BUCHAREST

Hey Folks!

I am back! I apologize for the absence and that I haven’t written about the trips to Bratislava and Taiwan. But don’t worry, this one is a pretty entertaining story. It began with the spontaneous character of my girlfriend who thought about to go just somewhere during New Year’s Eve. I just said: “Yeah, why not! Hamburg sucks anyway on New Years Eve!” – and this is sad but true. If you are new, young or a tourist and you are in Hamburg you might think otherwise. Don’t worry, I won’t judge. I used to be like this, too. Of course. But nowadays parties in a random apartment (or in a friends one) aren’t as cool as they used to be and every shitty Club wants you to pay for entrance – even the most disgusting bars. Combined with a rather aggressive and very very drunk crowd I rather decided to flee. We had the choice between Sofia and Bukarest, due to me hesitating the flights to Sofia were no longer available so we just booked to Bucharest.

I gotta admit I was really excited. Bucharest still got the charm of an old “untouristic” capital somewhere in East Europe. Different from cities like Prague or Budapest – that does not mean I don’t like them!

We got a really cheap flight from Berlin’s, but I guess one can say Germany’s, ugliest Airport Schönefeld. Bah. It was packed with people, queues longer than I’ve ever witnessed. Anyway, the flight was ok and we arrived in Bucharest safe and sound. From the airport it is easy to get to the city centre – you can choose between bus or taxi. We chose the bus because cheaper although the taxis aren’t too expensive if you compare with Germany. We were lucky and the ticket machine was broken so we went for free. 🙂 With searching, going to the wrong direction at first and stuff like that we arrived at our room after one hour.

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What a beautiful view!

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And now for something completely different! If you just want to check the pictures you better scroll down because now I am going to tell a horrible story about what happened:

After we dropped our bags in our room and got ready to go out we walked down the street. Our destination was the city center, we wanted to witness the main fireworks and see how the people are celebrating. It was around 11.15 pm. So we were walking along the sidewalk until my girlfriend M. suddenly tripped over a small concrete stone in the middle of the sidewalk, it happened in front of a café where people were having a private party. We were so happy to be together, to enjoy the holiday together, to experience and to explore new things and suddenly this happened. So she fell down and all of our luck was immediately destroyed once I noticed, while I was helping her to get up again, that theres a lot of blood which shouldn’t be there. She had a shock and the second I saw her – me too. Her lip bursted, a piece of a tooth splintered and another tooth was turned around.  After I realized what the fuck just happened I brought her to the café, told the people to call an ambulance as fast as possible! We went to the bath room, we both cried. That was one of the most shocking moments in my life so far. I felt so helpless. The people were really nice and helped me to translate what happened towards the ambulance. What really made me angry was that they refused to take me with her. She was crying inside, I couldn’t do anything. As if that wasn’t enough they also, at first, even refused to tell me the name of the hospital they want to take her. Fuck. I begged them to tell me, asked a woman to translate for me and to explain how important it is for me to know where the hell the fucking hospital is. Finally they told me. I ran to our flat to get the passport, insurance ID and so on and afterwards tried to take a taxi. A taxi? In Bucharest at 11.30 pm on New Year’s Eve?! Forget it. What was I supposed to do?! I ran. I ran twenty minutes desperately to the hospital. I finally reached it around 11.50 and they allowed me to see her. I will never forget her facial expression. After I told her that I am there and that I have to wait and to sit outside – Happy New Year! The worst ever. One and a half hours later she was released, the doctors only did the bare necessities and they didn’t do them good. They kind of fixed the teeth for the moment but we left the hospital with a bad feeling. At least we were free to leave. We decided to get medicine from a 24h pharmacy (antibiotika and other things) and asked our AirBnB host for help. I’m still so grateful what she did for us. You have to understand, it’s New Year, 3 am in the morning and we went there, knocked and asked if she can help us to find a 24h pharmacy and she even brought us there! I really appreciate it and if you read this: you are always welcome in our home! 🙂

The other person who helped us more than I ever expected was a guy I already met in the hospital. He found out that I’m from Germany and he was speaking german, too. So he told me every detail in the hospital and even gave me his phone number if I have questions about what we are supposed to do and where to find a dentist and things like that. To be honest I was really a little suspicious in the beginning. I never experienced this kind of friendliness and help towards somebody you don’t know. So after we went back home the pain was temporary gone and we finally could go to sleep after being awake about 24 hours in total. We slept the whole day and were able, due to the painkiller she took, to walk around a little and actually take a look at the beautiful city of Bucharest.

