When airplanes are the only choice…

We always considered flying as our ultimate option when traveling. Not only is it harmful for the environment, but it also disables all the important aspects of traveling overland and only leaves you with the A and the Z. All letters in between are missing. read more…

Lada Legends I – Lost Lands of Shaimak

Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, July 2015

It didn’t take us all that long to realize that hitchhiking onwards from the remote town of Murghab in direction of Gorno-Badakhshan’s capital at the Afghan-Tajik border read more…

Street music in Tajikistan

This tiny country with a population of just about 8 million people doesn’t offer many options when it comes to street art. There is the capital, Dushanbe, with a population of one million, surely no metropolis, but full of contrasts – from read more…

Country Review: Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia and all those ‘Stans seem to be one of the big blind spots on most people’s global maps. While Afghanistan surely evokes most different emotions or even Kazakhstan still creates blurred images of horses and steppe in many, read more…

Street music in Kyrgyzstan

Silence. Space. This is how it felt after arriving from New Delhi straight in Kyrgyzstan’s green and pretty relaxed capital of Bishkek. Where are the people? How would busking work if there are barely any pedestrians on the wide streets? read more…

Kyrgyzstan on a budget: 2 months with 3$ a day

It seems many people are quite focused on figuring out how to make the most possible money before traveling instead of thinking more about how to actually reduce the cost while being on the road. We are asked often how we manage to travel read more…

Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan

It took us a while to get in the groove of hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan, but in the end we got it! We still feel that it is not our favourite way to travel in that country, mostly because it is one of those places where nearly every kilometer is much too read more…

Country Review: India

Even after spending more than four months in India, traveling through ten states from the southwest to the northeast, we still feel hardly in a position to squeeze the innumerable impressions and experiences into this attempt of a review. read more…

Street music in India

Long before even going there, many questions stood unanswered regarding the potential of India as a country to play street music. How could it be morally justified to play music for money as a traveler, considering the read more…

Why you will love India – 8 reasons

After four month in the country, we can safely say that India left a deep impression. Before we arrived, many travelers told us: ‘You will either hate India or really love it – there is not much in between.’ read more…

Why you will hate India – 8 reasons

After four month in the country, we can safely say that India left a deep impression. Before we arrived, many travelers told us: ‘You will either hate India or really love it – there is not much in between.’ read more…

Good bye, Mother India

Dear Mother India,

it has been four months, the longest time each of us ever spent continuously in a single country not named Germany or Romania.

In those months, you nourished us generously with all those different dishes read more…

Stopover: Majuli Island, Assam

Where the mighty, chocolate brown Brahmaputra river left Arunachal’s mountains and starts its long journey towards the Gulf of Bengal lies a sandy island, home to a unique culture, amiable people and read more…

Stopover: Vypeen Island, Kerala

While being in Kerala and Karnataka we avoided the ‘big guns’ of the pretty, sandy coastline. No Kovalam, no Varkala, no Gokarna and definitely no Goa. Sure, those names have a sound. But why read more…

Nongriat: One week in Paradise

We thought a good while back and forth if we should write about Nongriat. This is one of those very rare places left in India, where immense natural beauty, an intact ecosystem without any roads read more…

Himalayan Tunes

We walked down the steep lanes through the wandering clouds of morning mist covered in many layers, our hands hidden deep in the pockets of our jackets. Those jackets stayed hidden deep in the backpacks for almost read more…

My mind stays in Kolkata

We were angry, frustrated and tired after a 24 hour train ride. We came to Kolkata just to apply for the Myanmar visa or to find any boat that could take us anywhere out of India, as soon as possible. We had enough of people peeing on the street, in front of us, read more…

Holi in Kolkata

The omens where all but subtle. As we walked the busy market lanes during the afternoon of March the 4th, the hawker stalls were shiningly colorful and the offered items resembled what you could find during carnival time elsewhere. Clown and party read more…

Street music in Oman

Unlike Turkey or Iran, the biggest difficulty in Oman is to actually find a good spot to perform. People seem to spend most of their time cruising around in fancy cars or hypermarkets and shopping malls, so non-motorized street life is read more…

Country review: Oman

Out of reasons given in the blog post, our experience of traveling in Oman is somewhat limited. We have seen only a small part of the country and the majority of our time had to be spent in Muscat. Following aspects are therefore only tendencies read more…

And suddenly: Green! Kerala, Southern India

It was just a nap ago as we watched the brown plains and naked, cragged Omani mountains change to the endless blue of the Arabic sea. In the haze under our wings a new coast revealed itself. A few minutes later with the airplane read more…

From Persia to Arabia

After reading all the collected stories of ‘Arabian Nights’ during many evenings at the fire in Iran, we finally arrived on the Arabic Peninsula – fortunately fully prepared for all oriental magic vanishing in the mirroring windows of Dubai’s sky- and spacescrapers. read more…

Country Review: Iran

“What country was the most amazing you visited so far?” How many times have I been asked that question? And always Iran was the place mentioned atop the list or around the very top. This time was my third visit to the country, as a whole read more…

The sound of Esfahan

Shot on a silent evening at Masjid-e Shahr, Esfahan, Iran.

