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Freitagabend, der 01. November   (published in Nepal)

November 7, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Auch heute war ein wunderschöner Tag in der Natur mit vielen Tieren! Um sechs Uhr ging es los. Aufstehen, frühstücken und dann zum Fluss und ab ins Kanu. Es ist wegen der „kälteren“ Jahreszeit jetzt immer eher bewölkt und deshalb war es heute morgen auch ziemlich neblig. Aber das macht eigentlich gar nichts. Es hat auch seinen Charme in der Morgendämmerung auf einem nebligen Fluss am Dschungel entlang zu fahren. Theoretisch (wenn da keine plappernden Japaner wären) ist es schön still und man kann die Natur und den Morgen genießen. Wir haben auch viele tolle Vögel wie zum Beispiel Pfaue gesehen. (aber da ich kein Vogelexperte bin habe ich da nicht so viel Ahnung...) Nach einiger Zeit ist unser Bootsführer auf einmal mit dem Stock mit dem er das Kanu steuert wieder am Fluss entlang zurück gesteuert und plötzlich war da ganz nah im Schilf ein Nashorn, das wohl geschlafen hat. Ich durfte sogar aufstehen und habe sozusagen auf Augenhöhe einige Fotos gemacht. Beeindruckend! Aber  das Bedürfnis auszusteigen hatte ich dann doch nicht. ;) Weiter gings, und nach einer kurzen Fahrt stand am Flussrand halb unter Wasser ein weiter Rhinozeros. Nur die Augen und die Nase hat noch herausgeschaut und wir konnten ganz nah heran fahren. Sobald es aber den Kopf in unsere Richtung bewegt hat sind wir schnell weiter. Wir hatten auf jeden Fall ein riesen Glück diese beiden zu sehen!

Nach ungefähr einer Stunde war diese Fahrt vorbei und wir sind aus dem Kanu ausgestiegen. Ehrlich gesagt sind sie auch nicht wirklich bequem, es sind schließlich nur ausgehöhlte Baumstämme in denen man praktisch auf dem Boden sitzt. Unser Guide hat uns dann erklärt was zu tun ist wenn einem ...

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Freitagabend, der 01. November
Freitagabend, der 01. November

Travel to Tong Li   (published in China)

November 7, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Photos by thewamphyri

Tongli belongs to Wujiang in the Jiangsu Province, it is located along the bank of Tai Lake and to the east of ancient canal with eight lakes surrounded. It is 80 kilometres away from Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport in the east and 18 kilometres away from Suzhou in the north.

Photo by Thomas Fischler

Tongli’s ancient town has beautiful scenery and is surrounded by five lakes called Tongli, Jiuli, Yeze, Nanxing and Pangshan. The town is divided into seven small islands by 15 rivers arranged like the Chinese character “川. They are connected by 49 ancient bridges, making the islands an integrated area. This Chinese architecture built by the riverside is famous for its small bridges, flowing streams and thatched roofs. Tongli ancient town also preserves key cultural relics which are protected at a high level by the province, these relics are in 13 scenic spots of Tai Lake.

Photo by thewamphyri

Tongli is known for its large number of ancient architectural sights built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. These sights were sort after in ancient times and were inhabited by celebrities.

Tongli has 38 residences in Ming and Qing dynasties, 47 temples and ancestral halls and around 100 residences of local rich and powerful people as well as former residences of celebrities. Tongli’s ancient town features over 20 natural scenic spots such as “Eight Sceneries Ahead”,

“Eight Sceneries Back”, “Successive Four Sceneries”, “Eyeing on the Moon by East Creek”, “Mist in Southern Area”, “Overlooking on Top of Northern Hill”, “Flute form Fishing Households” and “Flourishing Vegetation of the Hill”.

Tuisi Garden in Tongli ancient town has been listed ...

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Travel to Tong Li
Travel to Tong Li

Tikas on Tihar   (published in Nepal)

November 6, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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In my twelve weeks with Projects Abroad Nepal, I have sharpened my various skills to a point. From my mastery of Facebook albums to my rice-eating prowess, I am proud to announce yet another development in my personal and professional growth; a deep and complex understanding of religion. I have become a scholar of Hinduism, an emissary of Nepali faith, and definitely not an avid reader of the Hinduism Wikipedia page. With my most recent acquisition of knowledge, it is my job, nay my pleasure, to enlighten you dear readers on the festival that is Tihar.

