The ultimate “Gentleman Adventurer” trip: to all 3 Somalias

PG 18: Don't try this at home. You'll miss your flight. - A bit of romantic music? - Oh man The mysterious Mr. Masel Tov called and made the Gentleman Adventurer a generous offer he couldn't resist: a trip to the world's most dangerous country Somalia in private-jet comfort and with professional protection. From Oman … Continue reading The ultimate “Gentleman Adventurer” trip: to all 3 Somalias

Hot chicks, cold noodles and a rocket haircut in North Korea

Even after the US embargo forbidding it's own citizens from travelling to North Korea, there are currently three travel agencies that offer entry to North Korea: Koryo Group, Juche Tours and Young Pioneer Tours. Booking and visa procedures are simple. Entry is either by daily plane from Beijing, or two planes a week from Vladivostok, … Continue reading Hot chicks, cold noodles and a rocket haircut in North Korea

Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

The Battle of Tarawa (9. -10. December 1941) was a fierce battle between the attacking US-Americans and the defending Japanese, just 2 days after the Pearl Harbour incident (but 4.000 km away ...), where US bombardments killed as many as 750 innocent Tarawa islander civilians, 90% of the Korean forced laborers (1.071) and 99.9% of … Continue reading Tarawa Battle for the South Pacific (Country Collecting)

Best airport stopover: Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park

  I'm surprised that Air Kenya does not market this world-unique opportunity at all, despite the graphic displays at Nairobi Airport. Ololo Lodge's friendly driver Sylvester picked me up punctually and in true Safari style at the airport gate. As usual in Nairobbery he couldn't keep such a beautiful car for long ... The drive … Continue reading Best airport stopover: Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park

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