A favela is the term for a shanty town in Brazil, most often within urban areas. The first favelas appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live. Some of the first settlements were called bairros africanos (African neighbourhoods). This was the place where former slaves with no […]
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This photo was taken in Brazil.
Some Geezer expresses his opinion in Salvador, Brazil.
An ostrich in the dephts of Brazil.
Some bloke predicting the end of the world in Belém, Brazil.
Belize is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area that has English as the official language, though an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are more commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the […]
This is in the North of Mexico, rather densly populatetd this is a great place.
Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jericoacoara is a virgin beach hidden behind the dunes of the west coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil. Selected by the The Washington Post as one of the Top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, nicknamed Jeri, consists of blue lagoons, calm seas and huge dunes. Photo was taken 2002.
Taken some time ago. Good times.
Where the wild bunch lives
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If you’re into fried ants, Colombia is right for you! The ants being eaten there are rather big and are called Hormigas Culonas (~big ass ants). They are also available in lemon or barbecue flavour! We had these ants for breakfast in San Gil, Santander in central Colombia. How gorgeous they taste!
The biggest carnival in Colombia takes place in Barranquilla and it’s supposed to be the second biggest of the world after Rio de Janeiro. This picture was taken in Taganga near Santa Marta.
Black vultures can be found in cities in southern USA, through Central America and throughout most of South America where it feeds on rubbish. This black vulture picture was photographed in San Gil, Colombia.
To protect the coal workers from getting the coal miners lung (or black lung disease) (coal workers pneumoconiosis / coal dust disease) they wear protecting masks. This photo was taken Feb 2012 in Sogamoso, Colombia.
Jericoacoara beach, Brazil.
Time difference +100,000,000,000,000 hours – hence clear effects of jet lag here. Seen at Venice Beach, California. For getting over jet lag we recommend: Drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight to avoid dehydration. Don’t drink lots of alcohol or take unnecessary medication while in flight. Sleep well before the flight and during long […]
Sometimes in Colombia you come across signs of its violent past at common places. There are now plenty of paramilitary groups in colombia, all a threat to human rights in Colombia. Amongst the most influential one is Auc Colombia. Colombian paramilitary violence is overwhelmingly targeted towards peasants, unionists, teachers, human rights workers, journalists and leftist political […]
I bought this wooden mask in Peru 2001 – its rather ugly but it’s ancient. One can’t throw away these things, one would feel guilty.
Infinite Los Angeles California while I was visiting Yahoo head quarter back in 2005. We stopped at the highway to take this shot. Some minor tweaks in HDR.
I was travelling the gringo trail in Central America in the 90ies a couple of times. It’s convenient since distances are short, it’s cheap and easy enough to travel (not always though). This picture was taken in Nicaragua. It basically starts in Mexico, then Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama. Then it’s […]
“Jesus with dirty feet” Jesus had at some point dirty feet, we know that. He was also hanging out with Maria Magdalena (who was a prostitute but not necessarily even a notable sinner – and the idea, popularized by The Da Vinci Code, that Mary was Jesus’ wife and bore his child, sounds amusing). I guess from time […]
It might sound funny but you don’t want to know. San Salvador was considered the most dangerous city in the world in 1992 – I got rather violently mugged in El Salvador in 2003 which might makes me biased. However these are some tips from Wiki travel: Don’t walk on streets that look abandoned and […]
There’s no translation for viva mexico cabrones – so I better leave it. I love the Mexicans anyways – this one was taken in Oaxaca. There’s even a radish festival in Oaxaca I heard.
“I am the law and I accept bribes.” In 2010 the least corrupt country was Singapore – the most corrupt country was Somalia. Mexico appears somewhere in the middle. Since the police salary is rather low and there’s the most exposure to bribery the federal police is normally amongst the most corrupt parts of a […]
This is a mexican girl. I found her in North Mexico.
Seems it’s a tradition to burn the old year as the shape of a puppet in Mexico.
