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News July/August 2011   (Mahébourg/Mauritius, August 4th, 2011)

Website statistics:   In July we were able to welcome 29'535 visitors who did 953'371 hits, according to 'Webalizer'.
                        'Google-Analytics' showed 29'025 Pageviews during the same period. The visitors are from ~183 countries!
                                          (June = 37'206 visitors 947'122 Hits / May = 36'855 visitors 1'253'662 Hits)
                                  ('Google-Analytics': June = 26'127 Pageviews / May = 29'819 Pageviews / 210 countries)
                                  Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits
There was much happening but not too much of thrill since our previous news (May/June 2011). Hence we left on May 26th, 2011,
Sri Lanka after three months for a following short stay in Southern Thailand and the "obligatory" short visits in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
On June 22nd, 2011, we reached Mauritius and with it for the second time Africa – good bye to Asia, Australia and the Pacific! It was a
beautiful time.
Because the arrival of our LandCruiser, which followed us to Mauritius, was delayed, we first visited without car during one week the
island of Rodrigues that belongs to Mauritius but lies 360 miles further to the East. It's a very nice and extremley peaceful and pretty laid
back island, without big surprises and far away from the world's turmoil – perfect to "de-stress". But the stress returned automatically on
July 4th, 2011, when we tried to release our container that arrived in the meantime. It was not only the entry fees that went out of hand,
but the customs seal, which was fixed during loading in Colombo, was changed. This happened already once but then an amendmend
should be passed on to the port of destination by the shipping agencies concerned. While in Papua New Guinea nobody cared about
this change on arrival, here in Mauritius it wasn't allowed to open the container. Three days later some flimsy explanation by somebody
showed up, but at least our 23rd box was allowed to be opened – luckily our buddy appeared unharmed and unchanged, and there was
neither something missing (stolen) nor added (drugs).
At last we could start to explore our 170th country of our nearly 27-years worldtrip. Even though Mauritius – measuring 736 sq.mi.
(+ Rodrigues 42 sq.mi. and Agalega 9 sq.mi.) – doesn't look very big, the island is diverse in many ways: Landscapes, religions,
ethnicities (races), languages, accommodations, gastronomy, sights, etc. Thus we drove within the last four weeks already 900 miles.
                                                                Mahébourg-Blue Bay/Mauritius: Sugar cane fields
How is it going on? Actually we planned to ferry from Mauritius via the French island of Réunion to Madagascar. Unfortunately we learnt
only here in Mauritius that both vessels of the Mauritius Shipping Corporation don't carry a ramp, leaving any cargo to be loaded by
containers and crane. Additionally, in Madagascar the rainy season starts early November. Then Madagascan roads should better be
avoided because only 25% of the road network is paved, the rest is earth and clay. Then the quotes of shipping and harbor fees are so
high due to the freight system that non-sponsored travelers like us simply have to throw in the towel. If we cannot distribute such costs
over a stay of some months we have to give it a miss. Finally, Madagascar doesn't have yet any system for a temporarily import of a
vehicle. Obviously the Customs Authorities and the Chamber of Commerce are "currently" checking whether they should implement
somewhen in the future the "Carnet AIT/FAI", the "Carnet ATA" or no Carnet at all. Until this is decided, there is a cash guarantee to be
placed, which has to correspond to the Madagascan duty and tax entry fees, and that can most probably be written off from the beginning.
So, what now?

New Reports/Pictures
ASIA + PACIFIC:                                                              mouse over picture shows comments
                                                                                                              click a picture to see details
2 Picture Galleries
(July - Sept. 2011)
Mauritius                 (with car)
Rodrigues Island    (without car)
Mauritius: Typical steep mountains rising from the sugar cane fields
Sri Lanka
3 Picture Galleries
(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
1 Picture Gallery:  (w/o car)
Feb. 19th, to 27th, 2011)
1 Picture Report (with car)
(February - May 1999)
U.A.E. 2nd Visit (Dubai-Sharjah)
(without car)
U.A.E. 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
2 Pict. Reports* +
3 Pict.Galleries
(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
1 Picture Report +
2 Pict.Galleries
(March  - June 2010)
Medan/Sumatra/Indonesia: Indonesian Serenity
North Sumatra  Report  (March-April 2010)
West-Sumatra  Gallery    (May-June 2010)
Southern Sumatra  Gallery    (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
4 Picture Galleries:
(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
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 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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