A few more days in Ninh Binh

2017-09-05 at 16:07

A few days in Ninh Binh and the sky was gray – all the time. What to do the whole day? Hard to say but before you realize it – the day is gone – the sun goes down and dinner is on the table. So for you this post with pictures from two days.
Wake up late – check the sky – GRAY 🙁
Have coffee and cookies and if I was up early we went for a soup next door. Waiting for dinner and talk to the guys. Sometimes we did something.
And sometimes something happened at the hotel. One day a wedding was under way and the soon to be husband with family stayed at the hotel. They all dressed nice and lots of decoration was brought to the hotel. I took some pictures for you.

Wedding Decoration
Gifts for the bride. In Vietnamese beliefs the red colour will bring luck to the young couple.

Wedding Decoration
Betel leaf with areca nut as traditional gifts

Carved Mellon
The words “song hỷ” are carved into a mellon as the Chinese character 囍. Here they used hearts and not squares. That means double happiness. Or happy together if you like 🙂

Details

Waiting for the rest of the family
Waiting for the rest of the family. You see a decorated lacquer boxes, covered in red cloth on the right of the table. And some more gifts on the left.

Dinner at Thanh's place
The other night I was invited to Thanh place for dinner. The whole family prepared a meal. That was interesting since I could take a look at another house and the customs there again.
Food was good and so was the local fire water.

Happy at the YAMAHA shop
Happy at the YAMAHA shop. Viet brought his scooter in for repairs and we had to wait for it to be finished. The girls where happy with me and needed a few snaps. I like that – it is a easy way of making a few ppl happy with absolutely no effort!

King Roti
Next we went to a gold shop to change money. And on the other side of the street I see this. Ahhh Indian Food! Lets go there quick. Turns out that they serve something strange which I really want to eat only once. Some baked little pastry or something.

Ninh Binh
Gray with a few drops of rain. Well – another one of these days…

At the park in Ninh Binh
Next stop: the park in Ninh Binh. Not sure if it is the only one but it is big and is in the centre. As you can see the Vietnamese learn to drive very early. Still it does not help. I would say they are in the lower 10% if it comes to proper driving.

At the park in Ninh Binh
The wheel saw better times as well. There where a few girls playing and they where happy when we walked past it. Time to try some of the English they learned in school.

Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh
This was the saddest thing of the whole winter 2016/2017 trip: Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh

Monkey in a cage
A few cages with monkeys

Sweets for the monkey
Sweets for the monkey. There was a woman selling sweet stuff to feed the monkeys. Should sell bananas or whatever the monkey needs. But not sweet stuff with sugar…

Birds
Rare birds? Nope – the usual city birds. In a small cage…

More monkeys
More monkeys

Boats in the park
Well together with the sky this makes for an another sad display

Breakdance kid's
The Breakdance kid's had fun. A few minutes later one of the gardeners saw me and gave me two 10 litre cans of water and signalled me that I should follow him. He brought me to a small patch of land with some seedlings and instructed me how to pour the water over them. Strange but a lot of fun! Since I have my personal Vietnamese translator I could ask all the questions about the strange park I wanted. Which is nice.

That looked better a long time ago
Searching for a coffee place – a local one – we stumbled over this nice pool.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich 21

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed
Better know as the MIG-21 or the Fishbed as the soldiers from the US called the plane in the last war. It does not look much but they managed to shoot some US planes out of the sky. Hit and run – do not wait for an air fight. You might lose it! That was the name of the game. Usually the attack head on was with MIG-17 and the MIG-21 came from the back. The F4 Phantom was easy outmanoeuvred and the NVA shoot down a few of them.
After almost 1000 lost US planes America had to change something. The NAVY opened their “TOPGUN” school and the USAF started a similar program. And they put different planes in the sky as well that could deal better with the light and agile MIG-21

The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake
The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake

The cabin is pressurized and air-conditioned.
The cabin is pressurized and air conditioned

Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks
Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks

Details on the MIG 21

Rear view
Rear view – looks like you ride a jet engine with a pair of super small wings.

All sorts of stabilizers on the plane
All sorts of stabilizers on the plane

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Days in Pai-Radise

2017-03-27 at 09:30

Only a few more lazy days till 2017. Wow that year was another fast one. Here are a few more pictures from the Pai-Paradise:

Who are you - the latest addition to Twin Hut
Who are you? Meet the latest addition to Twin Hut. When I came to Pai the first time Dream was a child and now she has a baby.

Yellow-Green-Blue
Yellow-Green-Blue

Another sundowner
Another sundowner

Dinner with Konstantin
Dinner with Konstantin

Another Khao Soi
Another Khao Soi

Happy cat - happy me
Happy cat – happy me

Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green - now it looks like same same but different!
Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green – now it looks like same same but different!

Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep
Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep

She was there every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut
She was visiting every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut

The cat is not impressed
The cat is not impressed

Sometimes everybody is gone - I have the place for myself - win!
Sometimes everybody is gone – I have the whole place for myself – win!

Lazy afternoon at #8Lazy afternoon at Twin-Hut bungalow #8

Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.
Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.

Who could imagine that 15 years ago?
Who could imagine that 15 years ago?

Sunset from bungalow #7
Sunset from bungalow #7

Lunch at Hellas
Lunch at Hellas

Today she fixed my shirt - thank you!
Today she fixed my shirt – thank you!

