A few Days in Kut Chap and then back to Bangkok

2016-02-11 at 09:50

After a long long day at Mo Chit Bus Station in Bangkok my night bus finally took me to the east. Next stop Udon Thani where Nong will pick me up to drive me to Kut Chap to meet her and her friends again.

Morning at the Udon Thani Bus Station
Morning at the Udon Thani Bus Station

My hotel room in Kut Chap
My hotel room in Kut Chap – still 300 Bath and still with the nice bed sheets

Bottle feed a fish
It was weekend and Nong took her daughter and me to a melon farm. Yes – Thai people will visit a melon farm! Than they take pictures in the greenhouse and eat some melon ice or have a melon shake. We had a shake that was more sugar than melon and was not really good. Than I saw this: Bottle feed a fish for 20 Bath a pop! Seriously – that is the next big biz for small biz owners! They even have it here in Pai :-(

Kut Chap
Nong’s friend’s Gram and Patcharin, she does the BBQ next to the bar. People are quite small in Kut Chap!! You will find more proof on my facebook!

Kut Chap
Thai night out in front of the motorbike repair shop. Noodle place next door with good food. Enough ice, soda and water. It is warm and things happen on the street. Great evening Thai style. Later we went for food at the outskirts of town.

The food place outside of Kut Chap
The owner of the place is a friend of Nong. In Kut Chap everything does close really early. Next to this restaurant is a karaoke bar so it does stay open long. The food is super good and the owner super friendly. The neighbour came back from farm work and did stop for a bite as well.

Kut Chap
The next evening at the motorbike repair shop in Kut Chap again. Loads of fruits for dessert.

Kut Chap
Later at the porch of Nong’s neighbour. The friendly dog did really like me :-)

Lunch in Udon Thani
Lunch in Udon Thani

From Stuttgart to Frankfurt to Bangkok

2016-02-10 at 07:08

The last gray and cold day of 2015 in the afternoon I boarded an ICE to Frankfurt main station. There the tram to Römer and from there it is only a few more steps to Alexandra’s place. We did spend the last evening with food and wine. Walked down to the Main river a few minutes before midnight to see some fireworks. It was really foggy and loads of drunk people letting off loads of firework. Really nothing I did miss the last 20 or more years. The next morning we had breakfast and then it was time to take another tram to the main station and a S-Bahn to FRA.
Went really early to try for an exit row seat and it did work. Than I walked back to the FRA train station and had lunch at REWE.
The last good beer for a few months – and a nice option to kill some time before the first leg of the flight.

Train to Frankfurt
On the ICE from Stuttgart to Frankfurt. Most of the time a mix of white and gray clouds. Some rain from time to time. Makes it easy to say Adios Germany

Frankfurt Airport - Last good beer before Asia
In front of the REWE supermarket in FRA airport. They do have a nice buffet, loads of bread, refreshments and a wide selection of things you might left home and need the last minute for your trip

Frankfurt Airport - Another gray day
View from my exit row seat on board of flight Vietnam Airlines 36. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was fairly new. About 8.750 km or 10h 35m to the capital of Vietnam

Above the clouds - blue sky!
Above the clouds – blue sky!

Air Vietnam vegetarian meal
My vegetarian meal on the flight from Frankfurt to Hanoi

Hanoi airport - as gray as Frankfurt
Landed at 6:00 in Hanoi. That leaves 3 hours to find the next gate and browse the Duty Free. The sky as gray as Frankfurt but the temperature was 20 degrees more. Boarding at 8:30 and one hour later flight Vietnam Airlines 611, an Airbus A321 was in the air for another 970 km or 1h 50m for the second leg to Bangkok

Heart shaped river in Bangkok
Looks like a heart – what a nice welcome to Bangkok

Rriver in Bangkok

Over Bangkok
Might be shrimp farms?

Over Bangkok

Bangkok City Bus
On the way to Mochit Bus Station for the night bus to Udon Thani

Cold Leo beer
And a long day waiting it was. And the bus station is pretty boring only 7/11 food or some meat options. You have to walk to the outside of it to find a place with nice food and cold beer. Why not – there is even some sun and sky to see?

A long weekend in Nauders

2016-02-05 at 09:37

What better to end the European travel season than a trip to the mountains? We went to Nauders in Austria. There is a little hut from the Deutscher Alpenverein which you can rent. It sleeps about 12 people but we like to go with 3 or 4 only. Enough to enjoy the place. There is a wood fired cooking oven that does also heat the house. And only about 15 minutes to walk from the car park. It is kind of remote so almost nobody will disturb you up here.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The cabin high over Nauders in the mountains. There is a table in front of it so one can enjoy the sun and the warm wood to rest your back. Nice place for a glass of wine or a cold brew after a day of trekking.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The view from the balcony in the morning sun. The yellow is so bright – the trees should be yellow all year-long.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Evening view from the balcony

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
View to the right from the balcony

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Heike and Martin

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Just hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Tired of hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Another morning – looks like Kaiserwetter like the locals would call it. Blue sky and sunshine :-)

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The yellow and green together with snow and blue sky – unreal!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Enjoy the sun while hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Almost above the clouds. What a day!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
How much longer?

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Back to the house for some R&R

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
In that case rest & red wine!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Last day in the mountains

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Across from the car park – guess we will be back!

 
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A few days in Majorca

2016-02-03 at 11:18

A friend had some days left to go somewhere so I did search the interweb for a good deal. The date was not really the best since some parts of Germany had school holidays and that makes the price go north for 7-14 days trips. But I could not change that so in the end it was Majorca. 10 days with flight, airport transportation to the hotel and hotel with breakfast and dinner for 380€ each. Not really cheap but not really expensive.

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
Airport Stuttgart

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
Thank you Air Berlin! Free emergency exit row seats! Great!

Majorca 2015 Air Berlin
Over Démoret in Switzerland

Majorca 2015
Over the Lac de Neuchatel in Switzerland

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
We had a big storm in the night with rain and high waves – quite interesting. Than the sea did change every day. It went back from angry to super calm.

Majorca 2015
In the harbour of Can Picafort

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
In the good old times these towers were used to navigate the island.

Majorca 2015
The harbour in Santa Margalida

Majorca 2015
Our hotel was in Can Picafort and there are lots of bars and coffee shops and the competition is high. This was 3,50 € together and really good!

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
And this was only 2,50€ with German coffee – which is a bit strange on a Spanish island…

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
Every time I fly back from Majorca we have a delay. This time air traffic controller on strike in France

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
Over Bellinzona in Switzerland. In the back you see Lago Maggiore

Majorca 2015
Over Panix in Switzerland

Majorca 2015
Home sweet home – almost – still in STR

 
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