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News October 2015              (Sodo/Ethiopia, 10/31/2015)
Website statistics:   'Webalizer' has been shut down in February 2013. 'Google-Analytics' is now the current counter.
                        'Google-Analytics' showed 21'579 pageviews during October. The visitors come from 235 countries!
                        ('Google-Analytics': September = 19'829 pageviews / August = 21'308 pageviews)
                        'Logaholic' shows now the following figures in October 2015: 20'037 visits / 89'120 pages
                   ('Logaholic' September = 17'623 visits / 81'749 pages; August = 19'154 visits / 87'237 pages)
                                  Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits ('Webalizer')
October 10th, 2015: We are invited for lunch at locals. Liliana is going to get her camera out of our car shortly before eating.
When she is opening the door to the garden, the watchdog sees her and darts immediately to her and bites her into the left leg.
As on December 14th, 2009, in Tonga a lot of blood is flowing and there is a huge uproar how did this happen? Besides
of three more "tamely" dogs there is a creature "trained to attack", which guards the big property. They have been released
from there day cages to do their "business". Unfortunately neither the host didn't inform us about letting out the dogs nor
Liliana didn't mention anything about her intention to go to the vehicle. That's the way accidents happen! Result: Immediately
to the nearby Karen Hospital where the wounds have been cleaned, a tetanus injection and the necessary antibiotics were
given. Liliana is still treating today the biggest bite injury with antibiotic cream, but it seems to heal. We informed also with
pictures our "general practitioner" in Kuala Lumpur, who gave us greenlight on October 19th, for our onward journey
towards Ethiopia. Hence our 31st travel jubilee on October 16th, 2015, felt through like one year ago the 30th anniversary
of being "on the road" in Angola due to an axle fracture.
On October 21st, we kicked off and said good bye to Nairobi. Initially we proceeded on the "Trans East-African Highway"
pretty good. One day later we left definitively the southern hemisphere in Nanyuki while crossing the equator for the 24th
time by road. We roamed since July 1st, 2014, in this part of the earth. On the more than 300 miles [500km] long stretch
north of Isiolo there are still about 60 miles [100km] of road construction sites that can nerve quite a lot. Once this part is
definitively finished it will take for sure some more years there will be a huge relieve for the traffic between Kenya and
Ethiopia (if there is done some maintenance what might be questionable).
Next "fixpoint" was the border crossing in Moyale: Firstly the Ethiopian Customs doesn't work on a Sunday, thus the Carnet
could get stamped in only on Monday, although it's possible to enter the country on Sunday. Secondly it wasn't just our
516th border crossing within the last 31 years, but we entered also "our new" 183rd country Ethiopia (182nd was
Mozambique). Thirdly we changed for the 25th time from the left hand side to the right hand side of the road, whereby we
drove in 48 countries 134'565 miles [216'562km] on the left side it was more than the double on the right hand side:
309'859 miles [498'670km] in 134 countries.
After the first night in Ethiopia in Moyale, early morning of October 27th, we discovered unexpectedly in Emil's pillow the
bullet from the robbery in Nkhotakota/Malawi on July 31st, 2015. Would this projectile not only have grazed Emil but hit
somewhere unimaginable.....! The South of Ethiopia is still wild and not so densely populated. We reached quickly
Yabello, a kind of "tourist pivot". Thus we have seen quite a few short time tourists in tourist vehicles, who are exploring
everything feasible in the region. Upon their information we turn left towards Konso in the West because the paved Trans
African Highway, which is leading directly northwards is said to be full of potholes for about 125 miles [200km]. However
the 60 miles [100km] stretch that we have chosen was also pretty rough and tough. About 20 miles [30km] consist of
construction sites and the rest of a very rough worn and washed out gravel road. But somewhen tarmac restarts and with it
also the density of the population: From Konso onwards mostly people, animals (cows, goats, sheep, donkeys) and carts
are populating the road, as well as a very bad add-on: Children screaming and yelling for money and sweets while they are
throwing stones at the cars partly in fairly big groups (dozens) from around 5 to 18 years of age. They are waiting on
places for white tourists (doesn't matter whether driving in an own car or in a local vehicle with a driver), where the vehicle's
speed has to be reduced due to obstacles. Woe to the one who experiences at such a place a breakdown!
                                                                     Ethiopia/Moyale: The 183th country is entered
We are now agog whether the "children situation" towards the North and East is developing more positively. If not we are
shortening our journey through the beautiful and usually predominantly friendly country. Any further inconveniences can be
overcome without problems. But getting stones flung at the head (Emil underwent this experience already), every mile is
becoming like running respectively driving the gauntlet, despite of possibly broken windows and other damages.

