Part 2

Oskar traveling solo for a few more months

Nómadas en Asia Central

Nómadas en Asia Central

Götze tiene una mirada profunda, y una sonrisa que transmite tranquilidad. Es una nómada global, ha estado en tantos sitios que ya no se atreve a decir de dónde es. Porque es una etiqueta que ya no le cuadra. En vez de su procedencia nos habla de dónde ha estado últimamente ‘viajando por asia central […]

Loneliness in a new city

Loneliness in a new city

Travelers visit countries, explore, learn, fall in love with the places, with the sights, with the people there. But the majority of them travel back to their own countries, to their own people, and their love affair with the foreign land is just a fling, a burning match that fades away after some time. A […]

Another dose of Moxibustion, please

Another dose of Moxibustion, please

Tired of trying western remedies for pain, and taking advantage of my stay in Hong Kong, I decided to give Chinese medicine a try. And I luckily became friends with Dr. Chan, a young man in his late twenties, professor of Chinese Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, who not only treated me of […]

Hong Kong is dying

Hong Kong is dying

Life is all about change. Cities evolve during time, they change their personality, physiognomy, style… Hong Kong is a very international city, and Tsim Tsa Tsui, one of its most cosmopolitan areas, has influences from many parts of the world: The Filipino helpers in Kowloon Park, the Muslim brothers in the park Mosque, the Indian […]

Children of a patriotic God

Children of a patriotic God

Children are usually the promise of a brighter future in a country. But in North Korea the ruthless propaganda machine educates the children to believe in the country’s ideology and philosophy. Under the national ‘uniformity in thinking’ policy, the state guarantees that citizens’ minds are programmed from the very beginning of their existence. Since they […]

Una estrella fugaz

Una estrella fugaz

Él es Español, Ella de Hong Kong. Él vive en Hong Kong, Ella en España. Son viajeros inquietos, que les gusta descubrir el mundo que les rodea. Se conocen desde hace casi tres años, y sus caminos se cruzan a veces, se separan, se vuelven a cruzar. Después de haberse visto hace poco en Hong […]

Looking west

Looking west

The nicest sunsets are those where the sun disappears into the sea, painting the clouds around with amazing colours. When I first joined my company, I was in a small office that was big enough to fit three desks. We chose the cheapest option, a room below street level with a window through which we […]

Sinuiju, North Korea, year 102

Sinuiju, North Korea, year 102

The one day tour of the border city of Sinuiju, North Korea, focuses on the achievements, grandeur and kindness of the great leaders of the country, and how evil the enemies are (US and Japan). The visit goes around a detailed account of number of times and exact locations of great leaders visits and the […]

Crossing the border

Crossing the border

Foreign tourists are allowed to enter North Korea for a day through the border with China since May 2013. To qualify, you should not be a journalist nor a Japanese, American or South Korean national. You cannot bring into the country mobile phones, computers, USB drives, cameras with big lenses, etc You can only take […]

Dandong, provincia de Liaoning

Dandong, provincia de Liaoning

En Dandong, provincia de Liaoning, lo mejor que te puede pasar antes de aterrizar es encontrarte en el asiento de al lado con Amparo, una chica local que habla español con un dulce acento mejicano. Y que te lleve al sitio más famoso de verduras picantes de la región, y luego a un exquisito restaurante […]

China: To get rich is glorious

China: To get rich is glorious

While many economists spend hours gambling on whether China’s recent economic slowdown may result in a hard landing or not, or whether the real estate bubble can explode, China’s real problems seem to be of a different nature. Poorly understood Deng Xiaoping’s famous sentence “To get rich is glorious” appears to have been successfully embedded […]

1001 ideas to increase quality of living in HK

1001 ideas to increase quality of living in HK

Michael Tien is a candidate from the New People’s party to some municipal elections in Hong Kong. I met Michael on the street, he talked to me in English (how did he find out?) and told me that I should vote for him. He looked exactly the same as in his business card and the […]

Superpower India RIP

Superpower India RIP

Superpower India RIP. That was the frontpage of the economic times last week, but that may as well have been called ‘when the shit hits the fan’. The Indian tiger sometimes seems like a clumsy cat as India’s problems come one after another. 2012. 680 million people in India lose power in two consecutive blackouts, […]

Getting old in Hong Kong

Getting old in Hong Kong

Far from the comfortable ghettos of Hong Kong, where expats burn their fat salaries in drinks and high calories dinners, lives Shu Fang, 85, still working full time. She is a misplaced element of a very interesting sub-environment in the city: the newspaper trophic chain, where old citizens have been recycled into performing very hard […]

Typhoon times

Typhoon times

Every year there are a few tropical typhoons passing by Hong Kong, so it is a kind of special routine for the locals living in the city, that happens only once in a while. There are many typhoon warnings, but after signal 8 the city freezes. This time Typhoon Vicente was the strongest to hit […]

Learning to fly in Indonesia

Learning to fly in Indonesia

It is some of the times that you see a place, you promise to go back and you know you will. It happened in Puncak pass, Indonesia. July 30th 2009. Passing by Puncak pass and its tea plantations, we could see some paragliders quietly flying down the hill, with the soft light of the sun […]

Hong Kong China blues

Hong Kong China blues

Las ciudades nuevas son como las relaciones nuevas. Los primeros meses estás locamente enamorado de ellas. Todo es nuevo y especial, las cosas que descubres cada día, la forma en la que te sonríen. Guau, esas primeras miradas… Pero poco a poco te acostumbras a su mirada, y empieza a asomar la rutina. Con la […]

La soledad de la azafata de Dragonair

La soledad de la azafata de Dragonair

Sophie se levanta a las 5 de la mañana, y no sabe donde está, pero no importa. Solo tiene la certeza de que es una habitación de hotel, cerca de un aeropuerto, como siempre. Gasta media hora al dia en arreglarse, porque tiene que estar ‘impecable’. Los pasajeros que vuelan a las siete de la […]

Out of air in Palawan

Out of air in Palawan

Breathe in, breathe out. You have landed in Coron, Palawan island. Relax, life is simple here, the toughest choice you have to make in the surface is where to spend your evenings, in a paradisiac resort or in a hotel in the busy Coron city. Either way, great food is guaranteed. But at some point […]

Shanghai a 400km/h

Shanghai a 400km/h

Shanghái crece a la velocidad de su tren Maglev, un tren de levitación magnética que une el aeropuerto con el centro de la ciudad a 400km/hora. Un tren muy poco útil, entre transbordos y tiempos de espera llegar en metro es más rápido, y hacer el mismo recorrido en taxi es más barato. Pero el […]