Tuesday, May 31, 2011


My simple map, traveling with me

 This ABC Wednesdays letter T is for travel. Now it's time to write a bit about our way to do it. And you can get an idea where all this photos come from.
The blue route was from our circumnavigation (westbound) in a thiny sailboat with my husband and our son. The biggest wilderness are the Oceans. 2000 to 2003.
The red route is eastbound, two years (2008 to 2010), with my husband and two kids, mainly on land.

Here you find all the countries I've traveled

 In no order, and not complete, my travel tips:
  1. Travel light
  2. Travel slow
  3. Travel long and slow (and longer)
  4. Stay in one place for weeks
  5. Take the kids
  6. You are your risk manager
  7. Make every effort
  8. Save before
  9. Live on a budget
  10. Keep it simple
  11. Use local transport
  12. Do couchsurfing
  13. Sleep in your tent
  14. Dream
  15. Go simple, go small, but go
  16. Be flexible with your plan, direction, way of transport

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rays of sunshine

At the shore from the community Paula Cocha at the Rio Napo (tributory to the Amazon), Peru, January 2010
 Linked to Sky Watch Friday

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Dortmund, May 2011

Before the track for the tram, now a new pedestrian area right in Dortmund city. This couple is enjoying their icecream on the huge swings.

All the bollards are decorated with crochet or knitting, but I have no idea what this project was about.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ABC Wednesday: S is for ...

Hatta Dam, United Arab Emirates, December 2008

Hatta is about 115 km (71 mi) east of Dubai City close to Oman in the Hajar Mountains. Easy to reach by public bus and then about 2 km to walk to the dam. Our place for two nights.

We slept there in our tent. Wonderful. And we had some great walks around. On our video (at 4:20 minutes) (in German) you may watch a bit from this place.

And no, no water, no swimming.

This is my ABC Wednesday, S is for Swimming and for Sign, Sand and Stone.

Linked to Signs, Signs

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lady in red

Wilhelmine, Wuppertal, May 2011
Everywhere in Wuppertal you may find these penguin sculptures. In 2006 the Zoo Wuppertal turned 125 years and they had an event called Pinguinale.

In many cities there are simular animal sculptures, for example Dortmund has designed rhinocerosses. Does your city have something like that?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kinderwagengarage - or park them inside

Waltrop, April 2011

A baby carriage garage from the childrens doctors practice.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dreiländerbrücke – La passerelle des Trois Pays – Three Countries Bridge

July 2010

The river Rhine
We came here while traveling by canoe on the Rhine.
From Wikipedia:
The Three Countries Bridge (German: Dreiländerbrücke, French: La passerelle des Trois Pays) is an arch bridge which crosses the Rhine between the commune of Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany). It is the world's longest single-span bridge dedicated exclusively to carrying pedestrians and cyclists.

Its name comes from the bridge's location between France, Germany and Switzerland (the latter being located approximately 200 metres away).
The construction of the bridge required 1012 tonnes of steel, 1798 cubic metres of concrete, and 805 metres of cables of 30 and 60 centimetres in diameter.
The bridge was assembled nearby in Huningue, then transported on 26 November 2006 to its current site on the Rhine. The bridge became open to the public on 30 March 2007, and was officially inaugurated on the night of 30 June-1 July 2007.

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday and to Sunday Bridges

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dubai reflection

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 2008

The same building, different angle.

In the reflections you see the Dubai Creek.

Linked to Weekend reflections

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Amazon Rainforest, Brasil, February 2010

and its people in the local form of transport on the Amazon

and there they live

This is my ABC Wednesday, todays letter R is for rainforest.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain

In a smal village on the Amazon, between Iquitos and Santa Rosa, Peru, February 2010
The quote is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

U in black and yellow

Dortmund U-Tower, May 2011

Everything in Dortmund is black and yellow these days. The soccer club Borussia Dortmund is the best club in the Fußball-Bundesliga and Deutscher Meister.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011


Laurentiuskapelle, May 2011
The chapel is part of the Kulturforum and music school Waltrop. Waltrop is a small town close to Dortmund and Lünen. The crane is from the construction site at the neighbouring hospital.

Here you find more Weekend reflections . Thanks James for hosting.

In a hurry – this post disappeared – and here it is again

Hauptbahnhof Dortmund, May 2011
So with this post the comments from Randy and Kris disappeared too.

That must have happend while I was in a hurry.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


In Quito, Ecuador, January 2010

On his back: 75 kilogramm sugar

This is my ABC Wednesday, todays letter Q is for Quito.

Quito, the capital of Ecuador. 2,850 m (9,350 ft) high, close to the Equator with a perfect subtropical highland climate.
We spend there five weeks, in a small garden house, surrounded by avocado trees. (I have to surch for a photo).

Do you like Bratwurst?

In Dortmund, May 2011
Linked to My World Tuesday

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In front of my window

Laburnum or Golden Chain, Lünen, April 2011
Linked to Mellow Yellow Monday

UFO or just the tower

Lüntec-Tower in the technology park, Lünen, May 2011

Normally my photos are nearly straight out of the lens (only reduced in size). So here's a different one.
More information on this UFO-tower in my Friday post.

More participants from around the world at Tracys Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, May 6, 2011

Is there an UFO in the refection?

Lüntec-Tower reflected in the administration building from the technology park, Lünen, May 2011
No. Or maybe.

A former winding tower from the coal mine from 1922. Now the symbol from the Lüntec technology park. Mining stopped in 1992, the capsule on top was build in 1995 and the technolgy park opend as part of the structural change in the Ruhr district (German Ruhrgebiet).

Popularly called Colani-Ei, after the designer Luigi Colani and the egg-shape. Or it is called UFO. Seen from a distance it does actually look like.

Linked to Weekend Reflections. This great site is hosted by James.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Sunset on the Amazon, between Tabatinga and Manaus, Brasil, February 2010

Again on our voyage down the Amazon on local mixed cargo-passenger ships. My last weeks Sky Watch Friday was from the same trip, but on a different boat.

For me one of the most beautiful places on earth.

For more Sky Watch from around the world, drop in to Sky Watch Friday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In the Ruhr Area

Beach volleyball fields, in Bochum-Langendreer, Germany, April 2011

And a normal bus stop sign, Lünen
Linked to Signs, Signs

Panama or crossroads of the world

Panama City, November 2009

Bridge of the Americas, Advertising on a truck, Changuinola, Bocas del Toro Province, November 2009
For ABC Wednesday I choose Panama for the letter P.

While traveling you have a lot of experiences. But this was something special.

We came here twice. First in 2001, with our tiny sailboat "WAL" on the Panama Canal westbound going under this bridge, sailing around the world.
Second with our car. This time driving down from Canada over the bridge.

That was the crossing of our two different long travels.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Chestnut tree in blossom

Lünen, April 2011
I was thinking about naming this "typical german". For me this place around the corner is so typical.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Drive thru

Some kilometers after Chilliwack, in British Columbia, Canada, June 2009
We walked by.

Linked to Mellow Yellow Monday