Libertalia: the Pirates’ Free Republic in Madagascar

Libertalia was a legendary free colony forged by pirates and the pirate Captain Misson, although some historians have expressed doubts over its existence outside of literature. (Wikipedia) There is an annual Libertalia Festival in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. The Pirate Republic itself was most likely located at Ile Sainte-Marie where a pirate graveyard nowadays attracts visitors. … Continue reading Libertalia: the Pirates’ Free Republic in Madagascar

Moroni, Comores: Bob Denard’s Putsch Capital

Because of a scheduled flight change, I had only a short night in Moroni, the capital of the Comores. The island has reached international attention twice: through French mercenary Bob Denard's exploits, and when a hijacked Ethiopian Airways Boeing 767 crash landed right in front of the Galawa Hotel (which was owned by Bob Denard). … Continue reading Moroni, Comores: Bob Denard’s Putsch Capital

ETIC – Extreme Traveler International Congress in Mogadishu

15.04.2017 The fourth ETIC - Extreme Traveler International Congress was held for the first time in Mogadishu, Somalia. With participants from Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Monaco and Switzerland. The best and safest hotel in town is currently the Jazeera Palace Hotel. Dinner reception. On the hotel rooftop terrace. German extreme … Continue reading ETIC – Extreme Traveler International Congress in Mogadishu

ETIC – Systematic Travel Congress in Liberland

Free Republic of Liberland is a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river. The nearest cities are Osijek (Croatia) and Sombor (Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia). On some maps, this area is referred to as “Gornja Siga”. Liberland came into existence due to a border dispute between … Continue reading ETIC – Systematic Travel Congress in Liberland

Mystery in Prague: the Goylem and the Cemetery

04.10.2016 In this Old New Synagogue in Prague's Josefstadt ... ... lies the Golem, in Yiddish: Goylem, which is an artificially created dumb servant, a "goy made of lehm (mud)", originally "brought to life" by Rabbi Yehuda Löw in the 16th century. The Golem is supposed to be buried and hidden up to today behind … Continue reading Mystery in Prague: the Goylem and the Cemetery

Space Tourism to ISS – from ESA Columbus Control Center

The ultimate travel destination, the International Space Station ISS, is located at 400 km above earth: As of 2018, more than 530 people have traveled to outer space, but less than 180 people have traveled to all 193 UN-countries. Outer space has been defined as any flight above 100 km (the Karman Line), according to … Continue reading Space Tourism to ISS – from ESA Columbus Control Center

Khasab Fjord & Smuggler’s Nest, Musandam, Oman

We flew 1,5 hours with Oman Air from Oman's capital Muscat to Khasab ... ... the isolated smuggler's nest, surrounded by deep fjords ... ... on the Musandam Peninsula, facing the Strait of Hormuz, only 15 km away from Iran. Map: Wikipedia About 25% of the world oil production passes this strategic point every day. … Continue reading Khasab Fjord & Smuggler’s Nest, Musandam, Oman

At the Russian Defence Forces Museum in Moscow

20.08.2016 The Museum of the Russian Defence Forces focuses mainly on World War II history and Cold War weaponry. It is located in Sovetskaya Ulitsa Armii Nr. 2, in the North of Central Moscow, next to the beautiful Ekaterina the Great Park. With Generals Yuri Moskovsky and Anton Terentjew at the Museum. Unfortunately, the Russian … Continue reading At the Russian Defence Forces Museum in Moscow

Devil’s Mountain: the NSA’s molehill in Berlin

13.07.2016 Foto: Wikipedia, Teufelsberg before the artists took over Berlin's "Teufelsberg" (devil's mountain) is actually man-made. From rubbish and debris after World War II. A total of 30 million cubic meters. Piled 80 meters high, on top of Albert Speer's "Wehrtechnische Fakultät" (a military academy which was too solid to be demolished). It is therefore … Continue reading Devil’s Mountain: the NSA’s molehill in Berlin

Road to Anabar. World’s Northernmost Dead-End !

Putin' on the Rocks. An epic ice-road-trip. Across Yakutia. To the top of the world. And the end of the road. @72°49'NORTH. 10.03.2016 -45 °C Three Lads and a Lada ... ... on the Road to Anabar. World's northernmost road end. "Holiday on ice": drove 4.000 km on official roads from Lake Baikal (Irkutsk) to … Continue reading Road to Anabar. World’s Northernmost Dead-End !