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RedBull Flugtag 2012
Der RedBull Flugtag ist 2012 wieder an seinen Ursprungsort Wien zurück gekehrt! Mit ihm auch 40 tollkühne Piloten aus ganz Österreich mit den teils liebevollen selbst gebastelten Fluggeräten und Showeinlagen. Ganz im Zeichen des Flugtags wurde auch ein Tiefflug einer Fokker 100 oder akrobatische Flugmanöver eines BO-105 Helikopters vorgeführt. Wir haben uns das ganze angesehen und Fotos und ein Video gemacht
Ancient & Modern Rome, Italy
There was once, long time ago, a great empire: the Roman Empire. A great civilization that created a modern city that was looking for her equal. The name of the city: Rome. About 2000 years later, Vivi and I made a visit to the city, they say, all roads lead to. Read more about our trip with a tourist testimonial, pictures and a video.
Sightseeing in Berlin
Berlin is one of the most interesting cities in Germany. This is one of the reasons why I visited the capital city of Germany already for third time. Why I like this city so much? It's the atmosphere and the people, the history and the present. Take a closer look to my videos and pictures to get to know and understand this huge city a little bit better.
Gran Canaria Insights
This holiday island, which belongs to Spain, has a lot to offer for everyone: Beaches, mountains, all inclusive or individual tourism, sport activities, a big city with history, dunes and green areas. As tourism is the main sector of the island there is no much that you could miss. Warm temperatures will welcome you as you get ready to explore this island located in the Atlantic Ocean close to Africa.
Maspalomas & Playa del Ingles
In the south of the island is the tourists' paradise. Beaches, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, shopping centers and so much more. This could be a nightmare depending on what you are looking for. But right there you'll also find the dunes of Maspalomas, which are worth visiting!
Chicago - Home of the Skyscraper
Four red stars and two blue strips. This is what you can find on the flag of Chicago. Those represent four big events such as the big fire in 1871 in Chicago and the Lake Michigan and Chicago river. For me Chicago is my favorite American city I have seen so far. Walking around in Chicago's downtown surrounded by massive skyscrapers where they were invented was great. Chicago is a must see in the US!
My first trip to Asia led me to China. I went there with my friend Iwona for 16 adventurous days. We flew over 6000km within this huge country and over 30.000km in total! We saw the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong and Macau and many beautiful places such as the Great Wall or the valley next to the Li-river.
An island full of myths, preconceptions and depression. One of the last countries that can call itself really communistic. Health and education systems are good in the country where Che Guevara is still a national hero, but this country is to suffer a lot. No real jobs, bad food and rundown houses and services...
Back from Girona
The last weekend I've spent in Girona, Spain. It's almost exactly five years ago since I've been there the last time, but last weekend I had the chance simply to hang out. I went there with Vivi to meet some of her old friends, went hiking in Torella de Montgri and for a trip to Cadaqués. Very nice weekend :)
Time passes by and it's been a year now, that I've been to Japan. Almost exactly a year later, one of the biggest earthquakes in Japans history ever hit the country, destroyed buildings and killed thousands of people and even caused a nuclear meltdown. It's sad to write this article under such circumstances, but I would like to share the great experiences I had, while travelling in this amazing country
After a long time of being very inactive on my blog (even through technical reasons), I am very happy to announce to have three new galleries from last year online, such as: Paris, Alicante and Tokyo! Links to the photoblog inside this article!
South America Trip - Detail Part 2
Right now, as I am writing this, I am sitting on the airplane somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean back home to Europe. A long trip is over and after almost five weeks of traveling, I have seen a lot and opened my horizon even more. It is the second part of my detailed story and short resume of my trip in South America.
Carneval in Rio de Janeiro
Right now I am in Rio de Janeiro, the center of Carneval :-) There's a lot of party going on here and I am about to explore the city more! Before coming here, I've seen Salar de Uyuni which was amazing and the city of Sucre and Potosi (the highest city in the world). So far, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Dominik
South America Trip - Detail Part 1
It's now been almost a week since I am travelling in South America. Together with Viviana I am currently in La Paz, Bolivia - one of the higest cities in the world - But one after the other... See inside article for more details :) [Pictures will follow soon]
First days in Sao Paulo
I spent two wonderful days with my Couchsurfing hosts in Sao Paulo. Dayane and her boyfriend Fabio made my stay a great expierence. I really appricate there warm hospitality and taking care of every detail that was necessary to make me having a great time :) The city is really big and has interessing things to offer and I happy that I did do a lot already. Check for updates soon. From Brazil & 36°C and sun, Dominik
Japan - Day 16
The last four days in Japan I used to see some more sights in Tokyo, going to Nikko and Yokohama and meet with local couchsurfers in Tokyo to celebrate the cherry blossom and experience the night life of Tokyo.
