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Sascha Grabow

Biographie
Écrit par Administrator & translated by Hadeel Tal (arabic), Takeshi Tajima (japanese), Eldar Ra (russian)   
17-11-2007

 Sascha Grabow est un authentique aventurier, un spécialiste du voyage à travers le monde, photographe professionnel (Getty Images, Amnesty International, Wikipedia) et le plus jeune à détenir le titre de ‘Plus Grand Voyageur du Monde’. Avez-vous entendu parler de ‘The Amazing Race’ ?(une célèbre émission de télé réalité qui a inspiré notre Pékin Express), c’est ce que fait Sascha de manière ‘professionnelle’ depuis ces 25 dernières années. Après avoir foulé le sol de plus de 400 pays et territoires, il reçoit le 9 juillet 2008 le titre honorifique du plus jeune ‘Grand Voyageur du Monde’.

C’est à l’âge de 11 ans que sa ‘carrière’ d’auto-stoppeur débute alors que dans son quartier les bus pour aller à l’école étaient un peu trop rares.

Il a été moniteur de ski puis est devenu joueur de tennis professionnel, une activité qui très vite lui a permis de mettre en œuvre ses qualités de voyageur.

Juin 2016 Sascha arrive a visité toute les 193 pays Nations Unies, et il connait aussi personellement plus de 1000 îles.

Le plus long de ses voyages l’emmena pendant 20 mois de Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée à travers l’Afrique jusqu’à un retour en Allemagne. Puis il est parti 18 mois, notamment en temps qu’entraîneur de tennis itinérant, à travers 45 pays sur 4 continents. Il a mangé du singe, de l’éléphant & du crocodile (au Congo), du chien (aux Philippines), du chameau (en Sahara Occidental & Soudan), du serpent (au Cameroun), du scorpion (en Thaïlande), des chenilles (en Zambie), du zèbre, de l’antilope et de l’autruche (en Namibie), de la baleine (aux îles Faeroe), de la tortue (aux îles Caïman), et du cactus  (Mexique). Il a partagé des moustiquaires avec des familles pygmées et fêté le nouvel an au milieu une foule d’hommes brandissant leur Kalachnikovs en Centre Afrique. Il a travaillé au Sierra Leone dans un camp de rapatriement de réfugiés, en temps que responsable et organisateur des convois. Sa première exposition de photos (de tribus africaines) a eu lieu en 2007 à Heilbronn dans le sud de l’Allemagne. Une nouvelle exposition devrait se tenir à Hambourg, la seconde plus grande ville allemande. 2008 il est résté d'abord aux Caraïbes, et après il traverse le nord du continent américain vers l’Islande, puis de là il fait la direction du sud encore dans le but elusif d'atteindre l'Antarctique (2010). Finalment 2011 il retourne vers son continent préféré : l’Afrique.

Jusqu'à maintenant Sascha a travaillé comme guide touristique, guide de voyage, vol-courrier, photographe, figurant pour le cinéma (Caire), écrivain, aventurier, barman (Fuerteventura), soldat, marin (Caraïbes), voiturier (vers le Kazakhstan), professeur d'anglais (Ouzbékistan), gestionnaire de camp et 'leader' de convoi dans un camp de repatriés (Sierra Leone), travailleur social (Mission Mère Thérèse Calcutta), cuisinier (Îles Faroe), plongeur dans une cuisine d'hôpital, joueur de tennis pro, entraineur (Allemagne, Espagne, Chine, États-Unis) & 'traveling coach' de tournoi de tennis, GO, danseur, acteur de theàtre, traducteur, moniteur de ski et videur (Dallas).

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 29-06-2017 )
 
Le Congo, à pied
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Dieter Grabow (german), Takeshi Tajima (japanese)   
11-04-2012

 

Dans un pays normal on vous demande « Comment allez-vous ? »

                                          …. Au Congo un passant vous pose la question :  « Il y a quoi dans ton gros sac ? »

La Guerre Civile du Congo

 

Je suis arrivé en République Démocratique du Congo le 07 février 2009 en venant de Zambie, par une assez bonne route. A la frontière, un garde musulman m’a demandé 20$ de droit d’entrer mais comme je lui ai répondu que j’allais retourner à Lusaka pour demander à l’ambassade si cette pratique était légale, il est devenu gentil et m’a laissé passer. Peu de temps après j’ai été pris en stop par un 4X4 Pajero et après 2 heures de très bonne route nous étions déjà à Lubumbashi, la seconde plus grande ville du pays et capitale de la province du Katanga, les policiers dans leurs uniformes bleus et jaunes fluo n’ayant posé aucun problème sur le chemin.

En ville, j’ai pu dormir au Centre Chrétien Don Bosco ou les gens sont vraiment TRES sympas. J’ai rencontré un couple d’expatriés germano-zibabwein, je me suis posé 6 jours pendant lesquels j’ai collecté des informations et me suis préparé pour mon voyage à l’intérieur du pays. J’avais prévu de voyager à pied jusqu’en amont de la rivière Congo et de là prendre un bateau pour descendre à Kinsangani (avec quelques passages à terre pour contourner les rapides). Il fallait faire environ 500km jusqu’à Bukama , mais mon projet d’auto-stop fut vite anéanti étant donner le peu de trafic sur la route ! Il passait en moyenne une voiture tous les 4 jours !!! et quand je croisais des camions, ils étaient embourbés ou en panne et même lorqu’ils roulaient, j’allais plus vite à pied !! Tout ça pour dire qu’il m’a fallu à peu près 10 jours pour arriver, avec les pieds en sale état…

Sur la dernière partie du chemin, je m’étais fait des copains dans le camion qui nous avait pris les 20 derniers kilomètres avant d’arriver en ville. Je voulais prendre le bateau le jour même mais j’ai décidé de suivre mes compagnons qui prenaient celui du lendemain… GROSSE erreur !!!

        

Dernière mise à jour : ( 11-07-2016 )
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Solomon - Tonga
Écrit par Sascha Grabow, traduit par François Racine (french)   
30-08-2013

26 août 2013, départ pour une croisière pour Wallis et Futuna ou la plupart des passager sont des athlètes qui vont participer aux Pacific Mini Games de 2013. Alors que je monte à bord du transbordeur Otuanga Ofa au port de Nuku'alofa, un couple se trouve à côté de moi et prend des photos. La femme, plutôt mince, a un sourire magnifique comme j'en ai rarement vu. Solo, troisième à gauche, en arrivant à port de Mata'Utu, Wallis et FutunaPar chance, l'homme qui accompagne cette femme partage la même cabine que moi. Nous commençons une discussion: Son nom est Solo (Solomon), il a 85 ans et est marié avec sa femme depuis 65 ans. Ils ont tous les deux le même âge (Elle a eu seulement 14 enfants). Sans le savoir, ils ont suivi les conseils du Dalai Lama qui suggère de visiter au moins un nouvel endroit chaque année. (Dans le but de rester jeune et vivant). Son but est de vivre jusqu'à 111 ans et de battre le record de son arrière grand-père. (Il lui reste "seulement" un petit 26 ans à attendre). Ce grand-père a marié sa 3e femme, qui était dans la vingtaine et qui a porté ses deux enfants quand lui en avait 85 ans. Solo est un pécheur et fermier, il a été un professeur et instructeur de trombone dans un chœur de policiers. Sa devise: Faire tout ce que vous faîtes avec modération. Il fume occasionnellement des Malboro. Il tient un journal qui contient l'arbre généalogique de sa famille (On peut revenir aux alentours de 500 après J-C.). Il écrit l'histoire de sa vie dans un livre et visite Wallis afin de renouer avec les racines familiales qui s'y est établie il y a plusieurs générations.

