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!
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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.
This time: Indonesia – long distance train service.
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 [...]
A guy I came across in Mumbai, he did not become my friend however.
Ho Chi Ming is omnipresent. Taken in Hochiminh City.
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.
This water buffalo photo shows an asian water buffalo, found in Vietnam. I heard they produce some great water buffalo milk, water buffalo yogurt and even water buffalo mozzarella!
Life was fun in my 20ies. Half a year studying at university and half a year travelling through the world. The picture was taken in 1993.
There are some street performers in Barcelona. This is a picture was taken at Las Ramblas in the most exciting city of the world.
Taken in Sumatra, Indonesia. Driftwood can be used as part of decorative furniture or other art forms, and is a popular element in the scenery of fish tanks.
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 [...]
Sikh religion considers the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their manhood. Sikhs also refrain from cutting their hair and beards out of respect for the God-given form. Alright – let your manhood grow! British people [and the british army] are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long 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.
Indian actuation of a Ferris Wheel – and a rather human manual actuation. Near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.
“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 [...]
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.
Streets over Streets
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.
Ho Chi Minh died on the morning of 2 September 1969, at his home in Hanoi at age 79 from heart failure. In Vietnam today, he is regarded by the Communist government with god-like status in a nationwide personality cult, even though the government has abandoned most of his economic policies since the mid-1980s. He is still [...]
Puppies being sold on a busy street in Saigon, Vietnam.
Barber in Vietnam.
From here to salvador, the ladies dance To fill us reckless sons with passions of the heart Taken in Salvador Brazil – I love Brazil
A candle throws its light into the darkness In a nasty world,so shines the good deed Make sure the fortune, that you seek Is the fortune you need. Taken in Borobudur.
Slaved into brittle and worked for a lifetime Shaved into rhythm to die on duty The Death of A Workhorse (obituary archives)
This one was shot from my hotel room. There’s not much room in Hong Kong…
Purple Lotus flowers to be found in Vietnam. It grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower. The meanings of Lotus flowers are different across the cultures of the world. The Lotus can be associated with the soul of the humans or [...]
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 [...]
The joker and the thief at the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesh’s (Morocco) medina quarter (old city). At times as a tourist it can get a bit juicy there. Ideal if you need a new leather bag – don’t talk to the snake charmers.
“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.
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.
Woke up at 5am in Italy and had a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Then a nice Italian Espresso Maciato.
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:
This guy drove us insane by following us in Delhi India for one hour. Talking to him did not really help – all we got was insane staring to an unbearable extent. We escaped by jumping into a taxi. Can you feel the crazy eyes?
Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The image was taken before a thunder storm.
This landscape pic was taken near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India in HDR.
We all know how to lay around and waste time – but can we relax and enjoy the nothingness? Doing nothing can be even hard work sometimes. But I believe we all need to apply more methods to relax like these stress-reducing techniques shown on the picture. So? Do nothing!
An unforgettable night with this Indonesian band in Jakarta. They were the exact opposite to rock’n roll but good.
Beautiful flower pics: purple flowers of the rice to be found in Vietnam. I don’t know what they are called but I watched a guy picking them from a rice field hence I call them rice flowers.
The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues (and lots of stupas) Approximately 40 kilometers northwest of Yogyakarta, Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi. The construction has been estimated to have taken 75 years. Just a great place!
These freshly graduated girls begged me to takes picture of them so I did.
Where can you find love in Bangkok these days? Btw, this is not an asianporn / asiansex site.
This guy is clearly practicising third eye meditation in his car. He’s observing in that moment chakras and auras. It’s time for awakening you third eye now.
1 night in china at a posh bar in Shanghai. Forgot the name of the bar – but it’s a common hangout for expats.
Taken in Bangkok. To watch the fight is much fun – lots of shouting and betting. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” [...]
Cao Đài (道高台) is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established Vietnam, in 1926. Roughly 3 millions are following. Cao Dai says there are 36 levels of heaven and 72 planets harboring intelligent life, with number one being the closest to heaven and 72 nearest to Hell. Earth is number 68. It is said that even the lowest citizen on planet [...]
Bangkok, Thailand - some soldiers hanging out and having fun. Joe is out of school didnt fucking ask for much couldnt get a job the marines his last hope down at the frontline with a gun not a toy killing many men not asking what for Joes family the comrads next to him die one [...]
Photo of myself in Singapore in 2006. Taken by a smart salesman.
Amazingly poor work environment and working conditions in this sweatshop in India. I wonder what’s the average weekly pay? Accidentally came across workshop in New Dehli’s old city in 2006.
Been there many time in my 20ties in the 90ties as a backpacker. This place changed quite a bit towards mass tourism and entertainment. E.g. you can find a Burger King there now etc.
Barbary Macaques (barbary apes) are the monkeys living in Gibraltar. Funny enough besides humans, they are the only primates that live freely in Europe. Or maybe excluding London bus drivers. They are also found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco. Some 230 animals in five troops occupying the area of the Gibraltar Rock. They are commonly referred to as the Barbary Ape, [...]
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.
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.
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.