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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, 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


Jan
18
comment Are there any legal requirements for renting a car in the US as a foreigner?
You are right, 25 is the standard age without any 'Age Differential Charge'. At Hertz you can rent a car at 20 but only certain types. Other companies may have even lower limits.
Jan
18
comment Best world destinations for dating - a website?
@Flimzy - I think the reason that in certain cities in Mexico you are more 'attractive' is that they are smaller and attract less 'foreigners'. I love Zacatecas and it has many tourists, but Guadalajara is much more cosmopolitan.
Jan
16
comment Do I need a US visa to change planes in an American airport?
Yes it does, when you arrive by any plane in the US, you always have to go through US immigration, even if you are just on transit to another country. If you can't do ESTA, you may need a proper visa. Please change your question to include your nationality.
Jan
15
comment How to get from Bagdogra to Kurseong
Sorry, I going there later this summer for the first time, so I don't have any first hand experience. However Any place of arrival in Asia has usually people who want to drive you somewhere. It is all a question of the price. And no, I don't know how much it should be.
Jan
14
comment Where to buy Thai Bahts when traveling from New Zealand to Thailand?
@Arik Fraimovich - I actually have not been to the new airport in Bangkok. But without the exception of some super tiny airports, all airports I've even been to have ATMs. I just did a quick search and there are ATMs at the airport, but people complain that there is a charge of at least 150 TBH. There may be cheaper ATMs elsewhere in Thailand but not in the airport.
Jan
14
comment Where to buy Thai Bahts when traveling from New Zealand to Thailand?
The M in ATM stands for machine, so the second 'machine' is redundant. Bank machine or cash machine is more international.
Jan
12
comment Fastest way to get from Heathrow Airport to Knightsbridge London?
I agree, I just used the cash fare prices to make the point that the bus is cheaper than the tube.
Jan
11
comment How to prepare for very long train journeys?
I did it in 9 months, as I said I did a lot of stops and side trips. An rough estimate for the actual time on trains would be 16 days.
Jan
10
comment How to prepare for very long train journeys?
London-Brussels-Berlin-Warsaw-St.Petersburg-Moscow-Irkutsk-Ulaanbaatar-Beijing-S‌​hanghai-Hanoi-Saigon (bus to the Cambodian Thai border) Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore. In reality I took a lot of side trips and several buses too, but that was the general route.
Jan
8
comment How much should I fear golden week in Japan?
@hippietrail: SAs? PAs?
Jan
8
comment Travelling to Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos with kids
The high season is in between June and August because it is cooler and dryer in the Andes and North American and Europeans have their summer vacation. So the rest of the year should be low season. Places will be less crowded.
Jan
7
comment Travelling to Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos with kids
Do you plan to fly between places? Some of the required bus or car journeys are very long, maybe too long for a six year old.
Jan
2
comment Vomitorium: Only common in the German-speaking world?
Doesn't look like a vomitorium, more like a sink to wash your clothes in.
Dec
31
comment Are there any good, cheap bus companies to use for traveling around the western United States?
the question was about the Western states, not the East coast.
Dec
30
comment How can I find out whether I can buy medication without a prescription in a certain country?
I was hoping for a general answer without specifying the actual medication. Otherwise it is a very specific answer for just me and wouldn't help other people.
Dec
30
comment Where is the closest free beach where free camping is permitted to Georgia, the country?
Being not familiar with the terminology, I read this as you were looking for a beach and camp ground where you don't have to pay. But judging from the tags, you looking for a beach and camp ground that is free of clothing, correct? From the title this is not obvious to everybody.
Dec
29
comment Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?
This trip was done in the first half of 2008, three and a half years ago. Things may have changed.
Dec
29
comment My departure record was not collected when I left the USA. Is this a problem?
Similar question: Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?
Dec
29
comment What is the state of train travel in USA?
I've heard that the actual tracks are owned by the freight train companies and AMTRACK just pays them to use them. However if there is a freight train on the tracks it always has priority to the passengers train because they own the tracks. That's you sometimes stand somewhere for hours.
Dec
29
comment Do long-distances buses run overnight in any country in Central America?
Looking at the route itinerary for Guatemala to Panama city, you are right they actually do stop overnight, except for the last part from Costa Rica to Panama. Thinking about the roads, this makes sense. I wouldn't want to be on roads in Guatemala or Nicaragua at night.