The palace of the parliament was very near to our place and overwhelming! It’s just huge and one of the largest buildings in the world. Quite central at the end of a boulevard Unirii, where you can witness the socialist/communist era with your own eyes. You should  find out why and by who it was built. When standing there it looks stunning but once you found out what had to be destroyed, erased to build this gigantic house you gotta hold back your tears…

We couldn’t visit anymore places this day because it was late already and I contacted the friend from the hospital. He offered to help us with finding a dentist on the 2nd. Which is  twice as hard because a) we are foreigners and despite a blinking tooth as a sign I wouldn’t even know where to find one and b) it was the 2nd of January and, so we were told, nearly everybody is having holiday until the 3rd. The next morning he even came with a taxi to our place to pick us up and brought us to a dentist in a district quite far away. Would you do this for people you don’t know? Everything worked out quite well and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day with walking around. Now that I write these lines I am still so grateful for your help! I will always remember and you are always welcome!

Now more about Bucharest since we were now able to walk around and to take a closer look at the city. My first impression was that it’s a true coffee city, which I like and that is why I can imagine going back and it looks like it has a fucking lot of potential!

Just enjoy these pictures:

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We reached this area by feet. We really enjoyed walking around this neighbourhood with the small houses

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The tiny houses with their detailed front remind me of the heritage district in Penang, Malaysia.

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This place called “fabrica” was sadly closed all the time, like more or less everything was closed.

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majestic!

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We checked out some clubs and bars but we were rather disappointed. I don’t know if I wrote that already, if not: do not trust the “vice guide”. It’s a lie and the places they recommend sucked. The club they recommend was more like a place for Yuppis ( jaja blalba tourists blabla) but come on. There are better bars to hang around. Also the Vietnamese Restaurant (of course we had to go to one at least once) was also not the best I’ve seen so far. The food was cold and they haven’t had any drinks, haha. Anyway we found a very nice Vietnamese place right next to the city centre, to the right there was a “german” supermarket, selling brands and “german” stuff that I’ve never seen nor heard of before. Hilarious stuff they offer. Bucharest is a good place for eating outside. We ordered a lot and were treated very well. As for germans there’s a lot of Kebab/Shawarma which is written “Shaorma”. We all know the KebapLovingdönereating Germans, right 😉

In hindsight, everything we did was drinking coffee, walking around and worrying about her teeth and the wounds. So we definitely need to come back. Now more pictures! And if you are still reading this, you have to check out the history of Bucharest! Not only the old and new architecture but also the gigantic socialist remains where people are now protesting. The art scene is worth to be visited, too! Maybe one day I’m going to write something about this beautiful city!

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This is probably what people mean when they talk about Bucharest of the “old Berlin”

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This is actually the entrance of a private museum

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Government building, reminds me of Budapest

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Fabrica again, how cool is it!

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Beautiful street art everywhere

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Despite the horrible accident, this city is just beautiful and if possible – go there!

Next: Barcelona!

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LISBOA

LISBOA

 

 

Lissabon

 

After our little journey to Poland we went to Lisbon last weekend. And let me tell you about the main difference: The weather – IT WAS WARM!  I was wearing T-shirt, did not freeze to death, the sun was shining and I felt like it’s summer soon!

We stayed in an apartment near the Praça do Comércio, next to a metro station.The metro  – I have to say – is monumental! It’s the truth, this thing is build for probably a million to use at the same time!

The place itself is quite beautiful, with expensive cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. The “entrance” is the Arco de Rua Augusta and on the opposite side lies the river Tejo. Especially the “gate” to the river is enjoyable.

 

 

 

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 The next day we went on to explore the city by feet! Although there’s the famous tram “Line 28” we walked and walked not only to remain fit (haha) but also to realize all the art that is flooding Lisbon – without visiting a museum.

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Cool idea – harbor area

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 The next day we tried to find the famous flea market Feira Da Ladra which is located somewhere near the castle, but on the other side. You don’t know where that is? We didn’t know either. So we walked the wrong direction first, up to the castle, around the castle to the flea market. Maybe I didn’t mention it until now but, damn, Lisbon got so many stairs. It’s actually a city built on stairs, surrounded by them. In conclusion: it was a quite long and exhausting way to the flea market – but definitely worth it!

