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Video: Laos and Bangladesh

It is more than a year ago that I have been to Laos, Bangladesh even longer. Finally I found the time to edit these videos.

That one from Laos is in german but with english subtitles. That one from Bangladesh is basicly just some GoPro footage and some photos from a market with some bengali music. Enjoy!

Discovering the world on a bicycle – Laos from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.

Discovering the world on a bicycle – Bangladesh from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.

Indonesia: Vulcano Bromo

July 2014

The Bromo-Tenger-Semeru-Nationalpark is one of the famous sights in Java. In the nearby city of Malang are many tour agencys who can organize jeep trips to the vulcano. I decide to go by bicycle, store half of my lugagge at a friends place, organize a warm sleeping bag and go.



Hot and humid it is. And steep!

Indonesia: Island paradise Karimun Jawa

July 2014


Karimun Jawa is a group of islands at the northcoast of Java. Shireen and I decide to stay there for a few days.


There are not many tourists, so it is easy to find a place at the beach to pitch the tent

Indonesia: Gunung Kidul



July 2014


Gunung Kidul is a region southeast of Yogya. Good roads, less traffic and a lot of steep hills.

Indonesia: Impressions of Yogyakarta



June/July 2014

Yogyakarta is known as the cultural center of the Island Java. It is a student city with several universitys. I show you here what I captured with my camera.


This vehicel is powered by pedals and has a music system

Indonesia: Merbabu – Mountain of Ash



Merbabu – Mountain of Ash

July 2014

The vulcano Merbabu (meru=mountain, abu=ash) is the twin vulcano of Merapi, and just 10 km away. Unlike Merapi, Merbabu is not an active vulcano and not dangerous. Starting point for this adventure is again the village of Selo. But this tiem we want to hike down on the other side of the mountain, so we don´t go by motorbike. Instead we reach Selo by a mix of bus, hitchiking and walking.


Transportation is slow in Indonesia and it is already dark when Shireen and I reach selo. In the dark we walk to the basecamp and pitch our tent.

Indonesia: Merapi – Mountain of Fire


Juni 2014

The vulcano Merapi (meru = mountain, api = fire) is one of the most dangerous and active vulcanos in the world. It is situated 35 km north of Yogyakarta and easy reachable for a small adventure. A friend of mine from the froghouse and I grab a tent, warm cloth, some food and water and make our way to Selo, a village situated at the foot of the mountain.


Merapi is covered in thick clouds when Shireen and I arrive by motorbike at the basecamp in the afternoon.

Indonesia: Bike trip to Borobodur

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Java, Juni 2014


Together with Adrian, my warmshower host, I go on a cycle trip to the famous Borobodur temple. It is about 50 km away from Yogyakarta. We find a place to sleep in an artist community.

Indonesia: Ramadan at Froghouse



June 2014

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and the fasting month of Muslims. In the Koran is written that it is forbidden to consume food, drinks and cigarettes between sunrise and sunset. Sex and drunkenness are also prohibited. At the end of Ramadan the fast breaking feast, Eid al-fitr, is celebrated for 3 days. Together with Eid al-Adha it is the most important holiday of the Muslims.


photo by viga