Song: Soltane Ghalbha.

 

How to extend your Iranian visa

Being in such an amazing and big country you might quickly realize that one month is just not enough to spend there. So then comes the question: is it possible to extend my visa while being in Iran? Yes, read more…

Street music in Iran

Ask Iranians if street music is allowed in their country and most of them will say: “Don’t do it!” After two months in Iran, my advice for other musicians who are hesitant to play there is: “Do it, take some care and it’s gonna be an amazing experience!” read more…

Street music in Turkey

No matter if you busk for great human interaction or just to improve your traveling budget, Turkey is a country which will do for both. Officially, there is no rule that allows or forbids any kind of street art. That’s why you will get completely different reactions read more…

Esfahan, Nesf-e Jahan

While traveling, you arrive in many cities and leave again. But a certain number of them stays. Some for the experiences made there and a certain smaller number just for the place they are. read more…

Country Review: Turkey

Turkey is such a huge, highly diverse place of very different landscapes, cultures and people that a review of the country as a whole can hardly do it justice. As this was my fifth time in Turkey and Maria was there the second time, we hopefully developed read more…

One month in Iran

This post is to cover up about one full month in a fascinating place full of so many fascinating people, that it could impossibly live up to the experience we had.

Why didn’t we write earlier?

read more…

Busking in Kayseri, Turkey

I still don’t get the rules of busking in Turkey. It seems that there are none, except the policemen’s personal opinions. This time they just decided not to bother me. As street performers are probably somewhat rare in a city like Kayseri, the read more…

Tuz Gölü: Turkey’s salt reservoir

Looking for a rather flat cycling route towards Cappadocia from Ankara, we picked the road along Tuz Gölü (eng.: Salt lake) rather for the topography and didn’t think of its natural beauty too much.

We ended up positively surprised! read more…

Fun and failure in Ankara

We arrived in the Turkish capital with three important main goals on our to-do-list:

  • Apply for Iranian visa
  • Apply for Pakistani visa
  • Typhus vaccination (Ben)

So Ankara read more…

Ten days in the city of cities: Istanbul

After three adventurous cycling days in western Turkey, which had a bit of everything (great stretches of road and ugly ones, silence and crazy traffic, warm nights and thunderstorms) and a great warm welcome of all the Turkish read more…

Cycling Bulgaria

Like mentioned in Country Review: Bulgaria, we didn’t spend too much time in enough areas of the country, to give a solid review. Following are a few upsides and downsides we experienced while cycling the country last year and this year’s read more…

Country Review: Bulgaria

After one week last year and one more week on this trip, we obviously can only draw a very limited picture of Bulgaria as a travel destination. Still, we would like to share our impressions – but handle with care!

read more…

Departures and Goodbyes

Saying “Goodbye” to those meaning a lot to you is never easy, no matter how much practice you had. Traveling surely teaches you the great lesson of waving goodbye with a smile to all those amazing people you meet on the road. read more…

Hitchhiking in Iran

Without any doubt one of the most hospitable and traveler-friendly countries in this world, hitchhiking in Iran is definitely a great way to get around. Especially as in recent times of economical sanctions from the West, prices for transport (as for nearly read more…

The sun and the city

Today on this long and lazy sunday, for the first time since more than a week the rain stopped, the clouds (partly) left and something yellowish could be recognized behind some misty grey: the spring sun. read more…

Rough Guide on: Choosing a tent

The decision of taking a tent on a trip or not is one with usually major implications for your style of traveling, the freedom, spontaneity and flexibility.

Should you decide to take a tent, just the easier part is done. The outdoor market is read more…

Thank you, Sardinia!

~Dear old man with funny hat, who took me to Alghero on a lazy sunny Saturday ~

~Dear gently smiling lady, who gave me at the tiny market such juicy oranges~

~Dear Roberto read more…

ABOUT US:

We are Maria and Ben, a Romanian-German couple driven by itchy feet and thirsty mind. We hit the road to look once more for answers to question that haven’t even been raised yet. Read more>>

SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL:

Enter your email address to subscribe to our website and receive notifications of new posts by email.

WHERE WE ARE WANDERING:

map created with amCharts | amCharts

Latest Gallery:

Tajikistan