 

The flea market was way bigger than expected and set at a very picturesque location next to the water.

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I never saw a teapot in a shape of balls before… 

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At night we tried to search a nice Restaurant but due to some super dumb decisions we didn’t find it, searched for a street but it was in another town and the other one was reserved and so we chose a restaurant in the middle of the main tourist area with a fat guy singing “the top of the pops”, haha. Funny though – and tasty tapas! Afterwards we searched for a cool bar in the famous district Bairro Alto until we were tired…

Lisbon is not only famous for portwine, cork and fish but also for their beautiful houses! They are either colorful or decorated with beautiful tiles. Just have a look at these pictures:

 And, of course, we noticed the famous tram – but we walked by. It’s shape is nearly the same like in Budapest so I don’t know where the big deal is. Its cute though. Here you go:

Last but not least we took a ride to Bélem, which is known for its pasties and the Torro de Bélem. We went there twice, at night- and daytime. The district is just beautiful, clean and bright. We walked by the monument and took a look at the beautiful architecture. I thought that although it is beautiful – its also really boring to stay there longer than one hour.

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Lisbon is a great place with great people. definitely a city where I could live in! Beautiful buildings, great food and a friendly atmosphere! I hope you enjoyed reading this –

Next stop will be: ISTANBUL!

GDANSK – WARSZAWA – KRÁKOW

My next destination last weekend was more a cute, little journey through Germany’s neighbour: POLAND. I went to…

 GDANSK – WARSZAWA – KRÁKOW

 

and it was great!

Let’s start in Germany, Lübeck. It was the first time that I started at this airport – and it will be the last. It’s a sad sad place. Unfriendly and cold. Luckily I never have to go there again. Look at their duty free shop.

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I always wanted to buy everything in a duty free shop  – it was my dream. I missed the chance to let it come true.

GDANSK

Anyhow, the flight to Gdansk (Danzig) was smooth and quite short. We arrived at our Air B’n’B host and went to town. I didn’t look up much before we went there – this time I made sure what the current currency in this country is – and I was surprised! What a stunning beautiful city!

By that I mean, of course, the Old town of Gdansk. It is a quite small but stunning beautiful area with narrow streets comprised by high, unique painted, buildings. The centre is a wide street which you can enter (and leave) by passing to gates.

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at night.

We had a nice stay there but honestly, if you plan to go there – don’t stay longer than 3 days maximum. It is a beautiful place but there’s not much going on. A few bars, a few restaurants and a few museums are located in the Old Town of Gdansk. And well, the weather was sunny but too cold to walk around for longer than an hour.

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Front view of St.Mary’s Church

The main church of Gdansk is also one of the biggest in whole Europe. Its the St. Mary’s Church. It is a massive building made of bricks.  It’s construction startet in 1343 and was finished in 1502. Fucking old. I didn’t take more pictures because the church is too massive and big to get a quite nice view on it – also it’s in the middle of Old Town.

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The Town Hall

Another beautiful building is the Ratusz Glownego Miasta (the town hall), it’s located in the middle of the Old Town as well and really beautiful. I could tell you a lot about the history of Gdansk now but I think that if you`re really interested you can look it up yourself  -it’s definitely worth it.

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The most remarkable sight – the Crane – embedded in the Motlawa River Embankment

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Taken from the other side of the river, in the background you can spot St. Mary’s Church and the town hall

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Parts of the old city wall.

WARSZAWA

After having a pleasant stay in Gdansk we took the Bus (Polski Bus – which was surprisingly comfortable) to the capital of Poland – Warszawa. And what can I say? I was disappointed. A lot of stuff went wrong, too. Maybe it also influenced my overall impression of Warsaw. But after the beauty of Gdansk this city is quite ugly. At first you are welcomed by a relict of the socialist/communist past of Poland, the Palace of Culture and Science…

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Haha.

 

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I was lost in this gigantic puzzle of ugly malls, shops and restaurants. We only walked around a little because we had to find a place to sleep. That day was kinda fucked up. The next should be better – and it was. As we figured out Warsaw also got an Stare Miasto (Old Town). We went there but it was different from the one in Gdansk. The streets were freaking tidy, as if someone walks by with a wiper every now and then.

