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bio website peter.hahndorf.eu
location On the Silk Road
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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, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Macao, 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


Mar
4
comment Visiting salt flats in Bolivia from Chile
Do you want to visit any of the many salt flats in Chile, or Salar de Uyuni which is in Bolivia and takes a day to get to from the Chilean border.
Mar
3
comment Where to sleep in the Salar of Uyuni?
Do you plan to drive yourself? Otherwise your tour operator usually arranges the accommodation.
Feb
25
comment How fast may you drive on the Autobahn?
@DanNeely - Outside of urban areas, there are no lights on the Autobahn. Your own headlights may not reach far enough but you can still see the rear-lights of the vehicles in front.
Feb
19
comment How can I find the cheapest private hotel room (as opposed to a bed in a dorm) using online tools?
In my tests on HostelWorld I saw the same listed hostels for various room types. But I can now can confirm that it makes a difference. Make sure you sort by 'Price'.
Feb
19
comment How can I find the cheapest private hotel room (as opposed to a bed in a dorm) using online tools?
Go go Hostelworld, check the room type 'Single Room' (only), this doesn't make a difference to the results, they are still full of dorms because these places also offer singles.
Feb
6
comment Internet speed in Nha Trang Vietnam?
In general Internet Cafes in Vietnam are faster and cheaper than in Cambodia or Laos. I don't remember any specific places in Nha Trang, but you should be able to find a place with decent connectivity. As for Wi-fi and mobile internet, I don't know because I don't bring my own devices when I travel.
Jan
23
comment Advantages of traveling from Lima to Cusco by bus vs. plane?
I agree with Mark. If you want to visit and experience Peru, take the bus. If you just want to visit Machu Picchu, then fly. I met several people in Cusco that flew in and had problem with the altitude. Taking the bus does not mean you wont have any problems with it but its a bit less likely. If you are short on time, I think it's better to spend a day on a bus and be okay than flying and may be sick for days.
Jan
6
comment Can you receive an Australian passport stamp if you ask?
All good and welcome information, but it doesn't answer the actual question. From my experience at other borders where one usually doesn't get a stamp. If you ask nicely you can get one.
Dec
22
comment Christmas eve advice for a backpacker thinking of flying in to Germany
I think shops are open more than 36 days a year, even in Germany :-)
Dec
8
comment Transit visa in India?
I assume the new rule is for visa issued after Dec 4th, he already has a visa that says otherwise.
Dec
7
comment Can we get a new visa waiver in Canada, for Alaska, when our old one expires in the US?
I agree, telling the story about driving from Argentina may help, but it's totally up to the border official. I would be to uncertain for me.
Dec
4
comment Is a German BahnCard valid in Switzerland?
bahn.de/p/view/bahncard/vorteile/railplus.shtml
Nov
30
comment Language culture and Food culture in South India?
It's not hard to find meat (except beef) dishes in restaurants at all, fish too. It's just that in some areas more than half of the restaurants were vegetarian. It's great for vegetarians, if you want meat you just have to look for the 'non-veg' sign outside the restaurant.
Nov
29
comment Language culture and Food culture in South India?
I only order food I don't know when I am vegetarian, which I was in India. As long as I know it is vegetarian, I can eat anything. I'm more careful when meat is involved. In Southern India it is easier to find a Vegetarian restaurant than one serving any meat.
Nov
29
comment Language culture and Food culture in South India?
A few times I didn't like one of the sauces that came with a Thali, but I wouldn't know the names. You just ask for more of the other sauces.
Nov
24
comment If I renew my passport do I get 10 years from the expiration date or 10 years from the renewal date?
What's your nationality?
Nov
15
comment Taking expensive camera gear to a South America trip?
My camera was in my day-pack and they stole the whole bag from between my legs while sitting in an internet cafe without me noticing anything. It was my own fault for not being more careful, but this could have happened anywhere.
Oct
29
comment Land transportation between Asunción, Paraguay and Santiago, Chile
@todofixthis - locals in this case meant Argentinians and Paraguayans, but not people from third countries. I'm not sure if a local residency would have helped.
Oct
9
comment What is the cheapest hostel in the world?
The cheapest guest house I stayed in was cheaper than the cheapest hostel. Does it have to be a hostel?
Sep
12
comment What's the difference between embassies and consulates?
good explanation. I would just add that as a traveler even if you are at an embassy, you will go to the consular section of that embassy, because they deal with passports and visa. There is often a separate entrance for the consular section used by the public, while the main entrance is for official guests.