In love with the picturesque pastel coloured houses of Bo-Kaap. Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, its people are part of an ethnic group, originally from Maritime South East Asia. They no longer speak the Malay language which their ancestors used, but speak Afrikaans and English instead. #Capetown#cities#history#travelstoke#travels
South-Africa is multiculturally diverse with people living from all over the world. At the same time it's sad there is still inequality between races, although apartheid has been abolished over 25 years ago. Cape town with all its beauty can feel like a bubble with townships surrounding it. But when visiting the jail at Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was locked up for over 20 years, it gives you hope when former political prisoners and former guards together give tours to educate the world about South Africa's cruel history, while forgetting their opposite roles many years ago. Who knows, one day it might become the center piece of multicultural Africa, if it isn't already. #history#Capetown#cities#travelstoke#travellife
We met so many people who couldn't stop raving about Cape Town's beauty. After visiting many beautiful cities around the world, we were quite hesitant whether the Mother City could still surprise us. But after hiking Loin's Head and having this view, we suddenly understood why this might be one of the most stunning cities in the world. It has everything anyone ever needs in a city; stunning beaches, great hiking trails with magnificent views, vibrant city life with nice restaurants & cafes and laidback locals #nature#Capetown#cities#view#hiking
After being on the road for so many years, I can say that traveling has changed me and my thinking in so many ways. It has taught me to be more open and tolerant to different beliefs, it has taught me to challenge my fears and to appreciate the comforts that life has given us, but most importantly it has made me more aware of environmental issues. Witnessing beautiful landscapes on a daily basis and knowing that it might not look the same in couple of years, or worse, that it will disappear one day frightens me. We need to understand the importance of climate change and acknowledge that it IS real and it is happening. I have been and am still trying to educate myself further on this matter and how to change things regarding this (recycling, vegetarianism, use of natural recourses, etc.) so the future generations can appreciate the beauty of our earth as much as we can @canonnederland #nature#climatechange#travel#liveoutdoors#liveforthestory
We decided to do a self-drive through Kruger Safari park so we could witness wild animals completely on our own. We spotted al the Big 5, except for the Leopardwhich some people don't even see in many years of game driving! The only scary part was when an elephant of about three times the size of our small Toyota car passed by, which can be life threatening because it can crush you in your car if you come too close All in all, it was an amazing experience and can't wait to further explore African national parks.
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South Africa it is! Shot this one in the earliest hours of the morning in Kruger National Park. When nature sets everything in scene perfectly and all you have to do is capture it!
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Check out the new highlights video of our FAV country! They say it's a country of Love & Hate, but looking back at these images all we feel is LOVE Full link in bio, enjoy watching!
Ps. Our next post will be about our new destination, PROMISE! Can't believe some of you actually guessed it right, keep an eye out for the shoutouts
So close, yet so far away... We haven't been back to our country of birth for over 25 years, when we left it due to war. With sceneries like these of Afghanistan, one can only dream how it would be to travel around freely, like we do in other parts of the world. We're about to leave Central Asia and we already can't wait for the day to return to visit Afghanistan. We're heading off towards a new continent we haven't been to before! So which country is it going to be? Who ever guesses right, will get a personal shoutout on our Insta Stories
Driving through one of the highest highways was truly one of of the most exhilarating experiences in our lives! Sometimes you could hardly call it a road, but more sand & rocks on a cliff with a big drop on one side over a stormy river. While driving through streams of fresh melt water and big rocks falling on the road. Haven't talked about being stopped every couple KMs by armed police and military asking if we were a spy for Afghanistan because we were passing through a sensitive border where millions of drugs is smuggled every year. Oh and almost forgot to say we took a drone photo of it , which might have put us in jail for couple of weeks if they found out.
While driving through the Wakhan, almost every kid started waving and those not shy screaming English words like 'Hi!' and 'What is your name?!' Though Wakhan is a quite poor neighboorhoud, the new generation is pretty well educated and a lot of them learn English. The Agha Khan Foundation is investing huge amounts to improve livelihood & education in this region.
