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Von admin, 12. September 2009 18:43

From Luang Prabang we made it down to "4000 Islands" and followed the steps of Anke and Can (after we draw some clues from their website) with a dinner at Mr. Phaos place. Despite loads of rain and food poisoning, we enjoyed our brief visited there a lot :)

Then it was on to Cambodia, where we were greeted with lots of extra charges at the border. Every one working there wanted one dollar for their great effort.
Now we are in Ankor and I need to go to sleep.

Talk to you soon. bye

Millionaere im Reich der 1000000 Elefanten und dem weissen Schirm

Von admin, 6. September 2009 06:01

Wir sind in Luang Prabang angekommen und genauso entzueckt wie Henri Mouhout vor 100 Jahren. Die Franzosen haben huebsche Hauser gebaut und nun geniesst man seinen Kaffee und Baguette in Kolonialbauten unter Palmen. Das alles hat natuerlich (leider?!) seinen Preis, sodass wir nach Thailand ganz schoen schlucken mussten. Dennoch: es ist die schoenste Stadt unserer ganzen Reise und einfach wunderbar.
Nach Chiang Mai fuehlt sich Laos (und das ist noch nicht mal das eigentliche Laos) schon sehr entschleunigt an.

Wie immer, tun wir uns schwer, wie es weiter gehen soll, liegt die Stadt doch recht einsam und unerschlossen im noerdlichen Dschungel von Laos. So braucht man in die Hauptstadt, gerade 230km entfernt eine ganze Tagesreise, doch sind Fluege nach Kombodscha in diesem Land leider nicht so guenstig wie beim Nachbarn :)
Mal schauen was kommt! Jtezt hoffentlich Sonne, gruene Huegel und Wasser :)

Zum Titel: das Geld ist einfach "too much", waehrend man fuer sein Koenigreich (von damals) wohl kaum einen schoeneren Namen haette waehlen koennen!

Wrap up No 1

Von admin, 1. September 2009 15:11

Sunday, August 30th. Sukothai.

Anyone traveling through the ancient city of Sokuthai should spend a night at the Banthai GH!
We arrived late in the night and got their last room without a fan, BUT their bungalows and staff are amazing. We got the warmest welcome in Thailand so far! Such a great little place…

In Sukothai we rented a little scooter and were able to move around the ancient city easily. The weather was a bit unstable but still alright and we were lucky to meet Markus & Carmen, two doctors from Switzerland.

A super bumpy late bus brought us to Chiang Mai.

Monday, August 31st. Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai, supposed to be the "rose of the North", appeared a little different to us: first, a tuk-tuk driver got mad for no reason, then our guesthouse was little to less charming and our next place a bit too noisy. Both led to "late-start-days", so I feel we couldn’t quite get out of this place than what we had expected.
At this moment we are undecided weather to book a trekking tour or leaving for Laos already….

Meanwhile

The weather is perfect and while I sweat through most of the day, I put on a jacket for the first time today (because we visited a temple in the hills)!

We both are at good health an enjoy ourselves :)

Lange erste Tage

Von admin, 28. August 2009 15:52

Von beeindruckenden Koenigspalaesten

Nach einem holprigen Start am Frankfurter Flughafen, der durch einen freundlichen Qatar-Mitarbeiter aber soweit gut geloest werden konnte, empfang uns Bangkok mit kuehlen 20 Grad und strahlendem Sonnenschein. Wir stuerzten uns sogleich in die riesige Stadt und waren hin und weg. Das Essen so lecker wie gehoert, der Himmel blauer als gedacht und die Palaste noch schoener und bunter als wir uns ausgemalt hatten.
Am naechsten Tag das gleiche Spiel, wobei wir entegen aller Geschichten auch eine "10 Bhat Promotion Tour" mitgenommen haben, ueber die wir hier nicht reden wollen ;)

Ins Gruene

Heute ging es dann nach nur 4 Stunden Schlaf nach Kantanaburi und direkt weiter in den Erwan NP an der Grenze zu Myanmar. Und es sah genauso aus, wie ich Myanmar aus dem Flugzeug gesehen hatte: viele gruene Huegel, alle unbebaut und einfach schoen. Ueber 7 Stufen faellt hier das Wasser den Berg hinunter. Der Monsun hat es wieder einmal gut mit uns gemeint – es regnete nur waehrend unserer Busfahrten!
Jetzt sitzen wir hier etwas muede und verschwitzt, aber zufrieden ueber die ersten Tage in einem kleinen Cafe ohne jedes Flair und verabschieden uns auch schon wieder – heute mal ins Bett :)

Wie es weiter geht? Wir wissen es auch noch nicht.

