My name is Clemens and I’m addicted. Not to alcohol or something that makes me ill or eventually end up in the gutter. I’m addicted to Hong Kong.
“Pura Vida!” Pedro shouts in my ear and seems to be in a great mood. Have we met? Pedro is the guy that picks me up at San José airport and he immediately reminds me of Baloo, the bear, which could be due to the special way the words come out of his wide mouth, so full of life. All right then, let’s do that. Let the Costa Rica adventure begin!
5 AM. My Jordan experience begins with a starry sky and a resounding “Allahu akbar!” The Imans’ morning call sounds so vividly through my hotel room window that I am almost inclined to convert to Islam spontaneously.
Iranians are terrorists, the Chinese eats dogs and spit on everything, all Indian men see women as objects and US guys are superficial and fat. You don’t agree? Read on! About the dilemma of travel to countries that violate human rights.
Backpacking Iran! Who isn’t dreaming of a trip to Iran, the booming destination that attracts more and more visitors with natural wonders, blue-tiled mosques and wild bazars? In this complete travel guide to Iran you will find everything you need to know for backpacking Iran and for participants of a round trip alike.
The Republic of Montenegro is often ignored by Balkan travelers. And that’s a good thing. Because everyone else is welcomed by a quiet, little coastal state with the most beautiful sites: cobblestoned old towns, fjord-like bays and panoramas as from the picture book.
The nature park and glacier Kaunertal is one of the most tranquil holiday destinations in Austria. The north-south running valley in the Ötztal Alps in the Austrian state of Tyrol surprised me during my visit last winter especially with one thing: an incredible separatingness and peace.
Magnificent mosques, ancient caravansaries, impressive rock tombs and former royal cities of the ancient Persian Empire – Iran lures with a colorful bouquet of architectural masterpieces and unique natural wonders. My stories are not from 1001 nights, but five weeks of backpacking in Iran from the Caspian Sea in the north to the Persian Gulf in the very south and still offer plenty of narrative material. Here are my favorite sights and cities in Iran.
Kiruna in Sweden is the northernmost city of the country – and besides the largest iron ore mine in the world, this dreamy city comes up with much more that is worth a visit. Most people come here for one thing: nature! Welcome to Kiruna, the gateway to a stunning winter wonderland and to the northern lights.
Here is the last part of my 2014 travel retrospective: the month of September to December brought me to the North Sea Coast, to my unforgettable Digital Detox mountain retreat on South Tyrol mountaintops, to London twice, to the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg… and to hospital. Want to know how that has happend? Read on.