Dernière mise à jour : ( 26-09-2013 )
 
Gabon Assault
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Renata Catiari (portuguese)   
17-11-2009
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

My Shoes after Kilimanjaro, Trans-Congo & Machu Picchu Inka Trail !!        
"We don't know where the $3000 are going to, and how really ends your interrogation after your prison night in Liberia!"  ??????
"In the morning there are German and European embassy ambassadors present! Liberian authorities again let me write down a summary of my last 10 years or so, then compare it with the one done the previous night, two  in order to check if I'm lying or fabricating anything (and thus may be someone with reason to hide things, possibly a spy or mercenary). When comparing the two, they find no fault,  I'm being released! Back at the hotel, the bag is untouched, the money there!! All this was in August 2002.
Finally in February 2003, just across the border from Congo into Gabon, I had already found a place to stay for the night with a local family, I hear one more car approaching at around 8 pm, jump out from my bed, and stop the car on the road. It's a new pick-up with  a couple of men inside. They agree to take me further, I run back, get my backpack, say thanks to the family, and jump onto the back of the pick-up. He drives like a madman, and for three hours I feel like riding a jetski through big waves, holding myself & 'cruising' on the metal somersault frame. When they stop in the middle of the jungle for a pee, I already feel a bit strange and stand nearby, so they won't jump into the car, and leave WITH my bag but without me. At 1 am finally they stop and ask me where actually I want to go. I tell them 'To the coast, to Libreville, the Capital'. They 'invite' me to sit inside, while another one of the five has to be in the open back. When I look around, I can see that this guy has started to work my backpack open, that was still placed on the loading area. I tell them to stop, and that I'd prefer to be back there, and don't need a seat. Next thing they all pull out different handweapons: One tiny silvery thing, another with a double barrel, another a dark revolver, etc, etc! I'm really stunned.
I can't believe this is really happening: I'm getting attacked by five guys with guns, after hitchhiking with them hundreds of kilometers half the night through the jungle, they give me a couple of headwounds with the weapons & also break my arm near the wrist through a strong punch/hit with a gun, then take all my things out of my pockets, my backpack with 8 kodak-films, camera, and the remaining money I still had six months later, around 800$. I had jumped back onto their pick-up with my broken arm, when they tried to drive off, and the one guy on the back jumped down, probably afraid I might be armed myself, and fired his gun off whilst doing so.

Then they stopped the car again, and the leader pointed his gun to my thigh/upper leg, and threatened to shoot me into my leg if I continue resisting. I put my hands up, and they drive off with everything. For one moment I had considered pulling my pack with me into the ditch and bush, falling off about 2 meters at the side of the road, but they probably would have emptied/sent all their bullets into the bush and me, kind of like in the movie ¨Into the Blue" (Jessica Alba/Paul Walker).
I walked five km back to a village, knocked on all the doors, and all are so scared, seeing my face bloody all over, nobody opens. Finally some two girls open for me, then bring me to town center and police. I want to pursue them, but everybody is so scared, it seems they are the same guys that two days earlier took a minister's hotel hostage, reception and all, for 2 and 1/2 hours, and managed to get away with about 6000$. Then they killed a tax driver, and then finally, sunday night on the way home to the capital and coast, in the jungle, they find me, treat me as some additional booty/loot/cash/gain.
They were these kind of cindarella kids, like from american movies: If there's a roadblock, they´d just go full speed, either get killed themselves or just go on unstoppable; maybe too young to be really capable of overseeing their own actions.
A French-canadian NGO guy, who from that village also left that day towards the city, his contract had expired, at 4 am took the through-coming train and got me a ticket too, which I paid him back when I got an advance from my embassy once in Libreville. Then my mom sent me 800 Euro per Western Union for the cheapest oneway ticket home (to a northern Paris airport), 753 Euro, because once the local doctor confirmed my tennisarm was broken, I didn't want to take chances with the healing process.
The coincidentally present German embassy doctor had earlier failed to make that diagnose!! Axa insurance later refused to see this as an emergency, they wouldn't reimburse the ticket price, and from Paris I had to hitchhike in freezing weather, February, with only a red raincoat, and still with this huge wounds on my forhead, back to my hometown near Stuttgart, Germany."
    
      
Dernière mise à jour : ( 22-11-2014 )
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Sascha im Nachtcafe'
Écrit par SWR 3 Crew & Sascha Grabow / Edited by Sascha Grabow & Eddy Roy Balummel   
17-07-2008
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Dernière mise à jour : ( 23-11-2014 )
 
A Future Kind Of Being
Écrit par Tatiana Verdaguer   
12-10-2014
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The decrease of the collective and creative... a guy who travels around the globe with a single weapon, his imagination and ingenuity. A friend with knowledge of the strategies of the current economic warriors... a being of galaxies yet still unknown... his gravity floats as dust in expansion. Someone making me laugh because his brain knows no boundaries. Someone deeply human, for he knows and feels no distance between his self and the self of those others who wander about looking in a world that has lost its essence ...

Der Niedergang des kollektiven & kreativen... ein Kerl, der rund um den Globus wandert mit einer einzigen Waffe, seiner Phantasie und Einfallsreichtum. Ein Freund mit Wissen um die Strategien der aktuellen Wirtschafts-Krieger... ein Wesen von bis heute unbekannten Galaxien... dessen Schwerkraft wie Staub in Expansion schwebt. Jemand, der mich zum Lachen bringt, weil sein Hirn keine Grenzen kennt. Jemand zutiefst menschlich, da er keine Distanz kennt & fuehlt zwischen dem eigenen Selbst und dem Selbst von jenen anderen, die suchend in einer Welt umherwandeln, welche ihre Quintessenz verloren hat ...

El decrecimiento colectivo y creativo... un tipo que se pasea por todo el globo con un solo arma, su imaginacion e ingenio. Un amigo del cual aprender las estrategias del guerrero actual y economico... un ser de galaxias aun desconocidas... que gravita como polvo en expansion. Alguien que me hace reir porque su craneo no tiene limites. Alguien profundamente humano porque no sabe de distancias entre su yo y los yos ajenos que andan buscandose en un mundo extraviado por antonomasia ...

C’est la décroissance coléctive et créative… un gars qui se proméne par toute la surface terrestre avec deux seules armes: Son monde imaginaire et son genie… Un ami avec qui on apprend toutes les astuces du guérrier postmoderne et, en plus, un homme qui domine la langue des astronauts. Il proviens de galaxies encore unconnues… Il gravite comme si il était poussiére en fleuraison. Quelqu’un qui me fait rire parce que son crâne ne connaît pas de limites. Un homme profondémment humain parce qu’il n’a jamais goûté les distances entre sa personne et autrui, ce qui cherchent dans un monde égaré, par excellence ...

