Romeo le guerrier

Flying from Fiji to Hawai’i was a good thing to set my mind on other things after the terrible incident 2 days earlier. I left Fiji on wednesday morning June 26th for Hawai’i via the microscopic island of Kiribati and it was funny to experience arriving in Honolulu, Hawai’i on tuesday morning June 25th. This … Continue reading

The jungle cabin

On my third day in Kaua’i I met Kelly, a teacher from San Francisco.  She was on a roadtrip in Kaua’i and I decided to join her for a 2-day trip down south.  Our first stop was Kauai’s main sites, the majesctic ‘Waimea Canyon’ & the Kalalau lookout overlooking the gracious Na Pali coast. In … Continue reading

The Garden Island

The Hawaiian Islands archipelo is the most isolated chain in the world. It extends from the island of Hawai’i to Kure Atoll in the northwest, a distance of over 1500 miles.  The islands are a group of volcanos that have risen up over a ‘hot spot‘ of molten rock that wells up from deep in … Continue reading

Island of the Gods

You only have to hear the word Bali and the mind itself wanders into a dreamlike place where worries are cast adrift and the sun and sand are life’s only concerns. Its an iconic island, an alien yet relaxing part of Indonesia that’s home to fascinating cultures and perfect desert-island days.  While I was  tempted … Continue reading

Fancy That Costumes

I must honestly say that I’m not such into cities but when I laid eyes on Sydney’s magnificent harbour I realized I was standing in one of the most beautiful or maybe the most beautiful city in the world!  Captain Arthur Philip, commanding the First Fleet, already described Sydney’s Harbour in 1788 as ‘one of … Continue reading

Wet Tropics

After three amazing days sailing the Solway Lass in the Whitsundays, I continued my journey up north to the Wet Tropics. Andrea & Nicole would join me to Cairns while Collin decided to stay in Airlie Beach hoping to find a job as a dive instructor on a sailing boat. Our first stop was Paluma … Continue reading

Ken & Vicki

I maybe had one bad experience the past week with Rebeca but I still believe Couchsurfing is a wonderful initiative.  That’s the main reason why I’m part of it for about three years now.  I hosted & surfed with over more than 200 fantastic people and I love it!  Leaving Brisbane alone was the best … Continue reading

My first bad CS experience

Leaving Byron Bay was not so easy as it was a unique place with a captivating atmosphere.  But still so many places to see… time to leave!  And so we left the state of New South Wales and entered the sunshine state, Queensland.  Tom & George, 2 English guys we met in Byron Bay joined … Continue reading

Happy High

After a few days in Sydney, I’m back on the road with Cairns as target, an exotic town in the far north-east of Australia.  Rebeca, a 25yr old Mexican girl who worked & lived in London would be my travel buddy for a part of the journey.  When we left Sydney, it was raining cats … Continue reading

The Red Center

‘This is Anangu land and you are welcome!  Look around & learn in order to understand Anangu and also understand that our culture is strong and alive!’ – Traditional owner This is one of the important things you learn when visiting Ayers Rock.  First of all it’s a sacred place and demands for respect for … Continue reading

Gippsland & Sapphire Coast

My journey up the East coast of Australia was a fact.  After some beautiful days around Melbourne, I started to drive up north.  The Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest & most beautiful inland waterways are a network of lakes, marshes & lagoons covering 400m2 and are separated from the ocean with coastal dunes known as Ninety … Continue reading

The Grampians & Philip Island

Think adventure in majestic landscapes, in extraordinary views, desert lands, volcanic plains, country towns & villages… That’s what to expect in Victoria’s series of dramatic mountain ranges known as The Grampians.  Nis, a Maleysian girl joined me for a few days on this trip.  Coming from the Great Ocean Road, we stopped in Dunkeld, getaway … Continue reading

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road… A legendary road that I was dreaming of doing for so many years!  And here I am, standing in Torquay for what will be one of the highlights of my trip!  Imagine… Nature’s drama unfolding itself as I drove along the dramatic coastline with its unspoiled green landscapes, pretty villages & … Continue reading

Freycinet NP

Cole’s Bay, a small coastal town bordering the Freycinet National Park & perfect getaway was our overnight stop where we camped in the town’s camp ground.  Lying beneath the sheer pink granite cliffs known as ‘The Hazards’ and beside the sheltered waters of Oyster Bay, Coles Bay was once the haunt of whalers & tin miners, … Continue reading

Bay Of Fires

We started our journey to the Bay Of  Fires with a stop in Launceston, sometimes referred to as the ‘Northern Capital’ of Tasmania.  The city is known for it’s beautiful Victorian architecture, its manyn garden & parks and the pittoresque Tamar river running through it.  The most famous feature is ‘Cataract Gorge’, a gorge with … Continue reading

Mount Field & Franklin-Gordon NP

After picking up Lara, a German/Indonesian girl at the airport we left Hobart for our first destination. Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest and most loved national parks.  From the tall forests and waterfalls of the lower sections to the glaciated mountains, windswept moors and tranquil lakes of the highlands, the park … Continue reading

Lake Tekapo

Last day in New Zealand… Unfortunately a sad day but I can reflect on an amazing time in Aotearoa ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’.  It hasn’t stolen it’s name because on my way to Christchurch, where I would take my flight the very next morning, I could admire amazing & unique cloud formations … Continue reading

Milford Sound

According to the legend, Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved out the fjords with his adze Te Hamo.  He started in the south with a rough coastline & many islands.  By the time he reached Piopiotahi aka Milford Sound, he had perfected his technique and carved an awe-inspiring fjord.   The Goddess of the underworld Hine-Nui-Ne-Po worried that once … Continue reading

The Southern Alps

Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region with ice caves, extraordinary colors of the ice-flow, pinnacles & seracs of the pristine alpine environment.  Stavros booked a heli tour + 2h hike on top of the gletsjer.  Pilar, Vivi & myself kept it … Continue reading

Abel Tasman to Franz Josef via Great Alpine Highway

After a beautiful sunrise at Tahunanui beach, I picked up the girls and we left Nelson for Abel Tasman, a National Park opened in 1942, 300 years after its namesake Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand.  It’s New Zealand’s smallest National Park but nevertheless a coastal paradise with golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water & … Continue reading

Wineries, lakes & pristine beaches

The roadtrip in South Island began in Picton.  Picton’s foreshore has one of New Zealand’s most beautiful views.  Known for it’s ever changing colors & light. The town is also surrounded by lush forests of beech, manuka & fern, which cover secret valleys, secluded coves & hill top lookouts.  Pilar, a Spanish girl who travelled … Continue reading