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.

One day in Milas

While we were in Turkey, we went to the small town of Milas. The drive from Akbük, where we were staying, to Milas takes just over an hour. There are two options: take the highway or take the road over the Mentese Mountains. We chose to drive over the twisting roads of the mountains and were rewarded with fantastic views.

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.

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  • HORAS!
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We heard this word often here in Medan and were wondering what it means. A Sumatran lady told us that Horas has many meanings. It can stand for a simple "hello", but also for welcome, long live and how are you. She said we can use it in many situations.
As we saw this neon sign, we thought, that this is just perfect to send a "horas" to you!
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Read about our arrival to Sumatra at: https://www.putteringaroundtheworld.com/lazy-days-in-medan-welcome-in-sumatra/
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  • INTERNATIONAL .
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One of the landmarks of Medan is the Great Mosque. It was built in 1909 by a Dutch architect. The carpets inside are from Turkey, the chandelier from France, the stained glass windows from Spain, and the beautiful wood doors from North Sumatra. 
Now that's multicultural!!
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  • What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Sumatra?
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  • Ready for the next destination!
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  • LUCKY US
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After our trip to Taiwan we returned back to Hong Kong just to play a
little bit of golf again and hang out. Our friend @notlimahnhoj had a
special surprise for us...tickets for the Sevens!!!
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How great is that! Look at this happy couple- just enjoying life, friendships, and their worldtrip!
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Thank you John!
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  • SKYSCRAPERS .
Hong Kong's buildings are still so fascinating for us. When we explore new areas, we can't help but look up. Some of the buildings are so high that it makes us dizzy looking up. Do you know that feeling?
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  • CARRY YOUR CLUBS .
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You already know that traveling with your golf clubs isn't the easiest thing in the world. Throwing your clubs into the plane and hoping that they make it to the oversized luggage carousel in the right city at the right time is the easy part. It's all the travel that happens afterwards that is hard.
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How far do you go for the love of the game?
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  • MEDIO TUTISSIMUS IBIS
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We had to look this one up, but the logo from Shek O includes this line from the Roman poet Ovid, and translates as "in the middle of things, you will go most safe."
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While this may apply to any golf course, we would agree that it is solid advice here!
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  • THE DIP
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If you're a fan of great golf courses with amazing ocean views, then you will love the front 9 at Shek O. .
This is the view from the 8th green, but you could pick any hole on the front and have the same incredible view. .
And, just in case you're wondering about the golf- the greens were probably the best we've ever putted on!!
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  • LYEMUN
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The second hole at Shek O is an uphill par 4 that crosses the fairway of the first hole. 
But who cares- look at that view!!! 😊
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