- Tatiana Verdaguer -

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 17-10-2014 )
 
Photo Session
Écrit par Various Photographers   
30-01-2014
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                Sash-Around-The-World

 

                Sash-Around-The-World

 

     

      

    

 

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 01-09-2015 )
 
CONTACT
Écrit par Administrator   
17-10-2014
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 - Momentarily you can only reach me via facebook .. too many mails coming through the contact form on this page. Thanks for your understanding!

 - Bezüglich Kontaktaufnahme versuchen Sie es bitte via facebook, da der Kontakt - Link auf dieser Page hier leider mit Spam überquillt. Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständnis!

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 11-02-2015 )
 
Interview Planet Backpack
Écrit par Planet Backpack & translated by Sascha Grabow   
12-12-2012
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Interview with Sascha Grabow, Germany's Most Traveled Person:

Conni Biesalski 12/10/2012
Germany's Most Traveled Person: The Sascha Grabow Interview
    
A backpack, very little money, walking, hitchhiking, often sleeping outdoors,
waking up in the morning without the slightest idea what's gonna be in the evening ...

That’s Sascha Grabow – Germany’s most traveled person.

Sascha Grabow is an ex ATP professional tennis player and now has been traveling the world for over 25 years already.
He’s been to 181 countries and more than 800 islands so far and doesn’t think of stopping any time soon either:
His goal is to visit all of the world’s countries. And not just that …

He moved with nomads through the desert, slept in Afghanistan on the roof of a house in the local manner rolled into a heavy rug.
He walked all night through the Sudan because it was too hot during the day, always hoping not to encounter wolves. He walked
one month through the Congo, hitched on pickups sitting next to hunted armadillos & monkeys, bathed in 1,8 degree cold water in
Antarctica.
      
         
Dernière mise à jour : ( 25-12-2013 )
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World's Greatest Globetrotters
Écrit par Roman Bleck, Stefan Bohlayer & Sascha Grabow   
17-09-2012
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          Please join us NOW @ 

www.GreatestGlobetrotters.com

  

    

        

            

Dernière mise à jour : ( 26-09-2013 )
 
Doha, Capital of Qatar
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
23-01-2013
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Dernière mise à jour : ( 23-01-2013 )
 
La République Centrafricaine
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Julien Millot (french)   
22-09-2008

 

1ère Partie

Quand je suis arrivé à la frontière entre le Cameroun et la Centrafrique en décembre 2002, les missions chrétiennes venaient juste de finir l'évacuation de leur personnel car les conditions de sécurité se détérioraient rapidement. Comme certains rentraient en Allemagne, je leur ai donné quelques unes de mes précieuses pellicules pour les mettre à l'abri. Le matin suivant, je traversai une zone relativement inconnue, avec pour seule information que cet endroit avait la réputation d'être la route avec le plus de barrages de toute l'Afrique.

Des épisodes de randonnée, d'auto-stop, assis sur le haut d'un chargement d'une fourgonnette, me permis de passez les 25 barrages routiers de l'armée (où je finissais par payer pour passer 14 d'entre eux), sur 600 kilomètres en deux jours jusqu'à la capitale Bangui. On pouvait y sentir une forte tension, car tous les 2 mois, des troupes entretenues par la Lybie essayaient d'envahir la capitale chrétienne, et le palais présidentiel ...

Dernière mise à jour : ( 20-04-2010 )
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Inside World's Highest Building
Écrit par Sascha Grabow / Filmed by Sascha Grabow   
17-03-2011
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Dernière mise à jour : ( 04-04-2011 )
 
CROWD FUNDING
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
13-04-2015
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Dear Everyone refusing to be defined by either a certain religion or capitalism... I'm hearing that Crowd Funding is THE THING these days! So lets just give it a try! We'll be traveling the world, going to places were other people don't dare venturing, on a budget of 10€ per day, thus doing our part to increase understanding between the various races & tribes of this planet. ANY contribution is greatly appreciated, while easily done via our paypal facility @

PARTICIPATE & DONATE 4 Advocating-Peace-Between-The-Nations WORLD TOUR

Thanks SOOOOOOOO MUCH for helping us sow Peace around the World !!!

Wishing All of You Happy Travels Forever

 

     

Dernière mise à jour : ( 14-04-2015 )
 
Les Murs des Prisons d'Afrique
Écrit par Allison Pearl Erickson, edited; translated by Takeshi Tajima (japanese), Julien Millot (french)   
18-11-2009

Allison Pearl Erickson

 

Une aventure avec des diamants, des femmes,

              du danger et du suspens.


La Sierra Leone, le pays le plus mal noté sur l'Index de Développement Humain, est l'endroit où se trouve Sascha en avril 2002. Arrivant à Freetown, la ville la plus peuplée du pays et la capitale (une million d'habitants), après un périple en Guinée via son mode de voyage terrestre usuel, il rencontre un Danois dépêché par le gouvernement du pays pour creuser le port. Ce pays est connu pour ses exploitations et exportations de diamants, récemment répandues par le film Blood Diamond. Après avoir joué au tennis, ils décident de rester ensemble pour un moment. Un jour, son hôte est accosté par une fille qui a en sa possession une boite d'allumettes entièrement remplie de diamants. Sascha, curieux de nature, sort sur la balcon pour espérer entrevoir ces objets rares, au moins les regarder, au mieux toucher les joyaux. Elle les vendait, la boite pour 5000 dollars US, et à Anvers ils en vaudraient facilement 20000 ...


  

     

Dernière mise à jour : ( 11-06-2012 )
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Sensational World Cruise Offer
Écrit par Administrator   
12-02-2015
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Around The World – 1749€ – 31 Days 5 Star Cruise Included – Frankfurt Prague – Dubai – India – Goa – Ceylon – Singapore – Shanghai – Korea Japan – Russia – Canada – USA – Munich – April 2015 – 3 Flights Included ........................................................................................................................

 

World Cruise

Dernière mise à jour : ( 13-02-2015 )
 
Country Info
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
01-06-2009
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Country WisdomArgentina: Train here is cheaper than the bus, but doesn't cover all destinations. Visa-freeentry for Europeans for 3 months. In the end of September, Buenos Aires, Megacity of up to15 million inhabitants, can be still quite cold.

 

Brazil: Things have become pretty expensive, Salvador & Rio have security problems, Visa not needed for Europeans, although Americans pay quite a lot for it! Hitchhiking almost impossible, buses expensive, distances huge!!

 

Cameroon: Currency Franc CFA, 656=1€. Visa easy, but costs 50.000; get a 3-months, as it is the same price! Douala can be a bit dangerous, people may follow you around on the street. Limbe, Bamenda, Yaounde and climbing Mt Cameroon are recommended. Hotels Limbe from 4.000 (Paradise), Yaounde 7.000 (roundabout Nlongkak).

 


Comores, Indian Ocean: The Visa costs an outrageous 60€, even if you stay only 1 day (max 45)! Bring € cash, huge losses with $, currency is fixed @ 492 comoro francs to the €, people on the street usually convert @ 5000 per 10€. People are VERY friendly! Consists of 3 islands, Grand Comore (Capital Moroni), Anjuan & Moheli, plus Mayotte, which but belongs to France. Three nice beaches around Grand Comore, in the North & East. Boats between the islands w/o schedule once or twice a week for 25-30€, flights more regularly @ 42-60€. Problems with water & electricity. In 2006 they had a one-month-'civil war' with 80 soldiers dead, separatist attempt by Anjuan. The president's wife supposedly has a company that produces the speedboats that refugees use oneway all the time to escape to 60-mile-away Mayotte/France(Mayotte receives already 50% of all illegal immigrants of France!). Great business but crazy to think of it: The worse her husband runs the country, the more she makes profit!! When the Yemen Airways plane crashed, OF COURSE they claimed it must have been a typhoon (even though totally out of season), and they had a new reason to ask donatios from Europe. The country is very moslem, but their 'brothers' don't bother too muchin terms of investment etc. The location is just too isolated. A boat to Tanzania may cost 150€, be postponed for 3 weeks, may take 5 days & make you awfully seasick.

