Cairns on the Kumano Kodo

My all-time favorite stories

Life isn’t about the stuff you buy and gather, it is about the memories you make (and remember). I try to document some of these travel memories on this blog. So, these are my all-time favorite stories.

How I ended up doing the haka in Auckland, New Zealand, with Maori

Haka practice in Auckland, New Zealand
Haka practice in Auckland, New Zealand

A few hours between the conference host asked her Maori TV team to show me how to do the haka and me performing the haka in the middle of a huge dance floor with them. One of my favorite travel memories ever.

Read more on my haka experience in Auckland.

My first real omakase experience in a fishing village in Japan

Omakase in Kanteki in Tanabe in Japan
Omakase in Kanteki in Tanabe in Japan

It was the night before my Kumano Kodo hike when I was looking for food in a quiet fishing village in Japan, Tanabe. It was off-season so most of the city was closed. My ryokan host had told me there should be one restaurant open in town, but the owners would only speak Japanese. This is how I had one of the best meals in my life in an unlikely place.

Read more on my omakase experience in Tanabe (or more on omakase food experiences in general).

How I ended up in a remarkable friendship with a Bedouin

Jordan Trail - tea with Faris
Jordan Trail – tea with Faris

I had not seen a living soul for 40 hours, had got lost the day before, had to climb out of a canyon and was very low on water. And then, a voice called from below me, from the canyon. This is the story how I met and befriended Faris and our remarkable friendship via Facebook Messenger.

Read more on our friendship, the Jordan Trail and my Dana to Petra hike.

How I ended up bar crawling with people I had never met in Tokyo

Tokyo robot restaurant
Tokyo robot restaurant

It all started in the Tokyo robot restaurant, went on in another awkward bar and eventually turned into a 8-person bar crawl with people I had never met before.

Read more on how I ended up bar crawling in Tokyo.

How I ended up as a karaoke DJ at an Italian graduation party

Graduation party in Siena
Graduation party in Siena

My girlfriend (now wife) and I had met up with another couple and we ended up in a bar. Turned out we were going to be the karaoke DJs at the party.

Read more on how I ended up as a karaoke DJ at an Italian graduation party.

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