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News September 2016              (Gorno Altaysk/Russia, 9/30/2016)
Website statistics:   'Webalizer' has been shut down in February 2013. 'Logaholic' became 2016 too unreliable.
                                  Thus 'Google-Analytics' remains as the only counter.
                        'Google-Analytics' showed 21'592 pageviews during September 2016. The visitors came from 235 countries!
                        ('Google-Analytics': August = 18'673 pageviews / July = 17'829 pageviews)
                        Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits ('Webalizer')
Wow! Our Uzbekistan website is now online! And our information site "what's happening?" that is updated sporadically, doesn't show
(yet) its expected number of visitors; however we'll continue with it for the time being.
Hence it might probably be known that not everything runs anymore so smoothly since we left Lake Teletskoe. The weldings of our
front windscreen pillars have been already mentioned in our "News July/August 2016". Thus we set off on the "Chuysky-Trakt" for
Mongolia. Well, and then the long repair and waiting time started, which we described in the new "what's happening?" from the 1st to
18th September, and which blocked us in Gorno Altaysk.
But as "misfortunes" never come singly, we had to learn that in Mongolia supposedly due to the Mongol-Rally that runs in August and
September older tourist cars are allowed only to enter the country by paying a guarantee deposit; a "Carnet de Passages" isn't
accepted. Until today we couldn't clarify whether this measure has been implemented only temporarily. In any case we lost more time
due to the investigation exactly that much until winter starts in eastern Russia. This showed us rapidly in a harsh way that our vehicle
isn't anymore very suitable for winter apart that being in our age freezing temperatures, wind, blowing snow and constant rainfalls
don't feel really comfortable with our "outdoor-lifestyle". We heard also from fellow travelers driving in Mongolia ahead of us (trucks
and motorbikes are not subject to a bond) that Mongolia's most (unpaved) roads have very strong and deep washboard top what
wouldn't suit currently our frail LandCruiser and could sound the death knell for it.
Another negative message arrived from Vladivostok, which said that container shipping out from this port, no matter where to,
would be very expensive. While the car ferry to South Korea seems to be affordable, this country isn't very inviting either during winter
time at least not for us. Neither is winter a motivation to cross China, what during another season could have been an idea to be
checked (even if the constant compulsory guide deterred us to visit this otherwise beautiful and very interesting country).
                                                               Russia/Altai Republic: Winter arrives on Chuysky Trakt - snow at higher elevations
Knowing all these facts, we decided to drop our 187th country Mongolia and instead of driving eastwards to Vladivostok to turn
westwards towards Europe and Middle East. What this exactly means and whereto this will finally be, is an open question, which we
cannot yet answer. However it will be shown in due course at "what's happening?". In any case we have to leave Russia definitively on
November 11th, 2016.

New Reports/Pictures
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2 Picture Galleries
(May 31st-June 27th, 2016)
Tajikistan/Pamir Highland: Between Jelandy and Koy-Tezek pass
Part 1: May 31st to June 18th, 2016
                 (Uzbekistan border - Dushanbe)
Part 2: June 18th to 27th, 2016
                 (Dushanbe - Kyrgyzstan border)


1 Picture Gallery
(May 10th-31st, 2016)
Uzbekistan/Samarkand: Registan
1 Picture Gallery
  • (May 6th-10th, 2016)
  • Turkmenistan/Darvaza: Gas crater in the Karakum desert
  • Saudi Arabia
    1 Picture Gallery
    (Jan. 9th-12th, 2016)
    Saudi Arabia/Haradh: Black camels (Dromedaries)
    1 Picture Gallery
    (Dec. 9th, 2015-Jan. 8th, 2016)
    Sudan/Meroë (Bagrawiyah): Pyramid-shaped tombs about 125 miles [200km] northeast of Khartoum
    1 Picture Gallery
    (Nov. 18th-27th, 2015)
    Djibouti/Tadjoura: In the background the 5'740 ft. [1'750m] high Goda Mountains
    2 Picture Galleries
    (Oct.25th-Nov. 18th, 2015)
    (Nov. 27th-Dec. 9th, 2015)
    Ethiopia/Lalibela: 'Bete Giyorgis' rock-hewn church
    Part 1: October 25th to November 18th, 2015
                     (Kenya border - Djibouti border)
    Part 2: November27th to December 9th, 2015
                     (Djibouti border - Sudan border)
    1 Picture Gallery
    (Sept. 7th-Oct. 25th, 2015)
    Kenya/Naro Moru: Stormy atmosphere on the way to the Equator at Nanyuki
    1 Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 18th-Sept. 7th, 2015)
    Tanzania/Moshi: Fruit market along the main road to Arusha
    1 Picture Gallery
    1 Report
    (July 20th-Aug. 18th, 2015)
    Armed Robbery
    in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
    Malawi/Nkhotakota: Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015 on the campsite of the Safari Beach Lodge
    1 Picture Gallery
    (July 6th-20th, 2015)
    Mozambique/Songo: Cahora Bassa Dam and Zambezi River
    1 Picture Gallery
    (June 8th-July 6th, 2015)
    Simbabwe/Marondera: Balancing granite rocks
    1 Picture Gallery
    (May 15th-June 8th, 2015)
    Botswana/Central Kalahari: Kubu-Island (Lekhubu) at Sua Pan, part of the Makgadikgadi Pans
    1 Picture Gallery
    (April 23rd-28th, 2015)
    Swasiland/Smokey Mountains: Zersiedelte Landschaft im Komati-Tal, unweit des Maguga Dams
    Picture Gallery
    (April 7th-15th, 2015)
    Lesotho/Blue Mountain Pass: Shepherd with typical Basotho hat (Mokorotlo)
    South Africa
    3 Picture Galleries
    1 Report
    (January-April 7th, 2015)
    (April 15th-23rd, 2015)
    (April 28th-May 15th, 2015)
    Part 1; January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
    Namibia border to Capetown
    Part 2: February 24th to March 13th, 2015
    Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park
    Part 3: March 13th to April 7th, 2015
    Addo National Park to the Lesotho border
    3rd Major Repair
    of our LandCruiser (due to two broken side shafts)
    South Africa/Paarl: Manor House of the Laborie Winery
    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)
    (Jan. 12th, 2016 to .....)
    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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