Hälsningar fran Stockholm
Hello, this time I say "Hello" from the North of Europe. I am currently in Stockholm, Sweden. I've even been to a town called "Uppsala". It's a nice fall season over here - As you can imagine, it's a bit colder over here and fresh, but still the sun is shining and it's nice weather. So far, from Stockholm, Sweden, Dominik
Un petit bonjour de Nice
This time I want to send my greetings from France. I am couchsurfing in Nice, thats in the South of France; Cote dAzur. I really like it here.... It is awsome! By the way, Frensh keyboards are strange :-)
Gruesse aus Berlin
Hey! I think it's time again to write again! I am currently in Berlin, Germany, revisiting one of my former guest in Vienna. I am currently hosted by Caryn from Carlifornia. I am here only for the weekend, going back home Monday morning. I already have to go now.... Reichstag is calling me!
Hong Kong and Macau
My trip is almost over :-( It is great over here in Asia. Tomorrow I am planning to go to Macau. After that, there is a long way back home: Back to Hong Kong, back to Beijing, back to Paris, back to Vienna... So far, from Hong Kong, Dominik
Greetins from Hong Kong
After a boat trip on Lu river and an amazing bike trip in Yangshuo, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. So far everthing is fine. Hong Kong seems to be cool, but I've just seen the part from the airport to my couchsurfing host. From Hong Kong, Dominik
Together with my friend Iwona, I flew to Cyprus. We arrived there very early in the morning. The first two days we stayed in the North, which is the Turkish part of the island and the other three days in the Greek part. Because we rented a car we could explore the whole lovely island. (By the way they drive on the left!) We saw the coastline and the mountains!
Istanbul, Turkey - Part 1 of 2
Napoléon Bonaparte once said: "If the whole world was a state, Istanbul would be the capital of it". Well he actually used Constantinople istead of Istanbul :-) So I actually had to visit the capitol of the world and I really liked it! I took about 900 pictures, but don't worry, I already selected the best ones. I couchsurfed again and I had a very nice hostess: Esra. She made my stay even better. This ist part 1 of 2 pages.
Istanbul, Turkey - Part 2 of 2
This is part two of my article about Istanbul. In this part you will find more about the Galata Tower, the Galata brdige, and my experiences in Kadiköy on the Asian part. You will also find pictures about the Grand Bazaar and the Sultans Palace Topkapi. Last but not least, my overall conclution about my stay in Istanbul. This is part 2 of 2
Edinburgh & Scotland
In February I spontaneously booked a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. I didn't have an idea at all of the city until I was visiting it. As usual I was couchsurfing there again and it was great :-) The weather was actually better than it was in Vienna, even it was cloudy sometime, it was at least warmer :-) I also went out of the city to see the Scotish Highlands and Loch Ness
Hamburg in depth
Two weeks ago, I was visiting Hamburg. One of the last big cities missing on my "Cities to see in Germany"-list :-) As I was always curious of Hamburgs harbor, I was really looking forward to see it as well! And it was worth it. As Hamburg is also famous for the Reeperbahn, I also went there. Like the last trips, I was again couchsurfing there with Tim and his girlfriend together with my collegue Iwona.
Moin moin aus Hamburg
Gestern nach der Arbeit habe ich mich ins Flugzeug gesetzt und bin nach Hamburg geflogen. Wieder über Couchsurfing bin ich diesmal recht zentrumsnahe bei Tim - wie könnte es anders sein - einem Programmierer untergekommen. Heute möchte ich mir das Hafengebiet ansehen und ein wenig die Altstadt. Abends bin ich bei meinem Gastgeber zum Essen eingeladen. Soweit aus Hamburg, Deutschland, Dominik
On my "NikOnTour" mission to discover each country, which is member of the European Union, I was visiting Romania the last weekend. Again I couchsurfed and again it was great :-) I was guided through Bucuresti and I didn't had to care much. I was even in some small villages and hiking in the mountains. I took tons of pictures.