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We walked around the christmas market, the castle, ate dumplings (Pirogies) and had a beer, or two. This night was also the first night that I tried couchsurfing and we were really lucky that we had such a friendly and sophisticated host, thank you again very very much Ula :), where we slept. She also showed us a cool place with more alternative bars you might not notice in the first place. All in all I’m not a big fan of Warsaw right now but on the other hand, we only stayed there one and a half day – and in winter. I’m quite convinced that Warsaw got cool places, bars and areas where people can hang out and have fun. The next day we spent with buying me gloves for fucks sake, it was fucking cold already!! I always had to hide my hands in my jacket or pants. Incredible. Later we took another Polski Bus to our final destination:

KRAKOW

and it was about time. I was really excited to go there because a lot of people told me how cool this city is. Even newspaper articles wrote about the flair, the bars, the history and the beauty of this place. We had a beautiful Air B’n’B stay half an hour away from the city centre. We were hosted by an old, very cute couple who didn’t speak english or german. It was really funny to communicate by gesture and Google Translator, haha.

We arrived New Year’s Eve at 9pm and immediately went to the city centre to experience the main party at the, can you guess, Stare Miasto.

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Best picture ever.

After half day sleeping we moved on to explore Krakow. First destination was Kazimierz, the old jewish district/ghetto of Krakow. This district is really impressive. You have nice, cozy, sometimes fancy bars, restaurants and clubs there. I bet it’s awesome in summertime! We had to go from bar to bar because the temperature kept sinking. It was -15° during the day, the lowest was on our last night -24°, so we had to keep ourselves warm. Kazimierz is not only full of bars – it’s also full of Street Art if you keep your eyes open.

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Street Art

Afterwards we visited Krakows Old Town, which was more relaxed than Warsaw but still not as beautiful as Gdansk’s is.

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We tried to follow a “free walking tour” and barely managed it to follow them half an hour. I was freezing to death, haha.

 

There are two things which I didn’t taste before but did in Poland. It’s mulled beer and mulled wine (polish style). Especially the mulled beer sounds weird at first sight but you really need to try it! Even more when its -15° outside.

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It’s tastier than it looks, I promise!

More pictures:

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Wawel Castle.

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In conclusion: Krakow was the best place to stay, it’s nearly as beautiful as Gdansk but with pubs, restaurants, cafés and clubs. But you should probably spend more time there because of the history & culture, Krakow has a lot to offer – and Oświencim is nearby and should be a must. Whole Poland has a sometimes difficult but really interesting history which is worth to learn and to know about.

GO THERE!

BUDAPESCHT

Sooooooo

I went to

BUDAPEST

 

And this is how I experienced it. Flying to Budapest was more or less a Schnapsidee (‘crackpot idea’). The reason was just to get out of Hamburg and visit a new place. I don’t want to discuss current political actions by the Hungarian government here so keep your mouth shut or contact me in any other way. As an experienced traveller I didn’t look up ANYTHING before we took the plane. Pretty clever, I know. The first surprise was that Hungary, in contrary to my beliefs, does not have the Euro.

That was pretty disillusioning and before I said anything, I felt dumb. I later found out, that Hungary will have the Euro by 2020, although they’re in the EU since 2004. If you want to know why, please ask (please don’t ask). Anyhow, their currency is called Forint.

For the first time ever I used “Air B’n’B and we (that’s my and WinterLu, my travel compagnon) found a quite neat place near to the city center. Owner was a friendly guy who took far too little money for it (Hi, Gabór!). The way from the airport was quite easy and soon we arrived. The first thing we did was sleeping a few hours – nice vacation!

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Afterwards we were walking around the city, exploring it for ourselves. As I said, I didn’t inform myself about this city at all so I was surprised about how the city part looked. Overwhelming buildings, trendy/fancy cafés and bars all around. And a lively jewish district with kosher supermarkets, hummus restaurants and a stunning Synagogue!

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The Synagogue with it’s own small park area (where mostly the portraits of important Hungarian Jews were shown) & museum is really breathtaking. It’s a huge building with a lot of details you shouldn’t miss if you go to Budapest – a take a break at a hummus bar called “Viking”, haha.  Check: http://www.budapest.com/city_guide/culture/jewish_budapest.en.html and

We hit this place by accident at Friday night. We were walking around the area to find a place called Szimpla. If you inform yourself about Budapest Nightlife before you visit the city then you can’t avoid this place. Well, we didn’t. WinterLu looked this place up in the Internet as some kind of “hidden spot” or “alternative bar”. If you’re looking for tourists then it’s the place, if you want to hang around with locals – better don’t go there.

