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Grand Canyon

June 30th, 2008


The day we wanted to visit the Grand Canyon had begun. It seemed to be at least a four hour ride and we started the day with a nice breakfast while we checked our emails if anybody answered to our desperated requests to host us. Nobody answered and so it seemed that it would be another expensive night (but luxurious) again. Before we would have lost more time wasted on discussions where to stay, we just drove towards the Grand Canyon.

Hoover Dam

June 30th, 2008

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“What’s next?”, we were asking ourselves. We had different ideas and one was to go to Albuquerque where a friend of Claire lives. It’s very far in the east from our current position and it would have been exhausting to do this detour, since I really wanted to go up to Portland and Seattle to visit one of my first Couchsurfers.

Little Update

June 27th, 2008

We arrived in Costa Rica and now it´s the first time that I can access the internet, since the village we are in, is very limited.
Here´s a lot of work and we get up very early every day. Next to working on a farm we also go to a school (which is 4km up and down hill) where we teach some children English. I am more the assistent since Claire is doinga much better job in that, but it is often a bit difficult to get the kids motivated.

Costa Rica

June 12th, 2008

Now we are in Costa Rica, working on an organic Farm “organized” by WWOOF. I have still so much to write about our road trip, but since I was driving all the time, I didn’t have a free hand to write my posts. So updates are coming later …

Salvation Mountain

June 12th, 2008

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Another day we decided to visit Salvation Mountain, actually it was my idea, since nobody else ever heard of it. Last year I had a Couchsurfer from L.A. who told me about this place and I was fascinated.
On the map it seemed very close to L.A. But when I calculated the route I was told that it would take around four hours to Niland, which is the closest town to the Salvation Mountain.

Before we began our day trip, we had breakfast in a nice cafe, that also offered wireless. Since no internet connection was available in Stefan’s apartment we chose this place to communicate with the outside world and to plan our further trips.

Los Angeles

May 30th, 2008


After spending two month in and around New York City it was finally time for the actual trip, with a lot of exciting adventures. The time I spent in New York was more or less similar to a life instead of being a tourist. Now it was finally Thursday, May the 22nd, and we got up at 4:30am since our plane to Los Angeles would depart at 7:45am. We left our apartment with all our stuff at 5:30am thinking that it would need an hour to the airport, but we were wrong and we were unfortunate … we missed a metro and another one was kind of very late and in the end it took us 95 minutes … five minutes too much to catch our plane, because the check-in counter closed already. Fortunately we got a ticket for the next plane, which departed an hour later, for no extra fees.

North Conway (New Hampshire)

May 23rd, 2008

Me in Mount Washington Hotel

I left Boston with one of the two buses that daily go to North Conway. I haven’t heard back from the Couchsurfer I wanted to stay with and I couldn’t reach him the day before. So I first wanted to go to North Conway and try to reach him again, otherwise I would have lookes for a hostel.

Boston (Massachusettes)

May 21st, 2008

Boston in fog

Another small trip brought me first to Boston to, again, meet a Couchsurfing friend.
I bought a ticket from the BoltBus Company which is a new and cheap one, led by Chinese again. On a Saturday at 11am the brand new bus departed punctually. The seats were comfortable and wireless was also available. So the four hours ride from New York to Boston became actually short.

Norfolk (Virginia)

May 11th, 2008

Couchsurfing friends

Excitedly I waited for my train to Newport News, from where it’s just a few miles to Norfolk to my friend’s home. The trains had a delay of almost an hour, which fits to that, what people are saying about Amtrak trains, and after seven hours I reached my destination. Martina and Brittany, who both visited me last year, were picking me up from the train station. It was great to see them again and they welcomed me heartily.


April 29th, 2008

Being on top

A little trip on my own should begin, mainly to visit some Couchsurfers I met in Berlin. But also to see another city and to get a change after several weeks in New York. My first visit was Philadelphia where I met Annie, who I recently met in Berlin just before I left it. On my trip to Washington I passed Philadelphia seeing only the train station and that wasn’t very promising but Annie showed me the other side, the nicer side.