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Baja California Visit: 1992-12
2007-04-13 - Mexiko, Tijuana

Tijuana an der mexikanisch-amerikanischen Grenze gilt nicht gerade als der sicherste Ort. Als ich ankam ging ich in eine Bar und trank einen Cafe. Meine Tasche stellte ich auf einen Barhocker neben dem Tresen. Ein Mann kam zu mir und bot einen Ring, mit einem teuren Stein, an. Aus Hoeflichkeit betrachtete ich ihn mir, war aber nicht weiter interessiert. Er liess aber nicht locker und versuchte immer wieder meine Aufmerksamkeit auf den Ring zu lenken. Meine Tasche hatte ich jetzt im Ruecken und als ich mich umdrehte, stand jemand vor mir, der meinen Rucksack eng umschlungen in den Armen hielt. Anschliessend wurde ich von mehreren Leuten eingeladen, weil ich nicht gleich die Polizei gerufen hatte.




Bolivia Visit: 2004-7
2007-04-13 - Bolivien, Potosi

Potosi war eine alte Bergarbeiterstadt in Bolivien, wo Silber abgebaut wurde. Der Bus war noch nicht ganz besetzt, deshalb mussten wir noch warten. Einige Kinder kamen in den Bus und sagen Lieder vor. Der Gesang war aber so schlecht, das der ganze Bus der Vorstellung aufmerksam folgte. Ich bemerkte, dass ein Mann mit einer Decke in den Bus kam uns sie ueber mit in die Gepaeckablage steckte. Nach einiger Zeit verschwanden die Kinder und der Bus setzte sich in Bewegung. Vor der Stadt war eine Kontrollstelle der Polizei. Einer der Polizisten kam in den Bus und durchsuchte das Gepaeck. Er fragte mich, welches meines war und ich stand auf, um es ihm zu zeigen. Anstatt meiner Tasche, fand ich aber nur eine alte Decke. Der Polizist laechelte freundlich, so als wuerde er den Trick mit der Decke bereits kennen. Waehrend die Kinder ihre Gesangvostellung gaben, musste der Mann neben mir, dieTasche in eine der Decken eingewickelt haben, aber nicht ohne zu pruefen, ob sich in ihr Wertgegenstaende befanden. Als er sie abtastete, konnte er den Eindruck bekommen, als befanden sich Photo Objektive in ihr. Die vermeidliche Phototasche wickelte er in die Decke und verliess den Bus. Am Tag vor der Busreise hatte ich einige Konserven gekauft und sie in den kleinen Rucksack gesteckt.



Cuba Visit: 2000-3
2007-09-10 - From the airport I took a taxi into the old part of town of Havanna. The old Cadillac actually belonged in the museum, and as I stepped out, I felt into one long past epoch carries back. Here seemed the time stand to have remained.

Before me the Capitol, an accurate copy of the American parliament building stood in Washington. In long rows the road cruisers parked, thus as became them still always on the underworld, those wait the city before the Cuban revolution also Gambling and prostitution in its hands held. A man photographed engaged couple with an old bar camera. I stood for something lost around, as me a woman asked whether I look for one casa particular. she took me also in it House, where she lived together with their mother. The house was not straight much comfortable. In the living room a sofa before bald concrete walls and one were located

Stairs led into the first floor. My room pleased me however. The bed was like that largely that between bed and wall hardly place was for turning. A weak bedside lamp lit up the windowless area. She meant that Chicas none Problem would be and I began mean backpack to unpack.

Before the hotel Inglesia I set in a Café and left myself the pictures of Havanna me affect. A woman with long, black hair, too horse tail were tied together, sat next door. I invited she to a coffee

and as if long time anybody did not come, I went in to took up the order.

I carried forward my daily backpack. After I was back, she rose, opened her bag, turned her and tilted contents up

the table out. It trick their brows together, which their narrow face an irresistible severity gave, and said sarkastisch, it had itself briefly those Nose propellants. The Spanish temper was reflected in its eyes again.

Afterwards it collected its things in and we went into the La Bodeguita del Medio.

Those was famous, because already Hemingway, Che Guevara and Salvador Allende had drunk here. At the walls were everywhere pictures of the famous guests.

I ordered two Mojito and regarded the old wood panel with the looking boxes.

“From where do you come?”

“I am from Santiago de Cuba”, told her.

“Then you live close by from Guantanamo! Were you already times there?”

“No! The Americans could do a military basis, but them on Guantanamo this place do not leave. They cannot fly also from the USA to Cuba.

