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    Archive for September, 2007

    Top 10 – Gringo Hang-out (beach)

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    There are a lot of great places in the world. Places that travellers discovered long time ago and that they keep coming back to, simply because there’s something special about that particular place. It might be a certain feel-good atmosphere, the setting, the weather, the cultural life, the night life, the chill-out factor of the place…

    To cut it short, cool places to hang out.

    Quite a few of these gringo hang-outs are located near or on the great beaches of the world.

    These are some of my favourite beach places…

    Top 10 – Gringo hang-out, beach

    01 – Utila, Honduras’ Caribbean Coast
    02 – Jericoacoara, Brazil’s North Coast
    03 – Hat Rin, Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand’s Gulf
    04 – Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand’s Gulf
    05 – Zipolite, Mexico’s Pacific Coast
    06 – Isla Mujeres, Mexico’s Caribbean Coast
    07 – Essaouira, Morocco’s Atlantic Coast
    08 – Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia’s NE Coast
    09 – Kendwa, NW Zanzibar, Tanzania
    10 – Pulau Tioman, SE Malaysia

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    Top 10 – Gringo Hang-out (town/city)

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    There are a lot of great places in the world. Places that travellers discovered long time ago and that they keep coming back to, simply because there’s something special about that particular place. It might be a certain feel-good atmosphere, the setting, the weather, the cultural life, the night life…

    To cut it short, cool places to hang out.

    Some of these are located far from the big cities, on the beach, others are smack in the centre of town/cities.

    These are some of my favourite cities or towns around the Globe – and hopefully there are more to come…

    Top 10 – Gringo Hang-out, town or city

    01 – Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    02 – Antigua, Guatemala
    03 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
    04 – Louang Prabang, Laos
    05 – Hanoi’s Old Town, Vietnam
    06 – Istanbul, Turkey
    07 – San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico’s Chiapas Province
    08 – Marrekech, Morocco
    09 – Cairns, Australia
    10 – Cuzco, Peru

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    Day 539 – Facebook

    Sunday, September 30th, 2007

    Facebook eats up most of my evening. Making a profile and curiously looking for new and old mates, from here and there…Facebook is one hell of a time consuming bastard!

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    Day 538 – Day off: Berry Springs

    Saturday, September 29th, 2007

    53 km daytrip to Berry Springs.

    Tune of the Day: Styrofoam Boots/It’s All Nice – Modest Mouse

    Roadkill: Wallaby...

    Gigantic termite mound, NT.

    Berry Springs freshwater pool. NT, Oz.

    My Diadoras

    Taking a nap in the sun, Berry Springs, NT, Oz.

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    Photo album #1 from Indonesia…

    Saturday, September 29th, 2007

    No talking gibberish this time. Let’s go straight to the photos…

    Indonesia Photo Album #1

    Nicolai (Darwin, Oz)

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    Day 537 – The Rain Dance

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    The green toilet frog in my bathroom

    Washing the Subaru Forester in Humpty Doo (and enjoying it!). NT, Oz.

    The oldest of the lot. Border terrier at my host's place.

    Dalmatian

    Rain dance with Jayden & Tayla...

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    Day 536 – The Constant Gardener

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    The Gardener. Humpty Doo, Darwin, Australia.

    Near McMinns Lagoon, Darwin suburbia.

    Aboriginal fingerprint...

    The poisonous King Toad

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    Day 535 – The Demolition Man

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

    Today's work: Demolition of a tin shed in central Darwin! Yeah!

    Enjoying night time at my host in Humpty Doo, Darwin.

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    Day 534 – The broken mirror

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    25 km daytrip. That’s all.

    Kingsley fixing my broken rear view mirror. Quite a genius!

    My broken rear view mirror's fixed! Thanks to Kingsley.

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    Day 533 – Darwin city centre

    Monday, September 24th, 2007

    0 km etc.

    At the darwin post office, sending a parcel back home to Middelfart, Denmark

    My host, Kingsley's home in McMinns Lagoon, 35 km SE of Darwin.

    …at night at Kingsley’s place I continue studying possible routes through the outback, water supplies and all sorts of things that make my mouth water…

    Studying the rainfall in Australia. Preparing for the trip down the centre of the huge continent.

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    Day 532 – Wallabies & cockatoos in the backyard

    Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

    Daytrip in the McMinns Lagoon area: 35 km

    Got something for me, captain?

    Cockatoo in the backyard...

    My host Kingsley at the McMinns Lagoon outside of Darwin...

    Having lunch with Kingsley at the local "gourmet diner", near Coolalinga, SE of Darwin.

