This Is Not America !

After more than 2 weeks with Chris, a third musketeer joined us in Austin to cruise to the city of New Orleans.  She was from London but left home a few weeks ago to travel around the world for about 5 1/2 months.  Kat, short for Katryn, met us in The Jackalope Bar in 6th Street for … Continue reading

The Truth is out Here !

July 1947.  Something happened northwest of Roswell, New Mexico following a severe thunderstorm. July 8, 1947.  That something was identified in a press release issued by the public information officer at Rowsell Army Airflield Lt. Walter Haut.  Following orders from Colonel William Blanchard, base commander, the headline of the story sent around the world read … Continue reading

North versus South… Or even West?

Grand Canyon, one of Earth’s most powerful, inspiring landscapes, overwhelmed our senses.  Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color & dazzling erosional forms.  Its rugged landscape hosts a fascinating variety of plant & animal communities, from the desert next to the Colorado River, … Continue reading

The Hoodoos

Panguitch is a Native American word meaning big fish.  This small western ‘cowboy’ town, home to Robert LeRoy Parker better known as Butch Cassidy, was settled in the valley back in 1864.  Just 7 miles south of Panguitch lies nowadays Utah’s most beautiful Scenic Byway 12.  It spans a route of 124 miles and travels through some … Continue reading

World’s hottest

We left the astonishing beauty of Yosemite NP and continued our journey via the beautiful Mammoth Lakes to the world’s hottest place… Death Valley.  As the name itself suggests, the extreme summer heat here can be deadly.  Before we crossed the Valley, we stuffed the car with several tanks of water just in case the … Continue reading

Double Rainbow Guy

On our way to Yosemite National Park, we followed the advice of my host ‘Bear’ to stop in Bodie Mountains & Mono Lake, often described as an oasis in the desert.  Mono Lake has no outlet and contains the unique sandstone formations known as tufa.  Those petrified springs are formed when the calcium-rich springs flow … Continue reading

Lake Tahoe

This morning I met Chris & Quan in Java beach cafe in San Francisco, who would join me for the road trip. Chris, 28 yrs old is from Sydney, Australia. Quan, 19yrs old is from Hanoi, Vietnam. 3 guys, different ages, different background. This would give a very intresting mix and fascinating conversations on the … Continue reading

Pacific Hghwy 1

‘The Great Ocean Road’ in Victoria, Australia was one of the highlights of my journey.  California has its own version of it and some claimed it to be better than ‘The Great Ocean Road’  I was eager to find out for myself and left LA on a cloudy morning for the famous ‘Pacific Highway 1’ … Continue reading

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

Jungle John

On my my last day in Maui, I met up with Molly through couchsurfing in her beautiful seaview apartment in Kihei. She lived for several years in Maui now and her friend Ted, a information technologist from Ohio who moved recently to Maui for work, joined us. Molly had organised for us  to go on … 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

Farewell, brothers…

This morning I left Mana for the remote Yasawa Islands.  It’s one of the most stunning regions consisting of a chain of 20 ancient volcanic islands.  Four of these have dramatic elevations with summits just short of 600m above sea level.  Pristine white sandy beaches & dramatic rock summits surrounded by crystal clear waters & … Continue reading

The Great Wall

After a long 14h ride on the train from Xi’an, I finally arrived in Beijing West.  Of course you can also take the high speed train but the first one leaves around 7am so I chose the night train to have 3 full days in Beijing (aka Peking). I would stay with Lee, a 26y … Continue reading

The host

The Dragon Boat festival was on and that means it was a nightmare to find a free seat / bed on the trains to Xi’an.  So in the end I had to opt for a flight.  This time I flew with Juneyao Airlines.  I must say there are better than Spring Airlines because for the … Continue reading

Venice in China

Shanghai is surrounded by many ancient watertowns and so after talking to some locals, I decided this morning to visit Wuzhen & Hangzhou.  I took the train in Shanghai HongQiao Railway station to TongXiang (50Y – 40 minutes) than the bus K282 to Wuzhen (5Y – 20 minutes)  Finally a free shuttle from the new … Continue reading

A touch of French

I would like to start with some practical info. Good to know is that when you take a flight with Air Asia to Boracay you will arrive in Kalibo on the island of Panay. From there there will be many busses waiting to bring you to the jetty in Caticlan. The bus ride is about … Continue reading

Nusa Lembongan

Just 32km from Bali on the northeastern edge of the Indian Ocean lie the beautiful islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongen & Nusa Ceningan. Back in Australia & here in Bali, many travellers adviced me to spend a few days on the small, authentic ‘Nusa Lembongan’. Swathed with a rich history of black magic and … Continue reading

Gili Tralala

Back in november 2012 I met this nice Brazilian girl Lilian ‘slash’ Lili in Philae, Assouan, Egypt.  She was on a worldtrip back than and was still travelling, for more than 1 year now!  She arrived 15 days ago in Uluwatu, Indonesia.  Today she would sail to Gili Trawangan, a tropical jewel and one of … 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

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