Last letter from Luang Prabang

Same dog - different hat - Hilbert Haar - 20180912 MJGH

By Hilbert Haar On a Wednesday morning, I get up at 5.45 a.m. We’ll be on the road again today and I start thinking that we ought to slow down a bit. Nine countries in the not even one hundred days since we left St. Maarten at the end of June starts to feel like a useless exercise to get into the Guinness Book of Records for visiting as many countries More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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The Great (Train) Journey – part 7

By Hilbert Haar Super typhoon Magnkhut has missed Hanoi and barreled into southern China, so Myriam and I feel confident traveling back up north with the intention to visit the mountainous region of Sapa. Big mistake; More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, September 30th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 6

By Hilbert Haar We stay in the old center of Hanoi at the City Backpackers Hostel on Bat Su Street. To say that the city is a bit overwhelming is an understatement. With 7.5 million inhabitants, 5 million scooters More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 5

By Hilbert Haar Seoul is a city of 10 million, roughly 250 times the sizes of Dutch St. Maarten. Entering South Korea is not a problem, because Europeans do not need visa. Finding your way around town is another More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 4

By Hilbert Haar On a Wednesday afternoon, we wander over to the visa center of the Chinese embassy in Ulaanbaatar. We ask someone why it is open now – since the official opening hours to apply for a visa to China More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part 3

By Hilbert Haar We leave Irkutsk on a Monday morning – rising early because the train leaves shortly after 8 a.m. for a trip of 22 hours to Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Our cabin is more luxurious than More...

At the Gagarin monument in Irkutsk - 20180818 HH
By The Publisher On Sunday, August 26th, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part two

By Hilbert Haar On a Thursday at 3 o’clock in the morning our train rolls into the main station in Irkutsk, with around 600,000 inhabitants one of the largest cities in Siberia. Finally we are out of the digital More...

Beer-loving Ivan from Omsk on the train - 20180817 HH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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The Great Train Journey – part one

By Hilbert Haar This is how it began on a Sunday morning in Moscow. We took a taxi to the Kazanskaia station; that was already quite a little trip through town, but it only set us back 300 roubles, roughly $4.50. While More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, August 11th, 2018
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Homeless by choice

By Hilbert Haar My life as a global nomad began on June 26 when I stepped on a plane in Grand Case headed for Paris. Reality did not kick in immediately: I traveled with my wife Myriam from Paris to Amsterdam with More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
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The presumption of innocence

By Hilbert Haar The presumption of innocence is a crucial component of our judicial system. You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you are not happy with a court ruling you are free to appeal More...