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October 14, 2021

Dubai 2021 October

Filed under: privat — Tags: , , — mat @ 6:17 pm

We changed the dates and skipped the trip the Barcelona. My right achilles‘ tendon is not 100% back after the surgery. So a pure city trip might be not a good idea. Instead of Spain … we landed in Dubai after 6 hrs of flight. For the stay we picked Hilton group hotels. Conrad Dubai , reservation made via an impresario website and the Hilton Al Habtoor City. Both 5 star rated and yes. they are worth to be labeled with 5 stars. Arrival was early morning and we were at the hotel at 8 am local time. But as a Hilton Honor Diamond member we got a room immediately and of course an upgrade to an executive room as well.

Lobby at Conrad
Lobby at Conrad
Executive Lounge
Conrad room
Bathtub with a view
Housekeeping prepared bed for the night

The service is absolutely stunning, the room is spacious with a huge window.

View from 44th floor

The pool area is large and we spent some relaxed hours there.

Pool at Conrad
Pool at Conrad

Dubai is a city for a week if you mix it with shopping and rest. So the plan was to do not that much. Burj Kalifa and Dubai mall as well as some food experience was put on the list.

tallest man made building

Expensive to go up but hey, it’s vacation time. Level 125 was our aim.

Dubai nights from above

Dubai Mall is the largest in the world. measured by shops and visitors. unbelievable large…..

After 4 nights we moved to Hilton Al Habtoor City. It’s in the same area as the LXR and the Curio V hotel. Same here, friendly staff and an upgrade to an executive room. The view during night from our room is better than TV . We enjoying it with a lots of Gin Tonic :)

Room view from above
Bathtub with a view at Hilton Al Habtoor
Windows till floor level give you a great feeling
Cocktail is always welcome

September 10, 2021

Back for strong

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Old guy training…

March 23, 2021

Namibia 2021

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Here we are … Flight via Addis Abeba. Was ok and entering Namibia was easy. We got a lift from the rental car company. After 2 hrs of briefing we got on the road to the first camp, still in Windhoek. We agreed to spend 2 nights to get familiar with left hand driving and with the awesome pickup truck with a roof top tent.

It was great . we slept well and did some shopping for the journey.

Next stop : Kalahari desert

Endless roads, a green Kalahari , a nice and cozy lodge …. perfect.

Our first safari ride, with Gnu’s, Zebras, Ostriches and Giraffes. wow.

Next stop : Namib desert

An almost empty camp inside the National park, a perfect camp ground and a absolute stunning view.

Yes climb up the Dune 45 , 170 mtr’s and made it within 60 mins.

A great thing if you travel like we did , you can have a breakfast and coffee wherever you are . Even in front of the Unesco world heritage Soussvlei and Dead Vlei.

And we comb the desert!!!

From here to Swakopmund. Endless dusty roads, and we came from 35 degrees Celcius to 18 degrees at the banks of the Atlantic ocean…..

Mandy did the little 5 desert tour ….

On the way to the famous Etosha national park we had a short stop at Cape Cross with its seals.

And again breathtaking scenery…

November 10, 2019

Pulau Pangkor, Malaysia

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After 14 hours of traveling we arrived late night at Nipah GH, Pangkor. I still do not feel very well so the journey was quite pain. But we were welcomed by Alicia so warmly so I think it is a perfect place to recover soon.

Alicia and Anur and the kids are still so gentle and warm hearted. the GH is almost empty, may be coz of the economic situation in Malaysia. just guessing . I got more medicine and now after 3 days it’s really getting better.

More to come.

Nipah GH

Singapore, Singapore

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , — mat @ 10:35 am

The city welcomed me with an epic cold. The airbnb was great , having an own shower and a shared swimming pool is definitely a plus in a city like Singapore, especially if you pay 50€ per night. And if you are used to public transportation in big asian cities… no need to stay in the center with it’s fancy nancy hotels.

Airbnb Braddell Road pool

First evening was ok, we met with my coworkers from our Singapore office for lunch in a hawker center and later on for a walk and dinner at Marina Bay area.

At this evening I knew I will be sick really soon and it happened. the next 48 hours I stayed in my bed, took painkillers and slept 20 hours a day. Fever , cough, cold. I feel so bad for mandy . We had so many things on the list and we didn’t realize even 20% of them. Anyway we will return and start the Singapore business again.

laser show at Marina Bay Sands

Singapore Merlion

November 1, 2019

Bangkok – 2019

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 1:47 pm

Being in BKK again. Arrived after a smooth Swiss overnight flight and we made it from the time we touched ground to the Solitaire hotel @Sukhumvit Soi 11 in less than 90 mins. It’s nice to be back, cloudy sky and 25 degrees Celcius.

some you might know where we have been for the first dinner

Coffee Mocha with Marshmallow topping

October 31, 2019

Belgrade. Serbia

Filed under: travel,work — Tags: , — mat @ 1:24 pm

Went for a business trip and can’t remember which time I was there. I crawled my memories and looks like it was during the old commis days. Trip was successful so i’ll be in Belgtade more often in the future. people are kind, food is great and the old ancient part comes with it’s own charme.

Real Serbia food

two rivers coming together

see you guys

October 6, 2019

Winter

Filed under: privat — mat @ 7:26 pm

kälte…

SUPER

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love u

super

super

March 29, 2019

Madeira – Porto Moniz

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People from the south said “don’t go to the north it’s cold and stormy there …” but as soon as we arrived at the Aqua Natura Hotel it was sunny and the view was stunning. On the way we had a hiking trail (PR13) which will lead you through the fairy forest. Sure let’s do so, after my alpine hike the day before it sounded like an easy task, Just 6 km.

It was great to walk the path (even my hamstrings hurt downward…) and it felt really like Frodo will cross the path on the next corner. Way back wasn’t that easy , the last 3 km we walked on the road and in total it was 12 km. Well, recovery hike … ;)

Hotel in Porto Moniz … 4 star eco hotel. And while stepping into the lobby we saw this

Breathtaking view. The Atlantic ocean in front. And from our balcony…

Wow. Breakfast included so we would need only a place for dinner and found via google Armandos Take away, where we had dinner for 20€ , a full plate of meat

Armandos Take Away - meat platter

Yesterday was for real recovery, no hikes , only reading and relaxing and dinner at the hotel restaurant (we got a 10% voucher)

octopus carpaccio

Today it was time for the last Levada hike, an entry hike the travel guide said. 13 km in total no heights to cross , and two tunnels in the way.

typical Levada landscape waterfall

Perfect for the last hike. So thanks for reading , an d keep showing up

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