I Got A Strange Message

WONDERS I Got A Strange Message … (No. 48)

That’s an unique phenomenon, up there on Mt. Kelimutu on the island of Flores: Three lakes who change their colours from time to time! Here you see them in black, turqoise and red, but while you read my blog, the colors might have changed to brown, blue nd pink! According to geologists this is the … Weiterlesen »

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ISLANDS I Got A Strange Message … ( No. 42)

This strange place is situated between Sweden (only 38 km or 25 mi away) and Finland (to which it belongs politically, but the official language is Swedish) in the Northern Baltic Sea. An place against any modern reality: 30 000 inhabitants only live on 6500 islands and skerries, all in all smaller than one sixth of … Weiterlesen »

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MYSTERIES I Got A Strange Message … (No. 46)

You know the legend: A sword is so deep embedded in a rock and no one can pull it out but the knight who is blessed by God personally. It happens in dozens of medieval tales, from King Arthur’s adventures to the „Nibelungenlied“. And then you come, by chance or plan, to a mountain called … Weiterlesen »

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DESERTS I Got A Strange Message … (No. 44)

Very few foreigners travel there. It’s too dangerous, politically and climatically. The Taklamakan is by far the most dangerous desert on the globe – when the Black Hurrican, the „Kara Buran“, rages. Then the day turns to the darkest night you ever encountered, the temperature falls by up to 20 degrees, the force of the … Weiterlesen »

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DRINKS I Got A Strange Message … (No. 45)

My friend Mahin is a matron, married to a colonel in Iran, and I know her for over 40 years. That’s why we trust each other. Her Story goes like this: The Arab world wanted to find „a Muslim alternative“ to „unholy Western drinks“ like Coke. So the brewed a copy. They did this in … Weiterlesen »

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FOOD I Got A Strange Message … (No. 43)

I didn’t know that! Why not eat a Zebra steak or filet from a Bongo? „No, too dangerous“, says my friend Kipchoi, the distinguished Moran of the Nandi tribe in Kenya. Too dangerous? „Yes, otherwise you will get Leprosy!“ Leprosy from a healthy animal – nonsense, Kipchoi! „Alex“, said he who has trouble pronouncing Axel, … Weiterlesen »

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NAMIBIA I Got A Strange Message … (No. 42)

You find them all over the country, in the ten-thousands, but mostly in the semi-deserts, the arid savannas or sandy plains where there grows a bit of grass without rain. But who produces them? It’s an unexplained mystery. Their size? From 10 m (or more than 30 ft.) in the North (especially in the Hartmann’s … Weiterlesen »

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PYCHOLOGY I Got A Strange Message … (No. 35)

I didn’t see them in the shops and tourist spots, I saw them in the huts and houses. Small carvings, never larger than 15 in. or 35 cm. Strange creatures with sucking instruments, menacing eyes, grabbing tentacles, protruding teeth and bodies like „Alien“ monster. Simply sculptured, rude expressions in wood, sometimes painted wildly, often not. … Weiterlesen »

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CAYMANS I Got A Strange Message from … (37)

Some colonial habits never die! And some are not bad at all. Like when my friend Andreas Bender, the last real Master of the Art of Travel, went to have breakfast in the capital George Town, passed the National Museum at 9 a.m. and couldn’t believe his eyes: They raised the Union Jack (well, Cayman … Weiterlesen »

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EATING I Got A Strange Message … from Italy (41)

The restaurant, called „Just for Two“, is the smallest in the world: It has only one table and it takes just two people at a time. So there are no queues, no turns, and no waiting, all the attention is dedicated to the two people who have booked. You find it in Vacone, a lovely … Weiterlesen »

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