After 2 days in Windhoek, on 6. September we finally started our road trip. In the next 17 days we wanted to see most parts of the country and therefore would have to see a lot of campsites. Our first stop was the Etosha National Park. Actually I don’t like camping very much. But if you want to see the country while traveling on a budget you rather have no other choice than sleeping in a tent. Thus I tried to look on the bright side of the whole adventure and make it as awesome as possible.
„I’m taking your temperature from your neck.“
That’s what the lady at Windhoek’s airport said when she pointed at me with a red laser. Okay, Ebola is a topic here as well. But not a very big one. After we entered Namibia we never heard a single word about it again.
Koh Tao – Diver’s Paradise.
That’s what they say. Because you only need a few flaps with your fins to get from Sairee Beach, the most popular beach at Koh Tao’s west coast, to the first corals. That’s ideal especially for students – there are so many diving schools that really everybody should strike gold.
After I got certified in Mexico I was dying to descend again. Once we’d chosen to go to Thailand we searched for our first destination online. In the end we chose Koh Tao as this island seemed to be perfect for us: Patrick could get certified and I could refresh my skills – after all I hadn’t been under water for half a year and I didn’t have a lot of routine yet.
„The sea is the last free place on earth.“ (Ernest Hemingway)
I entirely agree with Hemingway since I did my first dive. Right at the first time I was completely fascinated to be able to be totally free. Once I descend there is nothing else anymore besides me and my breathing. And my buddy of course. My head is completely empty and I can totally focus on myself and the water that’s surrounding me.
Many roads lead to Rome. Just as many lead to Koh Lanta in Thailand.
We reached Koh Phangan with ease. We came from Dusseldorf via Bangkok and Koh Samui to Koh Tao to spend 6 days in Stefan’s diving center before we took the Seatran Ferry to Koh Phangan where we spent 2 days relaxing at the deserted Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. Afterwards we wanted to head off to Koh Lanta – and that was not as easy as we thought.
Chicago, the windy city.
I love this city! I spent much of my vacations here in the past 9 years and did a lot of tourist stuff – but also some things you don’t find in your Lonely Planet. Here is my top 10 list of things you should not miss out on.
„Did you see the Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania? I bet it’s sooooo cute!!“
That always was the first question when I came back home from my trip to Australia. Yes, I saw it. And no, it’s not cute. The guy who gave the animal its name surely knows why he called it „devil“. But more to that later. First I’m telling you about my road trip across Tassie.