Category: On the road

Introduction: the Gran Canaria experiment

I recently moved to Switzerland and doing so in winter can cause quite a climate shock if coming from South-East Asia. Two weeks of rain slightly above freezing is tough so I decided to look for a getaway down south in hopes of seeing the sun again and being able...

Flying to Europe in Style with SQ Suites

So I am moving to Europe and that usually involves plenty of baggage, doesn’t it? What a good excuse to finally book myself one of those Singapore Airlines Suites on their A380. Over two years of collecting credit card points paid off and I had amassed the required 93k points. ...

The good and bad of technology when backpacking

I’ve written before about my thoughts on how technology has changed traveling/backpacking. On a recent trip to Hanoi I once again thought about it and have a very good (and a not so good) example to share. The good: Uber Moto In order to exprience the local vibe, I try...

Thailand during the mourning period

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13, 2016 after being the country’s king for over 70 years (making him the world’s longest serving head of state). He was extremely popular among Thai people and many don’t remember the time before him. The King had been in hospital for a while...

Layovers in Istanbul

I’ve had my fair share of long layovers in airports. Some are quite pleasant (like Singapore) others are not really places where you want to spend a long time. If your passport allows you to enter the country, a quick trip to the city might be worthwhile, depending on a...

Traveling to the world’s second youngest nation: Timor-Leste

I have a keen interest in traveling to former colonies and see what kind of traces there still are from the past. Last year I visited Qingdao in China, which used to be German – quite a unique combination. There are some common combinations like Africa and former French or South American...

The last stretch on the Pamir Highway: Murghab to Osh

Going into the M41 Pamir Highway, I knew it would be a lot of driving. Murghab to Osh would be the last stretch and I was was looking forward to a last, long day on the road. The scenery from Khorog to Murghab was great and I heard to Osh it...

The 12 hours drive from Dushanbe to Khorog

So with the plan to fly to Khorogh not happening, I mentally prepared myself for a veeery long drive to Khorogh, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan. My AirBnB host (who was from the region) suggested I’d be at the shared taxi stand at 8am. Knowing that it...

From Samarkand to Dushanbe/Tajikistan

After six days of Uzbekistan, looking at countless medresses and eating too much schaschlik and somsas, I was ready to move on to Tajikistan. Uzbekistan was great and now is the time to visit. I’ll have a post soon on why I think you should better go soon. While the...