The Issan Rockets and Glass-Hill forest monastry

After taking a bus from Laos to Thailand i am in Thailand now.
Wait a moment… i don’t know why but something is of with that beginning sentence.

I arrived in Si Sa Ket, a town that apparently has a temple completely made out of recycled bottles…and a town of which i only saw a pretty but pretty expensive hotel for the night where the Internet shut down regularily..

But from there i went to Huay Tap Tan to meet Tony’s friend Noi.
She is an elementary school teacher for handicrafts and taught me how to make a palm leaf hat.
Also she can massage very well.

Then i went to the Monastery her brother leads.
And spent 5 relaxing days there, amazing food in the morning, 2-4 showers, and a little meditation.

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One day we were sent to go to see the Issan Rockets…rockets, but they don’t explode when they are up.
“Fireworks that doesn’t explode…sounds a little boring” i thought to myself, and i won’t judge you if you think the same.
Well we all could not be more wrong!

Did i promise to much? I have never seen something that incredible.
The rocket we carried actually won the event with a height of 370m about 1 213.9 feet…as i said, i don’t want to be there when the rocket comes down!
Tomorrow i will go to Bangkok my definite and last stop in Thailand.
Let’s see how crazy it really is.
So Long (and without a sunset)
OLE

Nan – Land of the Ghosts…

…Forgotten!

Nan was a communist region and no tourist was allowed here 26 years ago.
So life is pretty much the old Thai life here.
I mean don’t get me wrong!
Obviously there are guest houses here, and in high season a few tourists, but you can not compare it to those touristic “hell holes” (as my host Tony calls them 😀 )
It is serene here, if you go out of the city, which has basically no traffic, you find yourself in a lush green forest, filled with hidden gumtree plantages, midst the mountains.
The province is full of beautiful National Parks and Wild-live Preserve Areas.
Every small village has its own temple. A little like the churches in southern Europe…just more beautiful, with dragons and mythical creatures 😉
IMG_2206Tony hosted me in his Restaurant, if you are ever coming here check it out! He is an amazing chef and his wife makes delicious Thai food!
He worked as a chef for the Royal Navy for 6 years and now parttime as something i woud like to call extreme cook 😀
Cooking food for 1000’s of people in Afghanistan or in the Papa-Newguenean rainforests …somebody oughta do it

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Sadly enough I only spent 3 nights here, because my timetable kinda gets scrambled by the Songkran Festivities (Buddhist new year -> it becomes impossible to travel) and the end of my Thai visa, so i will go to Laos tomorrow morning.
But i think it will be great, spending a boat ride on the Mekong 😀

So long Ole

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last days, russian visa, impressions and future plans

When i had 6h time in Lugansk i found these Teenagers on the street, some of them playing music etc. It was some fun time.
In the train i met the chinese guy again (sorry but i forgot your name…i hope this is not becoming the rule ^^..)At night it became really cold…we are in Ukraine and it is september…stupid Ole
but the sunrise was really beautiful and misty.


When i arrived in Kharkov, i met with alan, but he had no space in his apartment.
So i used the last bit of money on my german phone to call roman…and again everything worked out well!
when waiting i fed the birds at the trainstation…crazy experience…i can just recommend everybody to do this at least one in life!

This is Roman.
He is a taxi driver, and therefore really knows the city and has a car.
So for the last 3 days he brought me to the embassy and helped me with everything.

this is where i live at the moment…

THE RUSSIAN VISA (damdamdaaam)
1.Day
i arrived early, because there are always many people waiting.
When i finally got in the embassy, i apparently had not evey document, so i had to go out of theembassy to read which documents i am missing.
The guy could not just simply tell me, that i need a copy of my passport…ahh right he could only speak broken english…ok i can accept this!
So i make a copy of my Passport, and get out my insurance card.
i thought for a transit visa the visa of the next country is enough proof, that i WILL leave Russia.
But i was wrong…
The guy told me that i need a train or airplaine ticket for a transit visum.
Well i did not want to fight so roman brought me to the train station (thank you Roman)
And we bought a ticket, from kharkov to semigl mar (look at the last post, i gave you a route)
when we were finished, the embassy was closed.

2. Day

Even though i was in the embassy the day before i had to wait really long, when i entered, i wanted to have everything perfect, so i even printed out my whole insurance information.
when i sit in front of the guy, he looked at the documents very long without saying anything.
Then he looked at the tickets.
“Do you know where Rtischiva is?”
“i looked it up on Google”
“google for ever”
SO he looked it up then. And then he told me that i can only enter russia by train…blablabla
i was really convinced, that this time everything worked out.
But apparently i had to fill out a new application form because i did not list the whole route i am travelling. Online it only said i should list the place i am visiting in russia, not my whole route!!! *grrrr
This was to much, they have no forms in the embassy, so i had to go to an internetcafe…when i came back the embassy was closed of course…i started to hate this guy!

3. Day (today)

Embassy did not accept any visa applications today…because they need at least 3 days for processing…i will not get a visa for Russia.

–> I will not pay the fine, the russian Border gave me for trying to enter Russia without a visa…so i will have an Entry Ban for Russia for the next 5 Years…FUCK Russia!
I dont like Dictatorships anyways…
The other side of the Medal is however, that i won’t enter Kazachstan and Mongolia..sadly!
It would be to expensive to fly there and then to mongolia…

sooooo WHAT DO I DO NOW???

I fly to india!
Yesterday night i had a very intense dream that i have to go to India very urgently to learn something…i don’t know what i have to learn, i just know, that i have to go to Leh, Ladakh…
So i decided that if i do not get a russian visa today, i will fly to inda…you know the result!

so i stay here till tomorrow, and then i hitch hike to donietsk, where the airport is.

And now some impressions:

What does this Symbol stand for?

Do you think this is an rarity here?

Is this a normal Kharkov city street?

What is the name of this Person?

Is this a witch, a crazy woman, a shopworker or the official Kharkov city cleaner?

What is this?

So Long and with socialist regards
OLE

P.S. : The one who first comments all Questions right gets a personal Postcard from Donietsk.
I beg all Ukrainian People not to answer the Questions, this would be unfair 😉
P.P.S. I decided, that i will do this kind of quiz from every Country i am in 🙂