July - August 2017
  • Day43

    Departure

    August 13, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Day 42: Finally. All good things come to an end.
    The last day in America has been gone for now.
    I got up early to visit the very first service of Hillsong LA on this Sunday. It must be very funny as I stood with all my luggage in the middle of their room suddenly.
    Afterwards I started to the airport, checked in and waited for the departure time to come.
    And then. And then we flew with a ground speed of over 1.000 km/h back towards Germany. Back towards Düsseldorf.
    After six amazing, enjoyable weeks full of experiences and adventures - Europe you got me back! 🛬

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    Return flight ✔
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  • Day42

    Los Angeles III

    August 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 41: The last full day in the USA!
    Today I had not a lot of plans. First I packed my luggage before I went to Venice Beach feeling the lifestyle, seeing some skaters.
    I also went to the Google office. Why was there a biiiig spyglass in front of the main entrance? Mmmmh 🤔😅
    In the evening I finished that trip with a American football match - a great American experience! I watched the game LA Rams against Dallas Cowboys. Well I don't know the rules or most of them 🙈 But the atmosphere was such American like. The best half of a football match must be the second one. The atmosphere exploded!
    But everyone who says that soccer is expensive never saw an American football match! Parking pass: $50!!!, bottle of beer: $16,... 😨
    When I was at the hostel again I wrote some postcards and enjoyed the last evening in the USA drinking some cocktails 🍹

    Venice Beach lifestyle ✔
    American football match ✔
    Last evening in the USA ✔
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  • Day41

    Los Angeles II

    August 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Day 40: Hollywood is calling!
    This day I used to feel the film experience of LA.
    I recognized how huge LA is. It took about 2 hrs to get to northern Hollywood.
    So I started in the north seeing all those film studios. Honestly I also found a memorial for Chester at the Warner Bros. studios.
    The way along the studios brought me to the Walk of Fame.
    At all I did a little hike to see the Hollywood sign.
    Afterwards I returned to the hostel - 2 hrs again.
    Before I went to sleep I bought a ticket for the match LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys tomorrow.

    Walt Disney studios ✔
    Warner Bros. studios ✔
    Paramount studios ✔
    Walk of Fame ✔
    Hollywood sign ✔
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  • Day40

    Los Angeles I

    August 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Day 39: What a day! I got up very early at Playas de Tijuana to get to the downtown again.
    There I visited El Popo Mercado before I crossed the border again.
    Back in the USA I packed my stuff and drove all the way up to LA. Driving in LA is horrible!
    First I got to my final hostel, checked in and stored my whole luggage there.
    Afterwards I drove to the airport to return my car. After I did it it wasn't so easy to get back to Venice. A lot of people and cars.
    Well at about 7am I started the day and at 9pm I came to the hostel after returning the car. I was definitely done with that day!

    But hey - I did it! After exactly 7.745 miles (12.464 km) I reached my final destination! 🌴🎉🍹💪

    Today I didn't see that much . Mostly I saw streets and tons of cars. But a few impressions of today I can share with you. 🖖

    El Popo Mercado ✔
    Piñatas ✔
    Final destination ✔
    Venice Beach ✔
    Returning the car ✔
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  • Day39

    Tijuana

    August 9, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 38: Muchos saludos de México! 🌵
    Today I left the USA and jumped over the border to Tijuana.
    Better to say: I jumped into a new world. Yesterday I wrote about pure richness. Today - just a few miles more southern - I gonna write about pure poverty.
    The main street where I arrived "Av Revolución"was was very touristic and every two metres someone was speaking to me to sell me something.
    So I wanted to go off that street very quickly.
    I went into backstreet and there it was the Mexican lifestyle. All along the street musicans with their Mexican hat on played salsa music and people danced on the street.
    Yes, this definitely was a good place to rest. So I chose a restaurant and had a Mexican lunch. It was delicious!
    Afterwards I took a taxi to the beach. That easy? Not in Mexico! I walked about hundred blocks to find a taxi that brought me there. Not every taxi brings you everywhere. But the price was so cheap! I paid 1 dollar for a 20 minutes ride.
    At the beach I enjoyed the seaside and was able to stand next to the border with nice drawings on it. You was able to see helicopters of the US military for border protection at all time.
    At the end of the day I drank a coconut drink 🌴

    Before I got here I read in the internet "in Tijuana everybody speaks English". Never! The border officiers and the hostel stuff was able to but the rest? Mostly when they spoke spanish to me I was able to understand them 💪 But I wasn't able to reply 🙈 So I got hands and it worked 🙌

    Mexico ✔
    Tijuana Arch ✔
    Torre de Aqua Caliente ✔
    Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe ✔
    Playas de Tijuana ✔
    Mural Esta Es Mi Tierra ✔
    Monumental Plaza de Toros ✔
    El Muro en la Playa ✔
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  • Day38

