Quick Pars

Our Golf Adventures

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I don’t remember when the game bit me because I’ve enjoyed golf for as long as I can remember. 

But Menekse, well, let’s just say she wasn’t immediately smitten.  So I took her to St Andrews and some of the other classics.  She even hit her first golf ball at Carnoustie!  But it wasn’t until we watched Follow the Sun that Menekse realized that maybe this game had something.  You know the movie- it’s the story of Ben and Valerie Hogan and their initial struggles of touring the country while playing on the PGA Tour. I think there was something about the title and the fact that golf could be played all over the world that appealed to her. 

But how does a golfer actually do Slow Travel? 

Golf isn’t like frisbee where we can just throw our clubs into our backpacks and go.  There is no getting around the fact that bringing our clubs will make our travels a little more difficult.  We decided to travel with carry-on luggage only and use our clubs as our check in luggage. Only carry-on luggage, for a year plus? Crazy, we know. But hey, we’ll have our clubs!  It’s all about sacrifices, right! 

If you wonder what Slow Travel is,  you can read that on Menekse’s travel page.

We have a really long list of courses that we want to play.  Currently this list is almost 450 courses long.  And, it’s located on 6 continents, in 43 countries!  Can we make it?  Who knows, but we will give it a try.  Traveling slowly from place to place playing golf, all while trying to chase the summer- that’s Quick Pars.

Herzogenaurach - Follow the Sun
Ryder Cup

Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann mich das Spiel so eingenommen hat, weil ich Golf spiele, seitdem ich denken kann.

Aber Menekse… na gut, sagen wir einfach, sie war nicht sofort begeistert. Also brachte ich sie nach St. Andrews und zu einigen anderen Klassikern. Sie schlug sogar ihren ersten Golfball in Carnoustie! Aber erst als wir Follow the Sun sahen, merkte sie, dass dieses Spiel vielleicht etwas an sich hatte. Ihr kennt wahrscheinlich den Film – es ist die Geschichte von Ben und Valerie Hogan und ihren anfänglichen Kämpfen, das Land während der PGA-Tour zu bereisen. Ich glaube, es gab war der Titel und die Tatsache, dass Golf überall gespielt werden konnte, was sie ansprach.

Aber wie passen Golf und Slow Travel eigentlich zusammen? Golf ist nicht wie Frisbee, wo wir einfach unsere Schläger in unsere Rucksäcke werfen und gehen können. Das Mitbringen unserer Schläger macht uns das Reisen definitiv etwas schwieriger. Dennoch haben wir uns entschieden, nur mit Handgepäck zu reisen, und unsere Schläger als unser Gepäck einzuchecken. Handgepäck für ein Jahr plus? Ich weiß… verrückt! Aber hey, wir haben unsere Golfschläger! Es geht um Opfer, richtig?!

Was Slow Travel ist, könnt ihr auf der Reise Seite von Menekse nachlesen.

Wir haben eine sehr lange Liste von Golfplätzen, die wir spielen möchten. Gegenwärtig umfasst diese Liste fast 450 Plätze. Und es liegt auf 6 Kontinenten in 43 Ländern! Können wir das schaffen? Wer weiß, aber wir werden es versuchen. Langsames Reisen von Ort zu Ort und Golfen, während wir dem Sommer hinterherjagen – das ist Quick Pars.

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  • How is everyone holding up?

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  • ROUTINE

Lately, our days have been starting with meditation. We follow that by a cup of coffee, watching some Instagram stories, and then having breakfast.
Sometimes we walk the dogs of our neighbour. And then we work on our website.

One thing that we added to our routine is READING!

We have always loved to read, and now we have time for it.
Currently we are reading "The way of the Shark" (James) and "Tiger Woods" (Menekse). What book recommendations do you have for us?

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  • UPDATE 
After 5 days at home we dared to go out as we urgently needed a long walk.
We decided to go to a beach which is about 20 minutes drive away, in the hope that there wouldn't be too many people. And it was empty!

