One Month in Papua New Guinea (1998)

The year was 1998, and – originally from Germany – I had just taken part in a one-year master program in international relations and development at UQ in Brizzie, ready to get some work experience under my belt. The Contract One of my fellow students at uni was the head of the trade union congress of Papua New Guinea. He got me in touch with one of the development NGOs in Port Moresby, PNG’s capital. That NGO happened to support his organisation. I applied and got a one-month job as a paid consultant. Over the next few weeks I had spoken with the local head of the NGO a few times over the phone. Nonetheless, I was still quite nervous when I arrived in Port Moresby. I had done my research, but there was not much to be found on the internet about Papua New Guinea back then.   I […]

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Travel Advice Bhutan

Please do not rely on this piece. I did not spend days researching this, and also, things change all the time. I do hope it will get you started and hopefully you’ll enjoy the read. The advice covers mostly the standard route from Paro to Trongsa. The situation in the rest of the country differs. The best news first: Bhutan is quite possibly the most beautiful country you will ever visit. It is also extremely safe. Its hospitality industry, which is exclusively focused on low-impact, high-value tourism, is well-established, highly regulated/supervised, and professional. Welcome to the land of the Thunder Dragon We left very much with the impression that everyone, the government as well as all citizens, have a strong interest in making your stay as pleasant as possible, and they will make an effort to make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Some of the local laws […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART II

This is the second and final part of our group collaboration. Enjoy. My favourite holiday destination in my home country: Bath, England, UK – by Janina from Stromfield Adventures To find it on Google Maps, click here. Living a stone’s throw away from Gatwick has distinct advantages but recently we have been making an effort to ignore that in a bid to explore more of our local surroundings – and we’ve been delighted with what we have found.  We had always heard good things about Bath but until the summer 2019 I had never managed to make it and to see how much it has to offer.  Although the Roman baths are, quite rightly, a main attraction it is full of other interesting sights to see and countryside to explore. All photos in this section (c) Visit Bath A B&B stay, all-inclusive (altar, etc.) We landed on our feet by […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART I

Regarding international travel, there is not a whole lot on the horizon at the very moment. Ms B & I as well as our travel blogger friends encourage everyone to act responsibly. Depending on your situation, this can potentially involve international travel, but it will almost certainly mean a lot less international travel than usual for most of us. We all hope that travel will become safer again in the foreseeable future. Planning an overseas trip Over the years, whenever we are planning our next trip overseas, we try to make use of most readily available resources to some extent. We usually get ourselves a travel guide book in hardcopy or for our phones, check other bloggers’ posts, read online news articles and forum chats, tweet some questions, do some general internet research, check the tourism board announcements, consult government travel guidance, ask friends who have been travelling to the […]

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Trip to Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus – by our friend Nils

During the soccer world championships 2018 a good friend of mine and I went on a weird, wondrous, and wonderful trip full of adventure and tragedy from our base in Kalmykia’s capital Elista, where my family and I were staying on holiday with relatives (my wife is Kalmykian; more about Kalmykia here) Russian Rides My mate had been able to get his hands on a real retro racer from the 80s, a Lada Samara, which made 50km/h feel like 180km/h (a good thing in my book). Even in absence of any aircon, you never got too hot, because wobbling over mountain passes with the abyss right next to you makes your blood chill. Also, the tropical 35C degrees of the valleys went down close to freezing point near the peaks, which came in handy. Those old Soviet boneshakers are indestructible, more robust than any modern 4×4 off-roader. Ours took three […]

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