Travel souvenir treasury

On his travels The Wandelgek collected a large amount of souvenirs and in this section you’ll find a collection of blogs explaining the background behind each of them.

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Souvenir 006: Ruhnama: Saparmurat Turkemenbashi’s legacy in a book, paper – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 2004

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The wandelgek visited Turkmenistan’s capital of ashgabat in 2004, while travelling the famous Silkroad. The city was struck by a mayor earthquake levelling and demolishing lots of its old buildings. The great leader of Turmenistan named Turkmenbashi (Father of the … Continue reading

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Souvenir 005: Wayang puppets, wood and fabric/leather skin – Bandung/Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2003

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Wayang Travelling over the Indonesian island of Java in 2003, The wandelgek learned about the three main forms of Wayang: Wayang wong Wayang golek Wayang kulit There are more forms of wayang like Wayang gedog/wayang topeng, Wayang karucil or Wayang … Continue reading

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Souvenir 004: Chinese Chess, wood – Saigon, Vietnam 2008

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Travelling through Asia, The Wandelgek met lots of unforgetable people. The best meetings were almost always with locals enjoying their spare time. E.g. in Tibet in the evening after dinner, people enjoyed playing a game of chess in the local … Continue reading

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Souvenir 003: Traditionally dressed dolls, cloth – Damaraland, Khorixas, Namibia 2015

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When i travelled through southern Africa in the summer of 2015, I drove through an area in northern Namibia named Damaraland, where the Herero tribe lived. On the road I met some Herero men, and saw that the donkey cart … Continue reading

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Souvenir 002: Carnaval Mask, plaster – Venice, Italy 2001

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During a stay in Venice in 2001, The Wandelgek bought a plaster carnival mask as wall decoration, in a tiny shop filled with masks in San Marco. He was on a backpack journey through North, Mid and South Italy. The … Continue reading

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Souvenir 001: Batik on cloth – Yogyakarta, 2003

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The Wandelgek visited Indonesia in 2003, and travelled over the islands of Java, Bali and Nusa Lembongan. On Java he visited Yogyakarta and learned a lot about the art and technique of Batik. He visited a Batik factory and bought … Continue reading

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