Our 25th Anniversary of "being
on the road" in Papeete/Tahiti in French Polynesia
" the islands of our dreams in the Pacific"
- Tahiti a
magic name that makes everybodys heart beat louder. Long have we dreamed of it and
finally arrived. And here at our island of dreams we may celebrate also a very special
milestone of our epic journey around the world: Our 25th Anniversary: 25 years
402000 miles (~ 646000 km).
- We are sitting in the Pacific under the
Polynesian sun drinking a glass of champagne. Once more we let our thoughts drift back:
Has anything changed in our spirit of adventure and our desire to explore new places, new
cultures and their way of life since our 20 years
celebration on Saint
Martin in the Caribbean 5
years, 15 countries and 38000 miles (~ 60000 km) later? We can answer with a
sincere: No! The contrary: Our wish to see more of the world and to
meet new people has rather grown. Today as before the thrill of adventure is present.
Today as before we are curious how it might look around the next corner. And
today as before we never regretted to have swapped our secure life 1984 in Switzerland
with the unknown of the world.
- What happened during our last five years of
traveling? We moved from the Caribbean via South America and Asia to the Pacific. Mostly, lady luck was with us, as we met
extraordinary people who enriched our lives and helped us unselfishly in many ways to
reach our set goal in new countries: This was in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Brunei, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa and French Polynesia. Especially we recall all the bureaucratic hurdles
regarding our car permits for Taiwan and recently some of the different Pacific islands.
But inevitably, we had to cross also countries we already explored: Guyana, Suriname,
French Guiana, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Of course,
there were also disappointments and set backs: Thus we had to give a miss to Myanmar, the
Philippines and Papua New Guinea three destinations in which we invested much time
and work, but are trying now to reactivate them again. And what did our LandCruiser
experience during this time? On the island of Borneo, it got a successful rejuvenation.
Since then, we can fully rely on it. Thus we are looking full of optimism towards the next
five years exploring the world.
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- Another milestone: Our 25th anniversary of exploring the world
- Leap in time backward to the 20th Travel Anniversary
on the island of Saint
Martin/Sint Maarten in the Northern Antilles/Caribbean
- Leap in time forward to the
unusual 30th Travel Anniversary in