Hobbit land

The time has come to leave New Zealand.
i had to push my flight to the 28th, because the Australian visa required me to make a spontaneous chest X-ray, as i have been out of Germany for more than 3 month…oh well.
Now i will be leaving Infinity on my birthday, leaving all my friends of the last 7.5 month behind and starting a new life. What could be more fitting on a birthday than a rebirth πŸ™‚

I have spent the last 1.5 month in one of the most beautiful places in the world without even noticing, because i have been helping aboard the ship.
I did however do a few little trips venturing out of Auckland.
New Zealand basically looks like “Lord of the Rings” everywhere. The strange trees and plants that seem so fantasy-like in the movies are completely normal here.
I will come back here…one day, the south island is just to beautiful to miss out on it.

I feel weird leaving the boat, going into the unknown again, it is a strange feeling, but Australia is going to be amazing…

So enjoy your day, stay curious and look at the pictures πŸ˜‰

so long ole πŸ™‚

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Goodbye ChiangMai, Hello Pai

So yeah, i spend 40 days in Chiang Mai!
Meditating, Massaging, Bone-cracking, Visa-Waiting, Face-rubbing and TokSen-ing (i have no idea how to describe this! Its like hammering a wooden stick on the muscle. Despite the sound of this, it is so relaxing everybody i treated fell asleep πŸ™‚ )

But now its enough, i moved on – to Pai!
And it is very beautiful! The first 2h here i was in awe, moving around with an open mouth and unable to concentrate on finding a place to eat,
then i stopped, but only because it was dark
Pictures:

The road from Chiang Mai to Pai has 762 curves, and i actually got a little sick …maybe it was the food i ate before
So i just drank a lot of water, to get rid of the feeling.
So much that i had to go to the toilet very bad for the second half of the drive πŸ˜€ at least i did not think about the curves anymore.

Now i am staying in a really nice place, that has cool bungalows, a pool, free breakfast and a circus school, so maybe i will start learning some firestuff πŸ™‚

Yeah so i am looking forward to bathing in the hot springs, because it gets really cold at night, i am freezing right now…what is this, i cannot wear shorts and tshirt at 10pm? 20degrees? COLD!!

I really like the vegetarian food here, i hope to pick up some nice recipes…maybe if you want i can make a recipe special πŸ™‚

Tipps for visa extension:
Chiang Mai immigration opens at 8am ( be there at 7.00-7.30 because you will wait very long.) and has a lunch break.
I was there at 8.30, and got to the counter at 15.30 :/
so bring time
There is a copyshop w/ picture possibility so don’t worry you just need your passport.

 

So long Ole
p.s. Answers to the postcard quiz
1)All of the Ladys were boys
2)The pictures showed an Escalator in chinatown…i think it has not been in use for the last 20 years πŸ˜€
3) Every Answer was right πŸ˜›

p.p.s. I figured something outΒ :

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goodbye malaysia, Hello Thailand!

After finishing my work on the yacht i hastily tried to get the last ferry to penang, where i wanted to get a 2 Month Thai visa.

Turned out the last ferry to Kuala Kedah was full, but i went to the terminal in hope that there would be a spare seat πŸ˜‰
i was lucky.
After a very rough boats tour, i met a nice old guy who dropped me at the busstation.
From there i drove to Penang.
(for anybody who.wants to get from Langkawi to Penang, this is the latest possibility…and also cheaper than a direct ferry)

In Penang i had a VERY nice taxi driver who helped me a lot, and even wanted.to give some money back because he saw, that i tried to save money πŸ™‚
It seems all the friendly taxidrivers group up in Penang, because the driver who took me to the embassy the next day told me that you need a passport copy and 2 fotos for applying.
All worked out very well.

While waiting for my visa to finish, i ate at Jim’s place, met some nice people and even got to sleep on the couch there, because all rooms were full.
JIM KNOWS EVERYTHING!!
Go there! It is worth it!!!

I took a minibus to HatYai, and a local bus to Krabi (which is the cheapest way to go!)
on the bus to Krabi i met a nice Thai guy, he couldn’t speak english but when has this ever stopped people from beeing friendly and ole from trusting them.
He had a friend who ownes a karaoke bar in Ao Nang, she could speak english, so i just followed him here πŸ™‚

Tomorrow i will take the ferry to Koh Lanta.
(so far what happened to me the last days πŸ™‚ )

Malaysia conclusion:

Malaysia is develloping!
A modern country which is comparable to Poland.
It is a muslim country, the people are racist in a peaceful way: 60% Malay, 30% chinese and 10% tamil…
at least that are the numbers that have to be forfilled in a public university.

It is apparently not as corrupt as Indonesia, not as touristic as Thailand and not as dirty as India.
-> i like malaysia

food: a lot of chinese food here
very good is:
-satee which is kind of a spicy fondue made in peanut sauce…hmmm
-the roti, which is very different from what i was used to from India
-tryΒ  Jackfruit, a very strange fruit!
i did not like the aftertaste, but i also don’t like blue cheese πŸ˜€

so long Ole

p.s. we have to switch to the old model again, because the internet in Thailand is very slow…

last days, russian visa, impressions and future plans

When i had 6h time in Lugansk i found these Teenagers on the street, some of them playing music etc. It was some fun time.
In the train i met the chinese guy again (sorry but i forgot your name…i hope this is not becoming the rule ^^..)At night it became really cold…we are in Ukraine and it is september…stupid Ole
but the sunrise was really beautiful and misty.


