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bio website peter.hahndorf.eu
location On the Silk Road
age 47
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen Oct 15 at 15:29

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


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.
Dec
16
comment Where can I eat a guinea pig in Ecuador?
You can also find cuy in Colombia and Peru, again I've only seen it in the Andes, not along the coast.
Dec
16
comment How early should you get to the airport in the US?
it may also depend on how busy the airport is. On a smaller airport with one international flight in a medium sized aircraft is may be much faster than in a very busy one. In LAX I've seen lines for security that ended way outside of the international terminal.
Dec
16
comment Where can I eat a guinea pig in Ecuador?
So we know you can find it in many places in the highlands, your question should really be "Can it also be found in the low lands?" right?
Dec
9
comment Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?
According to the German foreign ministry web site, you should now be able to enter Pakistan with an Israeli stamp, while this used to be a problem in the past. I would still try to double check before doing this.
Dec
9
comment Do all German airports lack free wifi?
At least the airports in Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin Tegel have Starbucks with Wifi
Dec
9
comment How do you avoid “tourist traps” when traveling to a country where you do not speak the language?
Just because you know the language does not mean you are save from tourist traps. They exist in the similar way for tourists from the same country.