All posts filed under: travel

Weekend trip to the Bahamas

Four weeks before this trip a friend of mine called me and asked if I would like to come to the Bahamas for his birthday. That was obviously a rhetorical question and of course, I said yes. A lot on this trip was a surprise for me as he didn’t want to tell me much upfront. Only that I should bring an ugly Christmas Sweater, which in the end I didn’t use. So I packed a couple of things, a shirt, T-Shirts, and some shorts plus a jeans. I flew from Dallas to Miami to meet my friend, Marco, and then we took the next flight to Nassau. The flight from Miami to Nassau is quite short and a little over 30 minutes and the view out of the plane was amazing and I could see the almost crystal clear water below the plane. To my surprise, we were picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel Atlantis on Paradise Island. The Atlantis is a big resort like hotel and we stayed at the …

Humphrey’s Peak

While being in Flagstaff I had the idea to hike up to Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona with an elevation of 3,852 m (12,637 ft). I’m always up for a challenge and doing this hike sounds interesting as it is rated as a “hard” hike and has a total length of  15.4 km (9.56 miles) for the ascending and descending. The total time of the hike up was 2 hours and 38 minutes without stops on an ascend of 926 m on a 7.7 km (4.28 miles) partly icy and snowy trail. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time for the hike down. These are the blank facts, the data, but it is just that. It doesn’t take into account the experience, the feelings, and the effort of anything. And in order to do this posts/articles/blogs like these are for, to tell the story of such a hike. Phil, a friend of mine and my host for this trip, and I went up early to be on the trail in time. We stopped at …

Where have I been so far

Updated: 05/25/2019 This is more a reference or list for me to keep track, which countries and places I have visited so far and at least the beginning has no particular order. New places will be added at the end Germany 🇩🇪 Austria 🇦🇹 United States of America 🇺🇸 Netherlands 🇳🇱 Belgium 🇧🇪 France 🇫🇷 Spain 🇪🇸 Portugal 🇵🇹 Finland 🇫🇮 Sweden 🇸🇪 Denmark 🇩🇰 Ireland 🇮🇪 United Kingdom 🇬🇧 China 🇨🇳 Hong Kong Italy 🇮🇹 Greece 🇬🇷 Turkey 🇹🇷 Croatia (former Yugoslavia) Mexico 🇲🇽 (2017 & 2019) Bahamas 🇧🇸 (2018) Indonesia 🇮🇩 (2019) Myanmar 🇲🇲 (2019) Oman 🇴🇲 (2019) Thailand 🇹🇭 (2019) A total of 25 countries at the moment and more will probably follow. 

Never thought I would be here

Like everyone else, I have seen countless movies about Washington D.C. from the Bourne Trilogy, to Olympus has fallen, to probably hundreds other political, spy, romantic, or other types of movies. We have all seen the White House a million times on TV, in the newspapers, or in any online media outlet. Besides the White House, there is Washington Monument another iconic landmark, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington House, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial and so on. Washington has a lot to offer. Honestly, I never would have thought that I would finally be in Washington and stand in front of the White House or the Washington Monument. It feels amazing and I feel blessed to be here, to have the possibility to see and experience all of this. Just to be able to walk around National Mall is astounding to me. Simply seeing all this and breathing it all in, and to be aware of this amazes me. I’m not a city dweller …

Redwoods

Since I have been the first time in San Francisco I always wanted to see a giant redwood tree. But in all the years since 2012! and all the time I’ve been in and around San Francisco, I have never made it out to see one. Been to Alcatraz, walked multiple times to and over Fisherman’s Wharf. Had an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Café walked over the Golden Gate Bridge, eat sourdough bread at Boudin, and bought chocolate from Ghirardelli, but one thing was missing and that was seeing a giant Redwood.  Last time I visited San Francisco I made it my goal to visit the Redwoods and extended my trip by a couple of days to make it finally happen. I was also lucky that a friend of mine has offered to drive and show me one of her favorite hikes in the Muir Woods, so we went on a Sunday morning. The weather was great neither too hot nor too cold. Just perfect for a hike through a forest.  The Redwoods …