For a very long time, Africa was still a (mostly) blank spot on my travel map. In fall 2018, I managed to change that with a trip to South Africa (and Lesotho).
Vienna and the Wide, Wide World
In spring 2018, I treated myself to a very special trip: a visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.
In spring 2017, seven years after my previous trip, I finally returned to the United States for another holiday. This time, I crossed the whole country by train: from New York via Chicago and Utah all the way to California.
In October 2016, it was time to explore a region of which I did not know much about before: China. I spent three weeks there, exploring some of the most well-known sights of this country.
In Winter 2016, I got to know the culture of the Mayas (in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). I also had some relaxing days on the beach, and went hiking in the Guatemaltecan highlands.
In autumn 2013, I spent a relaxing holiday in Croatia. In the years 2014 and 2015, however, the focus was more on hiking: in Scandinavia, in the Caucasus, and in the Himalaya.
Thanks to two months of unpaid vacation, I could spend eight weeks in New Zealand in February/March 2013. Again, I really fell in love with this beautiful country and its friendly people.
Between autumn 2010 and summer 2012, I explored Europe on several trips: I have been to the Balkans and the Baltics, to Spain, and to Norway.
On our trip through the Western United States, we experienced pretty much every type of weather imaginable: from hail to rain to snow, from sunshine to strong winds (including a snow storm, and a sand storm). Despite these adverse conditions, however, it was a really great holiday.
In just under eight months, I literally travelled around the globe. The main focus, however, was on New Zealand/South Pacific and Central America, respectively.
The name of the small group tour I booked did indeed live up to its promise: Patagonia XXL.
In the years 2003 to 2006, I was travelling overseas a lot: a term abroad in New York (including a trip through California before the start of the term), a month in Australia, and trips to both Western and Eastern Canada. But I also spent some time abroad in Europe.
My three days in Cape Town were almost to short to get to know the city properly. Still, I can say that it will be difficult for any other South African city to compete with Cape Town: its location between Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain is extraordinary, it is quite safe (for South African standards), and there is lots to see. Continue reading (Deutsch) Die Perle Südafrikas
I have finally arrived at the last stop of my vaction in South Africa: Cape Town. From there, I took a day tour to the Cap Peninsula today, visiting Hout Bay, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, and Boulder Beach. Continue reading At the Cape of Good Hope
I spent the last two-and-a-half days in the Northern Drakensberg region. The first one-and-a-half days I did something which is (for me) quite extraordinary: nothing. Only yesterday, I went on a day hike to the Amphitheatre and Tugela Falls. Continue reading Hiking at Amphitheatre
Today, our stay in Lesotho came to an end – and it was a worthy end: a drive over the "Roof of Africa" (a mountain road in the East of the country). Continue reading The Roof of Africa
For the last one-and-a-half days, we explored Lesotho mostly on foot: We did some hiking in both Bokong Nature Reserve and in Ts’ehlanyane National Park. Continue reading Hiking in the Maloti Mountains
Our next stop in Lesotho was the pride of the country – and interestingly enough, one of the major tourist attractions: the Katse Dam. Continue reading Masterpiece of engineering
The first 24 hours in Lesotho was dedicated to getting to know the Basotho (as the local people are called): We visited a sheep shearing shed, have seen some traditional crafts and dances, visited a traditional healer, and stayed at a rural homestay. Continue reading Visiting the Basotho
Today, I started my stay in Lesotho – with a drive up the spectacular Sani Pass. Continue reading Across the Sani Pass into Lesotho