3 tips from our around the world trip


1. Golden Gobi

The guesthouse where we stayed in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia, and also the place we booked our trip around Gobi. Highly recommendable!

2. Sailing from China to Japan

The ferry we took from Shanghai, China to Kobe, Japan.

A great and different way to get to Japan. We were told that the ferry is not even that known in China or Japan, so naturally we were the only foreigners onboard.

3. Japan Rail Pass

I would recommend everyone travelling to Japan to opt for the Japan Rail Pass. It’s not cheap, but it will take you all over Japan fast and convenient, and just the experience of taking a ride on the Shinkansen, which is the name for the high-speed railway lines, is a thrill in itself.

One thing thats important to know is that you have to buy it before you go! The Japan Rail Pass is only available to foreign visitors and Japanese nationals living outside Japan and it’s not sold in Japan.

We had some help from a travel agency, who also help to book our tickets on the Trans-Mongolian railway and accomodation in Russia. For more info you can visit the official website.


United States of Me

The last two weeks we´ve spent on the east coast, experiencing and seeing the sights in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. New York was our favourite, with plenty of things to see and do, we could have easily spent more than the six days we had there. Besides seeing the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero (which was nothing more than a construction site) and taking a stroll through Central Park, we also went to see some comedy at the comedy club where Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Seinfeld was discovered. And we were audience at The Late Night show with David Letterman.

Next, we went to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the country, where we saw the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and tried a philly cheesesteak.

And here we are, our last day and last stop on our trip around the world, Washington D.C. We´ve of course seen the White House (from a distance that is), Pentagon and enough memorials to last a lifetime. Then we experienced the famous Turkey Day (better known as Thanksgiving) and more interesting, how americans go shopping-crazy the day after. And since we´re at the subject of crazy americans, let me explain the title of this chapter…

After three months of travelling around the world, we´ve seen, experienced and met many different countries, cultures and people. And we´ve never met a more self-centered people than americans. It´s in the way they drive, walk the street, skip the line to the toilet and their general behavior of not considering that there´s other people around.

Even so, we still like the country, and the little over five weeks we´ve spent here have been great.


Election, gambling and some other stuff

We´ve seen and been to so many places since the last time I wrote, so in order to avoid any confusion, I´m just gonna start from the top.

After some amazing and relaxing days on Hawaii, we flew to San Francisco, where we spend a few days strolling around the steep streets and visited the infamous Alcatraz. Then we witnessed history as Obama became the first african-american to be elected president of the US. But, since it was San Francisco, another topic received just as much attention on election day – the proposition on whether or not to ban same sex marriage in California. We were shocked that it was a “yes”, thereby banning same sex marriages, mostly because we didn´t believe people could be that narrow-minded, but also because, as I said we were in San Francisco, home of gay liberation and freedom of speech in the US, so we´d only seen “no”-voters. But once we picked up our rental car and drove out of the city to the smaller cities in the state, it dawned upon us how large the religious communities are all over the US. Driving through the smallest mountain village near the national parks, we´d see signs displaying the number of churches, all the way up to 9 in one small town!

It was also in one of those small towns we learned that the “Obama-mania” is not so big everywhere. A guy said this to us, quote: “I never understood how the Germans could elect a man like Hitler until now”. And then he went on to compare Obama with Mussolini.

On our trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas, we drove through the most amazing landscapes; from the mountains in Yosemite covered with giant trees and waterfalls, to the snowcovered giant trees in Sequia National park, then directly into the very arid and desert Death valley. And then suddenly there was a city – and it was Las Vegas.

We spend our days in Vegas trying out the roulette tables at the different casinos, winning some, then loosing, then winning some again. The next day we spend trying to reach Grand Canyon, but our gps deceived us and told us there was shorter than there actually was, so we didn´t make it in time for the sunset. But we did get so see Hoover dam and drive route 66.

Last but not least, we´ve spend the last couple of days in New Orleans, which we can now cross of our list of places we´ve been to and that´s it. The french quarter was cosy and Bourbon street full of life and happy times, and we did have a great night out, but other than that there was not much to see other than a city obviously unlucky and full of poverty.