Slow Travel

See the World with Us

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If you‘ve read our introduction This is Puttering around the World then you already know that our sabbatical was anything but “slow”. We bought a map of Southeast Asia prior to our trip, which we studied and filled with notes, markings, must-see’s and must-do’s. We wanted to see so much that once we got out on the road, we had to move and change hotels almost nightly.  As you can imagine, after a few weeks we were pretty pooped and in desperate need of recovery.

So we decided to have a break and stayed on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand for a week just to do nothing. From that moment on, we started to travel more intently, staying in one place for longer than a day or two, so that we could enjoy and absorb more of what we saw.

Slow Travel has always been an important part of our travels. To hunt from one place to another is not our thing. And, if we do not see everything … well, then it just means that we have to go back. One day.

But while we were on our sabbatical, we realized that we had done exactly what we did not want to do. We were traveling in a way that’s not our style at all, just to be able to see as much as possible from our map. We lost touch of traveling slowly.

We think that a healthy mix of seeing a lot and staying someplace for a longer time  to get to know the country and its people, is possible. That’s why we‘ve decided to use the slogan “Slow Travel and Quick Pars” for our world trip and our website.

If you wonder what Quick Pars are,  you can read that on James‘ golf page.

We are also aware that we will be making a dream come true with this journey and we will be able to take our time. But time is relative and we’re sure it will go by faster than we will like.

This is why it is important for us to get to know as much as possible about a place rather than checking as much as possible on our map. To talk to the people, to take time to find hidden gems, also to stray off the path, to use public transportation instead of tour busses and to enjoy what we see and explore. With all of our hearts and eyes.

That’s what Slow Travel is for us.

We hope we can take you with us on our journey, and show you some of our favorite places, restaurants, cafes, attractions and golf courses here and there.

Slow Travel on a bike
Slow Travel on a Tuktuk
Slow Travel on a train

Wenn du  This is Puttering around the World gelesen hast,  weißt du sicher, dass unsere Sabbatical Monate alles andere als „slow“ waren.

Unsere Südost-Asienkarte, die wir vorab in Deutschland studiert hatten, war voll mit Markierungen, Notizen, Must-See’s und Must-Do’s. So sind wir auf unserer „großen“ Reise teilweise nach nur einer Nacht an einem Ort bereits weitergezogen um der Karte gerecht zu werden. Ihr könnt euch vorstellen, dass wir nach ein paar Wochen des Reisens ziemlich erschlagen waren und dringend eine Ruhephase benötigten.

Daher beschlossen wir kurzerhand eine ganze Woche auf der Insel Koh Yao Noi in Thailand zu verbringen und einfach mal nichts zu tun. Das war auch gut so, denn von da an, fingen wir an, gemäßigter zu reisen und länger als ein, zwei Tage an einem Ort zu bleiben, so dass wir das Gesehene auch genießen und aufnehmen konnten.

Slow Travel war in unseren vorherigen Reisen immer ein wichtiger Punkt. Von einem Ort zum anderen zu hechten, ist nicht unser Ding. Und wenn wir dafür eine Sache nicht sehen… dann müssen wir eben wieder zurück. Irgendwann. Während unseres Sabbatical sahen wir, dass wir genau das gemacht hatten, was wir nicht wollen und auch gar nicht unser Reisestil ist. Nur damit wir möglichst viel sehen… eben alles, was wir vorab auf der Karte eingezeichnet hatten.

Wir denken, dass eine gesunde Mischung aus viel sehen und dennoch lange an einem Ort zu bleiben um dort Land und Leute kennenzulernen, möglich ist.

Wir haben uns entschlossen, unsere Reise und Website ganz unter das Motto „Slow Travel und Quick Pars“ zu stellen. Was Quick Pars sind, könnt ihr auf der Golf Seite von James nachlesen.

Uns ist bewußt, dass wir uns mit dieser Reise einen Traum erfüllen und wirklich viel Zeit haben werden. Aber Zeit ist relativ und wird selbst hier schneller vergehen als uns lieb ist. Dennoch ist es uns wichtig, möglichst viel von einem Ort kennenzulernen statt möglichst viel auf einer Karte abzuhaken.

Mit Einheimischen reden, sich Zeit nehmen um versteckte Schätze zu finden, auch mal abseits der Pfade zu schauen, mit den örtlichen Transportmitteln zu fahren statt mit Tour Bussen, und zu genießen, was wir sehen und erleben. Mit ganzem Herzen und mit unseren Augen. Das ist Slow Travel für uns.

Wir hoffen, dass wir euch auf unsere Reise mitnehmen, und euch hier und da ein paar unserer Lieblingsplätze, -restaurants, -cafes, -sehenswürdigkeiten und Golfplätze entlang unserer Route zeigen dürfen.