New Reports/Pictures
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1 Report
(July-Aug. 2015)
Malawi/Nkhotakota: Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015 on the campsite of the Safari Beach Lodge
  • Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
  • South Africa
    1 Report
    (Jan.-April 2015)
    3rd Major Repair
    of our LandCruiser (due to two broken side shafts)
    South Africa/Clanwilliam: Once more a broken side shaft
    2 Picture Galleries
    1 Report
    (Sept.-Oct. 2014)
    Angola/Leba Pass: 6'053 ft. high pass between Lubango and Namibe
    Part 1: September 26th to October 4th, 2014
    Part 2: October 4th to 22nd, 2014
    30th Anniversary of being on the road
    2 Picture Galleries
    (July-Sept. 2014)
    (Oct. 2014-Jan. 2015)
    Namibia Part 1: from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
    Namibia Part 2: :from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
    Namibia/Walvis Bay: Dune No. 7
    Cape Verde
    1 Picture Report
    6 Picture Galleries
    (Nov. 2013-May 2014)
    Cape Verde: Girl from Praia
    Island of Santiago (Report)
    Island of Fogo
    Island of Brava
    Island of São Nicolau
    Island of São Vicente
    Island of Santo Antão Part 1 Eastern Side
    Island of Santo Antão Part 2 Western side
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, 2013)
    Transnistria: Lenin in front of the parliament building
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 21/22, 2013)
    (Sept. 1 - 4, 2013)
    Moldova: Trebujeni - a typical Moldovan village near Orheiul Vechi
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 17 - 21, 2013)
    (Sept. 4 - 22, 2013)
    Ukraine: Roksolany along Dniestr-Liman: The churches with its 'golden' domes can be seen everywhere
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 5 - 13, 2013)
    Abkhazia: Pebble beach of Sukhumi
    Picture Gallery
    (July 9 - 17, 2013)
    Nagorno-Karabakh/Stepanakert: The Monument 'Tatik u Papik'
    2 Picture Galleries
    (July 2 - 9, 2013)
    (July 17 - 22, 2013)
    Armenia: Haghpat Monastery near Alaverdi in the North
    Armenia part 1
    (from the Georgia border at Bagratashen
    to the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris)
    Armenia part 2
    (from the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris
    to the Georgia border near Gyumri)
    Picture Gallery
    (June 13 - 24, 2013)
    Azerbaijan: Baku: Flame Towers
    3 Picture Galleries
    (June 4 - 13, 2013)
    (June 24 - July 2, 2013)
    (July 22 - Aug. 5, 2013)
    (Aug. 13 - 15, 2013)
    Georgia: Mtskheta and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
    Georgia part 1
    (from the Turkish border at Sarpi
    to the Azerbaijani border near Lagodekhi)
    Georgia part 2
    (Tbilisi + from the Armenian border at Ninotsminda
    via Kazbegi, Kutaisi to Zugdidi before Svaneti)
    Georgia part 3
    (Svaneti + Ferry to the Ukraine)
    Picture Gallery
    (May 28, - June 4, 2013)
    Turkey/Southeast-Anatolia: Kurdish Village Soguksu with Volcano Tendürek
    3 Picture Galleries
    (May 2013)
    Iran: Picture of Ayatollah Khomeini in the Nasir-al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz
    Iran part 1
    (Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad)
    Iran part 2
    (Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan)
    Iran part 3
    (Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh)
    5 Picture Galleries
    (Jan. 28, - March 29, 2013)
    Part 2: Sohar-Muskat-Rustaq-Nizwa
    Part 3: Sur-East Coast-Isl.of Masirah-Dhofar
    Part 4: South: Salalah & Srndg. (Dhofar)-Nizwa
    Part 5: Western Hajar Mountains
    Oman/Musandam: View to the bay Khor an-Najd, southeast of Khasab
    2nd Rejuvenation
    Picture Gallery
    (Bodywork: Aug.-Oct. 2012)

    Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia: Dismantling the roof rack on the occasion of the second "rejuvenation"

