happy new year!

2013 was a cool year!
It started with the sea and ended with it.
Thank you for being such nice readers and comment writers.

The last year was divided in two:
First the journey through S.E. Asia on and off the beaten tracks. Backpacking culture, Temples, Meditation, Parties, Massage, Jungle, Tourism, Buddhism, Water fights and Dragon boats.

And second the journey with “Infinity” over the Pacific Ocean from the Philippines to New Zealand.
Water, Water, Island, Corals, Water, Sharks, Turtles, Water, Storm, Rain, Sails, Fish, No internet, Meditation, Work, learning, Community, Culture, a journey back in time, Alienation and Discovery

It was a strange experience to arrive in Auckland after 2 weeks at sea, and 6 month on the pacific. It felt like we had arrived on another planet. Silver skyscrapers, lights, a clean city with no holes in the spotless roads, anonymous people walking from shop to shop (it was Christmas time after all) it felt like one year ago, when i arrived in Singapore.
Reverse culture shock, thats what my exchange organization called it when an exchange student feels alienated by his/her home country.

I feel stressed, but not in this particular moment…not at all i am relaxing in the Kiwi-countryside and have a lot of fun.
I spent my new years eve on a Hot Water beach. Digging my own geothermal bathtub.
No i feel stressed by what i have seen, heard and experienced.
Destruction, clear cuts of rain forests, an ocean wiped clean of fish, cultures being poisoned by money and media, dying corals,
violence, climate change, exploitation and poverty.
Problems that everybody has heard of before.
Problems that everybody knows are severe.
Problems that nobody wants to be true.

And so they just become surreal things, because we cannot see them in Europe as extreme as in other parts of the world.
I feel stressed because i know we have to act fast, but nobody wants to.

I have to say, that i quite like my life as vagabond, pirate or whatever you want to call me. But i feel like i am sitting on hot coals.
It is the same feeling i had before in Thailand but even more severe this time.
I feel like i will stop/pause my journey soon to learn some skills, in the institution called university, before i become to alienated for studying ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you all have a wonderful year 2014!!

Water! – Mekong and Buddist New Year

Wow the last few days were so rich of events…could you even say that? “rich of” or “poor of” events? Anyhow you get the point, i crossed the Thai-Laos boarder, i slept i a dodgy guesthouse in a boarder town (Muang Ngoen…or something like this ๐Ÿ˜€ from Nan to Pakbeng)…had a amazing busride through the mountains of northern laos, saw a lot of burned hill sides, took a very old looking ferry over the Mekong and spend the night in Pakbeng…a very strange place.
I arrived around 2pm and the little town or big village was like a ghost town…almost nobody was around all the restaurants seemed pointless, as they were closed anyhow…but the boats arrived at 6 and it broke loose a massive change in the village.
It was a strange experience to see the 2 faces of such a touristic place.
But i can not say this often enough:
I can totally understand all the tourists, as i am one myself, because it is really beautiful! The only important thing is the mentality of the tourists. Do they try to adapt to the country they are in, or if they are bringing their own country with them.

The Next day i took a “slow” boat to Luang Prabang for the buddhist new year celebration.
The Mekong is amazingly beautiful…white sand beaches next to the river, lush jungle behind it and sparkles of bamboo huts that simmer through the leaves. And the traditional long fisher boats…WOW
The only downpoint is all the trash that floats in the middle…styrofoam, plastic, burned woods from all the forest fires (which i still haven’t decided if i can like them or not ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and other unidentifiable stuff…that makes me not take a bath on one of these beaches ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When we finally arrived after 7h sitting on the floor in the back (i don’t know what crazy voice in my head told me that i will be more relaxed in the back than on the comfortable seat i was sitting on first ๐Ÿ˜€ )
There was a big confusion, because instead of taking us to Luang Prabang they took us to a station about 5km before…obviously they had some kind of deal with the TukTuk drivers ๐Ÿ™‚ tss..
Ole decided to walk…after 5 minutes a i was able to hitchhike…sometimes you just have to take a dare.
While sitting on the back of the Pickup i had the first experience why the New Year here is called water festival ๐Ÿ˜€
My driver stopped at every place on the street with people standing and the soaked me completely ๐Ÿ˜€
It was such a nice and liberating feeling. Everybody was smiling and dancing on the street…and it still continues…loud musik everywhere, lots of beer, water and foodcolor ๐Ÿ˜€ but please, see for yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I decided not to write anything about my plans anymore, because everytime i do that, something happens, that makes me change them completely! ๐Ÿ˜€ Which is not necessarily a bad thing…
“If you want to make destiny laugh, tell it your plans”

So Long Ole

p.s. i am so sorry for the felt 100pictures, but i just could not decide which one i did not want to share with you ๐Ÿ™‚

p.p.s. As always, thank you for reading, and please feel free to comment and ask crazy questions, i don’t bite (at least not if i don’t know you that well ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

New years eve in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Dear ย readers, it was ย a long year.
It started and ended with fireworks.
Well for me at least.
I spend less than 3/4 of that year in germany,
While travelling everybody changes, i for example became more quiet and tranquil. It is really easy for me to adapt to different people and cultures, but sometimes there are some things you don’t want to adapt to. That is the priority, don’t break yourself.

I have been told that i am very mature for my age.
Also ย i have been told that i am very childish for my age.

I like the thought, that i act like a child and think like a grown up,
there are too many people who do it the other way around.

I finally found work on a boat.
It will be a charter boat that cruises around Lankawi.
Lankawi is a very beautiful group of islands north of Malaysia.
The boat is a traditional style Malaysian freight ship.

the ship

maybe you noticed the german flag, the skipper is a german.
I will be chef (cook) and deckhand and i am so looking forward to it!

My new years eve was really relaxed, cooking awesome food and then watching the fireworks of the balcony. (after all the food nobody dared to go swimming in the pool ๐Ÿ˜€ )
And ย now some (in my opinion) boring pictures of KL
Just for you ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ok i admit, that i actually like the last picture, but the rest is not really creme de la creme.
Making pictures of fireworks is always diffucult, and with a bad camera it is just snapshooting.

anyhow the pictures from the sea will be more interesting i guess ๐Ÿ™‚

So long
Ole
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