    San Diego II

    August 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 37: San Diego - after Chicago you conquered another place in my heart! 🌴🌴🌴
    After a lazy start I decided to see the Coronado Beach. I had to pass the downtown for it. I saw tons of palms all along the streets and military US ship which was very impressive. This one was a museum so I was allowed to take photos.
    Okay, but I wanted to see the Coronado Beach.
    So I took the bus to Coronado Island and saw the richness itself. All you saw were mansions and a huge golden good looking Coronado Beach. This one must be the most beautiful beach of San Diego. My opinion. Additionally there aren't this tons of people like at the Mission Beach for example.
    The next step was the Ocean Beach. It was not so gorgeous like the Coronado Beach but there were waves and where you find waves you find surfers! Not that much but I saw a few. Honestly I wasn't able to take photos of them because they were to far away.
    At the end of day I went to the Sunset Cliffs and yes there were pure sunset cliffs! I saw the most amazing and wonderful sunset I've ever seen! 🌅

    Falling in love with another American city ✔
    Broadway pier ✔
    USS Midway military ship ✔
    Downtown ✔
    Coronado Island ✔
    Coronado Beach ✔
    Ocean Beach ✔
    Ocean Beach Pier
    Seeing some surfers ✔
    Sunset Cliffs ✔
    Seeing the most beautiful sunset ✔
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  • Day37

    San Diego I

    August 7, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Day 36: Pacific coast you got me back. Today I reached San Diego the most famous surfer city of the US.
    Well today I didn't saw any surfer 'cause I've been at the wrong beach but tomorrow I will.
    This day I just got to know the city and well it showed me its beauty!
    The longest walk today I had while I was looking for cash. At Mission Beach I saw two ATMs and both were out of order. So I went to Sea World to use the machine there but it was in a payable area. Okay let's go all the way back to another ATM where I got my money. After I returned to Mission Beach I saw an ATM in every fucking store! 🙈

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  • Day36

    El Centro

    August 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Day 35: This day I used to get closer to San Diego. I chose El Centro for it.
    On my way to get there I crossed my first sand desert. All along my way I saw nothing than desert.
    When I arrived I rested for a while then I continued to Salton Sea.
    The Salton Lake is the largest lake of California and has an extremely high salt concentration.
    After I took some photos I returned to the hostel.
    That day wasn't that excited and El Centro isn't the nicest city I've seen. But it is quiet close to Mexico and you can feel it! Around you are all those Mexican and spanish speaking people.

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  • Day35

    Historic Route 66

    August 5, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    Day 34: I spent my day on the historic Route 66 today.
    First I visited the Grand Canyon Caverns (okay, yesterday wasn't the last part of canyons). Once they found bones of dinosaurs there. The cavern may be the oldest, deepest, darkest, largest and quietest.
    The next stop was Kingman. I'm happy that I spent my night in Seligman. That town is definitely more historical. Kingman is more commercially than historical.
    Afterwards I stayed on the Route 66 and reached Oatman. That town was such amazing! Oatman is an old gold mining town which is crossed by the Route 66. An old town with old shops, saloons, restaurants, ..., that is still alive! One cool thing is that there are wild mules which cross the street and live in the town.
    Then I continued and the ride was just epic! The Route 66 crossed the desert. I had just me, my car, an incredible wideness and country music of course! Just thru the middle of nowhere how they used to say! #lifeisgood #travelingisgood
    After all I got to Lake Havasu and had a look at the Old London Bridge.
    Tonight I decided to book for this and the upcoming night in El Centro a lodge room which is quiet the same price like a campground.

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    Historic Route 66 II ✔
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  • Day34

    Grand Canyon

    August 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 33: Last national park, last canyon. Today I've explored the wideness of Grand Canyon.
    Well the beginning of the was extremely lazy. I was very tired and fell asleep again and again.
    But I got out of my car some time and started my trip to the Grand Canyon.
    Because I was really tired and alone I decided not to hike a trail. Instead I drove to all the outlook points along the Rim Trail.
    Suddenly it started raining and I returned.
    I drove on to Seligman - an historic Route 66 town.
    When I got there I checked in at a motel. The host is a German from Freiburg.
    He told me some stories about the Route 66. For example the Disney movie 'cars' was born on the route between Seligman and Kingman. There you can found all cars. The tow truck you see in a photo.
    At the end of day I went to a German restaurant eating a German Bratwurst.
    Afterwards I fell in my definitely needed bed. The rooms of the motel are all self designed with their own topic. I took the Hollywood room.

    Rim trail outlook points ✔
    Seligman ✔
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