    Report of the second overhaul of 
    our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
    - the East Malaysian province
    on the island of Borneo
    3 Picture Galleries
    (Dec. 2011 - May 2012)
    (Saint-Denis & surroundings-West Coast-Salazie-
    La Paix-North Coast-Takamaka-Dos d'Âne)
    Réunion part 2
    (Les Makes-La Fenêtre-Saint Louis-East Coast-
    The Volcano-Grande Anse)
    Réunion part 3
    Cilaos-Grande Anse-Le Maïdo-Saint Pierre
    Réunion: View from Cap Noir/Dos d'Âne (near La Possession) into the Cirque de Mafate
    4 Picture Reports
    (Sept.  - Dec. 2011)
    Madagascar/Morondava: 27 years 'on the road', here in the 'Allée des Baobabs'
    Madagascar part 1
    Madagascar part 2
    Madagascar part 3
    (Ambalavao-Isalo N.P.-Tuléar-Ranomafana)
    Madagascar part 4
    3 Picture Reports
    (July - Sept. 2011)
    Mauritius 1             (with car)
    Mauritius 2                (with car)
    Rodrigues Island    (without car)
    Mauritius: Typical steep mountains rising from the sugar cane fields
    Sri Lanka
    3 Picture Reports
    (March - May 2011)
    Sri Lanka/Dambulla: Buddha in the Golden Temple resp. Cave Temple
    Sri Lank part 1
    Sri Lank part 2
    Sri Lank part 3
    United Arab Emirates
    3 Picture Galleries:  (with car)
    (Nov. 20th, 2012 to Apr. 29th 2013)
    1 Picture Gallery:  (w/o car)
    (Feb. 19th, to 27th, 2011)
    1 Picture Report  (with car)
    (February - May 1999)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 3   (with car)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 2   (with car)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 1   (with car)
    UAE: 2nd Visit (Dubai-Sharjah) (without car)
    UAE: 1st Visit   (with car)
    United Arab Emirates: Souk of Sharjah
    3 Picture Reports (w/o car)
    (Feb. 9th, to 19th, 2011)
    1 Picture Galleriy  (with car)
    (May-June 1996)
    Dicksam Plateau/Socotra Island/Yemen: Forest of Dragon Blood Trees
    Island of Socotra East      (w/o car)
    Island of Socotra South    (w/o car)
    Island of Socotra West     (w/o car)
    Pictures from Yemen Trip (with car)
    Papua New Guinea
    5 Picture Reports
    (Aug.  - Oct. 2010)
    1) Milne Bay - (Port Moresby)
                    - Mt. Hagen - Lae
    2) Mt.Hagen Cultural Show 8/13-15/2010
    3) Lae – Madang – Goroka
    4) Goroka Cultural Show 9/17-19/2010
    5) Goroka - Mt. Hagen - Kumul Pass
                    - Mt. Hagen - Goroka - Lae
    Mount Hagen/Papua New Guinea: Huli Wigman from the Southern Highlands at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show 2010
    Indonesia 2010
    3 Picture Reports
    (March  - June 2010)
    Medan/Sumatra/Indonesia: Indonesian Serenity
    North Sumatra  Report  (March-April 2010)
    West-Sumatra  Report    (May-June 2010)
    Southern Sumatra  Report    (June 2010)
    Picture Report
    (Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010)
    Tongatapu Island Nuku'alofa/Tongatapu/Tonga: Royal Palace
    French Polynesia
    3 Picture Reports
    (Aug. -Oct.  2009)
    Tahiti/French Polynesia: One type of Tahiti's main flower with many names - Frangipani, Plumeria, Tiare
    Tahiti 1st part  Picture Report  (Aug.-Sept. 2009)
    Tahiti 2nd part Picture Report  (Oct. 2009)
    Moorea Picture Report   (Sept. 2009)
    Cook Islands (without car)
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 2009)
    Rarotonga Island Cook Islands/Rarotonga: Beauty from the South Pacific
    American Samoa
    Picture Gallery
    (July 2009)
    American Samoa: View from Pago Pago towards the 1'718ft. high Rainmaker Mountain (Pioa Mountain)
    4 Picture Reports:
    (April-June 2009)
    Island of Upolu: 1st part
    Island of Upolu: 2nd part
    Independence Day  June 1st, 2009
    Island of Savaii
    Apia/Samoa: Coat of Arms of Samoa in front of the Government Office Building
    3 Picture Galleries:
    (Jan.-March 2009)
    Suva/Fiji: Guard at the Parliament House
    1st part: Island of Viti Levu (Jan.+Febr. 2009)
    2nd part: Island of Vanua Levu (March 2009)
    3rd part: Island of Taveuni (March 2009)
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: July 2008)
    (2nd visit: Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009)
    Vanuatu 1st visit (without car)
    Vanuatu 2nd visit (with car)
    Vanuatu: Boeing 737-800 of Air Vanuatu at the airport of Port Vila
    New Caledonia
    3 Picture Galleries:
    (Aug.-Oct. 2008)
    New Caledonia: Nouméa and the St. Joseph Cathedral
    1st part: Grand Terre: Nouméa + South (Aug.2008)
    2nd part: Grand Terre: North #1 (Aug.+Sept. 2008)
    3rd part: Grand Terre: North #2 (Sept.+Oct. 2008)
    New Zealand
    6 Picture Galleries:
    (South Island: Febr.-May 2008)
    (North Island: May-July 2008)
    1st part: South Island (Febr.+March 2008)
    2nd part: South Island (March 2008)
    3rd part: South Island (April 2008)
    4th part: South to North Island (May 2008)
    5th part: North Island (May+June 2008)
    6th part: North Island (June+July 2008)
    New Zealand: South Island - typically
    1 Picture Gallery:
    3 Picture Reports:
    (1st visit: Febr. 2008)
    (2nd visit: Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011)

    Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

    Philippines 1st visit (without car Febr. 2008)
    Philippines 2nd visit (with car):
    Luzon (South)-Mindoro-Panay  (Nov.-Dec. 2010)
    Negros-Cebu  (Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011)
    Bohol-Luzon (South)  (Jan. 2011)
    3 Picture Reports:
    (Oct.- Nov. 2007)
    1st part: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung
    2nd part: Taitung-Southern Cross-
    Island Hwy-Siraya NSA (Zengwun Reservoir)-Alishan-Sun Moon Lake -Taroko-Suao-
    Hualien Hwy-Taipei
    3rd part: Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung
    Kaohsiung/Taiwan: God of War at Lotus Pond
    Timor-Leste (East Timor)
    2 Picture Reports:
    (May 2007)

    Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

    Exclave of Oecussi
    Indonesia 2006/07
    1 Report + 6 Picture Galleries:
    (Sumatra-Java: Sept.-Dec. 2006)
    (Bali: Jan.-March 2007)
    (Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores: April 2007)
    (Sumba, West Timor: May+June 2007)
    (Sulawesi:June+July 2007)
    (Tana Toraja (-Land): June+July 2007)
    (Kalimantan: July 2007)
    Sumatra-Java    (= Report)
    Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores
    Sumba, West Timor
    Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land)
    Ke'te Kesu near Rantepao/Sulawesi/Indonesia: Traditional Toraja village
    Picture Report
    (Sept. 2006)
    Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
    3 Picture Reports:
    (Sarawak: 1st visit: June-Aug. 2006)
    (Sabah: Oct. 2006)
    (Sarawak: 2nd visit: Nov. 2006)
    Picture Gallery:
    (Borneo-Trip: Sept.-Nov. 2006)
    Sarawak part 1 Northeast (Miri)
    Sarawak part 2 South (Kuching)
    Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak, Kalimantan)
    Sepilok near Sandakan/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
    1st Rejuvenation
    Picture Report
    (Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006)
    (Transmission: Sept. 2007)

    Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Overhaul of our LandCruiser in 'Full Swing'

    Report of the first overhaul of 
    our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
    - the East Malaysian province
    on the island of Borneo
    Myanmar (South) (without car)
    Picture Report
    (May 2006)
    Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
    (2nd visit: Nov. - Dec. 2005)
    (3rd visit: Febr. - April 2006)
    Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat
    Temples, Pagodas, Shrines

    People, Beaches, Nature

    Picture Report
    (February 2006)

    Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

    Picture Report
    (January 2006)
    Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field
    Picture Report
    (December 2005)

    Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

    Malaysia (West)
    Picture Report
    (Oct. - Nov. 2005)
    (May 2006)
    Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far
    Picture Gallery
    (September 2005)

    Singapore: Merlion - the Land- and Trademark of the Lion City

    Macao   (without car)
    Picture Gallery
    (September 2005)

    Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

    Hong Kong
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: September 2005)
    (2nd visit: Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008)


    Hong Kong 1st visit (without car)
    Hong Kong 2nd visit (with car)
    Hong Kong: From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
    The visit of 6 countries with and 1 island without our LandCruiser Middle East
    The visit of 10 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Southeast Asia
    The visit of 4 countries with and 1 islandl without our LandCruiser Indian Ocean
    The visit of 4 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Far East
    The visit of 14 Pacific Islands with and 1 without our LandCruiser

    Pacific (Febr. 2008-Jan. 2010 + Aug.-Sept. 2010)

    The visit of 13 Caribbean Islands with our LandCruiser

    Caribbean (June 2003-Dec. 2004)

    + added from the United Arab Emirates:

    Fairytale Wedding in Dubai   (March 1999)

    + added from a earlier visit to the USA:

    Las Vegas  (Millennium change)

    + added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

    Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

    + Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

    Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

    + Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
    Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
    Toyota Companies since 1982
    On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
    600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
    On June 10th, 2009, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 163 countries the car's
    400'000th Mile - in a beautiful landscape in the West of the island of Savaii/Samoa.
    Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
    Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN"


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