As we arrived at Hyams Beach, the shades of the blue ocean were overwhelming.
We walked along the white beach, saw dolphins and soaked in the sun and refueled our energy.

We're sending you positive vibes with this picture.
We hope you're doing well.

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  • COVID-19

These days SLOW TRAVEL has completely changed its meaning for us.

We usually really enjoy taking everything in in our pace, but things seem different now.

We decided to rent a little flat here in Australia so we can stay away from everything. We're trying to protect us and others. We're trying to flatten the curve. We're trying to stay "at home". Having time and being able to spend it in one location has always been a luxury for us, but all of a sudden it feels weird. Traveling is not the same anymore. 
Will we go back to Germany right now? No. Do we want to continue traveling? Yes, but only if we can manage not to get in contact with people. Are we scared? Like hell.

But we also know that we have each other. We can talk and see family and friends over video chats.
And as long as people act responsibly, understand how serious this is, and stop being ignorant, we have hope that this sad and scary chapter will end one day.

Sending everyone good and positive vibes. Stay safe and be responsible!

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  • DID YOU KNOW... ...that the Bee Gees are from Australia?

Neither did we!! When we noticed that their hometown was almost on our way we took a little detour. 
The Bee Gees grew up in the small town of Redcliff, Queensland, where the city did a really cool job dedicating a street, the "Bee Gees Way". Walking down the street you can hear their songs played over loudspeakers, look at pictures, read some information about their history, and even have a selfie taken with the band!

After walking down that street we still have their songs stuck in our head.

What other celebrities are from Australia?

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  • OUR LOVE OF GOLF

Long Reef Golf Club wasn't on our radar originally. When talking about where to play golf Down Under with our friend @ross.flannigan.golf , he suggested that we add @longreefgolfclub to our list.
Despite the rain on a couple holes, we had a great day today and are so happy that we played here!
What is the best golf course that a friend has recommended to you?

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  • FAIL

Sometimes we think that we should post "Instagramable" pictures of us, you know, the golfing travel couple.
But, like most often, we're not quite prepared.

When we went to the Carlo Sand Blow, the giant dune was so amazing that we started running and dancing before we came to the idea to take a "travel couple" picture.
While trying to take a selfie (of course we didn't bring our stand or anything), our camera fell down! And we weren't even ready for the picture.
We ended up not getting a good picture of us and sand in our camera!
That was a clear fail. But we had fun playing in the sand! 😄

Does it happen to you while attempting to get the best picture of something amazing it just doesn't work?

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  • 10 YEARS AGO

When you said yes, I didn't know that you would give me the world.
When you said yes, I didn't know that you would take away all my fears.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become stronger.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become so complete.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become a better person.

Happy anniversary askim!! It seems like just yesterday that we were standing bare foot on our beach in beautiful Mauritius. The sun was so bright that we could hardly keep our eyes open. With our toes in the sand, we said "I do!" and happily started a new chapter together.

Cheers to the next 10 years!

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  • LADY ELLIOT ISLAND 
Searching for paradise? Well, Lady Elliot Island could be your spot.

We took a Cessna from Hervey Bay which took about 40 minutes and showed us spectacular views over the ocean, Fraser Island and the coast of Bundaberg.

Approaching the island from the air gave us a view that was absolutely jaw dropping! Also jaw dropping was the green grass (and very short!) runway 😄

Our day was unforgettable. After arriving, we took a glass bottom boat tour where we saw turtles, a reef shark and amazing fish and corals. And then we went snorkeling around the island which is in the very southern part of the Great Barrier Reef!! #unesco 😄

We did a reef walk, an island discovery tour and enjoyed every second on this island paradise.

If there was an downside, it was that we couldn't stay longer.

What does paradise look like for you?

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  • “YOU CAN SHAKE THE SAND FROM YOUR SHOES, BUT NOT FROM YOUR SOUL.” #putteringaroundtheworld #slowtravel #quickpars #travelingwithgolfbags #golfabonds

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