Wahres über Individualreisen (von thaiminator.de)

Von admin, 18. August 2009 17:13

Jemand kommt per Flugzeug in Bangkok an. Ganz individuell mit dem Airportbus nach Banglampoo, dort ganz individuell einen Trip irgendwohin buchen.

Wengleich jeder für sich selbst entscheidet, wohin es gehen soll, ziehen die Horden des Individualtourismus über ausgelatschte Trampelpfade. Unzählige, scheinbar unabhängige Einzelentscheidungen bilden eine stabile Ordnung heraus.  Weniger theoretisch: Zieht ihr auf eigene Faust durchs Land, so trefft ihr stets die selben (nicht nur die gleichen, sondern buchstäblich die selben!) Leute wieder. Und zwar in Läden, die immer gleich aussehen und so ziemlich das Gleiche anbieten.

Thailändischer Individualtourismus ist letztlich keiner und führt sich ad absurdum. Gleich mehrfach allegorisch dazu Alex Garlands Buch "The Beach": Wen wundert’s, dass diese Geschichte der vergeblichen Suche nach dem unberührten Paradies im Golf von Thailand als zerlesenes Paperback in wirklich jedem Guesthouse herumfliegt und in etlichen Kneipen allabendlich als Video läuft.

Immerhin bleibt die Illusion, doch ganz anders unterwegs zu sein als die Neckermänner und -frauen. Schließlich kann sich in Bangkok jeder selbst entscheiden, ob’s nach Chiang Mai, Ubon oder Ko Samui gehen soll, oder?

Geben wir uns also dieser Illusion hin und genießen dabei den großartigen Service des Thailändischen low-budget Tourismus.

Bequem ist es. Exotisch soviel man will. Wunderschön sowieso. Nach wie vor billig. Und lächelnde Thais sind überall. Coca-Cola und die Bildzeitung übrigens auch.

Happier by the minute

Von admin, 11. April 2009 12:00

My dear friends,

today I was getting happier by the minute and am searching for the reasons behind. Here are some thoughts:

1. Friends
I was able to meet up with two really lovely people today I know since I was very young: Philipp & Sandra. Thank you guys so much for your time and spontaneous arrangements!! It made my day! Really. I mean it.

2. Sun
Germany is really one of the most pretty countrys I know – if the sun is out. Riding the train from Hamburg to Münster I bypassed a lovely landscape so soft and sweet, full of spring blossoms. Wow, so pretty! I wish I could’ve captured it on film….

3. Coming home
Is it my family I missed? Our small town? The “Rheinland”? I was certrainly happy to smell the fresh air as soon as I left the bus at midnight and couldn’t stop starring at a beautiful moon….

4. Sights
How could my day have been less impressive?
It started off with a bench at the “Außenalster” in Hamburg with tons of joggers passing me by.
In Münster I was sharing the beautiful Aasee with a young crowd and was impressed by the tidyness of the whole place.
Then I stepped out of the impressive main train station in Cologne to stare up at the huge cathedral – it touches me every time. Having a sip of “Kölsch” with a loved friend in its shadow was a real treat.
Even stepping out of the bus in my small village tonight was a little happening for me, as there were many candles lit on our graveyard. Together with the beautiful full moon it was such a lovely site to see: finally home. No big sights, no nice buildings but cheap homes and tiny streets.

I made it.

Thanks for joining me on my trip again. This will be it.
Bye.

Vacation -OR- The South

Von admin, 3. April 2009 21:17

Hey guys,

I am writing to you from one of the most antique computers in a long time. There is only one color (flickering yellow) and the keyboard is quite challenging!
Still, I wanted to drop a note that I am very well.

