a backpackers life

hey all my readers, how are you?
and who are you?
It would be amazing if everybody who reads this, if i know you or not, leaves a comment saying “i do”.

Anyhow, back to topic, a lot has happened.
We left sydney.
It was a hard decision, should i stay in Sydney with my girlfriend Rose or travel north together with my best friend Ludo.
I decided to go work on a mandarin farm up north.
We took our time and stopped along the way.
We left on the birthday of my little sister, which i forgot.
And i am soo sorry for that.
We stopped and bought a air matrace and a body board for the big waves.
We took some hitchhikers slept in Coffs harbour.
A little town where we met up with a friend from the horseback riding trip.
He made ludo drink the supposedly worst beer in australia.
According to Ludo VB was “shit but not the worst i ever drank, that was some Spanish beer”
Then we continued, we went to a surfing spot called Skennars head, it lays very exposed and has gigantic waves. Also dolfins close to the coast 🙂
Then we went to a fracking protest with people chaining themselves to roadblocks, where i met my good old pirate friend Lev again.
It is scary what rights the mining companies have here in australia, a farmer has no right to the things under ground only above ground. so a mining company can come and drill on his property and there is nothing he can do against it.
We stayed in the camp for 2 days helping out and for the first time in australia we saw alive aboriginal culture…original australian culture…
They told some of their stories, and one of the elders held a touching speech that they are taking responsibility for what is happening with the land. We white people have no idea what is going on around us, he said, it it their responsibility (aboriginal people carry “the law” of the land/the earth) to bring balance.
The next day he left to a big meeting of 500 native australian tribe elders in the middle desert.
We went on to the mandarin farm, what shock was it that the farmer told us we couldn’t start working for another 2 weeks.
Luckily there was a farm job just 12h car ride away… and we were desperate for a job.
SO here we are.
In the middle of nowhere, charters towers is the name of the town, but we live 20km away on a farm. Picking Limes and pruning grape vines.
We already saw a zombie parrot, a baby python, tons of spiders with incredibly strong nets, kangaroos in the morning sun and hunted kangaroos by our farm dog smokey…he never catches any
The money is not very good, but the people are very nice.
I don’t really know what to do next, but our friend from Melbourne knows somebody who is in labour hire/construction in Queensland. I might try to ask him for help.
Also our car registration ends today, but it is a public holyday…no good.
Anyhow my dear readers, i will take care.

If you want to see pictures and videos, please click >HERE<! Ludo writes in german, but he has a computer. Yes my computer is falling apart.
And please write a comment.

so long Ole

“Earth porn”

What is “Earth Porn”?
Well, what is your first association when you hear it?
Think about it for a second.

Wikipedia:
“Pornography is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal.”

Lets rephrase that:
Earth porn is (the explicit portrayal of) epic natural subject matter (for the purpose of) causing instant aesthetic arousal.

It seems to me, that my whole journey has been earth porn.
Seeing the cool stuff you normally find on the Internet.
The cool stuff i myself am now contributing.
To know what i am talking about scroll down and look at the pictures 😉

This will be my last ocean entry for a while as we have arrived in New Zealand. So all you friends of the sea read with great caution.

In Port Villa i spent some time with the local muslim youth.
I made some interviews (i will soon upload a compilation of some of my video material as soon as i get super fast internet), drank Kava, made some good friends, got 2 dreadlocks, flirted with the local ladies, went big time shopping on the local fruit market and had a lot of fun.


We left Port Villa in a pirate manner, almost ramming a high voltage power line on our way to refueling, luckily nothing happened.
Due to the blockage to the fueling dock, we had to wait for the big dock to be free and got in line with a 1000 people cruising ship and a huge sea cable boat.
Oh how happy the people of Port Villa are that they also will have high speed internet soon…
We spend the time waiting in a Jam session aboard.
Finally we made music again… it was about time.

A day later we arrived in Tanna, world famous for it super active volcano Mt Yasur.
We anchored right next to the hot springs, in which i gladly indulged myself. At low tide it is a very twosome place 😉
We went to the volcano as soon as we could, we already saw the ash clouds from the boat.
BUt pictures can say more than words on that one…i can just say: The lava was flying very high, and very close to us. I was looking at the crater the whole night, it did not get boring at all…earth porn for sure. No wonder they asked for money.

