Articles and posts of topic travel

Penis, Cock and Meat Rifle – Bhutan’s Phallus Cult

When travelling the Kingdom of Bhutan, then the country appears everything but being R-rated, as countless penis drawings hail from houses and walls. That phallus cult and its traditional  depictions shall scare away the evil and promise fertility. Bhutan’s willy cult originally goes back to Guru Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman.… Read More

photo series | The Mosques of Istanbul

At the Bosporus, where Europe and Asia shake hands, muezzin’s prayer call sounds five times a day. What would Istanbul be without all its mosques. Religiosity aside, they are cultural and architectural masterpieces. Here you can see my photo series of all historically important mosques of Istanbul, taken over years of Istanbul visits… Read More

Colourful Tshechu – A Visit to Bhutan Mask Festivals

The mask culture of Buddhism and Tibet is something absolutely unique. Through masks and dances the most different legends, myths, characters, but also the fight of good against evil are being told. In particular in the Kingdom of Bhutan that culture is pretty much alive and most colourful. Its strongest form of expression is Tshechu, the mask festival.… Read More

Meeting the Saurians – The Dragons of Komodo

In the middle of the island kingdom of Indonesia, a prehistoric lizard species has survived that literally eclipses all other species: the giant Komodo Dragon. The Komodo dragon can be up to 3 meters long and 70 kg heavy. On the Island of Rinca it is easiest to observe the dragons, and I was even allowed to use the drone… Read More

The Trees of Deadvlei – Petrified Witnesses of Namib Desert

At the end of the funnel reaching into the big red dune giants of Namib Desert, that is Tsauchab River, is a place that could not be more unreal: the Deadvlei. The white clay pan is the stage of petrified acacia trees being up to 500 years old. Trees being so typical for the landscape of the Black Continent.… Read More

Boudhanath Stupa – Heart and Eye of Kathmandu

In the East of Kathmandu, where the entry lane of the airport meets the large Boudhe East-West road, one of the largest Buddhist places of worship rises up: the Boudhanath Stupa Jarung Khashor. Its vibe becomes literally tactile in particular in dusk as well as dawn hours, when pilgrims celebrate the Kora, the clockwise circumnavigation… Read More

Mardi Himal – Hiking Trail between Himalaya Giants and Leeches

Nepal’s Mardi Himal Trek takes hikers to the feet of the staggering Annapurna massif and up to an altitude of almost 4.500 metres. The air becomes literally thin where firmament and clouds shake hands and rocks break through the sky creating staggering mountain panoramas as well as the simply stunning backdrop for stars and an unbelievable night sky.… Read More

Taktshang – The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in the Clouds above Bhutan

The Tiger’s Nest monastery is the Kingdom of Bhutan’s number one cultural icon. It is located remote, among rocks and clouds high in the sky at 3100 metres and can be reached only by foot. The monastery is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, who first introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. It is said he was meditating for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours in a cave underneath today’s Tiger’s Nest monastery… Read More