Tag Archives: sea

Message in a Bottle (from the Azores)

Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels. If you are stuck on an island in the Atlantic Ocean long enough, stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne and Astrid Lindgren come to mind. Especially when the mail boat apparently don’t sail, because … Continue reading

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Romantic Idea and Prosaic Reality

Zur deutschen Fassung. When I got the assignment in the Azores, I immediately started searching for a passage on a ship to reach the far-away island by more adventurous and romantic means than by plane. I searched in vain. But … Continue reading

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Pico without Pico, but with Corona

Diesen Artikel gibt es natürlich auch auf Deutsch. Einfach hier klicken. Everyone coming to the island of Pico wants to climb Mount Pico. Of course. It’s the highest mountain on the island. The highest peak of the Azores, even. Oh, … Continue reading

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Pico Preview

After watching me hitchhike across the whole island, reading about a truly funny encounter which didn’t seem funny at the time, and not being sure what to make of my observations about tourism on the Azores and elsewhere, you have … Continue reading

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The Azure Window is no more

I have written about the ferocious storms on Malta before, much stronger than any I have ever experienced in the Atlantic or the Pacific, and unimaginable to people who only visit the Mediterranean in summer. Today, a storm took away … Continue reading

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Bolivia misses the Sea

In every country in South America, there is one specific topic with which you can interrupt the logorrhea of even the most verbose person. In Brazil, mentioning the numbers 7-1 is enough to make people cry. In Bolivia, you praise … Continue reading

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South-Pacific Idyll with a War Ship

During my visit on Easter Island, the island was protected by the French frigate Prairial. This meant not only that drug smugglers stayed away for that week (the Prairial had just captured 680 kg of cocaine), but it also provided particularly idyllic views.

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Video: Writing by the Sea

Working on the south coast of Easter Island, ignoring the tsunami warnings:

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Kon-Tiki

Preparing my trip to Easter Island, memories of Kon-Tiki leaped into my mind, one of the first travel/adventure books I read. Thor Heyerdahl and his crew did not sail to Easter Island in 1947, but further north, yet the underlying question if the islands … Continue reading

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Full Moon over the Atlantic

Some extra advice for your next cruise: Book your cruise in a way that you will be in the middle of the Atlantic for full moon. You can spot the cruise novices because they overlook this detail when planning their itinerary.

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