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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  • One of our must stops while we were in Portland was to our friends at Jones Bags. We came across Jones a few years ago after looking to go back to true carry bags, and have been carrying the Original Jones Bag for a few years now. 
Like so many others, Jones Bags brings back fond memories.  My first Jones bag?  My 1982 blue and gold high school golf team bag.  Nothing made me more proud than that bag. Jones meant you made the team.
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 Over the years, and many Jones bags later, I’m convinced that learning how to carry it backwards took 2 strokes off my game. .
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  • HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
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For us Valentine’s Day is a day like any other day. When we look around and see all the fuss that is made of it, and all the commerce, we don’t wanna participate in it.
Valentine’s Day was probably an invention of the flower shops 😊
A handmade card or handwritten love letter is way more important to us then flowers and chocolate. You should show respect and love to your partner, family and friends every day, and not on a certain day dictated by others.
This is why we only have this Valentine picture… in a supermarket in front of shelves full with flowers, chocolate and balloons. 
We are spending our Valentine's Day surrounded by our loved ones, without all the fuss, and we know we will think back often and remember happily.
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How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
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Für uns ist Valentine’s Day eigentlich ein Tag wie jeder andere. Wenn wir uns umschauen und den ganzen Hype und Kommerz sehen, möchten wir uns ungern einreihen.
Valentine’s wurde wahrscheinlich von Blumengeschäften erfunden 😊
Ein handgemachte Karte oder handgeschriebener Liebesbrief ist uns wichtiger als ein Strauß Blumen und Schokolade. Man sollte jeden Tag seinem Partner, Familie und Freunden Respekt und Liebe entgegenbringen und nicht an einem Tag, der einem auf diktiert wird.
Daher ein Valentine-Bild von uns in einem Supermarkt, vor Regalen mit Blumen, Schokolade und Luftballons. Den Valentine’s Day haben wir im Kreise unserer Liebsten verbracht, ganz ohne Firlefanz, an den wir noch oft und gern zurückdenken werden.
Wie habt ihr Valentine's Day verbracht?
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  • Just a few days ago we visited a museum, which was high on my list to see. The Evergreen Aviation Museum in #mcminnville !
As I (Menekse) come from a family full with pilots and airplane lovers, that day was one of the highlights of our trip to the US.
We enjoyed it so much, and as we thought it can’t get better, we were allowed to sit in the cockpit of the Spruce Goose!!!!!!!!!!
Well… isn’t that like birthday AND Christmas together?!
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If you wonder what the Spruce Goose is: here are the first lines of the description from the website from the #evergreenaviationmuseum, which we highly recommend to visit!
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„The largest wooden airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of humanity's greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to move troops and material across the Atlantic Ocean, where in 1942, German submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships. Henry Kaiser, steel magnate and shipbuilder, conceived the idea of a massive flying transport and turned to Howard Hughes to design and build it. Hughes took on the task, made even more challenging by the government’s restrictions on materials critical to the war effort, such as steel and aluminum. Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Hughes Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood.“
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  • PORTLAND…
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Every time we're in Portland, she captures me.  Even the drive into to the city, you are rewarded with her spectacular views.
This skyline, and there.. Mount Hood.  The beautiful bridges, where I can't stop myself from starring.  There is so much to see and to do here. 
If there's one city I love as if it's my hometown, it's Portland.
A little bit Nuremberg, a little bit more Berlin, with a whole lot of warmth and lots and lots of room for every personality.  A city where you don't get looked at funny when you walk down the street with a smile on you face.
A city where strangers greet strangers.
Portlanders are characters.  Creative, individual, unique, and a penchant for "weirdness"! "This one love will never end. When will I see you again?"
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PORTLAND…
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Jedes Mal, wenn wir in Portland sind, nimmt sie mich gefangen. Schon wenn man in die Stadt reinfährt, wird man mit spektakulären Ausblicken belohnt.
Diese Skyline, da hinten Mount Hood, die wunderschönen Brücken, an denen ich mich einfach nicht satt sehen kann. Hier gibt es so viel zu sehen und zu unternehmen. 
Wenn es eine Stadt gibt, die ich unangefochten liebe als wäre es meine Heimatstadt, dann ist es Portland.
Ein bißchen Nürnberg, ein bißchen mehr Berlin, ganz viel Herzlichkeit und viel viel Raum für jede Persönlichkeit. Eine Stadt, in der man nicht schräg angeschaut wird, wenn man gutgelaunt durch die Straßen läuft.
Eine Stadt, in der Fremde Fremde grüßen.
