Philipp

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Philipp

☠ Short story long ☠
I have a PhD in tourism and I want to use this platform to share my experiences of traveling and living in different countries - but also to discuss concepts, issues and philosophical dilemmas that travelers face.

I guess I am a sort of existentialist. Addicted to travel, philosophy, philosophy of travel and travel philosophy. Yes, these are all the same things.

Spent lots of years living and traveling in Asia. If you like salsa-music, there is a big chance we wouldn't be friends.

I also like Italian and Vietnamese coffee. Most other types of coffee should be shot into space ☕

If you're not curious to read more yet, you are probably a robot. Get yourself checked.

Born in Italy, lost anywhere.

"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
- Friedrich Nietzsche™




Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban April 10th 2018

Finally, I reached the Scottish Highlands. Probably not the roughest, wildest part - but the Highlands nonetheless. Unfortunately, in this rat-race of connectedness and disconnectedness from space and time we are living in, I had by far not the time I wanted to explore them in-depth. In the past, things like these would upset me. I was so close, I would say. I haven't seen even 10% of what I wanted to see, I would say. Things have changed a little bit these days, maybe with advancing age, maybe with the realization that life is, indeed, much shorter than it seems when you are 18 years old and take your first solo-trip. Realistically speaking, I know that I will probably not be able to see all the places I want to visit, although I consider myself ... read more
Highlands
Highlands
Highlands

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow April 3rd 2018

So, I went to Scotland for a short Easter trip. I could have chosen the land way - especially considering that my plane was delayed for several hours - but, maybe out of habit, I chose a 1.5-hour flight out of Southampton. With a small Bombardier plane that is - you know, the planes you feel every little bump in. Not for nervous flyers, a category which I still fall in from time to time. As you might imagine, I did not go to Scotland for the food or the weather; although Haggis turned out to be surprisingly tasty. I went to Glasgow to visit an old friend of mine - another Italian abroad that I met almost 10 years ago during my studies in the Netherlands. My life has been quite turbulent since and it ... read more
Glasgow
Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Europe » Malta » Gozo March 19th 2018

They say Malta is doing pretty well. To be precise, our local guide told us that Malta’s unemployment is at Europe’s lowest – a meagre 4%. He was also quite eager to point out that Malta is “like Germany” in economic terms. While I have no empirical evidence for that, I can tell you that the archipelago is visually way more pleasing that good ol’ Deutschland and 20 degrees Celsius in March are also not bad for the European Union. What is more, Malta is the third most crowded country in the world, after Hong Kong and Macau. What a lucky man I am, I have spent most of my last 5 years in the most densely populated places on planet earth. Most of Malta’s population concentrates around their southern island (which is called Malta in ... read more
Gozo
Gozo
Gozo

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta March 16th 2018

Time flies. Last time I have been to Malta is now a stunning 8 years ago, during my last months of living and studying in the Netherlands. I remember coming here with an old friend from my hometown, partly because of a trip to the Faroer Islands gone wrong, partly to escape the merciless Dutch winter. This was shortly before I started writing this blog and moving to Asia - times which seem ages away these days. In those days Malta was as exotic to me as a backpacking trip to South Sudan would be now. Nonetheless, my memories of Malta were clear and I was more than happy to come back here for a week of work-related leisure - or leisure-related work. Valletta had remained in my heart as a small, fortified Mediterranean wonderland where ... read more
La Valletta
La Valletta
La Valletta

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford February 7th 2018

Here I am, back with a very special blog entry; in fact this entry is made special by its simplicity and complexity at the same time, by its lack of importance and, maybe the most important moment of my life since I started writing this blog. What makes it special you say? Well, this is the first blog written since I permanently left Asia, having started TravelBlog when I decided to leave Europe for the Far East in 2010. It has been almost half a year since my "return" - to use this term lightly as I have returned to a country I actually never had been to. I live in England now, where I work and where also THH moved at the beginning of this year. A happy ending of my story you might say, ... read more
Oxford
Oxford
Oxford

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Coron April 18th 2017

2017 has been a weird year for me. Weird and so turbulent that for the first time I have been absent from my travel blog for half a year. This blog entry is using the pictures of my trip to Coron in the Philippines in early April, although the content is not going to cover much about that specific trip. I anyhow think that pictures from this paradise on earth should be shown and make it out to the wonderful world of the internet. So dear readers, enjoy my snaps of this truly tropical paradise. Anyhow, back to the topic of interest. I have decided to leave Asia after 7 long years living in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau. This specific travel blog was started by me when I backpacked (for the first time in my ... read more
Coron
Coron
Coron

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake March 15th 2017

During my past blogs I have frequently touched upon the concept of authenticity, or better the conflict between tourists looking for the "real thing" while still falling into a seemingly fabricated type of experience. In the case of Southeast Asia I have also mentioned that ending up in tourist circles is often unavaidable due to cultural and financial differences between most tourists and the local people. This time I would like to discuss a similar phenomenon. Similar, but not exactly the same - my issues with "attraction hopping". When I talk about attraction hopping I mean the intentional or unintentional ticking (and photographing) of all the flagship attractions of a certain destination. This kind of behavior is typically associated with Chinese or Asian tourists in general (the Europe in one week tours anyone?), but more frequently ... read more
Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Inle Lake

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Nay Pyi Taw March 10th 2017

Ah Naypyitaw... the most surreal capital in Southeast Asia and probably also the least visited. Most likely you have not been here or barely even heard about it even if you spent two weeks or more of your life in Myanmar. In fact, I asked some of my friends whether or not they had a stopover in the capital and usually I get a "sure, we landed in Yangon and it was the first place we visited" as a response. Newsflash: Yangon lost its status as Myanmar's capital in 2006, when the government hastily moved up north to what we know now as the new capital Naypyitaw. Admittedly the reasons for this bold move are not widely known: some say the paranoid military junta was afraid of a possible sea invasion in Yangon and decided to ... read more
Naypyitaw
Naypyitaw
Naypyitaw

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 5th 2017

Today I was walking down the streets of Macau when suddenly I got stopped by someting so unseemingly familiar. Just a faint smell, hitting my nostrils and catapulting me back in time. I literally stopped on a pedestrian walk and tried to figure out what just happened. Fried onion I thought. Nothing special, I fry onion all the time. But on that pedestrian walk, on this sunny afternoon the faint smell of fried onion triggered something in my brain. Something that reminded me on my elementary school days. Something that reminded me of my grandmother. Me, barely 6-7 years old, helping my grandma to flatten out dough to make her special potato gnocchi. Of course I was of no help at all, but I am sure my grandma loved to see me try at least. I ... read more
Yangon
Yangon
Yangon

Asia » East Timor » Maubisse November 9th 2016

Sometimes good things don't come easy. Sometimes bad things don't come easy. And sometimes, well, all kinds of things don't come easy. Timor Leste's moutainous hinterland falls probably in the latter category. In case you have not been to Timor Leste, and if you are part of the majority of mentally sane human beings you probably haven't, let me give you a little introduction of what the young country is like outside its tiny, sleepy capital Dili. As I mentioned in my last entry, Dili is pretty much a typical little Southeast Asian town with all the features which come with it; and if it would not be for the embassies on it's "Avenida de Portugal", one might never guess that it can be the capital of a country. Now, when one leaves Dili for pretty ... read more
Maubisse
Dili to Maubisse
Dili to Maubisse




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