And just in time for the first of Advent a group of 40 guys came aboard to make music with us… so much fun!
(excuse me but i am a little tired writing this 😉 )

And so we left for Auckland…
Out of Paradise into the glass and concrete world of western civilization.
We actually started catching fish again, it seems the Chinese fishing boats have not made it this far south yet, (or New Zealand just has more money for the coastal law enforcement.)
When the NZ coastline appeared it felt like we were in Lord of the rings 😀
After 6 month living on a boat i finally made it to New Zealand.
Took me some time one could say.
We cleaned the whole boat of any organic plant material or insect residue which we might have stowed from somewhere (that really took us some time)
And then in the light of the 16th of December we saw the skyline of Auckland.
It felt like arriving on another planet.
but i will address culture shock and a review of the whole journey in the next blog entry as i have the feeling this one is getting quite long.

I hope you had fun following my blog until now.
Please give me some feedback how you like the format, the content etc.
What would you like to hear more about? what do you think is unnecessary blabbering?
Australia is coming up!

So long Ole
p.s. i am flying to Australia on the 24th of January

A bestialic beauty: Vanuatu

For everybody who does not understand the title, Vanuatu is beautiful, like a rough untempered diamond.
It is incredible.
I feel like i have been transported to jurassic park or lord of the rings. The rough beauty of this place is breath taking!
We arrived in Espiritu Santo on the 4. of november and visisted the Blue Hole, a lagoon in midst of the mangroves. The ride through the forest, i am afraid my vocabulary of complete awe is limited, was incredible. It looks so untouched, you expect dinosaurs to appear around the corner. At the blue hole, we had loads of fun with a rope swing that was connected to one of the trees from Avatar.
From E. Santo we went to see pentecost, where we anchored next to some dugongs, beautiful creatures. We had a long walk through a paradisical island, little villages, crystal clear streams, coconut trees (i just love them 🙂 ) and lava rocks. (please forgive me, i just list this stuff as if it was nothing, but its just so many cool things that happen here) We picked up some hermit crabs which we raced in the evening.
After that we had a short crossing to the next island, Ambrym with two active volcanos.
We climbed one of them.
The trip that was expected t take 8h took us 12 instead…11h of straight walking. I voluteered to carry the camaera eqippment of our filmmaker…lets just say it was quite a workout 🙂 but the view was unique, we saw plants which should be extinct and a vulcano, sadly it was very foggy while we were up there, so no lava, instead we had “lord of the rings”- atmosphere… but we could see the glow of the boiling rocks from our boat.
We also went to see the Custom Kastom dancing, which turned out to be a tourist trap, but who cares the dancing itself was quite cool. The dancers stomped so heavy the floor was vibrating.
Yesterday we had a short stop in a bay with fantastic coral, the most alive we have seen in a while.
It is quite scary to see all this coral dying everywhere. The whole aquatic ecosystem is based on them. Without corals there are no breeding grounds for fish, without fish there is major trouble.
It is 12o’clock, we now suffer the effects of the global warming made in the 60ies, the worst is still to come. (excuse my pessimistic worldview, i can’t help it)

But enough darkness, i got some colors for you:

The Issan Rockets and Glass-Hill forest monastry

After taking a bus from Laos to Thailand i am in Thailand now.
Wait a moment… i don’t know why but something is of with that beginning sentence.

I arrived in Si Sa Ket, a town that apparently has a temple completely made out of recycled bottles…and a town of which i only saw a pretty but pretty expensive hotel for the night where the Internet shut down regularily..

But from there i went to Huay Tap Tan to meet Tony’s friend Noi.
She is an elementary school teacher for handicrafts and taught me how to make a palm leaf hat.
Also she can massage very well.

Then i went to the Monastery her brother leads.
And spent 5 relaxing days there, amazing food in the morning, 2-4 showers, and a little meditation.

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One day we were sent to go to see the Issan Rockets…rockets, but they don’t explode when they are up.
“Fireworks that doesn’t explode…sounds a little boring” i thought to myself, and i won’t judge you if you think the same.
Well we all could not be more wrong!