Interesting note: most of these kids looked quite different, having Arian influences with light hair & blue/green eyes which dates back from the times of Alexander the Great. #Wakhan#Tajikistan#kids#locals#history
This 12th century fort is one of the most impressive historic sites in Wakhan. There's a view of almost 360 degrees of Hindu Kush- and Pamir mountains which is probably the best view we had ever seen! We could not capture its greatness in a photo, but watch stories for a glimpse. For those interested in its history; This fort was used when the 'Wakhan' was one country. During the 'Great Game', Tsaristic Russia and British India were so afraid of having a shared border, they insisted to create a 'corridor' which would be assigned to Afghanistan. This is when the river was used as a border to split up the Wakhan into a 'Tajik' and 'Afghan' side. #Wakhan#Tajikistan#scenery#mountains#history
This lovely grandma with her cute grandchild were one of the so many locals in the Wakhan Valley who insisted us to stop by for a cup of chai. So we decided to accept her invitation. She was living in a very simple mud-built house together with her husband, who she kept calling ‘grey-head’, taking care of her two grandchildren from her son who lives in Moskou and some small goats who sneeky tried to snatch away our cookies. All of her kids lived in either Moskou or Dushanbe. She wasn’t happy with it at all. “Why do all these young kids want to go to these expensive cities to earn money”?. “Look, here I can grow my own vegetables and maybe it’s less fancy than in the cities, but I’m rich in everything I need”. People living in the Wakhan Valley are quite poor and though not having much, they always generously invite foreigners into their homes for chai, dinner or even a place to sleep while not accepting anything in return. Anyway, we were humbled by her generosity. She said that she and all the people of the Wakhan are very sad about Afghanistan and sympathise greatly with its people. Partially because it’s all family that were divided from them 80 years ago when the Russians draw the river as an international border. During the Afghan border market which used to happen every week they had a chance to see their relatives. Sadly, because of further advancements of the Taliban in the region, authorities have closed this border market. We really felt like we were in our country of birth, because the people resembled Afghan people so much and even their Farsi language was almost identical to Dari what is spoken in Afghanistan. When we left her house she insisted in giving her daughters mobile number so we could sleep at her house in Dushanbe, even though she didn’t know how to use her mobile phone to share the number with us. These are the moments that define travelling and you forget about all the hassles and feel as if you could continue doing it forever.
‘Roadtripping the Silk Road’ has been a dream for many years. Always got jealous hearing old hippies telling about their hippy trail adventures 40 years ago. When we found the opportunity to hire our own 4WD, we couldn’t resist the urge anymore. Can’t say it doesn’t go without any annoyances or dangers though… To be continued.
It’s unbelievable that some of you guessed exactly where we are! We’ve entered Badakhshan and will be roadtripping through the Wakhan valley in our 4WD! For those that don’t know, Wakhan valley is one of the most remote areas in the world, trapped between 7000 meter peaks of the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan and Pamir mountains in Tajikistan. Unfortunately, the safety situation got worse on the Afghan side of the Wakhan corridor just couple of days prior to our arrival as the Taliban took control up to 10km from the Tajik border. So we will be travelling through the Tajik side only, which breaks our hearts because we were so eager to travel in Afghanistan too. But since we’re driving along the river which is the actual border, we will have the chance to sneak-peak across the river into the Afghan life in Badakhshan and feel as if we’re literally a stone throw away.
Though we had mentioned Registan couple of times already, we wanted to finish with the best for last. Just some history lessons for those that are interested. Registan was once the cultural centre of Central Asia and probably the scientific centre of the world. Under Ulugbek's rule, many astronomers, mathematicians and artists from all over the world were invited and even Ulugbek himself as a great Amir ruler gave astronomy lessons in these madrassas which he built and later were called Registan. Ulugbek's family, the Timurid dynasty, left beautiful cultural treasures throughout Asia which we all can still admire till this day. The Timurid dynasty started with Ulugbek's grandfather, Timurlane, who is a descendent of Gengis Khan (emperor of the Mongol Empire) and who was more into conquering and destroying. Furthermore, the descendants of Ulugbek, called Babur, chose to build the Mughal empire from Kabul all through the sub-Indian continent. He is still buried in Bagh-e Babur (gardens of Babur) in Kabul. The Mughal Empire left us the Taj Mahal and other pearls of architecture throughout north India and Pakistan. Talking about leaving a footprint through your family line . Anyway, have been always amazed by leaders in the past who invested so much in culture that even till this day, we can still admire them and dream back to the days they were built #heritage#history#architecture#Uzbekistan#asia