Monday, January 30, 2012

Ueruemqi to Beijing

Our son Thomas is having fun

in the open sleeper

Our train, Ürümqi to Beijing, China, May 2009

Ürümqi is the capital from Xinjiang. About 3,700 kilometers by rail to Beijing. Around 48 hours on the train. We had a great time getting close to the Chinese people.

Linked to ABC Wednesday. C is for China. And for Couchsurfing in China. We had a great time in Ürümqi staying in the flat from a young man, spending two fantastic days together, exploring the city and eating the best local food. And he helped us to buy a ticket for this train, so it was easy.
Next time the letter C will be Couchsurfing. Such a great way to travel. Today it is to late.
Ürümqi is Ueruemqi is Urumqi is Wulumuqi.

Linked to Our World Tuesday and to signs, signs

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Grizzly Lake

Grizzly Lake, Yellostone National Park, Wyoming, USA, August 2009

We camped at the backcountry campsite 1C2 one mile away from the lake. The end of a four days hike. Beautiful and wild.

Linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, January 26, 2012

“Twenty years from now ...

We are going by bus, in the north of Kenya, between Marsabit and Moyale on the way to Ethiopia, May 2010

Andreas is watching
... you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain –

Linked to Sky Watch Friday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

B is for ...

Tabatinga, Brazil, February 2010
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I'm buying bread in a small bakery in Brazil, in Tabatinga on the Amazon, at the corner from Colombia and Peru.
Linked to ABC Wednesday and the letter is B as bold

I usually use Lightroom, but it makes my Computer so slow, so I'm trying Picasa today for the first time. What do you use?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Web master

German Spider, around 5 cm long

I have no idea what kind of spider it is

Linked to Our World Tuesday

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Which way do you go?

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2010
We took the roads north bound. Our start for Africa over land. From Cape Town to Alexandria. This was a part from our two years around this globe.

I forgot to mention that we came from Buenos Aires by plane.

"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are." Samuel Johnson

I like this kind of signposts.

Linked to signs, signs

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2010

in the bus
This is the street Bernardo de Irigoyen

We stayed a couple of days in a home in this street. We met our host through  "A fascinating way to meet engaging people face to face and share a meal, a story, or a home. It is "the world’s largest travel community".

This A for Argentina is my contribution to ABC Wednesday

Monday, January 16, 2012

Blurry morning

7.30 today, on my way to work, the regional train (S-Bahn), Dortmund station

Linked to Our World Tuesday

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sundays last light

Today was a cold and sunny day. And this is the view from the playground.

Friday, January 13, 2012



The lookout tower "Spurwerkturm" is a cultural monument in Waltrop. Located on top of the abandoned mine "Zeche Waltrop" and build from wood which was inside the mine. The Ruhr region is famous for this kind of landmarks.

Linked to The Weekend in Black and White

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where should I look?

On the way to Sossusvlei, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, March 2010.

Linked to Sky Watch Friday and linked to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa, February 2010
That's were the famous African Penguin colony is living.

Thomas at the swimming beach, usually the penguins are at the next beach ...

... or on the rocks
Andreas and I enjoyed the calm bay with a swim, for sure after watching the penguins.

Linked to Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dallas Ranch in Zambia

We were allowed to sleep in our tent, in front of the ranch

Somewhere between Livingstone and Lusaka, Zambia, April 2010
This friendly man works for the ranch and has his house close to the entrance. Thomas played with his little son.
That's the way we traveled in the rural areas in Africa from CapeTown (South Africa) to Nairobi (Kenya). In the big cities we did couchsurfing.
Linked to ABC Wednesday, Z is todays letter.
Linked to signs, signs.

Monday, January 9, 2012

“Nothing is older than yesterday’s newspaper”

"We all know that the purpose of yesterday's newspapers, however excellent they are, is to wrap up fish. "

And what about todays newspaper? Do you read one daily?

Linked to Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gravel road

Maltahöhe, gravel road for the next 100 kilometers

On the way to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

March 2010
If you like to watch a video from this trip

Linked to signs, signs

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

“Make things as simple as possible but no simpler.”

The quote is from Albert Einstein.

This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday. The letter today is Y and stands for Year 2012.
And yes, for Yellow.

Monday, January 2, 2012


S-Bahn (s-train), Dortmund, December 2011
Every working day I use the S-Bahn. And I like it. The new trains go quite and normally they are not crowded. I get a seat and like to read in a book. When the book is good, I have to watch out, I ones missed my destination Bochum-Langendreer.
Linked to Our World Tuesday

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New 2012 and Favorite Photo from 2011

On the Amazon between Manaus and Belem, Brazil. February 2010
Thank you for all your views and great comments. This blogging year was awesome, fun, learning and so inspirational.

My favorite photo from last year is this one. I like it because of the people and their action.
Some more Amazon shots in this post.
The most views got the post rainforest. The most comments the sky from "Before the rain #2"
And I do love this people walk in the street - in a hurry in black & white.
Looking for a nice Sunset on the Amazon

Linked to Watery Wednesday
Linked to Thursday Challenge