Bulgaria: Sofia & Plovdiv
The past weekend, my friend Iwona and I flew to Bulgaria. We were couchsurfing in Sofia and a great hostess: Gergana. She was showing us around and even cooked for us. She also recommeded us to visit the city Plovdiv the second largest city in Bulgaria, which I didn't know before. It was worth going! I kept a good impression about the country or especially about the Bulgarian people
Vancouver is one of the nicest cities I visited on my trip through Canada. It is Canada's third largest city anyway. I spent plenty much time in Vancouver and the region, as my cs-hostess and her friends organized many parties :-) I actually had two hosts there, because I didn't excpect that I get two postive answers from two requests I wrote. It was really nice to be there!
Montreal, my first stop on my tour through Canada. I flew there directly from Vienna and after eight hours sitting in the plane and six hours in a different time zone I reached my goal: Canada. I started in the "cultural" capital city in the province Quebec, the frensh part of Canada. Montreal itself is almost balanced with english and frensh speaking people, so it's not a problem to not speak frensh. The first day there was like my hole trip: Sunny, hot and beautiful.
One of the oldest cities in North America is Quebec city. It was the last but definitely not the least city on my trip through Canada. The city is the only city in North America with an intact old town and stronghold. I've couchsurfed My-Linn and celebrated the 400th years anniversary.
I had a brief stop over in the city of Trois Rivieres. The reason why I went there was to visit one of my former Couchsurfing guest that I've hosted in Vienna: Katlyn from Quebec. My plan was to visit her sister later in Quebec city and luckily Trois Rivieres was on the way.
Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The city is shared by the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and is English and French speaking. I managed to get there by the first of July to celebrate Canada day together with my CouchSurfing host Deanna and her friends.
Calgary is the capital city of Canadian province Alberta. I spent there only a couple of hours, so I had only a brief visit in this city. Even though I had the possibility to meet a local. Annie drove by with her bicycle when I asked for some directions. She showed me around in the city center and invited me for dinner.
Canada: A Mari Usque Ad Mare
From the middle of June until the 7th of July I spent a cool time in one of the biggest countries on earth: Canada. A country full of undisturbed nature, nice and helpful people and big cities. With only 33 million people living there for a country of the size of almost 10.000.000 km2, you can easily explore wildlife. I met so many cool people, discovered so many new things, I experienced adventures - Overall: It was awesome!
The past weekend, Iwona and me were Couchsurfing in Brussels. We were visiting all the famous sights like the Atomium in Belgiums capital city and the "Center of Europe's Power": EU Parliament and the Commission. UPDATE 11.06.2008: Hole story including Impression, Sights, Center Of Power, Conclution and of course pictures online!
As I retured home today from Dublin, I feel a bit exhausted. To be honest, I didn't expect to sleep so well in a 16 bed dormitory room: All of my roommates were very careful and silent - I just came home late :-) Anyway I already uploaded my pictures from Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. UPDATE: Story of Dublin completed, check it out now! :-)
In May I visited Portugal's capital city Lisbon. It's a lovely little city with a charming spirit. I think you can spent many days there without getting bored: The city center, the Belém Tower, the Expo area and places close to Lisboa. As I was couchsurfing there, may friend Mike was already waiting at the trainstation :-)
At the beginning of May, I visited Spains capital city: Madrid. With about five million people living there, it is one of Europe largest cities. Madrid was partially built by Austrian Habsburger and it's not possible to miss that fact. Anyway, to be honest for me a day in Madrid was enough, as I did not find it so charming
Athens - A place to be
I've been to Athens, Greece, from 22th to 24th february for a small trip. I stayed at my couchsurfing host Elfi, a student from Crete. She really took care of me and showed me her beautiful historical city from a greek point of view :-). I've already uploaded the pictures to my photoblog (separated into 3 parts) and I have picked some photos out of them to this blog. UPDATE: Story about my weekend in Athens is online
Trip to Kraków
Because of a special offer of an aircraft company, a former collogue from work, Iwona, and myself booked a flight to Kraków. Not for nothing Kraków is known as the culture-capitol-city of Poland. There are many nice places, the famoust and europe biggest market square "Rynek", the Wawel-castle or Juliusz-Slowacki theater or just some of them. We spent three days in this beautifull city and met some people from couchsurfing at a local CS-event.