Tihar, also known as Diwali in India, is a five-day festival of light celebrated soon after Deshain. In what will probably not be the last of my comparisons to Western holidays, Tihar could be described as Halloween plus Christmas plus that one wedding when your aunt drank too much and wouldn’t stop singing. Nepalis adorn their homes from rooftop to doorstep with flashing lights, chains of marigolds and colorful dyes.

Whereas Deshain pays homage to the great battles and deeds of the Gods, Tihar takes some time to appreciate the little guys. Kag Tihar, the first day, celebrates the crow. Plates of food and sweets are offered to appease these feathered friends, who symbolize death and grief. Worshipping them hopefully averts such calamities in one’s life, so no one skimps on these abundant offerings. Kukur Tihar, or day two, is for worshiping our canine companions (yes, I am indeed going for an alliteration record here). While most days see stray dogs roaming the streets looking for sustenance, kicked to the curb without a friend in sight, Tihar turns their fortunes around. Each dog is adorned with a red Tika on its forehead, given a savory meal, and if they’re lucky a thorough belly-rub. Dogs are ...

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Tikas on Tihar
Tikas on Tihar

Onsdag d. 6 oktober 2013 - The Amazon!   (published in Peru)

November 6, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Okay, det seadvanlige computerrum paa skolen er lukket, saa skriver bare lige et kort indleag om min weekend i regnskoven, da jeg laaner en computer paa learervearelset som der er en del mere rift om!

Torsdag aften modtes jeg med seks andre frivllige og vi tog paa en weekendtur til Amazonas! Turen varede omkring 12 timer (!!!) saa vi ankom til en by i regnskoven kaldet Puerto Maldonado tidlig fredag morgen hvorfra vi sejlede ned af Madre De Dios floden for vi ankom til vores bungalows (Amazon Planet). Jeg havde det som om jeg var med i en film eller saadan noget, omgivelserne var saa smukke, unikke og slet ikke som noget jeg har set for saa var virkelig betaget af det hele! Den forste dag tog vi ud og besogte en native family (er blevet saa daarlig til dansk, ved ikke hvordan jeg skal overseatte det, haha!) som viste os deres primitive levevis, deres skikke osv. Senere paa dagen tog vores guide os en lille tur rundt inde i selve regnskoven (vi boede ud til floden) og fortalte os om de mange forskellige planter og dyrearter. Om aftenen da det var blevet morkt (og jeg mener virkelig morkt!) gik vi den samme tur igen og hun fandt en masse dyr der kun kommer rigtig ud om natten, blandt andet kom jeg helt teat paa en keampe tarantel! Og andre store insekter - deres insekter er saadan cirka 10 gange saa store som dem vi har derhjemme haha... tror der skal mere end en lille dansk edderkop til at skreamme mig fremover (og saa maaske ikke...). Efter vi havde gaaet lidt bad hun os om at slukke vores lommelygter og tror aldrig jeg har vearet omringet af saa meget morke! Man kunne ikke engang se sin egen haand hvis man tog den op foran ansigtet, man kunne bare hore lydene fra alle de mange dyr omkring en - det var virkelig fedt og skreammende paa samme tid!

Neaste dag stod vi ...

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Onsdag d. 6 oktober 2013 - The Amazon!
Onsdag d. 6 oktober 2013 - The Amazon!

Niende uge i Saint-Louis   (published in Senegal)

November 6, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Hej alle sammen!

Ihh hvor jeg savner jer. Jeg haaber I hygger jer hjemme i kolde Danmark. Hernede er det stadig 30 grader i gennemsnit, men snart begynder det at blive kolder og der begynder at komme mere vind. Mine senegalesiske venner siger at det kan blive helt ned til 18-20 grader!

Her faar I min 9. symfoni at lytte til:

Hyg jer.

Hilsen Martin

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Niende uge i Saint-Louis
Niende uge i Saint-Louis

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