August - September 2017
  • Day27

    Taiwan: Zhongli

    September 3, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Finally! After 27 days of traveling I reach the National Central University of Taiwan which defines the final destination of my journey. Within a few hours I find accommodation for the next five months. The thought of settling down is still strange but a warm glow comes up when thinking about all the possible adventures awaiting in Taiwan. The end of something is always the start of something new. But for now I would say: Mission accomplished.

    This journey, including thousands of kilometers covered by coaches and trains, across 2 continents and 6 time zones, would have been possible without the help of friends and fellow travelers met during the journey and at home: Thanks to Dasha from Kiev, Tegi from Ulan-Bataar and Lynn from Taipei which revealed precious views from a local's point of view. Thanks to Maxi for the great company in Russia, Mongolia and Beijing. Thanks to Na, Vicky, Laure and Inna from Hohenheim for their help preparing the trip and giving insights. Thanks to many many people randomly met on the road, in trains or buses. And, of course, thanks to my family and Nora for letting me go and supporting me all the time. Maybe you were more nervous than I was. But then, it turned out to be alright ;)
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  • Day26

    Taiwan: Taipei

    September 2, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    One day full of events: Lynn and her sister pick me up from TSA airport, take me to Longshan Temple, a massage saloon and famous Taipei 101. Inbetween: the best food I've eaten during this journey if not in my entire life, including things I've never seen nor eaten before. Thank you two for this memorable start for the next 5 months of life in Taiwan!Read more

  • Day25

    Taiwan: Kinmen Island

    September 1, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    From Xiamen I hop on the ferry to Kinmen, which is some kind of an outpost of Taiwan dating back to the Cold War times. Finally, the first footsteps on Taiwan! But they quickly turn into 2-wheeled tracks as I rent a scooter and try to lap the island. 90km/h and more - would be allowed to drive this at home. Ah Taiwan, this is a really good start.Read more

  • Day23

    China: Xiamen

    August 30, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    The bullet trains takes me from Shanghai to Xiamen in an unusual short period of time compared to the trains we took in Russia. I find accommodation and meet Hui Ting from couchsurfing: Together with a friend of her we discover the dragon boat lake of Xiamen. Two of the best things of China? Super fast trains and food.Read more

  • Day23

    China: Shanghai

    August 30, 2017 in China ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Shanghai. It seems everything is possible here. What used to be swampland 20 years ago is now China's striving financial district. The metro system is said soon to be the largest worldwide. On a Wednesday afternoon people dress up like on Saturday night. Prosperity is in the air. This is incredible.

  • Day20

    China: Beijing

    August 27, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    The contrast is huge: From Mongolia, one of the least populated countries on earth right into the heart of China. However, as a Westerner it is easier to navigate through Beijing as expected. From now on, I will continue the trip on my own as Maxi will remain in Beijing for his studies.

  • Day16

    Mongolia: On the countryside

    August 23, 2017 in Mongolia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Tegi arranged a trip to the countryside. We take seats in a Toyota Prius and plough through unpaved roads while the Mongolians show us the incredible beauty of their vast country. For tonight we find accomodation in a wood-fired ger. In two days we will (hopefully) cross the boarder to China.

  • Day14

    Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar

    August 21, 2017 in Mongolia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We pass a huge amount of nothing until we get dropped off at the buzzing Dragon Bus station at the dirty outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. We meet Tegi and escape the crowd. "This is Ulaanbaatar" one of her friends shouts while we struggle to cross a 6-lane road. We hop onto one of the indistinguishable, wrecked buses which takes us to the city centre and somehow to our accommodation. Yes, this is Ulaanbaatar. Let's see what else is there in Mongolia.Read more

  • Day13

    Leaving Lake Baikal behind

    August 20, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The time has come to dive into Russian trains one more time. This time: 3. class, 9,5 hours platzkart travel. An intense mixture of all possible human smells welcomes us as we board the open sleeping wagon. This is authenticity at its best. Thank god we ate before.

  • Day11

    Siberia: restoring energy

    August 18, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Sometimes one needs to take a rest and so did we. This is our last day on Olkhon, so we hired bikes and pushed them up the mountain nearby. The rest of the day we spend at Shamanka, a picturesque and very distinct rock outcrop near Khuzir, probably the first picture popping up if looking up Olkhon on Google. However, google won't instantly reveal Olkhon being a top holiday destination hidden in Russia's remoteness. Tomorrow we enter the minibus which takes us over bumpy roads back to Irkutsk and therewith leave this rugged but heartwarming, this harsh but authentic place. Then, another train ride eastbound begins.Read more