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News April/May 2010   (Bukittinggi/Sumatra/Indonesia, May 25th, 2010)

Website statistics:   In April we were able to welcome 40'378 visitors who did 1'416'319 hits, according to 'Webalizer'.
                        'Google-Analytics' showed 41'468 Pageviews during the same period
                                          (the 'Webalizer'-counter didn't work in March, and 'Google-Analytics' wasn't yet installed)
                                  The visitors are coming from about 173 different countries!
                                  Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits
Finally on May 1st, 2010, we could "uncouple" from Lake Toba in the province of North Sumatra. We drove South over the
partly very badly damaged Trans-Sumatra-Highway – an average speed of 7½ miles per hour could be regarded as fine. The
road is narrow. If there's oncoming traffic of heavy vehicles, there is mostly no other way but to leave the tarmac – if it still exists
at all; the potholes are everywhere, and how deep they can be!! Apart from that all village and city life is taking place anyway on
the streets; and people are everywhere because only about 20% of the highway takes its course through nature during the 300
mile stretch between Lake Toba in North and Bukittinggi in West Sumatra. Finally the exhaust: If the scooters leave blue fume
behind, the big diesel monsters are able to cause a smoke screen. There's more to it than that: The Indonesians simply must love
any noise, to begin with Karaoke, continued with the muezzin's prayer at 3.45am up to all the vehicles without mufflers that  run
around all night just for "fun" as the fuel costs only US$1.81 per gallon. Only the cows are missing, otherwise we could guess to
be in India.
But we don't like to complain – we have chosen it like that. Not only that the country and particularly the island of Sumatra offers
very beautiful spots and regions, it is surprisingly cheap and the Indonesians are extremely friendly. Actually it's really perverse
and a shame that there are terrorists in the same country, who intended to kill not only their President but also the most possible
number of infidel whites during the upcoming festivities of independence, while we as complete "strangers" have been invited
spontaneously to a wedding and were presented even with a gift! Yes, politics and extreme belief can give people a hard time.
But on May 3rd, 2010, we celebrated once more a highlight: The 27th Equator-Crossing (for the 3rd time in Indonesia). The rest
of the 24 are divided into: 3 times in Ecuador, once in Brazil, 3 times in Gabon, 7 times in Uganda and 4 times in Kenya; the
remaining 6 happened for the LandCruiser on a ship, while we sat 4 times in a plane and attended only twice a line-crossing
                                                                Bonjol/Sumatra/Indonesia: Our 27th Equator-Crossing, this time from North to South
Enough of the "history" – now to the "future": As it looks currently, we cannot travel from Java via Sulawesi and the Moluccas to
Indonesian Papua to cross the land border from Jayapura into Papua New Guinea, as planned. It's not because the Papua New
Guineans wouldn't allow an entry, no, it's because the few remaining shipping lines from Sulawesi Eastwards are simply getting
too expensive. Hence we have to load our Toyota in Jakarta on July 7th, 2010, into its 19th container and ship it by Swire
Shipping to Lae in Papua New Guinea – whether we like it or not. On August 1st, we shall catch up and fetch it again. Therefore
PNG – how the country is called affectionately – will become our 167th destination, where we hope to enjoy some new highlights,
e.g. mid-August the Mount Hagen and one month later the Goroka Show. Thus the Pacific will see us back soon!

New Reports/Pictures
SOUTHEAST ASIA + PACIFIC:                                  mouse over picture shows comments
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Indonesia 2010
1 Picture Report + 1 Pic. Gallery
(March 2010 - ......)
Medan/Sumatra/Indonesia: Indonesian Serenity  

North Sumatra  Report  (March-April 2010)

West-Sumatra  Gallery    (May - .....)


Picture Report
(Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010)
Tongatapu Island Nuku'alofa/Tongatapu/Tonga: Royal Palace
French Polynesia
3 Picture Reports
(Aug. -Oct.  2009)
Tahiti/French Polynesia: One type of Tahiti's main flower with many names - Frangipani, Plumeria, Tiare Tahiti 1st part  Picture Report  (Aug.-Sept. 2009)

Tahiti 2nd part Picture Report  (Oct. 2009)

Moorea Picture Report   (Sept. 2009)

