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bio website peter.hahndorf.eu
location On the Silk Road
age 47
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I am backpacking around the world since August 2005 with occasional breaks to work back in Europe and make some money.

I am currently travelling along the Silk Road and are now in China

Information about my travels can be found at: peter.hahndorf.eu/trip/, you may also have a look at some photos.


I have visited: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Germany, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, French Polynesia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam


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comment How to get from Macau to Hong Kong airport for an early morning flight
@pnuts - Oops, that would indeed be tight, I just checked and my flight was a 7:20 am, not 6:20. I had plenty of time.
Dec
10
comment Closures over Christmas in Hong Kong/Macau?
The casinos will be open all the time, they never close.
Dec
3
comment Trans-Siberian railway to Tajikistan
I think all five Soviet central Asian republic capitals had direct trains to Moscow, and they are all still running. Dushanbe seems to be the longest one.
Dec
3
comment Trans-Siberian railway to Tajikistan
The station was old, from Soviet times. I added a photo and also a photo of the display inside the station, it's a bit blurry but you may be able to make out the town along the route.
Dec
2
comment Getting from Tajikistan to China
At least two of the three border crossing between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are usually open. But you should check before going there, they are a long way from everything. I met a cyclist from Hong Kong who crossed the Qolma pass in July 2014, but for now that only seems to work if you have a passport from "greater" China.
Nov
5
comment Macau/Hong Kong: Visa for going back and forth
I arrived in HK from Macau last week and ask the border official about this. "what prevents me from going back and forth between HK and Macau to get new 90 days every time". He said "nothing". I'm pretty sure there is no problem if the duration of your combined stays is less than 90 days.
Oct
12
comment Does having visited top countries increases the value of least useful passport?
It sometimes makes it easier or more likely to get a new visa if you already have a previous visa for the same country in the same passport. Other countries may care less about it
Oct
1
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
I don't see a difference between the Wifi in hostels and hotels. Yes, most PCs still run XP with IE6
Oct
1
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
I am able to use my company's VPN to get into my own server in Europe. All Microsoft services seem to work okay, anything Google doesn't. That includes sites using embedded google maps and using jQuery hosted on Google's CDN
May
23
comment Is there public transportation from Central Shiraz to Persepolis?
@DanS - 1. The price, 2. I have a general rule to not use taxis when I travel.
May
5
comment If the Ankara-Tehran train is full, is it worth showing up at the platform hoping for cancellations?
I'm not travelling to get somewhere quickly but to enjoy the trip and I prefer 60 hours on a train broken up by a ferry ride to 30 hours on a bus. Thank you for your input.
May
4
comment If the Ankara-Tehran train is full, is it worth showing up at the platform hoping for cancellations?
I met someone who tried to take the train a few weeks ago. At the stations in Turkey he was told the train was fully booked for weeks ahead. I rather not take the bus, sleeper on the train is much more comfortable.
Apr
19
comment What does a Tajik GBAO permit look like?
Thanks Mark, I expected an answer from you on this. I will have more questions as soon as I get there.
Apr
18
comment PDF tickets on phone on Deutsche Bahn
I tried showing the ticket on a kindle or tablet and even though their scanner worked on the screen, they still wanted a printed paper version.
Apr
8
comment How to get a visa for Iran
A few years later but I'm finally getting to Iran. I ordered and paid for my authorization code on Feb 24th 2014 and received it today (Apr 8th 2014), this was due to a lengthy holiday period in Iran. So it can take quite a while, try to order it early. Now I'm waiting for the actual visa.
Feb
8
comment How long does it take to cross the border at Iguazu Falls?
I assume you are taking public buses. I crossed that border several times and it was never very busy. You usually get off the bus to go into immigration and then have to wait for the next one. Locals don't have to get off and the bus goes straight through, you have to tell the driver that you want to get off. I think there were buses every 20min. I once managed to get on the same bus, because immigration was quick. I can't remember how long it took to the airport, its on the road to the falls, maybe 20min from the border.
Feb
3
comment How to find budget accommodation in Iran?
@jpatokal - limit the search to Hostel/Guesthouse or even Budget hotel, then you'll get an empty list. I was more talking about the books. When I compared a recent India LP with an older edition, most budget places have been removed.
Jan
19
comment Travelling to Romania for 4 days by Schengen visa issued by Germany?
Romania is not part of the Schengen area, even though it is in the EU. So you should check what the visa requirements for your nationality are for Romania.
Jan
12
comment Can I travel without a visa by boat from Dubai to Ireland?
When entering Singapore by boat, train or bus, you get a 15 day free "visa", if you fly in, you get 30 days.
Apr
12
comment Is there a direct train from Bucharest to Istanbul?
There was a train from Sofia that would merge with the one from Bucharest in Eastern Bulgaria. I took it in 2011. I met someone a few weeks ago who told me that there is currently no train from Bulgaria to Turkey due to construction work on the tracks.