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Szimpla Kert (Bar) – Front

Anyway, we went in. It’s a huge place with moderate prices and a really cute decoration. You should probably go there, and if it’s only for saying that you went there and that you know this place by now. One beer is about 1 or 2€!

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Same Same but different

The next day we went on sight-seeing. First stop was a famous flea-market called Esceri Piac. It’s quite far from the city centre but definitely worth it. It’s more an antique market then a flea-market you know from germany. They had lots of cool stuff there and that was also the first time I ate langosz! Langosz is more or less a fried pancake – TRY IT WITH CHEESE AND GARLIC!

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We bought nothing and went back to the city.

Luckily the centre of Budapest isn’t that huge so we could walk to every worthy sight – decide for yourself. For me it’s quite interesting to walk everywhere. You can get a much better view of the life and the people. So we walked to Gellért-hegy (the Gellért-hill) and to the riverside. During the walk I noticed that most of the city-buildings are big, huge – monumental! It’s like vienna times two. Impressive. We walked by the riverside and there are, of course, the most beautiful ones, their front reminds one of “The grand Budapest Hotel” (excuse me, this comparison was inevitable).

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Austrians call it “Baumstriezel” but the Hungarian name is much easier: Kürtőskalács. Really really tasty!!

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The impressive Szabadság híd (Freedom-Bridge)

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Bottom of Gellért-hegy

 

Next to the hill is the famous Gellért-hotel. We walked up the hill. From the top you can look all over the city and have a view on the old Bastille and the Freedom-Monument.

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sad knight 😦

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There’s also a chapel inside the hill! But we didn’t go there – they charge you.

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Gellért hotel

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I really love the old buildings, the old tram and everything. Sometimes I felt like being in the Europe of 1920 something.

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As we walked down we noticed this cute statue of Buda & Pest

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Its fake

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Lion aka The Freedom Cat

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The Basilika! Impressive building, we sneaked inside. It was closed already.

 

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Inside the Basilika

 

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Furthermore we visited the Hungarian parliament, the Heroes square in the city park and a lot of other stuff. At night we mostly got drunk and walked around and ate a lot! Of course gulash, langosz and I tried Bratwurst – Hungarian style!

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The Parliament

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Cute old tram

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Heroes Monument, the most important people in Hungarian history got their story and statues there.

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Go there! Nice Bratwurst!

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Weird.

 

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The tourist market is huge, also they got one road only filled with restaurants or tourist shops…

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The last night we joined a nice concert in a cellar of a bar. Our host invited us and we really enjoyed it. This goes for the whole days we spent there. What to say about Budapest in conclusion? It’s a beautiful city with beautiful buildings. The Bars may surprise, the currency as well. Besides, we think that Budapest is a “bench-city” – everywhere we went there were more benches than people. And it’s also a “statue-city”, they have so many statues there. Even a statue of dog. I think you only have to open a shop or donate 300 Forint to the city to get a statue there. Kind of funny. Anyhow: GO THERE IF YOU CAN!

egészségedre!!

 

 

If my english is too bad to read, tell me (=

The Jewish cemetery of Penang, Malaysia

The Jewish Cemetery of Penang, Malaysia

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Location – The cemetery is not far from the colonial UNESCO Heritage part of Georgetown.

This short essay, the first one written in English for me, deals with the Jewish cemetery in Penang, Malaysia. I spent a year in the beautiful Asian country of peninsula Malaysia. For a better understanding of the topic it is useful to know a few things about Malaysia: The country is embedded between Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south. The state of Penang is  an island and is located in the northwest of the Malaysian mainland. Malaysia’s population is estimated around 30 billion people and consists of three major ethnicities: 50% Malay, 24% Chinese, 11% Orang Asli (indigenous tribes), 7% Indian and 7,8% misc. The fact that the population of Malaysia is divided by three major ethnics is important for the religious life of the people. The most practiced religion in Malaysia is the Islam, as the religion of the state, (60% of the population), followed by Buddhism (20%), Christianity (9%) and Hinduism (6,5%). Besides that, there are different minorities which practice either Confucianism, Taoism or follow animist beliefs.¹

This text is about the Jewish cemetery – but there’s no Judaism in Malaysia, so how is that even possible? The history of this country can offer some answers to the question. Malaysia, especially Penang, is located on the strait of malacca, an important stretch of water. Nowadays more then 20% of the world ship’s trade is passing the narrow strait. The trade was followed by migration of different cultures and faiths. Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, Netherlands and Britons had a long lasting impact on the Malaysian Culture.