 

Congo DRC: Best place for Visa: Kigoma (same day 3-months-multiple-entry 100$). Best road in the country: Kisangani to Beni, 750km, in 24hours or less, with buses leaving in either direction on Tuesdays 7 am, 45$, company 'Les Enfants D'Abord'.

 

Equatorial Guinea: Currency Franc CFA, 656=1€. Visa at the moment only available in Libreville, Gabon, for 75.000 CFA (115€), Copy Passport, Letter from your Embassy and 2 Photos, may take 8 days to issue. Overland Entry possible through Ebebeyin (Cameroon or Gabon). Ship Djibhulo connects Bata and Capital Malabo (Bioko Island) twice a week, takes about 30 hours total, costs 12 (deck class) or 15.000; a faster boat, San Valentin, gets repaired in the wharf, and then supposedly is able to cover the distance in 7 hours. Flights are 45.000, almost daily. Hotels in Ebebeyin from 10.000, Bata (Alegria) & Malabo (Chana) 15.000; Clubs Candy, Buddha Bar, Bahia (all free) & Luna (5.000 cover charge).
Rio Muni (mainland): Ecofac (25 km South of Niefang) is by far the cheapest place worldwide to have a chance at seeing Gorillas in the wild. Problem here is the roadblock beyond the bridge just outside Niefang.
Bioko: If you fancy a tour around the island, then do it clockwise. Road blocks are more lenient on the Riaba side, and by the time you get to Luba junction, you tell the soldiers there that you just want to get back into Malabo town. Sipopo has a nice beach & bridge-connected island, Moca is a cold/European-climate mountain village, 10 km North of Luba is Arena Blanca, a pretty palm-fringed beach cum local village. You can always try to obtain a permit for climbing the country’s highest summit (about 3400 meters, supposedly a road goes up there), but considering that they half expect every traveler to be a spy or at least some kind of infiltrator, and their telecommunications system and heavy military presence being on that mountain, good luck with that …
Annobon: Flights twice a week, Mo & Fri, 82.500 from Malabo, 67.000 from Bata; the ship Djibhulo arrives there every 2 months or so. Only one Hotel, behind the airport, 50.000 plus 15.000 for any meal !! …otherwise it’s improvising. The main town Pale (or San Antonio del Norte) is connected by a path (starting just behind the hotel) to Santa Cruz village (about 2-3 hours of ups and downs), and another 40 minutes across a further pass to San Antonio del Sur, in the very South of the island, though that trail is a bit difficult to locate. Locals prefer using the Cayuca-one-tree-boats to get around.

 

France: Currency €. Paris, Cote d’Azur, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Corsica and Brittany are all very much advised to see. Skiing here is another unforgettable experience. 

 

Gabon: Currency 656 CFA=1€. Get your Visa in Yaounde, 4 days, 50.000 one month, 70.000 multiple entry, 80.000 3 months, 120.000 3 month multiple. Libreville is safe, has nice beaches, Maison Liberman 10.000 per night. Take the boat across to St Denis. Franceville has an interesting Ebola-Institute where you might see a Gorilla!



Madagascar: Visa for 1 month now free until December in an attempt to lure tourists back into the country after the February '09 'Revolution'. 1€=2760 Malgache Ariary (meaning 5x) = 13800 Franc Malgache (the old currency). In Capital Tana Hotel Lac, 2 blocks NE from abandoned railway station, for 10.000 Ariary (4€). In my 12 days there in 2009 they had an attack on buses between Majinga and Tana, killing three, a bomb blast in the radio station, and the new 'President' is a 34-year-old DJ choosen & installed by the army. Policemen can often be seen close to beautiful girls, planning tourist scams to strip you off some cash, as it may be there only income whatsoever.

 

Mali: Currency Franc CFA, 656=1€. Visa at the border for 15.000, then you got 1 week to extend it for free in Bamako, opposite Ghaddafi administrative village (East bridge), for a further 3 months. Hotels Bamako starting 7.000, Segou 2.000 (Catholic Mission, spacious & safe), Djenne 3.000, Mopti 4.000 (Pas de Probleme, swimming pool). Highlights Bandiagara Dogon and Peul, Tombouktou. Clubs Bamako Jet7, Byblos, Le Diplomate, ‘Hippodrome’.
For 5.000€ some Arabs will drive you in the fastest-type fuel injection 4x4 clandestine all the way across the Sahara from Tombouktou to Tamanrasset, Algeria, for a couple of days, and then back. No Visa, nothing. IF there would be trouble encountered on the way though, you can be almost sure you’d be on your own then, so this definitely isn’t for the fainthearted.

 

Mauretania: Currency Value about 400=1€. Get Visa in Rabat, Morocco, 32€ one month, 55€ two months, and note that it starts the day being issued. So if you fancy 3 more weeks to explore beautiful Southern Morocco, then plan ahead. Nouadhibou: the world’s longest train (iron ore), 2300meters long, starts from here every afternoon 3 pm, getting you into the interior. It’s about 12 hours to Oyoum (no lights on the train!), from where pick-ups go to Afar & Chinguetti. The Capital Nouakchott is about 2-3 hours from Rosso, at the Senegal River & border, where you may try your luck for the night at the Catholic Church.

 

Mauritius: It's a really beautiful place, you can stay up to three months without a visa, but they want to see your onward or return ticket, and your exact address plus tel number. They called me the day after my arrival to check if I was there & fine. You can find apartments here from 50-100 Euro per month!! If you state that you're selfemployed, the chance that you will be allowed to reside here is actually pretty good too. Grand Bay is the place to be on Friday & Saturday nights, especially Buddha Club.

 

Mexico: Currency 16 Peso=1€. Westerners are allowed in 3 months without a Visa. Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Baja Peninsula, Yucatan Pensinsula, Puerto Escondido, Zippolite, Oaxaca, Mayan Ruins, Chichicastenango and from there onwards to Antigua in Guatemala.


Morocco: Currency 12 Dirham=1€. Westerners enter without Visa for 3 months. Interesting entry points: Ceuta, Melilla or Tanger. Ferries can be taken from Algeciras, Malaga, Gibraltar or Almeria. The prices vary only slightly, around 30+€, and it is easier to hitch to Almeria (only 300km away from the Alicante highway), and then take an overnight ferry, in order to arrive your first day in Morocco/Africa in the morning rather than late evening. To see & do: Rabat, Casablanca, Fes, Meknes, Dunes of Merzouga (Beginning of the Sahara), Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira, Atlas Mountains, Surfing at Dakhla.

 

Namibia: Chameleon Backpackers is the best place to stay in Windhoek, cosy dormbeds @ 8€ incl. nice buffet-breakfast, swimming pool, plasma DSTV, billiard.