For decades they keep an economic boykott upright against us. Only because we free and independent to be wanted. The Americans are like children. If one takes away something, they are insulted.

“Are you Spanish descent? ”, I asked.

“My family tree has roots in Spain. But turn you head. Look you the women there on the stairs on. The blond woman with the curls and the dark

Skin color. The Mulattin with the blue eyes. Are they not beautiful. Up Cuba gives it to few racingism. “

We arranged ourselves on the next day, where we learned ourselves to know.

“Which you want to undertake today”, inquired her itself.

“Buying!”

“What do you want to buy? ”, it asked surprised.

“Quark, cocoa and a tape.”

After short silence it pushed out: “Impossible! You do not get that here.

The people are glad, if they have basic food and you want to buy quark.

I do not even know exactly whether there are, considered at all cows on Cuba " it.

We went into one of the business. The showcases were really nearly empty and what it

gave, only against dollar was sold.

“Credit it…?”

“No!”

“Credit it quark and cocoa?”

It turned and pulled a small paper bag from the shelf.

“Two dollar!”

We drove de la Revolucion with the Camel to the Plaza. The penalty in Havanna become

Camel mentioned, because there is converted trucks, those in front and in the back a peak have. On the grandstand of the Plaza I took place, where Castro always its deferment of payment long speeches by the Kubaner held.

“We must buy still quark!”

“Natural, we must buy still quark. There in front are the party headquarterses. We can go and asking Castro, where we can get quark ", them joked.

She put its hands into the hips and regarded with shining eyes. “Want we go or want you still another speech to give. “

Not far from it, there was a market, where farmers sold their products.

This concession to capitalism was inevitable, around the supply that

To maintain population. She found such a thing actually someone, like quark offered. With the finger it tried of it. But it actually affected only its lips,

and their large, round Ohrring whipped moved back and forth with the head, during.

“Quark”, smiled she.

“Now we need only a tape”, said I.

“I know a workshop at the Malecon, which manufactures cardboard boxes. That could do such a thing have. “

The bank promenade from Havanna is always populated from people, which fish, swims or simply flanieren. The old community centres are in a ramshackle condition, sometimes only the front stands, but does to the magic no abort. We ran up to the hotel Nacional, where itself under the dictatorship Baptistas the gangsters the handle in the hand had given. She found the workshop and we got our tape.

“Cuba is a poor country. But there is to much love and joy of life”, gushed she here.

“Kubanerinnen are beautifully, courageous and intelligent”, placed behind them more fully self-confident its.

“Ok!”

“We love our country”, said them and adjusted ourselves the way. “You listen at least, because you confirm each sentence of me. Kubaner never listen. “

She pushed its hand carefully under my arm and ran in such a way we by the old part of town of

Havanna home.

In my room it threw on the bed and put the quark, cocoa and the sticking bound beside itself. “That was beautifully with you to buy”, said she and pushed the things with the elbow of the bed.

I remained still some days in Havanna. Annoyance began, as if my landlady those fifteen dollar, which I paid for the room, in beautification repairs at the house put. First the living room was reconditioned and adjusted for me in such a way supporting columns that one hardly still in the house came. Then the upper floor was removed, preferably if I wanted to sleep. And finally I was evacuates from my room and had to sleep in the kitchen.



Mauritius (main island) Visit: 2004-5
2007-05-18 - Schon im Flugzeug nach Mauritius machte ich mir Gedanken darüber, wo ich übernachten werde. Die Insel gilt nicht gerade als Paradies für Budget-Traveller. Am Flughafen frage ich einen Taxifahrer, ob er in Mahebourg nicth ein Hotel wüsste, das meinen Geldbeutel ein bisschen schonen würde. Er brachte mich zum Pensionat Orient, wo ich etwa 20 Euro pro Nacht bezahlte. Das Hotel hat sich als Volltreffer erwiesen. Balkon, Bad, Ventilator und nette Leute. Auf meinen Reisen über die Insel, habe ich kein Hotel mehr entdeckt, das in Strand Nähe auch nur einigermaßen bezahlbr gewesen wäre.