Auf der Flucht! On the run! Na úniku!
Hab heute alle Reservierungsbestätigungen bekommen, in den kommenden vier Monaten gehts (neben der Slowakei) auch nach Polen, Griechenland, Spanien, Portugal und vermutlich auch Gibraltar. Außerdem gehts auch nach Tschechien, aber das muss geplant werden. Für den großen und langen Sommerurlaub muss ebenfalls noch geplant werden. Überlegunge einen Drei-Wochen Trip durch die Vereinigten Staaten oder Kanada, aber das ist noch nicht sicher
Diese unvergessliche Stadt ist auf jeden Fall eine Reise wert! Hier kann man viel erleben, vieles sehen und schnell Leute kennenlernen! Im Bericht kann man einige der vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die typischen Grachten, die Windmühlen, den Vondel-Park oder den berühmt berüchtigten Rotlichtbezirk Walletjes bestaunen!
Segelfliegen in Stockerau
Auf Einladung einer Firma gings nach Stockerau zum Fliegen! Ich nutzte die Gelegenheit zum Segelfliegen...
Urlaubsbericht Paris 2005
Hier der große Urlaubsbericht vom Paris Urlaub 2005 von 6-9. August, den ich auf eigene Faust hin unternommen habe...
Urlaubsbericht Mallorca 2005
Der Urlaubsbericht von Mallorca 2005, der vom 29. Juli 2005 bis zum 5. August 2005 stattgefunden hat.
Nix wie weg!
Heute waren Stefan P und ich in der SCS und haben einen Last-Minute Flug nach Mallorca (Balearen, Spanien) gebucht. Irgendein Billig-Hotel direkt am Strand. Abflug: 29. Juli, Rückkehr: 6. August. Unterwegs sind neben Stef und mir auch Marlene und die Chrisi. BALD ISTS SOWEIT!
A380 erfolgreich gestartet
Das weltweit größte Flugzeug, welches mit den vereinten Kräften europäischer Konstrukteure gebaut wurde ist heut zum ersten Mal erfolgreich abgehoben - Der Airbus A380
Ab in die Lüfte
Am Samstag hab ich mich ein zweites Mal in die Lüfte begeben. Habe mich zu Mittag mit Bernd C getroffen und haben uns ein Flugzeug gemietet. Haben eine kleine einstündige Tour gemacht - War allerdings relativ turbulent was nicht unbedingt "ideal" war... [Foto link insde]
Flugsimulator für PocketPC
Ein Tipp eines Kollegen war der kostenlose Flugsimulator für den IPAQ, werde ich heute abend mal ausprobieren. Dass was ich auf seinem Gerät gesehen hab', hat schon ganz gut ausgesehen. Über Infrarot kann man auch zu zweit fliegen. Link und Bilder inside.
Redbull Flugtag 2004
Heute bin ich am Vormittag mit Bernd C nach Wien gefahren zum RedBull Flugtag. Leider konnten/wollten Petra und Susi nicht (mehr) kommen :-( Egal, es war trotzdem sehr spaßig - Es waren viele kreative Flugobjekte dabei! (Video folgt)
Mein erstes Mal...
Dieses Mal war es das erste Mal das ich als (Co-)Pilot am Steuer eines Flugzeuges saß...
Ich geh in die Luft
Heute ist der Tag an dem ich in die Luft gehe - Allerdings als "Pilot" eines Flugzeuges vom Flughafen Krems/Gneixendorf. Sollte das mein letzter Weblog Eintrag sein, wars weniger erfolgreich ;-) Bin heute mit Bernd C unterwegs der hauptberuflich Pilot ist!
Fallschirmspringen & DVD Guck
Heute traf ich mich mit einigen Freunden am Flughafen Krems/Gneixendorf - dort findet zur Zeit noch die Fallschirmspringer Weltmeisterschaft statt. Sehr spontan entschlossen Peter H und Bernhard N und ich selber zu springen, 30min später saßen wir im Flugzeug. Am Abend gibts einen DVD Abend...
Paragleiten in Tirol
Da ich nach dem "verkürzten" Italienurlaub nicht zu Hause sein wollte, bin ich am Dienstag bereits um sieben Uhr nach Tirol gefahren zum Paragleiten...
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