About me

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2007 in Bilbao Born in Heidelberg, Germany, more than 40 years ago, I’ve lived in many different cities and countries.

I love travelling, so I feel very fortunate that my job these days also involves a lot of inter-continental travel. Most of my job-related trips take me to South-East-Asian countries. For me, this is a great way to meet people from different cultures and see as much of the world as possible.

The German poet Gottfried Keller wrote two lines in his poem Evening Song, which come close to summarizing my life-philosophy: “Trinkt, o Augen, was die Wimper hält, von dem goldenen Überfluss der Welt!” Unfortunately, the English translation does not convey the beauty of the original lines: “Drink, oh eyes, as much as your lashes can hold, of the golden opulence of the world!”


Written by Thorsten

March 31, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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  1. Hi. You mentioned in the WordPress Forums that you’d like to get rid of the Possibly Related Posts thing… if you go into your Dashboard, click on the Design tab, then on Extras you’ll find a little box. Just click on it and you’re done.

    There should be an announcement coming soon about changes and upgrades to the system, though. I believe WordPress is giving the blogger more control over what links appear, or if they appear at all. If they do change it they’ll announce it on WordPress News at http://wordpress.com.


    April 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

  2. thanks Gabriel. I just hope this will not cut traffic to my blog because of the second part of this sentence: “Hide related links on this blog, which means this blog won’t show up on other’s blogs or get traffic that way”. Not really sure how they mean that…


    April 30, 2008 at 5:23 am

  3. Your traffic should remain the same. There’s a company named Sphere that generates the random links that now appear on our posts, by opting out all you’re doing is preventing those links from appearing on your site, and any potential links it might find from your site from appearing on other sites. If they can get it working properly I think the potential for finding a larger community is high enough that I’ll probably opt back in…


    April 30, 2008 at 6:15 am

  4. Vielen Dank für deinen netten Besuch bei mir in Phnom Penh!
    Es wäre zu einfach zu sagen das es Eindrücke und Geschichten über mein Leben in Phnom Penh im Archiv gibt, auch wenn sie dort sind … Die Tatsache das es zur Zeit überwiegend Fotos im Phnom Penh Tagebuch gibt, befriedigt mich auch nicht und es soll auch kein Fotoblogg daraus werden, doch du hast völlig Recht: Zur Zeit sieht es so aus als sei es auf dem Weg dorthin.

    Zur Zeit einfach zu viel im Kopf, privat und arbeitsmäßig, das als schlappe Entschuldigung!

    Kommentare wie der deine in meinem Blogg zeigen jedoch das Leser etwas vermissen und das spornt an, dafür Dnake ich dir.
    Vielleicht reicht der Schub ja für einen Wortbeitrag – auch ich wäre froh darüber!

    Herzliche Grüße aus Phnom Penh


    May 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

  5. Hi Thorsten, seems you got the writing bug … again? How do you do “Top Posts”? Widget?


    October 13, 2008 at 9:52 am

  6. i appreciate your criticism about my country but it was little over board!…tshedo@yahoo.com


    October 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

  7. Hi Thorsten,

    I swear to God, I didn’t use the same theme (Digg 3 Column) because I intended to mimic the format of your blog. It was just a coincidence.

    Maybe the saying “great minds think alike” applies here haha.

    Anyway, thanks for replying to my email. It’s nice to know that you’ve had a well-deserved vacation.



    June 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm

  8. i really enjoyed your writing.

    Tashi Delek


    June 27, 2009 at 12:49 am

  9. blimey Thorsten that was quick I had only just hit “post” when you commented. We can definitely swap Asia stories now and again.And I love your travel connected quotation. Are you a member of Virtual tourist?


    August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    • 🙂
      I’ll check out the rest of your blog for more travel stories. No, I’m not a member of VirtualTourist, but I usually check the site before I travel.


      August 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

  10. Hey, looking 4ward to your post about Vietnam this time. Cheers.

    Giang Do

    August 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm

  11. Hi Thorsten, glad to know your blog too. I would really like to meet you, but how can I? Anyway good luck to you. Hope to hear from you again soon.

    Meas Raksmey

    September 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  12. Hi Thorsten, I came across your website when searching for images of restaurant Indochine in Hanoi. I’m currently working on an article, and would be interested in hearing from you regarding the possibility of publishing your images. Please drop me an email, look forward to your reply. Best Regards


    February 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  13. Hi Thorsten,

    I’m interested about all your articles here.

    I wonder, May i have your contact (direct) email that i can reach you straight away please?


    vembry dwitama

    September 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

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