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Former “Jalan Yahudi” – “Jew Street”

The First Jews

The first Jews came from India -the so called Baghdadi Jew. They were expellees from Persia. Firstly they were driven first to India. After this Malaysia and Singapore were the destinations of their longing to successfully attend the upcoming trading business. Ezekiel Aaron Menasseh was the name of the “first Jew” who settled down in Penang in 1895. It is said that he was the first one who practiced Judaism and was following the religious rituals.²

The numbers of how many people the jewish community counted varied from 172 to 30 in 1895.³ The community itself was accepted by the Muslim majority and even built a Synagogue, located in Nagore Road, in 1929. Following a Jewish Holiday, Rabbi Hayoo Jacobs came all the way from Singapore to help the community.

The pacific war was obviously a caesura in the life of everyone in Malaysia, for the Jewish community aswell. Fearing the arrival of the Japanese soldiers the Jews looked for refuge in countries like Singapore, Australia, Israel. In the late 1960 the community was reduced to only 3 to 20 families (again the numbers varies pretty much from each other and also the counting in “families” is rather vague).

Under the first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the nation got independence and the tensions between Muslims and Jews were removed. This changed with the forthcoming prime ministers. It worsened under Tun Abdul Razak but got even worse under the 4th prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahatir Bin Mohamad, whose Antisemitism made it impossible for the Jewish people to stay in Malaysia any longer.

His nationalized hatred against Jews forced the community to leave – in 2003 he said: “The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy.[…]” – followed by even worse prejudices. Gary Braut, who is a Jew living in Kuala Lumpur and is a contact for jewish people in Malaysia, said that Mahatir was not a bad guy.He kept up correspondence with Yitzhak Rabin (prime minister of Israel 1974-1977 & 1992-1995) and also organized trips for Israeli children to meet up with Muslim children in Malaysia, he said.

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Entrance of the cemetery, quite hidden.

The Gate.

The Gate.

The Jewish Cemetery

The Jewish cemetery is based in the former Jalan Yahudi, “Jew street”, which was renamed to Jalan Zainal Abidin. It is hidden and not many people even know about this place. The entrance is usually locked due to the fear of violence as well as there are no visitors. If one wants to visit the cemetery one is free to ask via email – I didn’t get an answer. The cemetery was built in 1805, long before there was a real Jewish community. More than 105 are buried here. The last and probably most famous one, David Mordecai – manager of the famous Eastern & Oriental Hotel – was buried there in 2011. Only days before his 90th birthday. 55 people attended the funeral. The oldest tombstone is dated 9th July, 1835 and belongs to Mrs. Shoshan Levi. Many of the buried people are from British descent. Now a nearly forgotten place the cemetery got one Hindu named Rajiv – he’s taking care of the dead and preserves the history.

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The inside of the cemetery

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Nagore Road – the street where the synagogue was built

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Colorful – nothing is reminiscent of the Synagogue

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A Café in Nagore Road

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The name comes from a town in India because its used to be an Indian Muslim settlement.

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Nagore Road or Jalan Nagor

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The street is known for its butiques and cafés.

Additional Note: I don’t know why the numbers of people or families vary that much. This short text is based on different newspaper articles and some of them got totally different numbers than the others. Also: this is not a scientific essay. What surprised me is that there’s barely any literature of Jewish Life in Southeast Asia. I’m glad if you like this short journey to a forgotten place! 🙂

1: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/222357.pdf

2: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2011/03/18/the-last-jew-to-leave-penang/

3: The Star says 172, the Neue Züricher Zeitung 30 People.

4: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2003/10/23/rousing_muslim_bigotry/

5: http://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/menasseh-in-malaysia-1.18222756

Pictures by myself.

NEPAL. TEIL II.

NEPAL. TEIL II.

Nachdem ihr euch durch den ersten Teil schon durchgekämpft habt wird der zweite ein Klacks!