Today, we were exploring the ancient city of Petra in Jordan (where we spend the night, too, before returning to Israel tomorrow afternoon). The pictures we saw of this place before proved to be right: it is really as beautiful and amazing as we thought it is.
Still, we didn’t warm up with Jordan by now. It seems like the country is very rich and therefore not the best place to a budget traveller like us – at least without us speaking Arabic. So we end up paying a load of money towards transportation and entrance fees without getting a lot of it back. What does that mean? For example, we paid a lot for the taxi drive to Petra with our driver constantly falling asleep and us very worried what to do about it – or us paying 30 EUR to see Petra without getting even a plan of the city or anything besides the ticket. While the site is certainly worth all the effort, it still bothers us a little bit. On the other hand we ran into some crazy bedouins in the evening hours, one who was living in Switzerland for a long time and who made for a very sepcial evening. I am still very sad, that I didn’t have had the courage to convince Kathrin to stay with them, as they offered – it might’ve been a special evening. But then, we don’t know and I try not to worry about it any more….

Eilat on the other hand proved to be as crowded as we imagined, but treated us very well anyway.
We stay at a cutle little place (that is a bit too religious), called the shelter and had a great afternoon of relaxing at the Sheraton beach by the red sea. Probably the best treat of that day was our dinner at a chique little restaurant right on the promenade – you could sit out in shorts until late (27C @ 10pm)! Soooo great! :)

Before, we were renting a car again to be able to explore the Negev desert a bit easier. It turned out to be the next best thing!
Wow, what an interesting place. I thought of the Nege as that one big rocky desert but in fact we had everything from sadn dunes to rocks, to mountains, to …. you name it!
Especially great was the peaceful atmosphere we experienced at Sde Boker where I certainly met the nicest people of whole Israel (and also the most beautiful!). We hiked around the Ein Afdat canyon for a bit before we got down to Mitzpe Ramon to explore a huge crater. It certainly didn’t look appealing to us at first sight, but once we got down into the crater itself I was astonned about the landscape. Wow! Honestly, this was one of the nicest hikes I’ve ever taken! I still miss that spot a lot. Maybe, because we had a great night that evening, too. First, we had some tea at a random Beduin tent and then just slept out in the car with NOBODY around. This was a special treat after all, since the whole day was so noisy because the Israeli army uses the Negev as their playground. Therefore you have F16 rushing over your head all the time and pass several tanks and soldiers on the way – thus making the drive even more spectacular for somebody from Germany! ;) But as I said, that mild night out there was a real beauty – I loved it, loved it, loved it.

Before, Witali, my great roomate, and his super-nice aunt took us to Cesarea on Tuesday afternoon which was a real treat, too. I know it seems like I am just in a “I don’t want to leave mood, everything is great” (which IS so true!!) but still, it was very special because of many things. The site is beautiful by itself as it sits right on the sea. Then, the late afternoon sunlight did everything to make it look even more pitoresque. Finally, Witalis aunt was just the sweetest person one can dream of – she just made sure there was nothing we would miss (coffee, dinner, entrance fee, drive, …). Such hospitality is always a great gift and I hope I am able to return all of which I received one day. I guess it is that one real promise I make again and again and hope that I am able to live up to it.

I guess that should do for now since I am way too tired anyway to write more.
Witali should know that he is being missed a lot already (as is my girl home) and I guess I will see most of you sometime around Easter.
At the moment I really don’t want to leae Israel at all(!!), but I guess I have to eventually. Such a shame though!

Wincing the night away,
-me

Airport hassle

Von admin, 20. Februar 2008 02:35

Hello from Doha in Qatar!

It it warm outside and the air is filled with salty water as I leave the aircraft. Such a refreshment after my first 6-hour flight with stunning view of the Alps!
Inside this tiny airport building is is pretty humid though. Unfortunately, I will stay for 10 hours in this packed place because my “5 Star Airline” isn’t willing to give me a hotel room. Instead I was offered a cheap meal on a plastic platter! Such a great feeling when you know that your 1000 EUR for a plane ticking was the right investment… That really was a bummer, especially since I was planning to catch up on sleep but there has been no chance so far!
UPDATE Well, and after cuddling with the cold floor at gate 15 for the past hours I must say I am just happy when I am out of here!

The situation in Nepal seems to be stable but not easy. There is still a great lack of fuel and I hope that taxi prices don’t explode until I arrive. Whoever wants to catch up on those news should visit www.nepalnews.com .

I just got an email from Matthias who arrived in Kathmandu yesterday and is working in the same Hospital. Hopefully we will be able to meet up, which is my biggest concern at the moment.

Since there is a long line of people waiting I will leave you for now and hopefully get beack to you when I am in Kathmandu.
Take care!

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