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    Day 531 – Australia! (or: The Eagle Has Landed)

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

    Local fisherman, Kupang, Timor.

    No liquid in the airplane, sir!

    The Embraer 120 twin-motor aeroplane

    The excitement was enormous! Oz here I come...

    The excitement was enormous! Oz here I come...

    The Embraer 120 twin-motor aeroplane

    Now that's some serious distances!

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    The Most Likeable People in the World

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    This is a newly updated version of my – very subjective – Top 10 Most Likeable People In the World.

    Belgium is a new entry. South Africa is in the darkness. Plus some of my next door neighbours have changed seats. Apart from that, same old smell in the kitchen. The world is still full of wonderful people.

    My Top 10 Fellow Travellers from Around the World…

    01 – Holland
    02 – Canada
    03 – Sweden
    04 – Australia
    05 – Norway
    06 – Germany
    07 – France
    08 – USA
    09 – Belgium
    10 – Switzerland

    This is (still) a bit tricky. You meet a lot of other travellers along the way. Some people you like – others you don’t.

    That said, I see some kind of pattern in terms of which nationalities I normally cling with, like being around, have fun with, feel congenial with etc. I know it’s very Eurocentric, but then again, that’s how I feel about it. When it all comes down to it, the people is what I like, regardless of nationality…

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    Day 530 – I don’t believe in miracles…

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    Am I going to Australia tomorrow?

    Martabak from a street food vendor in Kupang, Timor.

    Enjoying my last dinner in Indonesia!

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    Day 529 – Chasing an OZ-bound boat in Kupang

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    I spend most of the day trying to find local contacts that might be able to bring me just a little closer to Australia, the sea way. It´s not easy to explain why I desperately want to go with a boat to Australia. It sure feels like the right way of entering the huge continent after more than 20.000 kms on the bike. A self-inflicted challenge, you might call it.

    At the Lavalon Bar I chat up an Australian sailor. He´s a very nice guy (he has Dutch genes!) but unfortunately he can´t help me. He´s going to Bali, the wrong way. There aren´t any other sailing boats in the harbour which gives me the first slap on my otherwise optimistic nose today.

    I also talk to Edwin, a local agent that is really in the know about what´s on here in Kupang. He´s not too optimistic either. “If you come last week, maybe I could help you”. He tells me that in about a month there´ll be a crab fishing boat going from Kupang to Darwin and he might be able to get me onboard.
    My visa expires on Sunday. An extension is an option – or else I could go to Dili up in East-Timor and get a new visa-on-arrival back in Indonesia. But waiting, hanging around in Kupang for a month waiting for a maybe-boat, naahh, I really don´t have the patience for that. I just wanna go to Australia, for Christ sake!

    At the other end of town I get the same pessimistic answer. “Not possible. Maybe you go back to Bali…” . Hell no! Things are starting to look not too bright in Camp WT.

    Thus, in a matter of a few hours, my hope of entering lovely Australia by boat vanishes in the hustle & bustle of Kupang.

    For the first time I start considering flying to Darwin and the Merpati sales agent tells me that there´s a flight twice a week, Saturday and Tuesday. Potentially, that could be my way out of drifting away here in Kupang. I make a reservation and am asked to come back tomorrow to see if there´s a seat available. The administrative part of the company is apparently in Darwin and only after an @-correspondence is the agent able to tell me if I can go or not.

    Well-well, I did what I could today. Though seen from my boat view it´s been rather fruitless. Life´s like that sometimes…

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    The Songs of Beauty

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    It’s time for another hit list from Camp WT. I gotta keep myself busy somehow during those long cycling days – and I’m happy to share.

    This list counts songs that made the world stop, that haunted me for days, weeks, months and that will always be with me, songs that gave me sleepless nights and goose skin, song that made me start dreaming & longing, songs that moved me one way or another…

