If you want to know India, take a Train 

  It’s a real hot morning in April. At the train station in Cochin it’s crowdy. When a train  arrives there is a lot of movement: people jump out of the trains, often run across the iron rails, clack, clack, clack out of the train windows a lot of empty and half-full water bottles are…

Talking about life at a handicrafts shop in Cochin

  It’s one of the bigger handicrafts shops at Fort Cochin.  One of those shops where during the high season tourists from all over the world stop to buy some souvenirs from India. But today there are not many people. It’s April already; the monsoon season has started in Kerala and it is very hot…

Talking to an artist from Cochin, India

  I’m back in India. It’s Saturday morning and before going back to our project area in the hinterland of Coimbatore I talk to a few local people at Fort Cochin, in Cochin: Here are the famous Chinese Fishing nets and a tourist place, too. How does life look here? A young artist gives some…

Impressions from the life in the Philippines 

The days in the Philippines have passed quickly. Before going back to India now, let me share a few impressions from this country with its more than 7000 islands, impressive landscapes and colours, its people and challenges.        Related posts at a glance  Philippines – life and princesses at the dumpsite The sugarcane children…

Nightlife in Cebu – about homeless people, biscuits and condoms 

   It’s night. In the streets of Cebu  there is still a lot of traffic on the main streets, and huge promotional banners  underline in a strange manner the special character of a world where poverty, prostitution and human trafficking is “normal”.  We do a night walk with a priest in some “poor” parts and…