Thursday, 19 May 2016
Monday, 2 May 2016
|Our stop in Singapore|
(31/03/2016 - 03/04/2016)
We arrive at the place we think is the bus station, half an hour before the bus is about to leave. And we realize that we are at the wrong place, totally at the wrong place. We have no idea how this could happen, after having rechecked three times for the right bus station. But I guess that is what can happen when getting used to a new modus of travelling. We manage to get a taxi and the taxi driver is so friendly to speed the seven kilometer through Kuala Lumpur's south, where we get onto the bus literally in the last second. Our shoulders hurt terrible from running with backpacks and carrying Pauli at the same time. But, we are off and going and it feels good to rely on a driver and not having to drive ourselves.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Our itinerary through (West-) Malaysia
(28/02/2016 - 31/03/2016; 1600 km)
Monday, 4 April 2016
Our itinerary through Thailand
(30/01/2016 - 28/02/2016; 2300km + flight)
Crossing borders has lost its stress since we are in Southeast Asia. No detailed car searching anymore, no intimidating, endless discussions or theft. Instead: relaxed officials, friendly faces and for the first time: no entrance or visa fee has to be paid. Just a simple stamp and the mentioning that we can stay 30 days. We are amazed.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Our itinerary through Cambodia
(14/01/2016 - 30/01/2016; 1100km)
First thing I see of Cambodia is a stone copy of a sort watch animal, looking like a dog, that I have seen on pictures of Angkor Wat. This impressive sculpture sits in the middle of the heat at the Cambodian check point. He doesn't move and no one else is moving either, everyone hiding from heat, it is noon. Some sleepy officer in flip flops tells me that we need again our carnet de passage for the car, something we didn't expect, since we actually thought it was only needed for Iran. A little bamboo shed carries a sign saying "Visa". The officer wears a white shirt, his official olive green uniform hangs neatly ironed behind him, that way I can see that I am talking to a three star official... ;-) We literally deal the prize for the visa and I end up paying only ten dollars for the children, but thirty dollars for our visa. The fan is snoring, making funny noises, not sure how long this thing will still do. At the next bamboo shed we get our passports stamped, all very friendly and that's it. Torsten has parked the car in the meantime a little further and I have walked the way between the bamboo houses back and forth for a while now, that one of the officers is so kind to give me a ride on his motorbike, so I don't have to walk all the way again through the heat. A very calm, slow, quiet start into our next adventure. Cambodia is the 17th country in our tour.
Saturday, 30 January 2016
|Our itinerary through Laos|
(03/12/2015 - 14/01/2016; 2700km)
And here is our Lao love story:
Friday, 11 December 2015
|2nd part of our itinerary through China (overview)|
|2nd part of our itinerary through China (detail)|
Saturday, 14 November 2015
|Our itinerary so far (overview)|
|Our itinerary so far (detailed view)|
We are in China!!!! Jippiiiiehhh!!!
Pauli repeats: Chiiiiinaaaa, Mama, Chiiinaaaa!!!" :-))))
We have made it across the border. On time.
We pass two Kyrgyz checkpoints and four Chinese checks. The night before we park right in front of the Kyrgyz border controls at 3600 m, together with a lot of other trucks. The night gets freezing cold, must be somewhere around minus 15 degrees, our windows have ice coverage inside and the diesel in the cans is frozen next morning.
The Kyrgyz officials say good bye with some last shows of what they do best: exercising corruption big style. In the morning, long before the borders opens, one policeman walks down the row of trucks to collect money from everyone. Not from us though.
Border control is nasty as usual, but goes on pretty quick, at 10.30 h after driving some 10 km through no mans land across the Turgart pass we stand in front of the gate to China. Finally, how exciting, we have made it until China!!!
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Kyrgyzstan: Police Robbers - Freezing Diesel - Meeting Belgians in Bishkek - Landscapes beyond Words
|Itinerary in Kyrgyzstan|
16/10 - 28/10
Sunday, 18 October 2015
|Ittinary Dashoguz-Osh (side trip to North West to Moynak)|
29/09 - 16/10
Look 'round thee now in Samarkand,
Is she not queen of earth? her pride
Above all cities? in her hand
Edgar Allan Poe, 1849We pass a little river between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, pass more gates, each opened by a soldier, then we see the Uzbek border. And all starts again, controls, filling in a lot of documents. It all goes well, but takes forever and all the sudden we feel very tired. We have done so much driving in the last weeks, road conditions being not very favorable, the stress that we had to make it through Turkmenistan in five days is gone and the desire to rest somewhere is getting stronger.
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Hallo Ik schrijf hoe het met de school gaat en ook over een tempel waar
Ik nu ben 22/09/2015/Iran : ik vind het met school wel heel vermoeiend maar het is
Wel heel leuk Maar het is wel heel. Moeilijk om te schrijven want het wiebelt te haart door het rijden Bij de Tempel Zijn er veel figuren en zoroastrismus
Zoroastrismus is een religie die noch voor het Iran bestond
Want Iran noemde het pärsiche Rijk want het was een heel groot land er was ook
Een museum er waren ook stenen in het museum die waren prachtig de stad noemde persepolis......
Saturday, 10 October 2015
Turkmen officials seem nice and welcoming, they will show us soon that this first impression is wrong. A huge picture of the present Turkmen president greets us from a wall and we have a look at the colourful flag, composed by patterns of carpets from the five big families of the country.