 

La Réunion, Indian Ocean: The hike 'L'Ilet A Guillaume' has great views, though not for the fainthearted, as there's a sheer drop of about 500m just left of the path. You start @ km15 on the La Montagne Rd from St Denis, Village St Bernard, Rd curves right, you take a left into the woods. Going and back takes about 3-4 hours.

 

Rwanda: Entry Visa-free for Germans up to 3 months stay! In Kigali you can stay in the city centre @ Hotel Bellevill, at 10$ for a double room.

 

Spain: Currency €. Madrid, Barcelona, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Sevilla, Pilgrim Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, ferries to Africa. Ryanair can get you there cheaply.

 

Tanzania: Visa 50$ OR 50€ for 3 months; if you go to Kenya OR Uganda in between, you can use the same visa again, it remains valid when re-entering Tanzania! A new road goes diagonally all the way from Dar Es Salaam to Rwanda! In Dar Es Salam the YWCA has dorms for 6$ including breakfast, open to men as well!

              

Uganda: Visa 50$ for 2 months single entry, stay can be extended (up to 6 months maximum, preferably at a smaller-town-office) for free! In Kampala, one of those capital cities where one doesn't mind spending a couple of weeks (people walking around at night, in a whole month I have never heard of a single incident), stay at Backpackers, Namirembe road; it's safe, green, spacious, dorm beds @ 4$, and you'll have ample communication opportunities!

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 16-08-2012 )
 
Digging around Angola
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
28-01-2012
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

      The Mucubal - A Fascinating Tribe         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

Dernière mise à jour : ( 08-09-2013 )
 
Bungee - Vic Falls
Écrit par Sascha Grabow / Filmed by Zimbabwe Bungee Crew / Edited by Eddy Roy Balummel   
12-12-1997
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Travel By Freighter / Cargo Ship
Écrit par Chuck Bennett, edited by Sascha Grabow   
11-05-2011
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

On the Oceans

Continent to Continent on Freighter          
                                                                                                                                                                             By Chuck Bennett

Rose Bachman, a retired telephone operator from Houston, Tex., was on an around-the-world cruise when the cargo freighter she was sailing on was sold for scrap - in the middle of the voyage.

"They just sold the ship from under us," she said. Bachman and the other passengers were dropped off in Mombassa, Kenya. It wasn't all bad, Bachman said. "They put us up in a five-star hotel and gave us business-class plane tickets," she said. The travelers were also reimbursed for the two months they lost on their four-month cruise.

The cancellation did little to damper Bachman's enthusiasm for freighter travel. Over the past 10 years, the 73-year-old has spent more than a year at sea on cargo freighters. "It is absolutely the only way to travel," she said ...
    
        
 
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I'm Your Travel Planner
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Jorge Brandao (portuguese)   
28-09-2012
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Sail
Regarding ANY kind of trip, travel, cruise, flight, train,Ski visa, etc, worldwide,Cart Drive

I will find for you THE BEST PRICE !!

I am happy to contest ANY price that you can come up with, Hike

and will ensure that you arrive at your (various) destination(s) in the most interesting & effective way. Travel the world authentic, meet the locals, feast on the emotions !!

Test my services NOW !! Fly

Simply email your desired itinerary               (Top Link 'Contact Me')

Desert Ship

     

On HorsebackTrain Ride

Dernière mise à jour : ( 30-01-2013 )
 
Story 17 - Amérique du Sud
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Julien Millot (french), Jorge Sanchez (spanish)   
30-10-2009

 

J'ai acheté un billet de train à Santa Cruz, Bolivie, pour "le Train de la Mort" à la frontière avec le Brésil (d'après le Lonely Planet), couru à mon hotel pour prendre mon sac, le tout sous une pluie battante. Arrivé à midi moins 5 à la gare, complètement trempé, les portes du train sont déjà fermées, et le train démarre. Tout le monde me dit : DESOLEEE !! Je prends le souterrain qui me mène droit sur une clôture de 2m de haut, et marche à côté du train. Finalement la clôture a un trou, je sprinte derrière le train sur la voie, crie comme un fou, et malgré la présence d'un soldat qui tentera de me faire descendre de force de la platforme arrière du train, m'y accroche, m'y hisse. C'est bon ! Je saigne au tibia. Après leur avoir expliqué qu'en 1995 j'avais fait la couverture de leur journal pour avoir gagné un match de tennis 7:6 au 3ème set, ils se sont calmés et m'ont trouvé un siège à côté de la plus belle passagère qu'ils aient pu trouver... :-).

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 28-05-2011 )
 
Congo
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
04-09-2008
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

PART 1

As there is another checkpoint just outside the city, I had to leave Bangui, the Capital of the Central African Republic, on the fourtheenth of January, just one day before the expiry of my Visa. I'd had a great time with barbeque for christmas at the french ambassador's residence, new year's celebrated with rounds of gunshots from real kalashnikovs - about six to ten people each year don't make it through that party!!

I really didn't want to leave! See, I was staying in one compound with the prime minister, we had tennis court, swimming pool and our own cook in livery, waking us up and serving us with fresh coffee and omeletts in the morning; but the idea was to get past that checkpoint, and then speculate on the real border guards in the boarder triangle Cameroon - Congo - CAR not being able to read sufficiently to maintain any claim towards my passport Visa indeed being expired ...

 

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Le Mauricien - Voyageur, aventurier, citoyen du monde…
Écrit par Le Mauricien / Michele Anne Bundhooa   
05-09-2009
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

Zambian Encounter

                                                                              Mauritius Times

               

Voyageur, aventurier, citoyen du monde…

Authentique passionné de voyages, Sascha Grabow, le plus jeune détenteur du titre de "Plus Grand Voyageur du Monde", est actuellement à Maurice pour quelques semaines. À ce jour, il a visité 181 pays et il ne lui en reste que 13 à parcourir et s'élever sur le classement du site worldtravelers.com où se concurrencent une centaine d'autres voyageurs.

 

      

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Sierra Leone & Liberia Adventures
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Dieter Grabow (english)   
29-01-2008
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

Hitching a Ride on a Truck with Soldiers in AfricaIn April 2002 I live in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, with a Dane who was commisioned by the government in order to excavate the harbor. Some day a girl turns up with a matchbox full of diamonds. She is talking to my Danish host on the balcony, and when I come by, anxious to catch a glimpse of such precious stones or perhaps even to touch them, she tells us that they are on sale at the price of 5000 US$ - in Antwerp they would easily fetch a price of 20000 $.

End of June I turn up once again at the Liberian Embassy, a tiny room with a couple of bunk beds and a rice cooker. The ambassador declares time and again that there is no danger at all in travelling to Monrovia overland. After all he must say that because that´s what he is earning his living on: selling visas to tourists - a job which is not very profitable at the time being. So I ask him if it´s ok me giving him 35 $ for the visa which normally costs 50. "You can´t do that, bargaining & haggling with me like that", he says, but in the long run he agrees - what else is there to do for him ...

