As my regular readers may remember, I’m doing a trip around the world this summer! Here’s an update of the itinerary:
|May 08-May 17||Peru|
|May 18-June 02||Hawaii|
|June 04-June 18||New Zealand|
|June 07-June 11||Side trip, NZ to Sydney|
|June 19-July 04||Japan|
|July 04-July 27||Thailand|
|July ??-July ??||Side trip, Thai to Malay/Vietnam?|
|July 28||Return to Munich|
If you’re in any of these spots at the same time, let me know, perhaps we can meet!
So, what’s left on my to-do list? A LOT, believe me! I need malaria tablets, zip ties, luggage locks, DEET bug repellant, a few more vaccinations… and I have to learn a bit of Spanish and Japanese.
What can you expect from the blog while I’m on this trip? I’m not 100% sure yet, but here are some of the ideas I’ve been kicking around:
- Short post with a photo-a-day (delayed slightly due to spotty internet access)
- Tales about a bottle of Blair’s Death Sauce I’ll bring with me (haven’t decided what flavor)
- Mini-reviews of the places where I stay: mostly hostels
- Descriptions of hikes and other sights I see (maybe after I return from the trip)
- Anything else you’d like to see or hear? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!
I’m also interested to get any special tips you might have about the countries I’ll visit. To give you some ideas, I’ll start with a few of my own hot tips from the last year:
- Hong Kong: Sushi One has half-price sushi after 10pm. And it’s some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, with a huge selection of a la carte items I’d never seen before!
- Taiwan: In the town of Hualien, near Taroko Gorge, there’s a huge restaurant with fantastic (and cheap) food. It’s full of locals, and it was super-tasty. Probably a taxi driver could find this full-city-block restaurant:
- Austrian Alps: Fantastic skiing can be had during the pre- and post-season at Hintertux Glacier. For the non-skiers they have a very cool limestone cave at the Spannagelhaus, and an Ice Palace cave at the very top of the mountain. The limestone cave (and probably ice palace as well) are open all year round, in case you’re a summer visitor.
- Vienna: You must see the Iron Man near Vienna’s Rathaus (city hall). There are hundreds of thousands of nails pounded into this wooden statue and pedestal.
Happy traveling on your own vacations, and hope to see some of you along the way!