We are almost alone, the last western tourists have passed this border 20 days ago, two young men we had already met in Teheran. We get our passports stamped, pay an entrance fee, exchange money and all we need now is the permission for the car to enter the country. That will take us more than four hours, handwritten notes in five different offices, 170 Dollars for five days of car insurance, controls of every single thing we carry with us and at the end I find myself screaming at one of the officials shaking a cigarette out of his hand... And last but not least a couple of days later we will find out that things from our toolbox were stolen during the controls. What a nightmare.
Friday, 9 October 2015
Exploring Iran: Four awesome weeks! Awesome hospitality - Paulis cheeks getting squeezed - diving into Persian history.
|Our itinerary through Iran|
from 31/08 'til 25/09
Sunday, 30 August 2015
[Text by Susanne - Pictures & Subtitles by Torsten]We have one more day in Armenia before we will travel on to Iran. It is a warm night, after a long drive across high mountains, hundreds of hair pin curves we reached the Armenian-Iranian border.
After leaving Lake Sevan we took a lot of time to visit Yerevan, the capital of Armenia (BTW: Armenia is about as big as Belgium or for the Germans: as big as Brandenburg, but counts only 3 Million people).
Saturday, 22 August 2015
6th week: Surrounding South-Ossetia, Hiking in Caucasus Mountains, Tblisi, Crossing border to Armenia, Enjoying Sewan Lake
[Susanne writing ...]
Friday, 21 August 2015
Ik ga maar weinig schrijven zo kan ik Deutsch schrvijven...
Ik was een beetje geleden bij een stuwdam we hebben Een kasteel bekeken in
Elke kasteel is een kerk en we hebben bijna altijd een kers aangestoken daarna dat we de kerk
Hebben bekeken zijn we naar een andere kerk gegaan die iets hoger was we zijn er naar boven
Gestapt daar haden veel mensen het leek op rokjes ik heb mijn papa ook verkleed
Ik schrijv nu Deutsch
Wir waren Bai ainem schtaudam , da haben wir eine Burg Angekukt , In Alen Burgen ist
Eine Kirche. wir haben fast in jeder Kirche einekertze angezündet. nach das wir die
Kirche angekuckt haten Zint wir zu einer anderen Kirche gefahren. die etwas höher war,
Wir Zint hoch gelauven, da haten viele Menschen zo ne Art röke an, ich habe mein Papa
Auch verklaidet ...... Tjüs !!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Ik schrijf over de drie laatste dagen , maar ook van een beetje langer
Geleden , dus we hebben een pose gedaan want we waren 4 dagen
Daar. Op de laatste dag was ik johann en mijn papa op stap en we gingen
Naar een kasteel en de trappen waren kapot maar we zijn toch naar
Boven het was prachtig toen we weer naar beneden waren gingen
We noch zwemmen want er was DIcht bij ons een rivier mijn mama
Zij dat er slang gevaar is omdat ik bang ben van slangen heeft mijn
Broer mij bang gemaakt hij heeft gestopt . dan heb ik hem
Late schrikken en toen is hij op een stoel gesprongen dit was toch
Van lang geleden nu ga ik stoppen daag
Antonia Sorie ik heb het een beetje verandert.
Friday, 7 August 2015
5th week: Beautiful Drive Through East Anatolia to Ruins of Ani, Good Bye Black Sea, Hello Georgia, Paulis Birthday
Last Days in Turkey: Black Sea to Ani Ruis and further to Georgia
(look how vegetation changes)
[Torsten starting …] By now we have left Turkey and went to Georgia. Since we have now only occasionally internet connection our blogs will slightly delay (Currently we are already in Tiblisi, where we got internet access)
About a week ago we left the valley of Çamlıhemşin with the direction of the Ruins of Ani the former Armenian Capital some 1000 years ago. This meant at the same time that we also left the coast of the Black Sea, which was not easy for us. Opposite to the rest of Turkey which becomes more developed from the East to the West, the Black Sea Coast appears more better off when travelling from West to the East. We spent two wonderful weeks discovering all the variety of nature, authentic small villages, very nice people, delicious food and so many hours of playing in the water at lonesome beaches. We saw for the first time in our lives hazelnut covered mountains, rice fields, tobacco farmers and how tea is grown and harvested. All of us fell in love with this beautiful region and it was hard to say ‘good bye’.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
4th week: Beach-Hopping@Black-Sea-Coast, Picked up by police, Antonia learned swimming, watching tea harvest, tasting tree-honey
|4th week: from Çakraz to Çamlıhemşin|
Sunday, 26 July 2015
3rd week: Istanbul, Stuck in the Sand@midnight, Safranbolu, Chilling @ Turkish Coast of the Black Sea
[Susanne] Slowly slowly we are getting into the travelers modus. It is a kind of metamorphosis, from “I need a shower every day and a new shirt” to “Wow, 3 liters of semi-warm water are enough to make me feel clean!” J
I am writing this right after sunset while listening to a Turkish traditional band playing for a wedding at Çakrazat the Black Sea.
Since our last post we have been travelling from Bulgaria to Turkey. On the Bulgarian side we passed beautiful bay of Sozopol(staying in yacht harbor; Emma was admired just as the million-dollar-boats ;)) and the Natural Park ‘Strandzha’that used to be the former green line of the Ostblock wıth ıts tragıc past and present (check also our Trip-Story No.2: Crossing the Borders of the former Iron Curtain).