The effects on people of sleeping in strange places can be difficulties to fall a sleep – not for Sue obviously. As far I can remember that one is from Venezuela.
Stayed with this family in their hut + hammocks for some days in Brazil near Manaus. The guy was more or less drunk the whole time. His mother seems to haven given up on him? The reason of his alcoholism was boredom I guess but then again what do I know about people living in the tropical rain-forest […]
Nice fresh Amazon fish served on board? it’s grilled cockroaches See lots of interesting rain forest? only palm trees all over the place, after 1 day everything looks the same for the next 3 But the sheer vastness of the Amazon river makes it definitely worth it!
This poor goldfish was found in Colombia in a shop where I used to cover my beer supply. Goldfish can live in a bowl but not long. In the best case, goldfish living in a bowl that is regularly cleaned will live for a couple of years. The worst scenario is the fish will be […]
These people come out of the mud volcano of Totumo. You can experience this mud bath photo near Cartagena, Colombia. Benefits of a mud bath are: soft skin and plenty of fun.
The picture was taken at Playa Blanca, an isolated, near perfect cliche Caribbean beach which is at the Caribbean coast of Colombia, off Cartagena de Indias. There’s no electricity or decent accommodation (no hotel but hammocks basically) and the mosquito eat you alive. However the weather is just great and the temperature of the water is constantly 27C. Make sure to bring a good book.
From here to salvador, the ladies dance To fill us reckless sons with passions of the heart Taken in Salvador Brazil – I love Brazil
Taganga near Santa Marta is not the idyllic fishing village it once was, but local authorities have realized some tourism implementation on the front beach and tried to improve the infrastructure. It still has charm and might be a nicer place than Santa Marta. The photo shows the main beach which is shared with the […]
“Plata o Plomo” Escobar had a way of dealing with his enemies: he called it “plata o plomo”, literally, silver or lead. Usually, if a politician, judge or policeman got in his way, he would first attempt to bribe them, and if that didn’t work, he would order them killed, occasionally including their family in […]
Not really a Colombian pet, rather a typical dog without home and hope. Found in Taganga, Colombia.
Little boys pics can be cute. I found this little boy at Bolívar Square, Bogota, Colombia.
A part of a waterfall near San Gil in Colombia.
Made from sugar cane on a rather small scale near San Gil, Colombia.
The Pozos Azules are seven ponds of various shades of blue in the desert near Villa de Leya in Colombia. They sit on private property, which means you have to pay 2 bucks to get in.
A half-blind dog somewhere in Colombia. Most likely dead by now.
This photo was taken at the Volcán El Totumo near Cartagena, Colombia. Being enveloped by the thick, cool mud felt odd at first, yet strangely comforting. It was more difficult to move around than anticipated, and you don’t sink easily as the mud is very thick and being pushed up from out of the earth, so […]
In the Tayrona Parque Nacional, Colombia you’ll find all sorts of animals in Colombia. It’s a great place for relaxing a couple of days at the beach – you’ll sleep in hammocks + no electricity after 10pm though. On top of that there are lots of fluffy things crawling around while you’re sleeping…
Sometimes travelling in buses in Colombia takes longer than expected. Anyway it’s super painful to wade through a landslide since it consists of rather sharp crushed rocks and mud. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of me when I cross the mudslide… Taken between Cali and Buenaventura.
Heavy rain in the middle of nowhere in San Gil, Colombia. I liked the girl in the rain.
Lots of rain in Colombia. Nice rain though.
Guinea pigs (cavies) need regular exercise to stay healthy. This guinea pig game takes place in Bogota Colombia. More guinea pig racing here:
Although many modern typewriters have one of several similar designs, their invention was incremental, provided by numerous inventors working independently or in competition with each other over a series of decades. As with the automobile, telephone, and telegraph, a number of people contributed insights and inventions that eventually resulted in ever more commercially successful instruments. […]
People from Mexico City have come to embrace the term Chilango and use it with pride. This “chilango pride” has also led the term “Chilangolandia” in reference to Mexico City. The photo was taken Christmas 2003.