Did i promise to much? I have never seen something that incredible.
The rocket we carried actually won the event with a height of 370m about 1 213.9 feet…as i said, i don’t want to be there when the rocket comes down!
Tomorrow i will go to Bangkok my definite and last stop in Thailand.
Let’s see how crazy it really is.
So Long (and without a sunset)
OLE

a Massage Message

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My dear readers, in 2 days i finish my last massage Course. A lot has happened in the last few weeks…well…not really I massaged and learned a lot, maybe that counts 😉 I went to a workshop and met many … Continue reading

in lack of a good name: P P P

 

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First off, i would like to thank these 2 guys to fix my broken laptop screen and give me equipment to fix my camera! That was pretty cool, or blazin’ what ever expression you prefer 😉 IMG_1781I got invited to play Didgeridoo in front of a whole kindergarten school 🙂 IMG_1737The crowded Kata beach of Phuket IMG_1740 And me making best of it 😉IMG_1744 Patong, the redlight district…and no i have not seen a Pingpong show…and i am not sure i willIMG_1755still Patong, but its a different aspect 😀 IMG_1757 Thai snacks, sadly i haven’t found insects yet…IMG_1759My time in Phuket i spent making my stcw95 certificate which allows me to work on comercial boats now, as some of you already know. But my free time i spend with Diego and Julia. Diego was another couchsurfer at my host and Julia is an italian girl i picked up sitting alone on the beach. We had a lot of fun together, going from one jamsessio to the next. Diego plays amazing guitar and Julia works @Italian Job it Kata, wich serves great hot Chocolate and coffee. Julia 🙂  IMG_1770 And DiegoIMG_1772 Well, then my camera broke down… 😦 but Ole is a clever fellow, he used his phone instead, not as often but at least i can give a few more impressions Of this:2013-02-04 17.48.58 I want one of these! they are amazing!2013-02-04 17.51.03 2013-02-04 17.57.26The Buddha here needs to cover its face because there is so much dust from the building site2013-02-04 18.09.39the Belltree 2013-02-04 18.18.42 2013-02-04 18.48.47  Survival at sea day at my STCW-course2013-02-05 15.32.48 2013-02-06 18.31.09 And so i leave the russian-italian mass tourist place of Phuket, the umbrellas are down, and Ole takes a 24h busride…and is in chiang mai…goes to the Monastery (see last entry)…and is here now!

Eye and her friend took me up to Doi Sutep. And Doi Pui, where there is a small little mountain village

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From there we went to Wat Doi Suthep. A beautiful monastery on top of the mountain.
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the  result is just as  powerful…a wisdom for life?_DSC0991 _DSC0998
Fred and George
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Ringing the lucky bells for Eye’s birthday

After that, i experienced normal daylife in Chiang Mai…
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Chicken on bikes!

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Going to the GIANT night market @ChiangMai Walking Street on Sunday…WOW…so many shops and people…incredible

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IMG_1822this actually tasted better than i expected IMG_1824and yes the redone is a pure fruit+ice strawberry shake from fresh strawberries 😛

 

Ok I really want to buy one of these awesome shirts!
Please write in the comments which one!
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Maybe this is a good description for many Thai peopleIMG_1836 And this is a smart band setup in a busy road 🙂IMG_1837

Ok guys and girls, i know the last 10 minutes have been a lot of input, but brace yourselves for the Thailand POSTCARD QUIZ:

1.)Which of these beautiful woman is in fact a guy? O.o

IMG_1840Number 1? IMG_1842Number 2? IMG_1843Number3? (black dress) or Number4??

 

2.)What in gods Name is this?IMG_1811 IMG_1813

3.) How is PPP a good title for this post?
Be Creative!

Write a comment!
I only respect comments that tell me what shirt looks best 😛

So my dear reader thats all the pictures i had…well almost i deleted a few…in fact i uploaded so many pictures in this post, WordPress does not allow me to add more…so i have to delete a picture to give you the sunset you deserve after this joyride 🙂

So Long ole

sunset

Here you go! You deserved it! Thank you for reading. Please Comment if you want to get a postcard, or have questions, or like me, or follow me, or ask for pictures of something, or give me a task, or recommend something, or tell me to write about something you are really interested about, or introduce yourself, in short give me FEEDBACK…please 🙂 

p.s. i totally forgot to tell you that i start my education as a Thai-Masseur tomorrow…and no that has nothing to do with a happy ending.
p.p.s. hang on a moment who said a massage with a happy ending has to be sexual? i hope all my clients will have happy ending of their massage…i don’t want unhappy clients, they don’t tip 😀

unsorted picture outbreak!!!

snaake
my family in bir

family field trip

pure beauty on the way!
and an amazing sight
a german i met when i was harvesting traditional tibetan medicine, with some people i met on coincidence!

spidey in my guesthouse…about 10cm big!my own little tea factory…these are flowers of the green tea bush…
my guesthouse room for 2 euro a night

the spraydog..hrrmm the stray dog
the local water pipes…system? India!

His holiness
and my little friend who always makes fun with me when i come to german class!!!

so long Ole