 

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Et ensuite:
Écrit par Administrator   
17-09-2008

            Iraq

              Xingu Tribe

             Somalia

             Seychelles

              Algeria 

               Moon ..any Sponsors?? :-)

      

   

Dernière mise à jour : ( 22-11-2014 )
 
THE SPIEGEL - Bhutan or Bust
Écrit par Spiegel Magazine / Moises Mendoza, edited by Sascha Grabow   
15-04-2011
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

Ultra-Travelers Aim to Conquer the World

By Moises Mendoza

Photo Gallery: Visiting the World's Most Obscure Destinations
Photos
Sascha Grabow

Fancy a trip to Antarctica? How about a vacation on Nauru? Or is North Korea more your idea of a dream holiday? For those travel fanatics competing for the title of "world's most traveled person," such inaccessible places are must-see destinations, as part of the ever-growing list of the world's countries and territories.

Some people collect stamps; some collect countries.

320 countries and territories are listed by the Travelers' Century Club, an organization for people who have visited 100 or more countries. Membership costs 100 $ annually.

"Part of the traveling is bragging rights," says their chairman, who is based in California. "Part of it is just the love of travel. It's a thrilling thing."

But who is the world's most traveled person? It's impossible to know -- but that doesn't keep some travelers from laying claim to the title.

Differing definitions of the word "country" certainly don't help. The United Nations has 192 member states. The Travelers' Century Club, in contrast, includes 320 "countries" on its list. While the organization admits that some places are not actually independent countries in the conventional sense, it insists that all are "politically, ethnologically or geographically different." The list includes disputed territories such as Trans-Dniester in Moldova or Western Sahara in Africa, classifies dependent territories such as the US's Pacific island of Guam as separate "entities" and also regards Alaska as counting separately from the continental United States.

Meanwhile another organization considers the world to be made up of 872 places, including countries, territories and major states and provinces, among other locations. That list breaks things down even further. It has, for example, 18 separate places to check off in Germany, including the country's 16 states, the North Sea archipelago of Heligoland and the tiny exclave of Busingen in Switzerland.

 

Ultra-travelers (about 30 of whom are from Germany) who spend much of their time trying to get to far-flung lands like Nauru or Bhutan are loathe to say they're in a competition to visit the most countries.

But there's no doubt that their ranks are increasing. The Travelers' Century Club has seen a rapid increase in popularity over the last few years.

 

Expensive Hobby

It takes gumption, dedication and lots of hard work to be an ultra-traveler. But the biggest and most obvious challenge to visiting every single country is simple: money.

Others are lucky enough to have jobs that take them the world over. Work as an international tour guide helps to visit a lot of the Travelers' Century Club's countries.

Why does one keep doing it, despite being 70 years old and hearing regular complaints from one's wife? "It's in my blood," one traveler told SPIEGEL as he was getting ready to leave to escort a tour group through China and North Korea. "I get home, stay a few weeks and need to start traveling again."

 

The Thrill of the Unknown

Yet other travelers, like Spain's Jorge Sanchez -- who has a claim to being Europe's most traveled man -- need to find more creative ways to fund their adventures.

Sanchez, 53, spends about half the year washing dishes or working in hotels in touristy parts of his country. The rest of the time he's on the road. He's now planning his fifth round-the-world journey and a trip to obscure South Pacific Islands he hasn't seen yet.

Of course, there's an element of danger involved in ultra-traveling: Sascha Grabow, a former professional tennis player from Heilbronn in southwestern Germany, has been briefly detained by suspicious authorities in Congo and Liberia. On his website, he writes interesting anekdotes about his travel adventures. He also has had to talk his way past angry soldiers in Guinea and Kazakhstan.

But there's also the thrill of the unknown: the idea that the world is so vast and complex that there's always just one more place to visit.

 

'Many More Ways of Living'

For some, traveling becomes a passion -- some would say addiction -- that changes their entire outlook on the world and life itself.

Sascha says he's seen so many places over the years (about 606 of the 872) that his very concept of what it means to be German has changed.

"When you've lived in so many countries, it can be hard to see the German way. You see that there are many more ways of living your life," Grabow, 43, said in a telephone interview from Morocco, as he prepared for an excursion into Mauritania.

Rather than seeing it as a numbers game, Grabow stresses the philosophical aspects of traveling. "For me, it's not about collecting the most countries. It's about living life to the fullest and seeing and experiencing the whole world."

 

      

Dernière mise à jour : ( 13-01-2012 )
 
Machu Picchu Inka Trail
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
28-11-2009
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                   

Macho Picchu on the Trail !Just back from Machu Picchu! Dont tell anyone but I walked the trail in 24 hours, there are three passes, of which the highest reaches 4215 meters, had to jump a couple of fences, mostly at night, didn't have much food with me, at 1 am I encounter a lost dog, he begs me to get him out of this (labyrinth for him, always up and down), and finally, surprise, at 2 am I'm in the middle of Machu Picchu, no entrance gate at all.
I sleep under some rocks, together with the dog, giving each other warmth, and in the morning take some pics.
But then a guard sees me with my big backpack, asks me for either trail or entrance tickets, then transports me out through the huge (about 50 meters long, several consecutive checkpoints) gate at the lower end of Machu Picchu in a rather unfriendly way :-)

I guess my budget is still too low to be able to see what nature has to offer ...
My feet are in quite terrible a condition at the moment, the achilles ligament(?) can only take so many thousand altitude meters per day up & down (especially down is extremely strenuous), according to each individual's personal limit.

Today though I will have to walk one more time, back uphill on the train trecks, the lady from (tourist office) 'peru info' says that way it is legal. The Railway Company claims it would be 50-something kilometers (just too much to consider walking it, thus deterring potential walkers from attempting it!!), but in reality the track is about 35 km before you hit the road. To ask about 35 € for that train trip, albeit in Peru, has to be considered exeptionally dear/expensive.

I had an appointment with Shirley that day at 2pm, but when that morning the sun came out for the first time, I HAD to make a go for it!! I hope she understands, and please let her know my apologies.

Ps - Additional information:

Normally by now a 4-day-80-km Inka Trail trip costs 420 Dollars US, and for every tourist an average of 4 porters (for food, water, cooking/fire woods and tents) plus a guide trample the path!

    

Dernière mise à jour : ( 14-09-2011 )
 
Return to Gabon
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
09-09-2011
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

After more than eight years I'm finally back in Gabon, the country where I suffered my worst attack ever. Five armed gangsters caused me severe headwounds and a broken left tennis arm, while relieving me of all my belongings. Kaname Saito, Japan's mosttraveled person, told me, "into such a country, where this kind of things had happened to me, I would never ever return back to!" But maybe this is exactly the way to go in order to combat and conquer one's demons ...

After arriving in the Capital Libreville, I hear that those guys had been infamous bandits that have long since been apprehended and put behind bars; and now peace has reigned for quite a time in the country!  ... which would actually make sense for such a small state of only 1,5 million inhabitants. 

I will try to get face-to-face with those guys once again, if a visit inside the prison will be granted to me. Who know, maybe I can even get some info on the whereabouts of my bag then including the treasured Kodak-films.

Dernière mise à jour : ( 13-01-2012 )
 
Life
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
15-01-2008
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

 

Please ANYBODY challenge this personal philosophy

& have yours published & debated thoroughly here !!

 

 

 

Is there still anybody left out there in Germany (or in any of the Western Countries

for that matter) willing to risk their lives & be vulnerable in order to Gain Life?

 

 

-  If you rely on the system, you can't really expect to be much happier than the

    bulk of people in it.

 

-  Do not allow extended periods of physical neglect: Your body is your temple!