Istanbul by night

First Stop: Istanbul

We have been to Istanbul a few years ago, but, for us, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is always worth a trip. Istanbul, the livly.  Istanbul, where tradition meets modernity.  A city full of energy and with so much history to offer.

And this is where it starts … our journey.

We spent six days in Istanbul. In the end, that will again not be long enough.

Island Yao Noi

Koh Yao Noi

In December, after we had already been traveling for two and a half months, we decided to treat ourselves to a little holiday from our sabbatical.

During the first half of our trip, we were always “on the go”, as we wanted to see and to tick off as much as possible on our Southeast Asia map. We had contrary to our normal travel style far too much planned.

Puttering around the World on Instagram
  • Stairway to heaven... Windy, the aptly named par 3 fifth hole, is the highest point on Kusadasi International Golf Club in Turkey, and affords some amazing views. .
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  • Some shots just feel better than others, even before the swing.  For Menekse, her most trusted club is her 'bread and butter', which others might call their 6 iron. 
Does anyone else have a name for their favorite club?
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  • The last three weeks we spent in Akbük with my parents. It was so wonderful,
eventhough the weather was cold and rainy, we enjoyed being together and
doing some daytrips to the surrounding areas. We went golfing, visited historic sights and had delicious homemade food.

The Aegean is just so beautiful we would recommend everyone to go and see it. The nature is pure, the people genuine, and there is so much to see.

We went to Milas, Milet, Didim, Söke, Karina, Doganbey, Ephesus and Bafa
Lake. Plan plenty of time if you visit those areas, just to have time to
chat with the locals, to enjoy a turkish coffee and to experience a slower
way of life.

Do you try to get in contact with the local people when you travel?
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  • If you visit Ephesus in Turkey, you probably want to see the ancient Library of Celsus. A magnificent Roman building built between 117 and 125.
Have you seen it?
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  • One of our day trips took us to Bafa Lake. It is located in the nature reserve on the Latmos mountains and offers nature par excellence and a huge wildlife.
The lake is 25 km wide and 6 km long and was formerly part of the Aegean Sea.
Nature lovers and hikers will love it here. There is much to see, from quaint villages to ancient rock paintings. No matter where you start, everywhere is something new to discover. We began our tour in Sercin and took a little hike to the "old village". The old village was a little town where cholera broke out about 850 years ago and wiped out all life.  It is approximately 5 km away from where a new village has now formed. Most of the inhabitants here have olive trees.  The olives are harvested in bone-hard work. Depending on the type of olive, either olive oil is extracted from it, or the olives are prepared for eating. Along our hike, we meet some locals who tell us how hard the harvest is, and even though Bafa has the best quality olives, buyers won’t pay much. We start chatting and the people here are so nice and happy to tell us about their lives. Tourism has not stopped here yet, you can tell. 
After we have walked about 2 hours, we stop and have a small picnic. We eat nuts, bananas and delicious tangerines, which are as sweet as honey.
We keep looking for flamingos because we have heard that there are thousands of them here. In the late afternoon we finally spot them. Unfortunately, they are too far away and we can’t see and photograph them properly.
Around the lake there are many nice viewpoints for bird watching or just to sit and enjoy the view.
Towards evening we start walking back to the car, but not without drinking a Turkish mocha in Sercin itself. We talk to Aydin, who works here for the tourism board and learn from him what other great places there are around the lake. We will have to explore them next time.
Incidentally, the town Sercin itself is known for its eel, which you can eat freshly prepared. And if you want to explore the area by bike, you can borrow bikes for free. Don’t miss Bafa Lake! It’s best if you plan a few days to see everything.
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  • "Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We'll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we'll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things." - Victoria Erickson

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  • Getting goofy at the #templeofapollo ........................................................
We had the whole place to ourselves which gave us plenty time to take pictures, read all about the temple and enjoy ourselves.
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  • Time goes by so too fast, especially when you enjoy what you do and where you are. Akbük is a little town which was our get-away a few years ago.  We came back again to spend some time with my parents at their place. Even if the weather hasn't always been like we hoped, we're so happy that we came back. Just being together, visiting, going for walks and relaxing is exactly what we wanted and needed as the start of our adventure. Akbük has been our happy place for a few weeks. Where is your happy place?
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  • No matter which country we visit, James and I love to try the local food, and of course, the local coffee.

Here we are in a small typical tea house in Turkey, where traditionally only men used to go. It is still common for men to go and drink tea or drink turkish coffee and also to play Backgammon or "Okay", a turkish board game, while the women of small villages gather together at home to talk of the days events. 
Who else loves trying local coffees? . . .

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