And some happy new year dinner
And some happy new year dinner

31st of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

There are a few live videos at my facebook page

For example the last 2 songs for 2016 and the countdown to 2017

Peng - thank you!!!
Peng – thank you!!! Once a year she does cook a Khao Soi for me 🙂

Hmmm special Khao Soi lunch

Hello again!
Hello again!

Lazy January - the girl is waiting for the data back up
Lazy January – the girl is waiting for the data back up

Another one of the spectacular ones
Another one of the spectacular ones

The Twin Hut gang
The Twin Hut gang

View from Bungalow #7
View from Bungalow #7

He likes my bed....
He likes my bed….

German visitors from China
German visitors from China

Vegan green papaya salad
Vegan green papaya salad

And two more videos from ->
The Band at Irie Bar: Pancakes in the Morning or Tennessee whiskey & a Harmonica

Pai-Land in Thailand – Winter 2016/2017

2017-03-19 at 10:28

The farmers in the north start to burn the fields and mountains every year a bit earlier. And I do not like to sit in the smoke all day and night. The particles are super small and go really deep into your lungs. And with plenty of places to choose it is easy to avoid. So I took a 2 months visa only – that leaves about 7 weeks for Pai.
Still I will bring a proper mask next year. It is also very useful in other places where it is dusty and smoky here in Asia and back home. Garlic after the rice
Like every year: garlic after the rice in front of the bungalow.

Bungalow # 7
Bungalow # 7

Terry was here for a quick visit
Terry was here for a quick visit

Fire in the night at Twin Hut
Fire in the night at Twin Hut. A strange winter this was. Most of the night I went out with the thin fleece jacket but only needed it 3 or 4 times. Most of the nights a T-shirt was enough. The last years it was more like a fleece jacket, a down jacket and the hard shell as well.

They get more expensive every day
They get more expensive every day! Last year it started with 190 for 10 and went up to 240 in the end. Now they did start with 220 and went up to 390. Thank you very much – but that is a bit too much!

Boon Ko Ku So Bridge

Another bamboo bridge – and it was built so the monks can short cut to the village in the morning to collect offers from the folks of the village. Hmmm to me it looks more like one more tourist stop on the way to fill the day tours. Some even say it is the longest bamboo bridge (mostly steel and concrete underneath!) and there are little huts to rest and a few restaurants on the village side. On the temple side you find one place for food and refreshments.
It is somehow a copy of the Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge in Mae Hong Son
It was a gray day – another new addition to the winters in Pai – we even had rain this winter!! – and I had only the iPhone to take pictures. I was not even aware that this place was build – the last time I passed it there where only rice fields. Hope they compensate the villagers for the lost crops.

The newest attraction in Pai - A bamboo walkway for the monks....
The newest attraction in Pai – A bamboo walkway for the monks…. so they say!

Bamboo walkway

Bamboo walkway

Left or right?

That took quite some space from the fields
That bridge took quite some space from the fields

Rice harvest here too
Rice harvest here too

Lunch break - nobody is working
Lunch break – nobody is working

At the other side of the bridge
“At the other side of the bridge

And the view towards the end of the bridge
And the view towards the end of the bridge

And from the end of the bridge
And from the end of the bridge

End of the line - the door is closed
End of the line – the door is closed

Modern house
Somebody put a modern house in the village.

Music at the Saturday Market
There is a new Saturday Market KAD BODHI (next to the Wednesday Market) every Saturday afternoon. Some food, second-hand and new stuff and music as well.

Nice Crema
Nice Crema

The keeper of the bridge
The keeper of the bridge

Breakfast at Twin Hut - Fruits with Müsli sprinkle and black organic Hill Tribe Coffee
Breakfast at Twin Hut – Fruits with Müsli sprinkle and black organic Hill Tribe Coffee

Cats awake
Cat awake

Cat sleeps
Cat sleeps

Flower Power at Twin Hut
Flower Power at Twin Hut

Aliens next to my bungalow
Aliens next to my bungalow

Isara Cafe
Isara Cafe

Homemade Ice Cream at Isara Cafe
Homemade Ice Cream at Isara Cafe

Summer Trip 2016 Part 14 – On the way to Croatia

2017-01-07 at 11:57

We did get up quite early and put every thing in the car after breakfast. Lots of traffic but we made our way towards Slovenia and further down into Croatia

Omladinsko Jezero
Omladinsko Jezero in Croatia

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski
In the late afternoon I checked my app to look for a camp ground. We did found one to Otok Ostarijski only a few kilometre from the main road. At the end of a very small road in the corn fields.

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski

Campground close to Otok Ostarijski

The campground was quite new and had the best shower and toilet room I ever had on a camp ground. There where 3 more campers at the end of the evening so it was nice and quite

A mile before Ostarije
A mile before Ostarije

House in Ostarije
House in Ostarije. A lot of people where preparing for winter. Fire wood is the choice of the country folks round here to keep the place warm.

Croatian Countryside

Croatian Countryside

Old train station in Vojnovac
Old train station in Vojnovac

Old train station in Vojnovac

Old train station in Vojnovac
You can still see the bullet holes all over the building

Food

A house close to Blata - bullet holes everywhere
A house close to Blata – bullet holes everywhere

Driving into Saborsko
Driving into Saborsko

Poljanak view over the mountians
Poljanak view over the mountians

Houses in Poljanak - looks a bit like Black Forrest style
Houses in Poljanak – looks a bit like Black Forrest style

Big one
A Big one at the hotel. Heike wanted to see the Plitvice Lakes again so that is what we do in the next blog post.

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