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Week XXXV

USA – New York, New York

New Yorker are ‘children of excitement’ as I will call them from now on. They like morning TV, stars, talking about stars, police with machine guns (at least they don’t mind them), fast food and flags – especially stars and stripes (what better way to describe the flag?). Despite the feeling that half of the cars were taxis and the other half emergency vehicles the city felt quite clean and save. New York is quite a big apple with over eight million people. In some parts it seems like most of them are tourists and the rest policemen – but honestly, NY was a great experience without any troubles.

There are thousand things to see: Central park, Times square, Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn bridge, Rockefeller centre, Empire State building, Flatiron building, Guggenheim museum (among hundred others), Chrysler building, Battery park, Grand Central station, the whole financial district and many more..
I tried the NY hot dog, but in my opinion it tastes kind of artificial and can’t possibly compete with one from Vienna. The soft ice cream and pretzels were surprisingly good though.

But risk a look at: Times square, Manhatten as seen from the Staten Island ferry, Chrysler and Empire State building from the top of the Rockefeller centre at night time, and Brooklyn bridge – over to Brooklyn – just before sunset..

times square manhatten
manhatten at night brooklyn bridge

After a week I crossed the Atlantic ocean over to Ireland, Dublin where I stayed till yesterday.

September 26, 2009 at 11:43 am 1 comment

Week XXVI – XXVII

Canada – Vancouver

Before I hit the road – or better the canadian mountains – I want to give you a small summary of the last six months of travelling:
– half a year, 26 weeks (from 2009-01-16 to 2009-07-17 – 183 days)
– Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, USA (Hawaii, Washington), Canada
– diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, surfing, hiking, running, climbing
– by plane, bus, car, boat, hitchhiking, train, walking
– best breakfast: Seattle (fruits), Fiji (just everything on Beachcomber island)
– best shower: New Zealand (after days in the wild), Vancouver (just good)
– best sleep: New Zealand (in my tent in the bush and at the French Ridge Hut)
– best rocks: New Zealand (at Castle Hill), Australian blue mountains
– best food: sushi in Tokyo, fish and chips on Steward Island
I haven’t been stolen anything and lost only one t-shirt and that to the sharks while on a diving trip in Fiji. Unfortunately it was my Come-To-Pay shirt (sorry, Arvid) – you might know it from a lot of famous jump pictures.

About Canada.. I wasn’t fully healthy when I crossed over to Vancouver. Still, after a few questions at the Canadian border, everything was done. The green US passport paper (everybody makes such a big fuzz about it, cause it makes it hard to enter the States when you forget to return it after leaving) the bus driver just ripped out, after I asked about it. She told me she’ll throw it in the box at the US border on her way back – she does that all the time – aaalright.
I came across a lot of homeless people and street dealers when I walked from the bus to the hostel in Vancouver. Then on one corner an older woman in a car stopped and offered me a chicken dinner, because she bought two for one. Oh, strange Vancouver. Due to feeling not a hundred percent fit, I didn’t do much the first few days. I explored the city and went on a day tour but that’s basically all. (I saw fish again – yes, I like stating and keywording ‘fish’)

Around Capilano park, Burrard and Lions Gate bridge and Granville island..

capilano lake burrard street bridge

granville island lions gate bridge

Today, I made my way over to Calgary. I learned about distances in Canada. It was a 15-hour bus drive through awesome Canadian landscapes. I lost an hour by crossing a time zone. Tomorrow, I’ll start a 20-day camping trip through the Rockies, Banff, Lake Luise and back to the West over Vancouver Island.

Uh, before I forget.. I did an update on my domain and account. Take a look at almost.plain.at. There you’ll find a selection of my best photos in various categories (you’ll need to click them, to get to the actual gallery). Thanks a lot for keeping my plain.at account Viktor!

July 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm 4 comments

Week XXIV

USA – Hawaii, Oahu

I am not really in a writing mood since it’s gotten past 1 am and I have to catch a plane in a few hours. So, I’ll make it perfect if you’re not in a reading mood at the moment..
Greetings from where even the cash machines say ‘yes, you can’, fake 9-dollar notes showing the current president are sold and everybody’s gone surfin’,..

around honolulu around diamond state monument

at perl harbor memorial the uss arizona memorial

american pie independence day fireworks

..starring: Honolulu, Diaond state monument, the USS Bowfin at Perl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and American pie on the 4th of July.

Next Stop: Seattle (hopefully not sleepless)

July 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm 2 comments

Stillstand

Meistens sind wir einfach zu sehr mit uns selbst beschäftigt. Wir regen uns furchtbar über ein Schuhband auf das auf einer Seite zu kurz ist, ohne zu merken, dass wir damit dem andern den Hals abschnüren. Man lacht ja auch gerne über den andern. Denn lachen tut ja schliesslich nicht weh – sagt man. Wer denkt beim zwischenmenschlichen Miteinander schon an das Wohl des anderen? Was ist überhaupt dieses ‘Wohl’? Warum sollen wir uns auch auf etwas konzentrieren wovon wir nichts haben? Die, die jetzt mit Gott, Liebe und dergleichen kommen sollen bitte bei der nächsten Bücherei ganz vorne bei A beginnen und sich melden, wenn sie wissen wo Säuglinge nicht herkommen.

Leben ist Egoismus pur.

Ich könnt’ kotzen! ~ (derStandard-Artikel von Franzobel am 29.09.2008)

Nach der Wahl ist vor der Wahl. Haben wir denn überhaupt eine Wahl? Wenn wir so weiter machen haben wir zumindest bald keinen Wal mehr. Aber Wahlwitze sind momentan walscheinlich eh nicht mehr angebracht. Auf der anderen Seite geht es doch immer irgendwie weiter. Zumindest für irgendwen. Zum Beispiel für die Amerikaner. Die stehen noch immer vor der Wahl; und mit offenem Mund vor der Wal Straße. Vier Tage später quält man sich übrigens auch am andern Ende der Welt.

September 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

You don’t make sense

Have you ever been speechless? Most people are from time to time. There is probably no need to worry about. Sometimes it’s just the numbness of the aftereffects of alcohol or sleeplessness. Or maybe it’s just some small surprise life often offers in the most unexpected situations. There is a saying ‘firstly it comes different and secondly, as you may imagine.’
What’s quite a sophistic attempt that offers a way out in such situations, is to build up association chains. Such procedures are used in some evaluation and creative idea finding techniques. These also called mind maps exist in various places. Language with all its references and reflexions works similar. I’m going to try it with the intention of conveying knowledge.

Long speculated but still an open question is whether life exists on Mars or not. Life on Mars is also a song by David Robert Jones better known as David Bowie which was released in 1973. 1973 again, is a song performed by James Hillier Blount who was actually born in 1974 and had been inspired by the club scene in Ibiza. Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, belonging with the island of Formentera to Spain. Spain is a constitutional monarchy like the United Kingdom and has been a member of the European Union since 1986. The European Union has together with Bulgaria and Romania, which joined by January 2007, 27 member states. Originally created as an economic union the unemployment rate for its almost 500 million citizens stood at 7 percent in 2007. The United States are inhabited by about 300 million people with an unemployment rate of about 5 percent. If you’re interested in the rest of the world, look up Kwashiorkor.
Take a look at the lawman, beating up the wrong guy!

December 26, 2007 at 9:41 pm 6 comments


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