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.

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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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