Chinese Amnesia

This is not a personal blog post about my trivial and adventurous experiences in China, my impressions are surprisingly neutral so far, and I feel it’s more imminent to dig straight in to politics, which I actually avoided for quite a while now. I cross my heart and promise to write something more convivial and…

Endless roads to the edges of the world

To get here we have gone down an uncountable number of roads in vehicles of many different constellations. From slow churning train wagons across the Kazak desert, hitch hiking with a tourist bus in a pouring Georgia, high speed trains in Ukraine, too many people crammed in a marshrutka in Azerbaijan, slid down on our…

On the road – a full time job

Travelling over land and sea is a different endeavour compared to quick bip-boping flights which just gets you THERE. With local transportation, minivans, hitch hiking, night trains, walking, shared taxis, cargo ships (all writing of destinations in Cyrillic or Georgian letters…), you just never know exactly when you’re gonna reach your destination, or in many…

Chernobyl – a human disaster leaves room for natures survival

Though I was too young to remember the news of the Chernobyl accident I still remember the triggered fear of nuclear power which the accident resulted in. Sweden was the first outside country to realise the magnitude of reactor number fours meltdown and it was a Swedish politician who phoned and informed Moscow when Kiev…

Travelling in a world that’s falling apart

I guess most people my generation vividly feel and experience the world changing around us. So much is so very different from a couple of decades ago, and as the world is falling apart, maybe that will actually be the salvation. In just a few years we’ve seen the rise and fall, thank God, of…

Overlanding Europe and meeting the Balkan Mafia

After my February travels from Brussels to Cologne, Bergamo and Milan I ended up a bit traumatized with flying. It’s been many years since flying gave me a pleasing sensation in the belly, filled me with excitement and bubbles and the past year I just generally try to avoid it. Last year I went from…

Nature and culture comes together above the Polar Circle

Though I have often told friends and other travellers about the far North of my country, the enticing wonders of Northern Lights and the spectacular Midnight Sun, me myself actually never set foot further north than half way up the country. I knew there’s a nature as well as a culture that’s unfortunately too unknown…

How to choose love with a trauma in your soul

Before the revolution, Iran was a progressive country, with a long history right in the middle of world politics. During the reign of the long list of Shahs Iran had good contacts with the Western world, the empires of Russia and China, strategically located right in between. Also in their modern history, Iran was an…

Not weird, but a bit quirky

As I established in my last entry, Iran is a surprisingly normal country with an unfair and bad reputation. That, however, doesn’t mean it is like any other country, or, for that sake, similar to “home”. No, Iran has it’s uniqueness, apart from the people being extraordinarily nice. The strict laws enforced since the revolution…

An /extra/ordinary place to be

I have now spent almost two weeks bip bopping around the central parts of Iran. Before I came here I was nervous, almost content with the fact that I didn’t have to go if I didn’t really want to. Weighing my options, the possibility of shortening my stay and going back to old familiar roads;…