Portlanders sind ein eigener Schlag Mensch. Kreativ, individuell, einzigartig und mit einem Hang zur „Weirdness“. „Diese eine Liebe wird nie zu Ende gehen. Wann werd‘ ich dich wiedersehen?“ @traveloregon / Werbung 
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  • URBAN GOLF, TOUGH LIES
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Joining @scottmazariegos and his group of urban golfers was such an unforgettable experience. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the company very much.
This picture is one of my favorites of James. You don't see graffiti often while hitting a golf ball.  Talk about tough lies!!!
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Who has ever played Urban Golf??
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  • WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?
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Us? Well, we just played what was probably our most fun round of golf ever! While the great winter storm of 2019 kept most Portlanders inside, we were invited to play Urban Golf, and had an absolute blast with some of the coolest people we've ever met!!
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We would like to thank @scottmazariegos
and the rest of the group for a great day!!
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  • INCLUSIVE GOLF… .
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…not exclusive golf! Today we visited Chris and Max at the Portland Golf Collective and it was such a blast!
Two young creative minds who love golf and reflect that love in everything they do. These guys show how golf can be. Honest, fun and without any pretentiousness.
With companies like these, we know that the future of golf is in good hands. We wish you guys all the best and great success. Stay the way you are!
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  • SUPERBOWL SUNDAY 
Today is one of those days where Americans go absolutely crazy… Superbowl Sunday!!
We are getting ready to watch the big game with our family.
Two days ago the anticipation started. We drove to one of LA’s icons – Randy’s – to get some of their delicious donuts.
As we arrived we saw that Nike had repainted the giant donut in the Ram’s team colors. What a cool idea!
Cars drove by and rolled down their windows to yell „Go Rams!“ which brought the people waiting in line to cheer happily back. It was sure fun to be in the middle of this and watch it all.
And the donuts were excellent as well..
Especially the signature donut, which was made especially for the Rams and Superbowl Sunday.
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SUPERBOWL SUNDAY 
Heute ist einer der Tage, an dem die Amis Kopf stehen.. Superbowl Sunday!!
Wir machen uns auf jeden Fall fertig um später mit der Familie den American Football Marathon anzuschauen.
Vor (mindestens) zwei Tagen hat die Vorfreude auf diesen Sonntag bereits angefangen. In LA fuhren wir zu einem der Wahrzeichen LA’s – Randy’s – um uns leckere #donuts zu holen.
Dort angekommen sahen wir, dass #nike den Riesendonut in den #rams Farben gestrichen hat.  #guerillamarketing at its best sag ich da nur!
Autos stoppten um „Go Rams!“ zu schreien, was die wartende Menge zu freudigem Grölen brachte. Es hat sicher Spaß gebracht das Ganze zu beobachten. Und die Donuts waren auch hervorragend…. Besonders der signature donut, der eigens für die Mannschaft und den Superbowl Sunday gemacht wurde.
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  • Our two weeks in California are coming to an end. Tonight our alarm will go off at 2.45 a.m. and we will fly back to PDX.
We had two fantastic weeks here, that went by so fast it is unbelievable. 
In San Diego we had time to stroll around and just go with the flow. The people there are so unique, and it is filled with so many individuals all with their own style.
It is a place where you wanna be.
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And LA: what a cool city. We did as much sightseeing in three days as we could manage because of the traffic.
LA is a city of broken dreams but also where dreams come true.
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Overall we loved both cities and are very happy to have been able to visit. We will keep California in our memories and hearts forever. .
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Zwei Wochen in Kalifornien sind nun fast vorbei. Heute Nacht wird der Wecker um 2.45 Uhr klingeln und wir fliegen zurück nach #pdx .
Es waren zwei fantastische Wochen, die so schnell vorbei gegangen sind, dass wir es nicht fassen können. 
In San Diego hatten wir Zeit zu bummeln, haben viel gesehen und uns treiben lassen. Die Menschen hier sind so einzigartig, so viele Individualisten mit eigenen Charakteren.
Ein Ort an dem man sein möchte.
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Und LA: was für eine coole Stadt. In drei Tagen haben wir angeschaut, was wir inklusive Verkehr geschafft haben.
In LA merkt man, dass es eine Stadt ist, in der Träume platzen können. Aber auch in der man es ganz weit nach oben schaffen kann.
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Summa sumarum war beides toll und wir sind so happy hier gewesen zu sein. Kalifornien wird uns für immer im Gedächtnis und im Herzen bleiben.
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  • PALM TREES
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Who doesn't love them?! Thank you #california for spoiling us with your sunshine, blue skies and lots and lots of beautiful palm trees.

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