Ralf Kreuze

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Ralf Kreuze

The ox moves slow, but the earth is patient...



Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Aargau » Muri February 5th 2015

Translated to English this title means, 'And there is also something going on in Switzerland'. It was many, many, many years ago that I heard this sentence uttered on our car radio as we were stuck in a traffic jam to end all traffic jams. We were on our way down to our ski-resort near the Italian border. The DJ had just reported on the chaos taking place on the German roads, as half of Europe was descending on the Alps, when he spoke those unforgettable words. The 'something' which was going on in Switzerland at that moment was a queue of non-moving vehicles from the Swiss-German border all the way down to Italy. My mum, I recall, was not amused. Especially not with three noisy kids in the back seat making her life even more ... read more
Siviez
Siviez
Siviez

South America » Peru » Cusco » Choquequirao January 6th 2015

Three guys, ten days, a road-trip, and finally an arduous hike, rewarded by an incredible ruin and some breathtaking scenery. This in short is the tale of 'los tres hombres', the men of the Kreuze-clan going on a little adventure. Just the guys mind you, the girls went on their own little trip to Finland. Mother and daughters, visiting family. It was that visit which triggered our journey. With the women gone, my brother thought it would be nice for those left behind to go somewhere as well. And so he arranged a trip to Choquequirao. Choquequirao? What is Choquequirao, you might wonder. Well, think Machu Picchu, but bigger, less excavated and without the tourists. More on that later. For now, it seemed like the perfect way to introduce Kim to the world of hiking and ... read more
Palpa
Nazca
Nazca

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » La Molina December 26th 2014

Since I am writing this on second Christmas day I thought I could afford myself the luxury of having such a corny blog title. Merry Christmas indeed! A Merry Christmas from Lima, with family. My brother's family in this case. Christmas in Peru, but with a Swedish twist. The twist being our Christmas dinner, with some traditional Swedish dishes like Christmas ham, herring in mustard sauce, Janssons temptation (a potato dish with cream, onions and anchovies) and herring salad. A lot of fish. The Swedes love their fish, and their dill, which is in nearly every dish as well. Now talking about family, a friend of mine, this Christmas discovered, much to her horror, that her great-great-grandfather was a slave owner back in the day. Slightly unsettling perhaps, but really, it has nothing to do with ... read more
Lima
Lima
Lima

South America » Peru » Trujillo December 15th 2014

You could say I have been taking a tour through the ages the last ten days in Peru. Or you could say I have been visiting a lot of dusty ruins, ranging from those barely distinguishable from a heap of sand, to the non-dusty Kuelap. So, if you are not interested in ruins and the like, it is best to skip this blog and concentrate on something more useful. So, for the two of you who are left, here we go! Once a long time ago, lets say around 300 AD there were a people who belonged to what is now termed the Moche culture. They had been around for a couple of centuries by that time. Now, if I had been visiting Chiclayo in those days, or better yet, Sipan, I would have run into ... read more
Lambayeque
Sipan
Sipan

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 5th 2014

Through where? Ecuador! Yes it is true, and it is sad and perhaps even bad, but I am just in Ecuador to get to Peru. Not because I don't like Ecuador, or wouldn't like to see it, but because of the priorities on this trip. At first I was going to do the Galapagos Islands as I passed on down, but as you all know, my money dictated otherwise. So, without the Galapagos, there was the rest of Ecuador to consider. I considered it, and I decided it was not the main aim of this journey. I have been to Ecuador before and I will return here one day. But Ecuador needs time, and if I can't give it the time it deserves than I rather just go through it relatively fast instead of even trying. ... read more
Quito
Quito
Quito

South America » Colombia » Pasto November 29th 2014

The last two blogs have been less about my actual travels, instead focusing on various social facets you might encounter while on the road. But I like to mix things up a little, and in the end this is a travelblog, in fact this is theTravelBlog, so I feel I should write about my actual trip every once in a while too. So here is my 'bloggie blog' post as I like to call it. T'is a tale about my last ten days in Colombia, a story about Southern Colombia, about broken shorts, and broken shoes and things falling apart in general. About me forgetting my book in one hostel and waiting for it in another. It involves mountains and rivers, tombs and statues, rain and sunshine, jungles and waterfalls and travellers met and lost. It ... read more
Popayan
Popayan
Popayan

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento November 16th 2014

Colombia, to most people, is still associated with drugs. Unfortunately. And much to the annoyance of the Colombians. Much like in my own country, many travellers come to Colombia to sample its drugs. In Holland the drug of choice is marijuana, here it is cocaine. Backpackers seem to want to stuff it up their nose for one reason or another. Now the thought of stuffing anything up my nose fills me more with fear than with excitement. I once, when I was a kid, stuffed a tiny pebble up my nose. It took me a long time to get it out of there. It wasn't a pleasant experience, and put me off the whole nose stuffing business. Permanently. Truth be told, I am not into the whole drug culture. I never was. I find reality strange ... read more
Bogota
Bogota
Bogota

South America » Colombia » Villa de Leyva November 6th 2014

Other than the tittle suggest this won't be about travel impressions, but about the impressions you leave behind. The impressions fellow travellers have off you. Fleeting impressions, and often wildly inaccurate. It's been on my mind for a while now, ever since San Blas actually where I seem to have made quite an interesting impression on some. I'm not saying that who I was there wasn't the real me, it was just a small part of who I am. You see when you travel you adjust to the circumstances, to the people around you. At least I do. What happens is that one part of your personality might become more pronounced than another part, depending on who you are with. So on the San Blas tour the social part of me came to the fore. I ... read more
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

South America » Colombia » Cartagena October 27th 2014

This blog is a bit earlier than planned, but it is raining now and that is always a good day to do some writing. I thought about singing in the rain, but this seems a more productive way of spending my time. I'm in Cartagena, pearl in the crown of the former Spanish possession in the Americas. Nowadays surely one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia, though that is just guessing, since I haven't seen any other towns. But this story will be more about how I got here than about the town itself. You see to get to Colombia from Panama you must cross the infamous Darien gap, no easy task. So, instead of actually trying to hack my way through the impenetrable jungles and assorted drug smugglers and guerrilla groups that call Darien ... read more
San Blas Archipelago
San Blas Archipelago
San Blas Archipelago

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City October 19th 2014

Choices, life is all about choices. You have the life altering choices, and the mundane ones. But each choice in one way or another influences the future. Now I am not going to talk about life changing choices, but the small ones taken before or during my travels. In this case the decision to be in Lima by the 20th of December, in time to spend Christmas with my brother, and the second perhaps more fateful one to start my trip in Panama. I have two months to get to Lima from Panama, it sounds like plenty of time right? But it isn't. I don't normally have a fixed destination which I have to get to by a certain date, so I can spend as much or as little time wherever I want to. This is ... read more
Panama City
Panama City
Panama City




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