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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


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.
Dec
29
comment Unplanned backpacking across several European countries
@vartec: Most hostels around the world have a kitchen for guests where you can cook your own food. Many backpackers on a budget never eat in restaurants but always cook. Getting a few people to cook together makes this even cheaper.
Dec
29
comment What does one year of traveling around the world cost?
For information on around-the-world tickets check the question What should I know about Around The World flights?
Dec
29
comment What's the best way to get from Freiburg (Germany) to Hannover (Germany)?
There are certainly overland bus connections between German cities. The standard prices are cheaper than trains, but they don't have many special offers and often take longer than trains.
Dec
25
comment New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?
About using the subway from JFK: if you are super cheap like me you can take the AirTrain to the last free stop (Leffers Blvd - Long Term Parking) and then walk off the parking lot to the subway stop 'Aqueduct - Conduit Av.', this way you just pay $2.50 for the subway. I don't recommend to do this at night or with heavy luggage.
Dec
22
comment Validity of UK passport required to visit Italy
So assuming the Italian embassy is right (see Stuart's answer), Lonely Planet got it wrong (not the first time).
Dec
22
comment What was this ruined building in Tbilisi that is Greek property?
Why don't you go back there and ask any of the neighbors about it?
Dec
22
comment How can you get into the San Pedro prison in La Paz? (*and* out again)
Last year? When I was in La Paz in November 2009 it was no longer possible to get into the prison.
Dec
22
comment Can immigration authorities make cross checks between multiple passports of the same (German) person?
I agree that they have the right to do so, but how are they technically able to do this? They may have a list with my name, birthday and passport number. But just matching name and birthday would bring back too many false positives.
Dec
22
comment What is a safe overland route from Europe to India using public transport?
for the final part: From China you need to book a tour into Tibet, then another one to Nepal. From there you can travel independently to India.
Dec
22
comment Can it be worthwhile buying connecting flights on LCC like Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, or Transavia?
I went on Ryanair from Germany to Northern Portugal via London Stansted. It took a few extra hours but I saved about 600 Euros compared to the cheapest full price airline and even with them I would had to change planes somewhere.
Dec
22
comment Time needed to visit the Seattle Space Needle
Why do you not recommend it? It's a great view. The only reason why I not go up there every time I am in Seattle is the price.
Dec
20
comment What's the furthest south (in Chile) that you can get from Santiago, Chile by public bus?
The bus from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales goes through Argentina, does that count?
Dec
20
comment How to reach Salar de Uyuni from Potosi or Sucre (Bolivia)?
The question was about how to get to Salar de Uyuni, not what to do there, that should be a different question.
Dec
20
comment What's the furthest south (in Chile) that you can get from Santiago, Chile by public bus?
without getting off, switch onto a boat and then back on a bus?
Dec
19
comment Should I book Thailand Rail tickets online (pre-trip) or at the station when I arrive?
@justinl - Yes online booking is more convenient, personally I prefer buying ticket direct and the station even if sometimes it is a bit of a hassle. One reason to buy direct is that your credit card company may charge you 1% or 2% fees on overseas purchases. I avoid using my credit card abroad and pay cash whenever possible.
Dec
17
comment Which border crossing should I take between Ecuador and Peru
@hippietrail If Huaquillas should be avoided for security reasons, which of the other ones are actual practical/easy to use. How long does it take to get there and move on to the next town with decent accommodation on the other side? Nice landscape on the way would be a plus.
Dec
16
comment Is there a monument I can visit in Ecuador that marks the center of the earth?
As I wrote in a comment above, that would be in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of West Africa
Dec
16
comment Where can I eat a guinea pig in Ecuador?
I do remember random restaurants in the Andes I've been to had it on the menu, you don't have to go to special restaurants. - I could not find any evidence about this online, but I would assume you can get it in Guayaquil as well, just for the highlanders who moved there and miss it. I guess you have to search for it though.
Dec
16
comment Is there a monument I can visit in Ecuador that marks the center of the earth?
or it is at zero longitude and zero latitude, off the coast of East Africa. It all depends how you define center.