Mayday, we´re out of beer

I won´t be able to upload new content for the next ten days as I´m leaving for an excursion on the Lake Titicaca, so I´ll leave you with a longer story. So don´t read all at once… There comes a time, when everyone has to admit a weakness. Probably, I could have avoided getting the read more »

Old but new: Reef, which reef?! – The last part of my visit to the Guna Yala

The departure didn´t proceed as expected. First of all, I failed to get into the boat without getting my shoes wet. In the darkness, I slipped of the edge of the boat wreck used as a kind of quay and stepped into dirty water. At least I hoped it was dirty water. But the fact, read more »

Old but new: Viva progress through deceleration! – Part four of my visit to the Guna Yala

Alcohol, music, dance, unknown substances and limited access -sounds like a (wannabe) hipster party, but it wasn´t none. With the Innamutikit ceremony, the Guna Yala celebrate the first period of a girl. Everyone is invited to the party – as long as you´re an adult and an inhabitant of the village. I fulfilled 50% of read more »

Old but new: Part three of my visit to the Guna Yala – Rules and regulations everywhere

According to established international standards, if you want something from someone, you ask the person politely. As the reader of the present text might anticipate, something went amiss while I tried to obtain a permit for taking pictures on the island. Yes, it was necessary to obtain a special permit, as the Guna Yala like read more »

Old but new: Grab your food – the second part of my visit to the Guna Yala

The family of Beira invited me to share their hut (with hammocks) and food with them. But life is always full of surprises. On the first day no one could tell my how long it would take for the lunch to be ready, so I decided to buy some cookies in one of the three read more »

Old but new: The first part of my visit to the Guna Yala

Never before have I been that near to my idea of the Paradise on Earth. Tropical islands in the Caribbean, an archipelago counting over 360 islands, only 50 of them inhabited. The San Blas Archipelago is a real beauty. Coconut palms, sun, beaches. Panama is much more than the Canal and all the Banks. But read more »

The Cuban Transit Operation

„Espere un momento“, „Sólo un rato“, „Un momento por favor“ – I heard the different Spanish versions of “Wait a sec” for several times after arriving at the International Airport in Havana, Cuba. Actually, it was just a transit stop for me on my way from Europe to Panama. And yet, things can get always read more »

How to drive in South America – 9 rules (if you need exactly ten, repeat the ninth one more time)

1. Never, never drive at night. You might be forced to do so on a few occasions, but believe me, avoid it if possible. South American drivers (applies at least for Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) hate to switch their high beam on to low for some reason. Additionally, the roads become dangerous at read more »

Day 16 – Snake ahead

In all the years that I have lived in Bolivia, during all my excursions into the jungle – on all that occasions I didn´t see a snake…not once. Not until my last week in Bolivia. Unfortunately, this close encounter ended tragically – for the snake. According to an unwritten law of  nature, I didn´t see read more »

Day 1 – Meet the Rocky

Aerodynamics like an IKEA closet and certainly a similar cornering ability; thanks to the production year 1992 not far from being declared a young timer; in spite of a really short car body the turning circle of a truck; equipped with a safety package which is easily surpassed by that of a washing machine… Well, read more »