Cook Islands (without car)
Picture Gallery
(Aug. 2009)
Rarotonga Island Cook Islands/Rarotonga: Beauty from the South Pacific
American Samoa
Picture Gallery
(July 2009)
American Samoa: View from Pago Pago towards the 1'718ft. high Rainmaker Mountain (Pioa Mountain)
4 Picture Reports:
(April-June 2009)
Island of Upolu: 1st part
Island of Upolu: 2nd part
Independence Day  June 1st, 2009
Island of Savaii
Apia/Samoa: Coat of Arms of Samoa in front of the Government Office Building
3 Picture Galleries:
(Jan.-March 2009)
Suva/Fiji: Guard at the Parliament House
1st part: Island of Viti Levu (Jan.+Febr. 2009)
2nd part: Island of Vanua Levu (March 2009)
3rd part: Island of Taveuni (March 2009)
2 Picture Galleries:
(1st visit: July 2008)
(2nd visit: Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009)
Vanuatu 1st visit (without car)
Vanuatu 2nd visit (with car)
Vanuatu: Boeing 737-800 of Air Vanuatu at the airport of Port Vila
New Caledonia
3 Picture Galleries:
(Aug.-Oct. 2008)
New Caledonia: Nouméa and the St. Joseph Cathedral
1st part: Grand Terre: Nouméa + South (Aug.2008)
2nd part: Grand Terre: North #1 (Aug.+Sept. 2008)
3rd part: Grand Terre: North #2 (Sept.+Oct. 2008)
New Zealand
6 Picture Galleries:
(South Island: Febr.-May 2008)
(North Island: May-July 2008)
1st part: South Island (Febr.+March 2008)
2nd part: South Island (March 2008)
3rd part: South Island (April 2008)
4th part: South to North Island (May 2008)
5th part: North Island (May+June 2008)
6th part: North Island (June+July 2008)
New Zealand: South Island - typically
Philippines (without car) Picture Gallery
(Febr. 2008)

Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

3 Picture Reports:
(Oct.- Nov. 2007)
1st part: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung
2nd part: Taitung-Southern Cross-
Island Hwy-Siraya NSA (Zengwun Reservoir)-Alishan-Sun Moon Lake -Taroko-Suao-Hualien Hwy-Taipei
3rd part: Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung/Taiwan: God of War at Lotus Pond
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
2 Picture Reports:
(May 2007)

Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

Exclave of Oecussi
Indonesia 2006/07
1 Report + 6 Picture Galleries:
(Sumatra-Java: Sept.-Dec. 2006)
(Bali: Jan.-March 2007)
(Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores: April 2007)
(Sumba, West Timor: May+June 2007)
(Sulawesi:June+July 2007)
(Tana Toraja (-Land): June+July 2007)
(Kalimantan: July 2007)
Sumatra-Java    (= Report)
Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores
Sumba, West Timor
Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land)
Ke'te Kesu near Rantepao/Sulawesi/Indonesia: Traditional Toraja village
Picture Report
(Sept. 2006)
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
3 Picture Reports:
(Sarawak: 1st visit: June-Aug. 2006)
(Sabah: Oct. 2006)
(Sarawak: 2nd visit: Nov. 2006)
Picture Gallery:
(Borneo-Trip: Sept.-Nov. 2006)
Sarawak part 1 Northeast (Miri)
Sarawak part 2 South (Kuching)
Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak, Kalimantan)
Sepilok near Sandakan/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
Picture Report
(Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006)
(Transmission: Sept. 2007)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Overhaul of our LandCruiser in 'Full Swing'

Report of the first overhaul of 
our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
- the East Malaysian province
on the island of Borneo
Myanmar (South) (without car)
Picture Report
(May 2006)
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
2 Picture Galleries:
(1st visit: Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(2nd visit: Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(3rd visit: Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines

People, Beaches, Nature

Picture Report
(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

Picture Report
(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field
Picture Report
(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

Malaysia (West)
Picture Report
(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
(May 2006)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far
Picture Gallery
(September 2005)

Singapore: Merlion - the Land- and Trademark of the Lion City

Macao   (without car)
Picture Gallery
(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong
2 Picture Galleries:
(1st visit: September 2005)
(2nd visit: Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008)


Hong Kong 1st visit (without car)
Hong Kong 2nd visit (with car)
Hong Kong: From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
The visit of 13 Pacific Islands with and 1 without our LandCruiser

Pacific   February 2008-January 2010

The visit of 13 Caribbean Islands with our LandCruiser

Caribbean   June 2003-Dec. 2004

+ added from the United Arab Emirates:

Fairytale Wedding in Dubai   (March 1999)

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
On June 10th, 2009, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 163 countries the car's
400'000th Mile - in a beautiful landscape in the West of the island of Savaii/Samoa.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN"


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