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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  • EXCITEMENT

One thing on our #bucketlist was to see the Probiscos monkeys while in Borneo. They only live in Borneo and you can imagine how excited we were to go the Bako National Park to find out if we get lucky and see one.

What do you think? Did we see one?

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  • CITY OF CATS

Walking through Kuching, which is the capital of Sarawak, we saw so many cat statues and cat paintings. We knew that there was even a cat museum there. But what we didn't know is why there was all this hype about cats.

Well, here is the answer:

It was a misunderstanding! 
As the adventurer James Brook arrived in Borneo, he asked a local what the name of the city was. Brook pointed to the city, but there was also a cat sitting in  the direction that he pointed. The local thought that Brook was asking what cat means, and so he answered "Kucing". And this is how the city got its name.

True story or legend?

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  • KUCHING

Kuching was the city which surprised us the most. One reason why was the delicious and inexpensive food.
Here you see us at breakfast. Kolo Mee was one of our favorites which we had every day. Kolo Mee are noodles cooked in a clear sauce. They are served dry with just enough broth to keep the noodles jucy. It is topped with pork slices and fried onions for the crunch.
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Our mouths get watery just thinking of it! 🍜
The best ones we had at Mee Sin Cafe (5 Ringgit!) and at Tai Pan Corner (4,50 Ringgit!).
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Do you have a favorite dish that you could eat every day?

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  • THANKFUL

I am so thankful that I can travel the world and play golf with my best friend!

What are you thankful for?

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  • SO PROUD

Menekse started playing golf a few years ago, but she didn't play very often. She has always hit some great shots, but like us all, she struggles sometimes with consistency. 
Since our golf journey began, I have seen tremendous progress in her game. Especially around the greens where her chipping and putting have improved the most.

This was most evident when we played at The Mines Resort. She won't admit it, but she had a great round of golf with her best ever 18 hole score! I couldn't be more proud and love watching her enjoy the game more and more with each round!

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  • FINDING FAIRWAYS "Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.” Anonymous

Remember that little fall that I had in Melaka? Unfortunately it happened the day prior to when we had the fantastic opportunity to play at one of the highest rated courses in Malaysia, The Mines Resort and Golf Club.

Due to my fall, I only played a few holes. And, so when you see me here in the middle of the fairway, know that it was truly the occasional miracle!

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  • THANKFUL

Our last night in Melaka we wanted to see the sunset at this beautiful floating mosque. We found a nice place, the view was fantastic and soon we started taking pictures. James walked down to the ocean to get a "better" view. And then everything happened so fast. He slipped and felt pretty bad. We were really lucky that nothing severe happened.

It's easy to get distracted when you're trying to take THE shot, but please be careful, accidents can happen quickly.

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  • THIS IS US!! One of the greatest things about our journey is that we get to spend time together. 
Being together 24/7 might sound scary 😜  But for us, this has  been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to us. 
We really enjoy being able to share with each other both the big and small things on the road.

What do you share with your partner while travelling?

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  • ANTICIPATION

Melaka also has some great street art to offer and as we saw this one, we had to stop and take a picture. We reminiscenced about our experience in Sumatra as we saw Orangutans. And it also made us excited about our upcoming trip to Borneo, where we planned to see Orangutans as well.

What was your most memorable experience with animals in the wild?

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  • WARM WELCOMES

Yes, the arrival wasn't smooth, but once we finally arrived Melaka welcomed us with open arms. We loved this unique city immediately and enjoyed all the sightseeing that we did here.

Here we are in front of the old and traditional Kampung Kling Mosque, which was originally built in 1748.
The ablution pool is original and is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. 
Do you visit mosques, temples and churches when you travel?

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