When i arrived in Kharkov, i met with alan, but he had no space in his apartment.
So i used the last bit of money on my german phone to call roman…and again everything worked out well!
when waiting i fed the birds at the trainstation…crazy experience…i can just recommend everybody to do this at least one in life!

This is Roman.
He is a taxi driver, and therefore really knows the city and has a car.
So for the last 3 days he brought me to the embassy and helped me with everything.

this is where i live at the moment…

THE RUSSIAN VISA (damdamdaaam)
1.Day
i arrived early, because there are always many people waiting.
When i finally got in the embassy, i apparently had not evey document, so i had to go out of theembassy to read which documents i am missing.
The guy could not just simply tell me, that i need a copy of my passport…ahh right he could only speak broken english…ok i can accept this!
So i make a copy of my Passport, and get out my insurance card.
i thought for a transit visa the visa of the next country is enough proof, that i WILL leave Russia.
But i was wrong…
The guy told me that i need a train or airplaine ticket for a transit visum.
Well i did not want to fight so roman brought me to the train station (thank you Roman)
And we bought a ticket, from kharkov to semigl mar (look at the last post, i gave you a route)
when we were finished, the embassy was closed.

2. Day

Even though i was in the embassy the day before i had to wait really long, when i entered, i wanted to have everything perfect, so i even printed out my whole insurance information.
when i sit in front of the guy, he looked at the documents very long without saying anything.
Then he looked at the tickets.
“Do you know where Rtischiva is?”
“i looked it up on Google”
“google for ever”
SO he looked it up then. And then he told me that i can only enter russia by train…blablabla
i was really convinced, that this time everything worked out.
But apparently i had to fill out a new application form because i did not list the whole route i am travelling. Online it only said i should list the place i am visiting in russia, not my whole route!!! *grrrr
This was to much, they have no forms in the embassy, so i had to go to an internetcafe…when i came back the embassy was closed of course…i started to hate this guy!

3. Day (today)

Embassy did not accept any visa applications today…because they need at least 3 days for processing…i will not get a visa for Russia.

–> I will not pay the fine, the russian Border gave me for trying to enter Russia without a visa…so i will have an Entry Ban for Russia for the next 5 Years…FUCK Russia!
I dont like Dictatorships anyways…
The other side of the Medal is however, that i won’t enter Kazachstan and Mongolia..sadly!
It would be to expensive to fly there and then to mongolia…

sooooo WHAT DO I DO NOW???

I fly to india!
Yesterday night i had a very intense dream that i have to go to India very urgently to learn something…i don’t know what i have to learn, i just know, that i have to go to Leh, Ladakh…
So i decided that if i do not get a russian visa today, i will fly to inda…you know the result!

so i stay here till tomorrow, and then i hitch hike to donietsk, where the airport is.

And now some impressions:

What does this Symbol stand for?

Do you think this is an rarity here?

Is this a normal Kharkov city street?

What is the name of this Person?

Is this a witch, a crazy woman, a shopworker or the official Kharkov city cleaner?

What is this?

So Long and with socialist regards
OLE

P.S. : The one who first comments all Questions right gets a personal Postcard from Donietsk.
I beg all Ukrainian People not to answer the Questions, this would be unfair πŸ˜‰
P.P.S. I decided, that i will do this kind of quiz from every Country i am in πŸ™‚

Kharkov

really short Post:
1. I hate Russian Bureaucracy!
2. I will leave Kharkov hopefully at the 8th of September by train!
(http://tinyurl.com/cnaut4d)
3. I really hate Russian Bureaucracy!
4. I still don’t have my Visa (as you probably guessed already)
5. I can only repeat myself: Russian bureaucracy is a PAIN!

so long Ole
p.s. else than that Kharkov is nice πŸ™‚

p.p.s. detailed entry comes when i get the visa!

Sleeping, my first CouchSurfing and the russian Border

My 1. Night.
Dogs in the morning+Trucks in the night = almost no sleep

Sleepy after the 2nd night, place was way better even though it was right next to the highway. But the problem was that i had no water left, and was thirsty the whole night…well i survived it as you can see!

This is Anya, my first couchsurfing host.
You might remember yesterday, when i said i found somebody for the night…that was her, but i had to get to her house.
She wrote me a description for the way, but i did not think about asking her for the real address, i just knew i had to get out in Novosvetlovka at the Church.
When i arrived it was 22:00 o`clock and i had no idea where to go.
But suddenly 3 20yearoldes arrived and one eventually spoke a littlebit english.
So i asked them if the know somebody in this village with the name of Alina or Anna because i forgot her Name (really embarassing i know)
After some phone calls they brought me to Anya…i made it somehow.
And then it was paradise: A warm meal (if you have not eaten something warm for 6 days, you will know how i felt :)), chinese Orloong,Β  a bathtub full of hot water and a real bed.. Perfect
I can only recommend travelling to lugansk πŸ™‚

Well Anyas parents brought me almost to the russian border and i could almost smell russian Air (i left ukraine) but i had no russian transit Visa…
Then i spent 3hours in the back-office of the border guards.
Fighting my way through bureaucracy with half broken Russian-englisch and a russian-german Dictionary from my Grandma (danke nochmal dafuer, das war meine Rettung, weil Bezirksamt haette ich einfach nicht auf russisch gewusst)
After 3 hours they told me i have to go to the Consul in Charkiv or Kiev to get a visa… well yeah.
So i took the bus back to Lugansk…where i am now…in the same internet cafee as yesterday, and wait for my train to arrive (i have to wait 6h) … yeah but i already found a chinese guy who studies spanish and russian here in lugansk, and we`ll travel together πŸ™‚
so everything might turn out well!

So long Ole