Bishkek   pastel winter




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a glimpse

Burana Tower   waiting for the summer


Burana Tower   snail shell


glimpse: HOSTEL CREATURE | Hostels are anthropological petri dishes, in which all sorts of characters and stories mingle. Sure, many conversations stay at a superficial level along the lines of “where you from mate, sick dude, how long have you been traveling, where you headed?” But some people meet on the same wavelength and dive a little deeper, to more profound topics and even to the depths where lifelong friendships are molded. And then there are the occasional oddballs, refreshing palate cleansers with quirky demeanors and twisted plots. Like the kind of guy entering a dorm in Bishkek late at night with a stern face while insinuating something about a committed murder, but being all jovial and no longer hangry after a midnight snack, now casually clarifying that the murder victim was actually him, killed by a society that had not prevented his near starvation leading to strokes and nerve damage, and alleging that some Balinese villagers worship him and his wife as reincarnations of Hindu gods, before putting on his PJs and a Kermit sleeping mask.


Bishkek   Soviet composition







places / stories

yet to be written
Bishkek / No Cherry Picking: Wintry Authenticity
yet to be written
Burana Tower / Balancing Freedom and Responsibility
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Bishkek / No Cherry Picking: Wintry Authenticity

yet to be written

stay tuned

Burana Tower / Balancing Freedom and Responsibility

yet to be written

stay tuned




photos | people

Human Shake

what a fine blend we are

This collection is a blender, so watch out that you don’t end up in it one day. see more

reads | travel

The Super-Ultimate Zero-Item Packing List of a 6 Year Traveler


the distilled truth about packing after 70 months on the road

...finally crossing the tight frontiers of norms and rules, we can’t even dress ourselves anymore? read more

photos | landscapes


neon-rice & snowy white

In a realm so contrasting that it juxtaposes the world's highest peaks with some of its most paradisiacal beaches, there's naturally much to see: gargantuan caves, neon green rice paddies, bizarre monoliths, brackish lagoons, blue lava and a volcano inside a volcano to name but a few.   see more

photos | urban

Central & West Asia

pastel Soviet grids & fancy modernity

functional Soviet blueprints with lavish sprinkles & old stone fusing with glassy towers  see more





in Central & West Asia

complex cultural identity
continental intersection
splendor & candor
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North America


Uyuni / Traversing the Zig-Zag Road between Pain and Pleasure

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Window Worlds

different world, same life