 

-  Nothing in Life compares to the satisfaction of being allowed to be an original

    thinker & actor!
 

-  Big companies are breeding corporate robots. Do a job you don't necessarily

    want do only if pay is good, it's for a limited period of time and you can stop

    any time you'd want to.

   Everything else is ultimately destructive to your health. Trying to get you

   into debt early in your life is the surest way they have to milk you to the point where 

   it's impossible to get anything else out of you.

 

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 21-12-2009 )
 
Sambaobab, Afro-Brazilian Samba
Écrit par Sascha Grabow / Filmed by Sascha Grabow   
28-05-2011
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Dernière mise à jour : ( 28-05-2011 )
 
Antarctica
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & Commentators   
22-01-2010
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

My experience getting last minute deals to Antarctica:

 

Usuaia Harbor, Tierra del Fuego (Feuerland), Argentina

I'm writing this from Ushuaia, Argentina, the main port for passenger cruises to Antarctica.
I have a spot held for me on the "Classic Antarctica" cruise by Quark expeditions for 4100.00 $ US. I believe this is the cheapest deal in town during this time of year. It was not advertised anywhere. While it is a discount for this particular boat, I'm not certain it's the cheapest you could pay for this itinerary. This is how I got what I got; hopefully others will be able to get as good or better deals having read this:

I came to Ushuaia without any reservations, assuming that I would be able to get a good price by waiting around for last minute openings. I'd been emailing one agency who had been insisting on $4900 as the best I could get, but I held out. I went to the first travel agency I saw and asked about Antarctica deals. They pointed me to the Antarctica tourist office near the port. I asked this office about last minute openings, telling them I'd heard rumors about a price that I made up on the spot ($ 4000 I think). They gave me a list of all the agencies in town, with their addresses, telephone numbers, and a chart of which agencies are contracted with which boats. They pointed me to one in particular that they'd heard had a $ 4400 opening. I went there but found them closed for lunch. I checked two other nearby places, who both tried to sell me the $ 4900 trip I'd heard about before. I found a third one that, when I fibbed again about hearing of a $ 4000 offer, magically came up with one, but it didn't leave until exactly a month later!! ...
 
 
      
      
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World Travelers Top 25
Écrit par World Traveler   
23-04-2010
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.


 
Rank    Name                      Home Base                                                           Year Born                  Visited      

1     Bill Altaffer                      (Carmel Valley, California, USA)                            1943                       815
1     Charles A Veley              (San Francisco, California, USA)                            1965                       815
3     Jorge Sanchez               (Hospitalet/Barcelona, Spain)                               1957                       766
4     Bart Hackley                  (Newport Beach, California, USA)                         1945                       712
5     Veikko Huhtala              (Helsinki, Finland)                                                   1946                        705
6     Larry Leventhal             (Brooklyn, New York, USA)                                   1935                        701
7     Robert Bonifas              (Aurora, Illinois, USA)                                            1936                        688
8     Alan K Hogenauer        (Los Angeles, California, USA)                               1941                        676
9     Wolfgang Stoephasius (München, Germany)                                              1941                       672
10   Oili Liutu                         (Helsinki, Finland)                                                   1940                       663
11   Donald M Parrish Jr       (Downers Grove, Illinois, USA)                             1944                       645
12   Roman Brühwiler          (Zuzwil, Switzerland)                                              1959                       638
13   Daniel Walker                (San Jose, Costa Rica)                                            1941                       627
14   Nuno Lobito                  (Caparica, Portugal)                                               1965                       618
15   Sascha Grabow             (Talheim, Germany)                                                1968                       606
16   Herbert Goebels           (Aachen, Germany)                                                 1938                       600
17   Kari-Matti Valtari          (Lahti, Finland)                                                         1953                      600
18   Veryan Allen                  (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)                                         1947                       599
19   Lee Abbamonte            (New York, New York, USA)                                  1978                        591
20   Stewart Sheppard        (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)               1939                        588
21   Bjarne Lund-Jensen     (Odense N, Denmark)                                            1948                        581
22   Paul G Hurwood           (Hereford, UK)                                                         1958                       578
23   Christine Kloner            (New York, New York, USA)                                   1941                      578
24   Carolyn Broadwell        (Napa, California, USA)                                           1931                       577
25   Hans Thulin                   (Taberg, Sweden)                                                   1938                       572

 

      

   

 

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Trans-Sahara
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
06-05-2011
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

Middle of March 2011 finally theMoonrise in the Sahara time has come. First I head North to Muenster for a couple of days, and giving an interview there for a local newspaper .

Next is France where Im meeting Tatiana in the Pyrenees, climbing mountains, bathing naked in hot springs and learning about planting your own veggies.

In the Barcelona area the police (4 guys) at 3.30 am break into a toilet where I am trying to catch some sleep, later wanting to charge me 20 € for the broken lock.

In Almeria I catch the ferry to Africa (Melilla), and the moment I arrive in Maroc (Nador) I start to relax, hitchhiking becomes much easier. I opt for a small detour towards Oujda and the Algerian border. Following morning I already reach the Mauretanian Embassy in Rabat where Visas can be had for 30€, pick-up next day.

I meet Cody, a young Canadian with rent-a-car and neglectable knowledge of french. He gives me a ride towards Agadir, and through the night I hitchhike the last 380 km, arriving at my friend Mohamed's place in Tan-Tan 5 am. It becomes really difficult to leave, but after two weeks, when the visa I just obtained is already halfway expired, by chance Paul, a German from Munich traveling on his own 4x4-Hilux-Camper equipped with two large beds, kitchen etc, stops over in town, and this is the sign for me to get moving again.

So we travel down through Western Sahara together, stop in Dakhla en route, and, entering Mauretania on the 18th of April, I take advantage of the fact that hitchhiking alone I could have never made it to the national park of Banc d'Arguin, and join him there for some days in complete peace and nature, the beach full of turtles.

Then I manage a lift with another camp guest, reach the Capital Nouakchott, concert in the Centre Culturel Francaise the very first night, and head back to Nouadhibou, 450 km North (riding with British/Malagan overlanders Adam & Sophie), to catch the world's longest train (~140 wagons of iron ore, 2300m long) through the night into the desert. The train doesn't have any light or electricity in its passenger compartment, and of the seats remain mostly only the hard plastic parts if at all. Thank god thievery isn't a problem n the train (yet?).

I spend some time in Atar and Chinguetti, the 7th most holy city of Islam, a place that recently has been declared inside the red zone by France (supposed to mean higher risk of being kidnapped by Al Quaida forces), then need to reach Rosso border as my visa is about to expire. Clement, the Nigerian priest there, is a princely host for a night, and, crossing the Senegal river I reach the country with the same name on the other side of the Sahara and its former capital Saint-Louis, a town that has seen better days but still located idyllic on an island behind a great sand bar.

Before arriving in Senegal's capital Dakar I spent two fantastic days in a +/- 30 people Fullah (Peul, Fulfulbe) family compound in Thies, 60 km to the East. The Peul are one of the largest tribes present in most of the Sahel zone countries, while Dakar itself is predominantly Wolof, another tribe known for their size and commercial skills.

On 3rd of May I am exactly 10 minutes in Dakar, headed for the supermarket to get myself the first cold drink in days, when Markus, ex-handball pro, fellow-German and based here to oversee construction of a fish factory, addresses me in front of the casher and invites me to simply stay with him!