Nach dem ganzen Sightseeing in Kathmandu gings flugs in den Bus Richtung Pokhara.

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Kurze Pause – Schönes Panorama.

Die Stadt liegt 200 km westlich von Kathmandu und damit genau in der Mitte des Landes. Sie ist die zweitgrößte Stadt Nepals. Im Süden liegt sie am Phewa See, dem zweitgrößten See Nepals, und grenzt im Norden an den Himalaya, genauer: des Annapurnamassivs. Pokhara ist gar nicht mal so klein allerdings wird der touristische Bereich relativ klein gehalten. Zu 99% haben die Hostels, Hotels usw. die Addressen “Lakeside” – logischerweise am See. Die Straße zieht sich auch relativ lang. Unser Hostel hieß “Hidden Paradise” und verdammt junge, es war tierisch hidden. Der Taxifahrer fand es nicht, musste telefonieren und ließ uns dann an einem steinigen, für PKWs unpassierbaren, Weg aussteigen den wir dann hochliefen. Irgendwann links durch zwei Wohnhäuser hindurch durch ein Feld, dann mussten wir wieder klettern und waren endlich da. Vorteil: Wenige Personen außer uns und ein toller Blick auf den See!

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Die Palmen waren schon verwirrend. Hier ging es zum Hostel.

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Der schöne See.

Den ersten Tag verbrachten wir damit stadtauswärts zu gehen, uns die Dörfer anzuschauen und das Panorama zu genießen.

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Reisfelder.

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Es war Erntezeit.

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Bei der Arbeit.

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Sehr gut!

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Ich bin so künstlerisch und gesellschaftsanprangernd! Heiße Schnecke!

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Die Umgebung war wirklich überwältigend!

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Bruno neben dem riesen Baum

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Verfolgung aufgenommen.

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Kühe vor dem Holzpflug und los gehts.

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Nach dem kleinen Spaziergang war ein Bier am See äußerst entspannend!

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Danach ging es per Boot auf die andere Seite zur “World Peace”- Stupa bzw. “Shanti”- Stupa. Die buddhistische Stupa ist massiv und zum Großteil weiß gehalten – nur die verschiedenen Buddhas sind golden. Als wir ankamen mussten wir erst einmal schlucken denn nicht lange zuvor gab es einen Erdrutsch der einigen Menschen das Leben kostete und den Überlebenden die Existenz raubte. Ein besonderes Merkmal der Stupa sind die vier verschiedenen Buddhas im Stile der verschiedenen Regionen Asiens. Die Darstellungen des Siddharta Gautamas (Buddha) sind jeweils verschieden. Die Stupa ist auf dem Gipfel des Berges Annanda und liegt gegenüber des Himalayas. Bei gutem Wetter kann man schon die schneeweißen Gipfel sehen.

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Whaddup.

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Dharmachakra Mudra, Japan. (Damit ist die Geste des Buddhas gemeint)

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Mein Balkon.

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Lumbini, Nepal.

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Bodh Gaya, Sri Lanka.

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Kushinagar, Thailand. Ein buddhistischer Tempel.

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Gebetsfahnen allewo.

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Hirse.

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Wir gingen früh schlafen um mitten in der Nacht auf den Berg zu steigen (glücklicherweise lag unser Hostel schon halb darauf) um von dort den Sonnenaufgang zu sehen. Man hat vom Gipfel eine gute Sicht auf das Annapurna Massiv. Ich glaube gegen 4 Uhr und ohne nennenswerte Taschenlampe – klassisch – ging es los. Natürlich verliefen wir uns und wanderten durch ein Bergdorf, begleitet von 2 Kindern die uns den Weg wiesen. Die Bilder vom Sonnenaufgang sind alle Müll aber der Anblick war majestätisch. Wirklich beeindruckend! Und der Weg dorthin auch. Zurück hatten wir dann auch wirklich Zeit den Blick, die Natur und ein Frühstück inklusive Tee zu genießen.

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Unglaublich schön! Zurück im Hostel aßen wir etwas, gingen noch rum durch die Stadt und erfreuten uns an der internationalen Küche, dem See und so weiter. Mit dem Bus sind wir dann zurück nach Kathmandu, dort kurz entspannt und zurück nach Kuala Lumpur geflogen. Nepal ist eine Reise wert, nächstes Mal auch gerne länger!

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Danke fürs lesen! Bald: Thailand!