnam through China's Qinghai Province right to its source! His stories and photos inspired me to take a new look at the amazing lives of the people of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. READ MORE...

Most southern town in the world - Ushuaia, Argentina

Posted December 20, 2008
Ushuaia (pronounced [u'swaia]) is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina. While this is not the most southern settlement, it is generally labeled as the "southernmost town" in the world. Slightly further south on the Chilean islands are a few tiny settlements before the open sea leads to Antarctica. Puerto Williams, on the Chilean island of Navarino is further south and has only 2800 inhabitants.READ MORE...

On top of the world - Lufoten Islands, Norway

Posted November 29, 2008
Dreaming to visit the most northern spot in continental Europe? Don't bother. Its a boring spot. Do take the trek up to northern Sweden but before you get close to Nordkapp, which is popularly promoted as the most northern spot, stay over for a night or two in the small town of Bodø, and then take the ferry to the Lofoten Islands.READ MORE...

Hong Kong - The City of Life

Posted October 18, 2008
I have been living in Hong Kong for 12 years and decided to take a new fresh look at this amazing city. I still have not explored all of this city with its labyrinth of streets and alleys. Around every corner is another surprise and once you start with experimental photography, the city gets an entire new and refreshed meaning. I just love my city - Hong Kong, China. READ MORE...

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