Relax and Listen to Mild High Club

 

Mild High Club is a psychedelic pop group that I recently discovered.

Above are three tracks that I like from their album Skiptracing.

Smokey blues… love it!

Take it easy, grab a drink and relax.

😀

 

最近发现了这个来自加州的indie乐队Mild High Club。

居然听出了昭和年代的蒸汽感,薄雾轻烟,慵懒摇摆。

Vocal初听不是最喜欢,后来有一天晨间初醒时再听彻底爱上。

喜欢你们喜欢。

 

「Joy’s story vending machine」Hrazdan Gorge in Yerevan

Last year I travelled a lot, I think there are still a lot of pictures I haven’t shared yet. Not yet Thurday yet but I want to throw back to Yerevan. I was there last autumn for a short stopover before taking the overnight bus to Tehran. 

Yerevan was lovely as far as I remember, the city is not as beautiful as those in neighbour country Georgia. Yet I enjoyed it, especially the walking I made in Hrazdan Gorge, an area just outside the city. It is also said to be the oldest human settlement in Armenia. 

There is a train station and amusement park for kids to play. When I went there, it was rainy, I saw no children there, but a group of locals drinking cognac and having fun. they seemed a bit drunk and it was only at noon. People in the Caucasus are friendly, they soon invited me to have a cup of cognac with them. I don’t mind but of course I couldn’t drink much with them, had some other places to go, haha. Hospitality in Caucasus countries is such a delight for travellers in my opinion.

I miss the colourful leaves and lovely little river there. 

The walk was longer than I thought, at one point I got a bit bored (mostly from the rain) and couldn’t get a uber or cafe to sit down. Found some restaurants on the way, not in the mood to have meal though, so I asked if I can just have a coffee, the owner made me a Turkish coffee but he refused to take the money lol. 

I don’t like Turkish coffee in general but I loved it when travelling in the Caucasus. 

 

Joy的故事贩卖机 – 亚美尼亚Hrazdan山谷

去年秋天,在去伊朗之前,我在亚美尼亚的首都Yerevan小作停留,当时是为了省钱,飞亚美尼亚的机票很便宜,于是想着从亚美尼亚坐过夜大巴去德黑兰。现在想起来还挺喜欢Yerevan这座城市,而去伊朗的20小时的过夜大巴也成了难忘的回忆。

Yerevan不算是一座让人很惊艳的城市,即使在高加索国家也不算,跟邻居格鲁吉亚相比,不管是老城的历史文化还是食物,都稍微逊色一些。然而可能也是因为这座城市的低调,人民的朴实可爱,让我还是印象深刻。高加索地区真是我深爱的地区之一。

Hrazdan Gorge是个离中心不远,有点隐蔽的小山谷,我不记得我是坐公车还是走路过去的,不过Yerevan本身不大,到处都可以走路。在这里看到了超级美丽的秋色。小桥流水,加上层次鲜明的各色红叶。山谷里面有个小孩专用火车站,天气好的时候是开给小孩玩的。我去的时候下雨,住在附近的当地人直接把火车变成了野餐地点。和格鲁吉亚人一样,亚美尼亚人也很热情好客,招呼我跟他们一起喝Cognac酒,当时才中午他们看样子已经喝了一阵子了。我当然不能喝太多,于是喝了一小口就道别了。

在山谷走着走着,觉得有些无聊(哈哈,我经常一边旅行一边失去热情……)在欧洲待久了,没事就想找个咖啡店坐坐,在高加索地区咖啡店不是很好找,加上山谷里面就更没有了,好不容易找到一家开着的餐厅,我走进去,问老板可不可以只喝杯咖啡。老板有点惊讶,不过他说可以,给我煮了杯土耳其咖啡,我问他多少钱,他还说一再说不用了不用了,呵呵。

很搞笑的是,我本来挺讨厌没有过滤过的土耳其咖啡,经过高加索的旅行,常常偶尔在比利时也想来杯土耳其咖啡。

Getting visa for Côte d’Ivoire

Getting visa for West Africa can be a lot of hassles. I’m not complaining about my Chinese passport anymore, almost all nationalities need to apply visa for this part of the world.

I didn’t even know why I’ve chosen CI as destination, probably because of the cheap ticket I found lol.

Normally you can get an e-visa online but it only works for the airport entry in Abidjan, as I plan to do a side trip in Ghana via land border, so still need to go to the embassy: firstly get an appointment online, then pay for the visa, in totally costs something 70€, not the most expensive visa.

On my way to the embassy to hand in the documents. How many embassies I’ve visited in Brussels geez.

CI embassy 🙂

早起(对我来说)去布鲁塞尔办签证,由于十二月要去科特迪瓦和加纳,最近一堆材料要准备,西非签证挺麻烦,在比利时还算好,布鲁塞尔就有使馆。

由于是飞入科特迪瓦,所以先办科特迪瓦签证吧。现在其实可以办电子签,但是只有Abidjan的机场跟进发签,我需要去加纳所以过境陆路还是需要去一趟使馆。

材料还好,但是需要先去网上预约,然后付费以后再去使馆。预约费加上签证费一共70欧左右,还好,不算最贵的签证,在欧洲办签证其实还挺便宜,我办了几次日本签只要20欧,所以虽然我痛恨中国护照办签证麻烦,但是还算幸运吧。

Joy had some marshmallow shots and got drunk.

Who doesn’t like shots? In this shots bar called De Giraf, there are so many different kinds of shots, written on the wall or you can download their menu app online.

Which one is your favorite?

We chose the Marshmallow shots, it was fun 🙂

Haha!

And, best night should always be ended with a techno party for sure!

Have a good week ahead!