Taken in the depths of the Amazon region around Manaus.
Not the highest waterfall in the world like salto angel, but one of the numerous stunning waterfalls in Venezuela. Don’t really know where this one was taken.
Forgot where this was but it was nice there. I found the composition and colours of this photo together with the two two indigenous woman interesting. (north Mexico somewhere).
This is the museum of anthropology in Mexico City. The title attracts lots of visitors – I can only hope they are not too disappointed.
This one is near the Angle Falls.
A Brazilian selling instant tattoos at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. We had a great time backpacking in Brazil, its one of the best countries for travelling. All you need to have is time because it’s huge… I love Brazil…
This is the border between US and Mexico. One can’t really call it a poverty line anymore – maybe that was the case 30 years ago. But it’s the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with about 250 million people crossing every year. It is guarded by more than twenty thousand border patrol […]
I found these Mexican Hotties at a local market in Mexico City.
In the plane to the Angel Falls in Venezuela in 2003.
Went with this guy piranha fishing near Manaus Brazil. Hardly said a word, never mind.
I think this street photograph shows a cimarron people. The Cimarrons or Cimarrones in Panama, were enslaved Africans who had escaped from their Spanish masters and lived together as outlaws. The term Cimarron means “runaway slave” in Spanish. But I am not sure – picture was taken in Panama City in 2003.
Tightrope walking normally means walking along a rope, sometimes also at a great height. Here there was no great height or the Niagara falls involved (no death neither just a little accident). Taken in Mexico City at the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
La gran sabana en venezuela esta magica!
I met this Frijolero in Northern Mexico – remember he’s been really nice and it was a pleasure to hear him talking in his Mexican accent. I love Mexican people.
I’ve seen many buildings and architecture around the world but this one tops them all in terms of ugliness. Is it a Nazi building? No, it’s in Mexico City.
On the road in Northern Mexico with a Dutch fellow traveller (not a communist sympathizer)
I don’t know what you call theses sweets or the recipe but these are some other Mexican Sweets: Alegrías Arroz con leche Buñuelos Cajeta Capirotada Carlota de limón Champurrado Chongos zamoranos Churros Coyotas Dulce de leche Empanadas Flan Glorias Jamoncillos Jarritos Obleas Pan de Acambaro (Acambaro bread) Pan dulce Pan de muerto Paletas, popsicles Pastel […]
Some federal Mexican police officers dealing with tourists in Mexico D.F. in 2003. Quite polite as far I remember.
Mexican Church as an example of Photoshop’s Pixelbender filter. Pixelbender is a free extension for applying nice filter effects on images in Photoshop CS5.
Bird telephony in Brazil.
Guy wearing my sunglasses near Manaus, Brazil.
This one was taken at the fruit market in Manaus, Brazil
When I came home from 3 months in Brazil in 2003 with 40 film rolls I bought my first digital DSLr Camera. The Canon EOS 300D with at that time unbelievable 6.3 MP – and a significant milestone in digital cameras, as it was the first digital SLR offered under $1000. However non digital photos are also […]
Selfportrait in the Lencois Maranhenses National Park.
A nasty picture of myself diguised in Brazil’s largest hydroelectric power station – Itaipu Dam. Number two in terms of total capacity but number one when it comes to max annual electricity production in the world. It’s gigantic.
A wonderful place in north-east Brazil.
Cloud and dune in Brazil. Taken in the Lençois Maranhenses National Park,
90ies – 00ies: happy days full of travelling the world. This time Peru and Ecuador for a couple of months. It’s good to go to university in Germany, so much time on your hands.
A poor girl asking me for money in Belize.
Was nice just to sit there with the locals.
Strange to keep and showcase flamingos in the in the house of a public dignitary. But maybe it’s just me. Anyway I had a good time in Panama City – especially since it was Carnival when I was there.