    The Songs of Beauty

    Thom Yorke & PJ Harvey – This Mess We’re In
    dEUS – Nothing Really Ends
    U2 – One
    Stina Nordenstam – So This Is Goodbye
    David Gray – Babylon
    The Fray – How To Save A Life
    Dave Matthew’s Band – #41
    Modest Mouse – The World at Large
    The Magic Numbers – I See You, You See Me
    Djavan – Nem Um Dia
    The Cranberries – Zombie
    Claus Hempler – Love Song #5000
    Tomas Andersson Wij – Ett Slag För Dig
    U2 – Origin of the Species
    Kent – Chans
    Damien Rice – Blower’s Daughter
    Jeff Buckley – Grace
    Tori Amos – Pretty Good Year
    Tom McRae – Packing For The Crash
    Souvenirs – Han Tog Et Nattog
    Smashing Pumpkins – Bye June
    Tracy Chapman – Subcity
    Heather Nova – Paper Cup
    Peter Sommer – 8-6-6-0
    Pearl Jam – Crazy Mary
    Over The Rhine – All I Need Is Everything
    Alceu Valenca – La Belle de Jour
    The Cardigans – Lovefool
    Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E.’s In Love
    Tim Christensen – Love Is a Matter Of…
    Ryan Adams – La Cienaga Just Smiled
    MC Solaar – Hasta La Vista
    Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
    Counting Crows – Round Here
    Coldplay – Yellow
    Jack Johnson – The News
    Josh Rouse – Sad Eyes
    Kashmir – Lampshade
    Antony and the Johnsons – Fistful of Love
    Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy
    Eskobar (feat. Heather Nova) – Someone New
    Elba e Zé Ramalho – Chão de Giz
    Dinosaur Jr. – Out there
    The Cure – A Thousand Hours
    Björk – Venus As a Boy

    The order is random. The list is incomplete. But music – like travel – still adds to the human experience…

    Nicolai

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    Photos from Java!

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    I might be a bit backward here.

    I’ve made a Indonesia Photo Album #2 before the #2 this time. In the media business making a second version (movie, album etc.) is often a bad idea, they say. I defy this kind of superstition so here goes…

    Photoalbum #2 from Indonesia…

    Comments are welcome as always. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    Nicolai (Kupang, Timor)

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    Day 528 – A Night On the Timor Ferry

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 527 – Across Sumba in a Day

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

    Sape (Sumbawa Island) -> Waikelo (ferry) -> Waingapu (bike and bus)
    Distance by bike (km) : 17
    Distance by bus (km) : 163
    Total (km) : 20.855

    Arrival Sumbaaaaa!

    There were people fucking everywhere!

    Traditional houses on Sumba, Eastern Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

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    Day 526 – A Logistical Puzzle

    Monday, September 17th, 2007

    Dompu -> Sape (Sumbawa Island)
    Distance (km) : 117
    Time on bike : 6h 45m
    Brutto time: 09.15 – 18.15
    Avg : 17.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 50.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.838

    Sumbawanese village near Sape.

    Sape village. Eastern Sumbawa.

    Onboard the super crowded ferry from Sumbawa to Sumba, Eastern Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

    Trying to get some sleep on the fully-packed ferry to Sumba...

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    Day 525 – The Frustrations of Being the Constant Centre of Attention

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    Empang -> Dompu (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 96
    Time on bike : 5h 24m
    Brutto time: 08.40 – 15.30
    Avg : 17.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 51.9 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.721

    Tune of the Day: Gravedigger – Dave Matthews Band

    Gravedigger
    When you dig my grave
    Could you make it shallow
    So that I can feel the rain
    I can feel the rain

    Great costal cycling on Sumbawa...

    Great cycling on Sumbawa...

    Horses. Sumbawa Island.

    Great cycling on Sumbawa...

    Colourful market in Dompu, Sumbawa.

    Colourful market in Dompu, Sumbawa.

    Colourful market in Dompu, Sumbawa.

    Me in Dompu, Sumbawa Island.

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    Day 524 – The Good Mood

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    Sumbawa Besar -> Empang (guesthouse)
    Distance (km) : 98
    Time on bike : 6h 03m
    Brutto time: 09.40 – 17.10
    Avg : 16.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 43.8 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.625

    Water buffaloes, Sumbawa Island. Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

    Sumbawa Island. Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

    Sumbawanese people...

    Nicolai and the Koga on Sumbawa Island.

    Fishing village, Sumbawa...

    Fishing village, Sumbawa...

    Great costal cycling on Sumbawa...

    The Schwalbe tires are doing a great job in all terrains...

    Sunset in Empang, Sumbawa.

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    Sumbawa Island arrival

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    Just a little sign of life here from Sumbawa (the island just east of Lombok) where I arrived today. All is fine here. Am happy and proud to be here. I’ve had some pretty rough cycling days since I left the wonderful Gili Trawangan yesterday morning.

    In my slightly romantic slash anthropological head Sumbawa smells like outrigger canoes and cannibals. The canoes I’ve seen already. The latter, not. I keep looking…

    My contact to the outside world (you!) has been and will continue to be modest for the next days/weeks. I’m heading east to Bima (Sumbawa) from where I’ll try and get a ferry to Kupang, Timor and then a ship to Darwin, Australia.