Wobei ich beim nächsten Punkt wäre. Das Pensionat Orient liegt zwar im Ortskern von Mahebourg, aber es ist nicht weit zur Blue Bay. Als ich zum ersten Mal zur Blue Bay gelaufen bin, folgte ich einer Straße, die zur Strandseite hin von hohen Mauern begrent war. Dahinter befanden sich Villen. Einen Zugang von der Straße zum Strand habe ich anfänglich nicht gefunden. Blue Bay hat nicht so ganz meinen tropischen Vorstellungen entsprochen. Ein ziemlich winziger Strand, gepflasterte Wege und am Wochenende so überlaufen, das Freibad-Stimmung aufkommt.

Auf dem Rückweg habe ich dann doch noch einen schmalen Pfad zm Strand hinunter gefunden. Was ich da sah, hat so ziemlich alle meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Ein Kilometer langer, weißer Sandstrand. Türkisblaues Meer und weit und breit kein Tourist zu sehen. Hier konnte irgend etwas nicht stimmen.

Zurück im Hotel erkundigte ich mich und erfuhr, das es sich dabei um Privatstrände handelt. Aber auch, dass es auf Mauritius ein Gesetz gibt, das den Strand zwischen Ebbe und Flut zu öffentlich zugänglichen Grund und Boden erklärt. Also, breit genug für mein Badetuch. Die nächsten Tage verbrachte ich an diesem Strand, bis einer der Villenbesitzer sich in seiner freien Aussicht aufs Meer gestört fühlte. Er hetzte mir ein Patrouillenboot der Küstenwache auf den Hals, denen ich aber die gesetzlichen Feinheiten Mauritius durchaus klar machen konnte. Die nächsten 14 Tage waren wir dann gute Nachbar.




Myanmar Visit: 1996-6
2007-09-24 - Aung San Suu Kyi (english version - google translate)

During my attendance in Yangon I had still another meeting, to which I me particularly gladly remind. The burmesische opposition guide Aung San Suu Kyi stood at that time under house arrest. It stopped however each Sunday in its garden a small landing a short speech to waiting humans. Hundreds sat pushed on the meadow and at the roadside. There the military regime this

Demonstrations not to prevent knew, because Aung San Suu Kyi the house arrest , became as small chicanery the entire traffic formally kept by those

Quantity led. While she spoke, cars with largest caution are constant to that sitting humans driven past, so as belonged it for demonstration. Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel peace prize for its commitment. Thus became the courage of this woman appreciated for liberty and democracy to have used itself, even if it paid it with house arrest and prison.

Still another short description of the two places, which please me in Burma at the best one have. From Mandalay leads after railroad line Pyin U lwin. The former Hillstation from the British colonial age is a marvelously overslept city into that Shanbergen. Beside many English country houses one knows the objects of interest explore from Pyin U Lwin with old Pferdedroschken. The atmosphere of the colonial age becomes again alive with an attendance of the Botani garden or the gulf club as to no other place of our time.

Bagan developed between 1075 up to their destruction by the troops Kublai Khans in the year 1287. In this time innumerable buddhistische Pagoden and temple became established. Remained of it about 2217 buildings. Who mounts one of the Pagoden and the amazing number of these Monumente from clay bricks regarded, becomes overwhelmed its of the beauty and architectural harmony Bagans.



Zimbabwe Visit: 1997-3
2007-04-13 - Zimbabwe, Harare

An der Grenze zu Zimbabwe wurde unser Bus vom Zoll kontrolliert. Dabei muste ich meinen ganzen Rucksack ausleeren und waehrend die anderen Fahrgaeste bereits wieder im Bus waren, war ich mmer noch am einpacken. Der Busfahrer wurde langsam ungeduldig, fuhr einige mal an, und stoppte den Bus dann wieder. Ich stopfe meine ganzen Sachen in den Rucksack, waehrend ich den Rest in die Tagestasche warf, weil es nur wertloser Abfall war.

Es war Sonntag und alle Geschaefte in Harare waren geschlossen. Vor den Banken sassen Wachleute gelangweilt herum. Ich musste durch die Innenstadt, um zu meinem Hotel zu kommen. Aus einer Einfahr sprang ploetzlich ein Mann hervor und griff sich meinen Rucksack, den ich in der Hand hielt. Wir standen uns wie beim Seilziehen gegenueber und zogen an der Tasche. Ich sah ihm in die Augen und fragte mich, warum er meinen ganzen Abfall klauen will. In seinem Gesicht stand der Angstschweiss und als der Riemen riss, fiel er zu Boden, richtete sich sofort wieder auf und verschwand in der Einfahrt. Ich hoerte noch quietschende Reifen von einem Auto und stellte mir die Gesichter vor, wenn sie die Tasche oeffneten.


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