As most people I would like to travel. In fact it is one of my favourite phantasies (what A.SCHMIDT (Eng.) called Gedankenspiel ) and I have a list (what else?) of places and things I would like to see. Especially cities in Europe I would like to visit and spent some time there, see art in galleries and museums – I would very much like to see BOSCH’s pictures, what means to travel to Madrid and Lisbon (list here); there are some buildings I would like to see, GAUDI‘s stunning creations for example what means going to Barcelona, the modern architecture of Paris and London, Jugendstil in Budapest, trulli in Apulia …
I would prefer not to drive by myself. I do not enjoy driving on the Autobahn anymore, I find it pretty exhausting and sometimes simply dangerous. Driving is work and a real profession. Flying is no option. So the railway would be first choice. It has not always to end this way. As teenager I read GEO magazine and I remember how fascinated I was by a reportage about two people who travelled around the world by bicycle. Historical travelers didn’t make a lot of fuss and simply walked, as the highly venerated J. G. SEUME (Ger., Eng.) did, he wrote about his Spaziergang nach Syrakus im Jahre 1802 (read here). It would be tempting to grab a Rucksack and follow SEUME’s traces. I guess someone already did it.
Other people travel to re-enact something or show that something was possible – of course Thor HEYERDAHL’s (Ger., Eng.) expeditions spring into mind – Ra (I and II) and Tigris the reed boats, and Kon-Tiki are still part of the cultural memory. In this category of experimental travel the Borobudur Ship Expedition of 2003/04 belongs. Others dare such adventurous trips to raise awareness, as did D.M.de ROTHSCHILD with his plastiki, who wanted to put the Great Garbage Patches into public consciousness: I hope his action helped and we all will use less of this material.
I myself will not enter a boat. A ship yes, but not a boat. There is always the possibility to travel as passenger on a vessel, a cargo ship, and QE II.. The sailors today become even younger, and as admirable as yachts are, especially the wooden historical ones, they are nutshells. Saied with all due respect to Roz SAVAGE, who rows in a nutshell over the world’s oceans.
Other people have no problem to lift nutshells in the air and fly around the world: This is exactly what Norman SURPLUS does with his gyrocopter – a vehicle that does not even has wings. I have no idea where he is actually, the geo-spotting thingy on his website wants to sell itself to me. Norman survived a serious cancer attack and raises money for a research fund on this terrible disease.
Manon OSSEVOORT started her voyage to the South Pole some years ago and she already came to Cape Town in 2008. I hope she will reach the Pole. But it is very unlikely. The magic of travelling may be lying in this.