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This is James

This is James

Hi, I’m James.
I like to describe myself as “just a dumb kid from Dundee, Oregon”. Why, you ask?
Originally from Oregon, I’ve lived abroad since 2008 and relish the personal experiences that I have gained. I never imagined that one day I would walk on the Great Wall, or be crushed in the crowds that are Times Square on New Year’s Eve, or to play the Old Course. I feel fortunate to have been where I’ve been, to see what I’ve seen, and to have done what I’ve done.
I grew up tagging along with my parents as they played golf. I must admit that I was more interested in hitting daisies then golf balls and was much more proficient at it. But golf has pretty much been in my life for as long as I can remember.
While I am still probably better at hitting daises than golf balls, I enjoy golf. I enjoy the challenge of the game, the beauty of the courses, and the camaraderie the game fosters.
I don’t have a static bucket list of courses to play, mostly because it changes every day. I’m also not really interested in playing the world’s top 100, although I won’t say no.
I’m just a guy who wants to play the most interesting golf courses the world has to offer. Interesting, as defined by, well, us.
I’m really looking forward to teeing up the next chapter of my life- even though it’s not all quite known.
But, is it ever?

This is Menekse

This is Menekse

Hi, I'm Menekse.
Born on the 1st of January, I possess some of the typical characteristics of a Capricorn. Impatience, stubbornness, an inclination to know-it-all, love to follow rules. But I am also reliable, loyal, responsible - and very very persistent and strong-willed. That's pretty much my nature.
I have a lot of patience when something is important to me and when I want to achieve something specific. Even if it takes forever. The only thing which is probably untypical for a Capricorn is that I prefer the sea over the mountains. I am not crazy about mountains like they say in Astrology about Capricorns. I love the ocean. The smell of the ocean. The sound of the waves. And I love the moon and stars.
In the past, my parents and I used to spend our summer holidays in Turkey, our home country. At that time, I thought there is no other place in the world with such beautiful stars. Or so many of them!
But I am a curious person and love to travel! And I wanted to see more of the world then just Nürnberg (my birthplace) and Turkey to find out if there are other places in the world with such starry skies.
So, I became a travel agent ... in the hopes of being able to travel more and explore new places. But believe it or not, working in a travel agency is an office job, which putt (hehe) me behind a desk rather than in an airplane. Nevertheless, over the years I have put together a beautiful collection of starry skies.
But my thirst to see more, to experience more and to travel more is not satisfied.
I love life. And the world. And the older I get, the more I want to break out of my own characteristics. To explore the world and to just roll with it. I want life to teach me. To show me places. And to tell me stories.
But how? And, can I do it? Why don’t you tell me?
Follow me on my journey called life.
Follow me as I go “Puttering around the World“…

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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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