holmertz (34533) 2014-04-07 08:16:13A close encounter at the Zoji La. Obviously my bus had stopped here so I could get out to take a photo. Here and there during the ride I couldn't see any ground below my window, just emptiness hundreds of metres down. No, there were no safety barriers here but I should give most drivers along this stretch the credit of driving very carefully.
holmertz (34533) 2014-03-23 09:12:44The brown heap behind the boat consists of coir. Quoting from Wikipedia, coir "is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, etc. Technically, coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. Other uses of brown coir (made from ripe coconut) are in upholstery padding, sacking and horticulture. White coir, harvested from unripe coconuts, is used for making finer brushes, string, rope and fishing nets".
Kerala is among the world's major producers of coir.
holmertz (34533) 2014-02-28 10:18:51This looks like a very recent photo of the Herat Citadel. From what I can judge it must have been taken from roughly the same spot where I stood more than 41 years ago. In my opinion the restoration seems a bit overdone, like they almost built a new fortress. But it looks impressive from this distance, no doubt.
I have borrowed this photo from the internet and credits should go to Alistair Caldicott. Thanks Alistair, I hope you don't mind.
holmertz (34533) 2014-02-12 08:06:17I don't remember what those large buildings were used for, but at least you can have a glimpse of the flag of Yemen. As far as I remember this is from the same part of the city as the other photo.
holmertz (34533) 2014-02-09 07:06:40I remember taking this from the roof of a traditional gingerbread house in Sanaa old town. It had been converted to a simple hotel, and although I wasn't staying there I was allowed to have a look inside and climb the four or five stairs to the roof.
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