    My Indo visa expires on September 23 so everything is a bit rushed in Camp WT at this moment. I just keep turning them pedals and I’m sure everything will be fine. Cannibals or not…

    Love and all,

    Nicolai

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    Day 523 – Sumbawa!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    Labuhan Lombok -> Sumbawa Besar (hotel, Sumbawa)
    Distance (km) : 97
    Time on bike : 5h 04m
    Brutto time: 12.15 – 18.30
    Avg : 19.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.6 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.527

    Benhurs in Lebuhan Lombok.

    Arrival Sumbawa!

    The dry and arid western Sumbawa

    Colourful afternoon cycling on western Sumbawa...

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    Day 522 – The Ramadan kicks in on Lombok

    Thursday, September 13th, 2007

    Gili Trawangan -> Labuhan Lombok (hotel, Lombok)
    Distance (km) : 122
    Time on bike : 7h 04m
    Brutto time: 10.30 – 18.15
    Avg : 17.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 51.7 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.430

    Tune of the Day: Babylon – David Gray

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    Day 521 – Electricity outage on Trawangan

    Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 520 – Trawangan chill-out

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 519 – The colours of Gili T.

    Monday, September 10th, 2007

    Fantastic Gili Trawangan

    Fantastic Gili Trawangan

    Fantastic Gili Trawangan

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    Day 518 – Rumah Saga – Un Rincon del Paraiso

    Sunday, September 9th, 2007

    My elegant and wonderful feel-good hotel, The Rumah Saga, Gili Trawangan

    My elegant and wonderful feel-good hotel, The Rumah Saga, Gili Trawangan

    My elegant and wonderful feel-good hotel, The Rumah Saga, Gili Trawangan

    Horse cart on Gili T.

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    Day 517 – Paradise on Gili Trawangan

    Saturday, September 8th, 2007

    Senggigi (Lombok) -> Gili Trawangan Island
    Distance (km) : 26
    Time on bike : 1h 50m
    Brutto time: 10.40 – 15.00
    Avg : 14.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 65.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.308

    Cycling at its most beautiful. Western Lombok.

    Cycling at its most beautiful. Western Lombok.

    Palm trees on Lombok

    Cycling at its most beautiful. Western Lombok.

    Cycling at its most beautiful. Western Lombok.

    Cycling at its most beautiful. Western Lombok.

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    Day 516 – Bali to Lombok

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    Ubud (Bali) -> Senggigi (Lombok)
    Distance (km) : 77
    Time on bike : 3h 54m
    Brutto time: 09.50 – 19.50
    Avg : 19.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 49.4 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.282

    On the ferry from Padang Bai, Bali to Lembar, Lombok.

    On the ferry from Padang Bai, Bali to Lembar, Lombok.

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    Day 515 – Those lovely brothers…

    Thursday, September 6th, 2007

    I hang out in the Monkey Forest most of the day. They are some lovely, funny and interesting creatures. Though far too spoilt because of all the hand feeding from the tourists. I wonder why it’s called doggy style…Monkey style would be more appropriate, wouldn’t it?

    Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

    Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

    Monkeys (doing the funky stuff) in Ubud, Bali.

    Cemetary in The Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali.

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    Day 514 – Bali by scooter

    Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

    Distance covered: 165 km
    Fuel usage: 4.5 L

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    Day 513 – Tango in Ubud

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

    Day 513 – 04SEP07: Kuta -> Ubud (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 36
    Time on bike : 2h 24m
    Brutto time: 12.10 – 15.10
    Avg : 15.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 33.6 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.205

    Tune of the Day: We Never Change – Coldplay

    I wanna live life and never be cruel
    I wanna live life and be good to you

    And I wanna fly and never come down
    And live my life and have friends around

    We never change, do we? no, no
    We never learn, do we?

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    Day 512 – Kuta

    Monday, September 3rd, 2007

    Tune of the Day: 20.000 seconds – K’s Choice

    And we’re all so strong when nothing’s wrong
    And the world is at our feet
    But how small we are when our love is far away
    And all you need is you

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    Day 511 – I got the spirits back!

    Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    The photo diary updated!

    Saturday, September 1st, 2007

    I’ve been starving the non-Danish speaking WT-segment for too long. I know. I’m kind of sorry. I still care for you.

    The photo diary is now updated from day 488 through to 500.

    A little photo cruise can start here!

    Nicolai

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    Day 510 – Unresolved questions in Kuta

    Saturday, September 1st, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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