Journal - Napló

Days 371-381. Samcheok (South-Korea 2.)

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

371-380.nap Samcheok

 

   I got a reply from Ken, an American teaching in Samcheok that, although two Hungarian guys are staying at his place, he is happy to take me in. I was surprised that he didn't even mention the coincidence.

 

  When I reached the town I looked for a phone booth and called him. I told him I was Peter from Hungary. The answer, which was a "Yes....?" wasn't too convincing and therefore I added that I was a couchsurfer. He d...

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Days 367-370. Seoul (South-Korea 1.)

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Days 367-368.

 

   The huge piece of iron was ploughing through the foams during a day. I bought the cheapest ticket so what I had was a small corner in a room with a tatami. I was cruising on the rug-covered corridors of the ship as the only foreigner. The Korean and Chinese passengers invaded the impromtu grilling corner and its plastic tables, chairs set up at the stern of the boat. The fun lasted till dawn. There was great fuss in the g...

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Days 345-367. Three of us (China 4.)

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

  This blog does not have much to do with China. Although the "story" is set in China, and the Chinese authorities play a role in it, it does not say much about Chinese culture. I hope that in a few weeks I will be able to return to this gigantic country and continue with getting to know what I have learned about only half-way. 

Days 345-346.

   We carried on without Vita. It didn't take us much time to reach Lanzhou. They...

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Days 317-329. Golmud (China, 2.)

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Days 317-318.

   First, we had to find new accomodation. We were walking for long with our big rucksacks on the streets and roads of Golmud. We were heading for the centre, enquiring about possible lodgings here and there. Back on the train we dipped into a travel book mentioning a certain Golmud Hotel offering cheap accomodation. No one seemed to know about it.

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Days 330-344. On three wheels (China 3.)

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Day 330.

 

   Before the departure, there was one thing left for us to do in Golmud and we didn’t really feel like doing it. Nevertheless, we showed up again at the police station and requested that our visas be prolonged. As it turned out, the hotel failed to inform the police about our presence. We were sent back to our accomodation and were asked to come back in the company of its manager. Whereas a lady was handling our visa, the two men were ...

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Day 126. Hezbollah - Goodbye (Lebanon 8.)

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

   Eventually, we didn’t get a job on the Boi Branco and though the first officer recommended another ship that was looking for manpower, we gave up the idea of us, I mean, me continuing the journey on a ship. Given that it can easily turn out that after a few weeks Kenneth will follow me, we decided I’m going to travel onwards on land. Thus, he’ll catch up with me more easily.

   Although with Talal we sailed for the sea t...

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City-life in Tripoli (Lebanon 7.)

Posted on October 2, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

   „Our office” is situated in one of the office buildings of the central, one-way Azmi street. Apart from us, two families live on upper levels, otherwise the offices have been empty for more than 10 years now. 3 rooms, a bathroom, office tables, computers and two couches which unfortunately don’t let you stretch out but still function as excellent beds. Talal moved here not long before our arrival so everything was pretty much just thrown into the room...

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Happy Fox (Lebanon 6.)

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

   We’ve been in Lebanon for almost 6 weeks now. We are waiting for answers from many sources so that we could decide what direction to take next.

   People are working on the ship called Boi Branco transporting living animals. Once they are done, the huge mass of iron will leave for South-America. They’ll give us a call if they need extra manpower. In case this happened, we’d ’work ourselves to’ the American continent and our...

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Day 117. Rendez-vous (Lebanon 5.)

Posted on September 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)
   Sousou worked in a nearby shop that sold mostly sweet pastry. Her ravishing smile attracted me every day to check all Lebanese sweets. Communication was via plain smile and showing the appropriate number of fingers (how many I want from which sweets) until one evening her boss was also there, who spoke English. 
   I was waiting for the aromatic, cheesy mankoush at our regular ”Syrian” place, when Sousou waved at me from behind the cake coun...
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(Nigerian Yam Festival in) Beirut (Lebanon 4.)

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Beirut, the city of calm after the storm

 

 

 

   As opposed to the Islamic Tripoli, the capitol is more divided religion-wise. On the part that was struck most by the civil war lasting for 15 years and that is the dividing line between the city’s Christian and Islamic parts and is being rebuilt, now mosques and temples stand right next to each other. New, sand-coloured buildings reminding of blocks of flats ar...

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