May 12. We live in a beautiful cartoon.

I buy train tickets, then ride the tricycle to a village, a couple of miles north of Lijang. The thing has only one gear, but works well. It is tough to ride uphill, wind from the front, Yeon in the back, but also great fun. In the village, we can't find anyone in need ...
May 10. Very scenic busride.
The busride through the countryside of southern Sichuan and northern Yunnan, connecting Xichang and Lijang via the Lugu Hu lake, is long but extremely scenic. It takes from 7:40 in the morning until about 10pm to cover the distance of about 300 miles through beautiful hills,  mountain passes, and alongside the majestic Lugu Hu. Sitting ...
May 10. Very scenic busride.
The busride through the countryside of southern Sichuan and northern Yunnan, connecting Xichang and Lijang via the Lugu Hu lake, is long but extremely scenic. It takes from 7:40 in the morning until about 10pm to cover the distance of about 300 miles through beautiful hills,  mountain passes, and alongside the majestic Lugu Hu. Sitting ...
May 9. Xichang.
We are stuck in Xichang and tackle a rainy afternoon writing in a strange upper class restaurant, taking in only one shared latte for economical reasons. It's a strange place and we can imagine many a Chinese businessman coming here to show off his spendthrift to the members of his class. It stops raining later ...
May 9. Xichang.
We are stuck in Xichang and tackle a rainy afternoon writing in a strange upper class restaurant, taking in only one shared latte for economical reasons. It's a strange place and we can imagine many a Chinese businessman coming here to show off his spendthrift to the members of his class. It stops raining later ...
May 8. Summit Superlatives.


We take the stairs.
Mount Emei treats us well. We intend to get up early and have breakfast with the monks, but I overhear the six am alarm and we don't make it to the porridge. We take in some breadlike buns and eggs salty like they were boiled in the Dead Sea. ...
May 7. Templestay.
I first heard of the concept of templestay on a visit to Korea in 2005, and found the concept tempting ever since. I had never actually done it though, allowing it to grow into something very romantic in my mind. In wooden barracks I would sleep, in between monks in orange robes who would wake ...
May 7. Templestay.
I first heard of the concept of templestay on a visit to Korea in 2005, and found the concept tempting ever since. I had never actually done it though, allowing it to grow into something very romantic in my mind. In wooden barracks I would sleep, in between monks in orange robes who would wake ...
May 5. Please do NOT give.
We haven't given up our quest for Chinese ngo's, not yet. I make phone calls: they hang up on me. Jane Goodall foundation? Winrock foundation? PLAN China? Forget it. But Dhane tells us he knows that some poor earthquake victims have been relocated to a Chengdu hospital and if we could find out where they ...
May 5. Please do NOT give.
We haven't given up our quest for Chinese ngo's, not yet. I make phone calls: they hang up on me. Jane Goodall foundation? Winrock foundation? PLAN China? Forget it. But Dhane tells us he knows that some poor earthquake victims have been relocated to a Chengdu hospital and if we could find out where they ...
May 4. India Gypsy Bikeride!
Still in Chengdu. We sleep the morning then have lunch at a place called Sultan with Dhane. It turns out we have a lot in common and we happily share our stories. He is currently working here as an English and after school teacher in preparation of his epic India bikeride from november 2011 onward. ...
Butterflychildren
Muang Sing, Laos. May 20th - 23rd, 2010The butterfly children's center in Muang Sing, northern Laos, provides scholarships to children and functions as a drop-in center for underprivileged children.

We buy stationary for the center, do workshops with the children, and make a monetary donation.


NameButterfly Children Development Center and School, Muang ...
May 2-3. Chengdu.
May second is an empty space, we have a very late breakfast and hop on our sleeper train to Chengdu. Our couchsurfing host there calls us just as we are about to move to the station, strengthening our belief that it's time to move on. Xi'an is crowded today but we have secured our train ...
May 2-3. Chengdu.
May second is an empty space, we have a very late breakfast and hop on our sleeper train to Chengdu. Our couchsurfing host there calls us just as we are about to move to the station, strengthening our belief that it's time to move on. Xi'an is crowded today but we have secured our train ...
April 30. Terra Cotta en guarde.
The archeological team unearthing the 2,200 year old Terracotta warriors have won the big Prize of the Prince of Asturia, I read in an online newspaper. And they deserve it, believe me. We visit these Terracotta warriors today. It is very hot when we line up at the square in front of the main station. ...