 

To be continued ...

   

        

Dernière mise à jour : ( 25-12-2013 )
 
Around The World
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
08-02-2011
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

With Himbas in Northern Namibia / Galapagos Tortoise / Hindu Girl in Mauritius / Cruising to South Georgia
Dernière mise à jour : ( 08-02-2011 )
 
Where Is Sascha ?
Écrit par Administrator   
29-12-2008
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

 

 

                     

June           15:   Portugal

May            30:   Sao Tome

May            15:   Gabon

April           30:   Gabon

April           15:   Gabon

March         30:  Congo

March         15:  Cabinda

February    29:  Angola

February    15:  Angola

January      30:  Angola

January      15:  Angola

2011

December  30:  Sao Tome

December  15:  Sao Tome

November  30:  Sao Tome

November  15:  Sao Tome

October      30:  Principe

October      15:  Annobon

September 30:  Bioko

September 15:  Rio Muni

August       30:  Gabon

August       15:  Cameroon

July            30:  Nigeria

July            15:  Niger

June           30:  Mali

June           15:  Mali

May            30:  Mali

May            15:  Mali

April           30:  Senegal

April           15:  Mauretania

2010

December 30:  Hungary

December 15:  Mexico

November 30:  China

November 15:  Qatar

October     30:  Arab Emirates

October     15:  Bahrain

September30:  Kuwait

September15:  France

August      30:  Western Sahara

July           30:   Melilla

June          30:   Czech Republic

May           30:   Austria

April          30:   Helgoland

April          15:    Italy

March        30:   Spain

March        20:   Gibraltar

March        10:   Morocco

February   28:   Cape Verde

February   20:   Paraguay

February   10:   Antarctica

January     30:   Falkland

January     20:   Land of Fire

January     10:   Galapagos

2009

December 30:   Venezuela

December 15:   Colombia

November 30:   Amazon

November 15:   Machu Picchu

October     30:   Brazil

October     15:   Bolivia

September30:   Argentina

September15:   South Africa

August      30 :   Rodrigues

August      15 :   Mauritius

July           30 :   La Réunion

July           15 :   Madagascar

June          30 :   Mayotte

June          15 :   Comores

May           30 :   Rwanda

May           15 :   DRC (Zaire) 

April          30 :   Uganda

April          15 :   South Sudan

March        30 :   DRC (Zaire)

March        15 :   DRC (Zaire)

February   28 :   DRC (Zaire)

February   15 :   DRC (Zaire)

January     30 :   Namibia

January     15 :   Namibia

2008

December 30 :   Namibia

December 15 :   Namibia

November 30 :   Zambia

November 15 :   Burundi

October     30 :   Tanzania

October     15 :   Switzerland

September 30:   Holland

September 15:   Belgium

August        30:   Channel Islands

August        15:   England

July             30:   Shetland Islands

July             15:   Norway

June            30:   Faroer Islands

June            15:   Iceland

May             30:   Canada

May             15:   USA

April            30:   Puerto Rico

April            15:   Grenada

March          30:   Barbados

March          15:   St Lucia

February     29:   Martinique

February     15:   Dominica

January       30:   Guadeloupe

January       15:   Antigua

2007

December   30:   Jamaica

December   15:   Madeira

November   30:   Maldives

November   15:   Malta

October       30:   Scotland

October       15:   Ireland

Aland Islands

Sweden

Finland

Estonia

Latvia

Lithuania

Belarus

Crimea

Ukraine

Transnistria

Moldova

Romania

Bulgaria

Turkey

Georgia

Azerbaijan

Turkmenistan

Karakalpakstan

Uzbekistan

Tajikistan

Uzbekistan

2006

Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan

China

Manchuria

North Korea

China

Laos

Cambodia

Thailand

Andaman Islands

India

Bhutan

Nepal

Tibet

Hongkong

Texas

Alaska

Canada

Arizona

Mexico

Guatemala

El Salvador

California

Guam

2005

Bangladesh

Sri Lanka

Botswana

Zimbabwe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dernière mise à jour : ( 12-06-2012 )
 
Plaidoyer pour la Émigration
Écrit par Sascha Grabow   
06-10-2010

emigration_appeal


Plädoyer zur Emigration

 

(falls man seinen Partner

noch nicht gefunden hat!)

 

Wenn man von woanders herkommt,

dann ist man IMMER interessanter!

 

Das gilt für jede Person! Egal ob

weiß, schwarz, indisch, moslemisch!

 

Und zwar gerade eben, weil man einen anderen Background hat als alle anderen, die genau wie

Ihresgleichen (gleicher Kindergarten, gleiche Schule etc) aufgewachsen sind und aussehen. Das ist

spannend, belebt, und beleidigt sozusagen nicht die Intelligenz. Es ist, mit einem Wort, AUFREGEND!

 

 

         

Dernière mise à jour : ( 01-11-2010 )
 
Morocco
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & translated by Mohamed Oladib (arabic)   
31-08-2010
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

Hitching a ride through the night on a truck, Morocco

Dear friends,

paying tribute to my readers longing for an update on my travel stories, here we go! ENJOY:

Finally I am back in Africa! You can feel it instantly! Hitchhiking 300 km in Spain from Alicante to Almeria, after visiting Ibiza for a couple of days, there tenniscoaching and physically preparing a friend for an upcoming grasscourt tournament, it takes me full two days!! Then a ferry takes you across to Melilla, only meters away from Morocco. The moment you get into the first town, Nador, people are curious, friendly, engaging, it never takes more than 15 minutes to catch a ride, I am being invited to stay with Ibrahim in Casablanca, the one who gave me the last, very long ride down South from the northern coast. I meet his wife and his one-year-old son, we eat heartily at two a.m. what has been prepared for his return as it is Ramadan, meaning daytime fasting for 30 days is in accordance with the religion, with the rare exception valid for travelers (e.g. on foot), as well as pregnant women.

Next evening I continue South towards Agadir. You won't believe what happened to me:

       

Dernière mise à jour : ( 22-11-2014 )
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Sat 1 bei Sascha Zuhause
Écrit par Sat 1 Crew & Sascha Grabow   
24-06-2010
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

Dernière mise à jour : ( 23-01-2013 )
 
Vendre sur Photos
Écrit par Administrator   
20-04-2010

Here Sascha offers his professional photography for sale. Just choose any of the more than thousand photographs in the Photo Gallery. Various sizes are possible, from 300 KB or lees, to 1 MB, 4 MB, or even 12 MB raw file, equivalent to about 57 MB tiff file. Accordingly prices differ, as well as with special exclusivity-wishes for the photo. Interested customers please contact the photographer via email (right side top) with a description of the desired photo(s) & possibly leave your telephone number in order to discuss the details.

 

Sur www.GettyImages.com vous pouvez aussi acheter mes photos.

                    

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Assala Lodge Gabon Paradis A

Assala Lodge Gabon Paradis B

Flickr Photostream

Pacific Jeux 2013 A

Pacific Jeux 2013 B

        

            

Dernière mise à jour : ( 16-12-2014 )
 
Antarctic Dive
Écrit par Sascha Grabow & Crew   
08-02-2010
Pour cet texte n'existe aucune traduction. Ici nous montrons l'original.

 

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