Samstag, 21. August 2010

Phoenix, Vegas, again, San Francisco




wow, finally some time in the internet again.
I was searching for about 4 hours for a internet cafe in San Francisco today, until i found one.

So what happened in the last days?

After the Grand Canyon me and Mike continued to Phoenix/Arizona. *NOW I FOUND OUT THAT I HAVE NO PHOTOS OF PHOENIX, the city, but is not that interesting anyway*
Phoenix is the 5th biggest city in the USA...and lies directly in the desert. Temperatures of more than 40 degrees right now. Pools are about 30 degrees. No refreshment there.
Why do people decide to live in the desert? weird,.. i couldnt go out for more than 2 minutes in the sun. Its like gunfire from the sun on your head. I didnt see any reason why so many people moved there.
Downtown Phoenix looks actaully pretty nice, but when you are past the last modern skyscraper-whatsoever-downtown-building, you are suddenly in a crappy slum.
People there like wasting water for golf courses in the desert and shit like that. They have a lot of sprayers in houses and restaurants which cool the air. Most of the water just goes in the air. WASTE.
Well, Phoenix is not the best place to go. Scottsdale is a wealthy place there and it was fun to go out, but overall im glad to be out of the desert.

We first wanted to go to San Diego after Phoenix, but then decided to go back to Vegas :D Awesome city.
on the way there we came past Hoover Dam. But we didnt stop. only from car pics.

Now i have lots of pictures.
I also found out that they have a Hofbraeuhaus there, and of course went there. Ate a Schweinebraten and a Mass Bier, for 34$! Well, it was the best meal, yet :)
They actually had a band from Munich and original beer and the food also tasted original.
Was definitely worth it.

The pic is made from the spot where i spent the 
night to catch the early bus to yosemite

Mike had to go to San Jose and i came along, and continued alone to San Francisco. When i arrived i had to find out that all hostels and cheap places are full. Fortunately i met one guy in vegas 2 weeks ago, who lives in San Francisco and right now i sleep on his couch. So i had luck there.

Dog from San Francisco(named Carly)

San Francisco is a weird place. Freezing cold! Then very hot as soon as clouds vanish. Ive been to the Golden Gate bridge yesterday. Strong wind and lots of fog. Couldnt see the top of the towers. Surreal  feeling... like London.(Didnt have my camera around for Golden Gate Bridge but i have 5 days in the end of the journey in San Fran.)
The day i arrived here, i had to carry all my stuff around and then the night came in and fog, cold wind, homeless people scared the shit out of me.
hm, hard to explain, but i felt that way.

When everything works out, i go to Yosemite National Park tomorrow. Travelguide says: "If you havent been there, yet, you will have the experience of your life. In comparrison to Yosemite, Switzerland looks like a trial project from God.
So i am pretty exicted. Also because i can finally go outdoors and camp and hike and that sort of things. Most of the equipment i carry around here is for outdoor purposes ^^ I am not really prepared for staying in cities, and especially NOT for going out all the time.
I actually went out 16 nights in a row, except for one night. Somehow needed that after the last months of saving money and studying and working, get up early... Especially Vegas was awesome. Best nightlife there. Funny that most of the times i go with clothes i wore during the day, sweated and unshowered, since shortly i didnt even have a deodorant. But doesnt matter.

Sorry that i didnt post pictures. I wont be able to upload them any time soon, i guess. Unless they have Internet cafes in Yosemite. I might get an ipod touch with wifi. I guess the internet cafes all close down because of the FreeWifi places.

time up.


Mittwoch, 11. August 2010

USA, California, Nevada, Arizona

Driving through Sedona/Arizona


finally a picture up.
actually i forgot to make any pictures in Las Vegas. really ^^

entering Las Vegas by car
you dont want to carry a camera around the casinos. thats probably why i forgot to take some pics.
I have been out in Vegas 7 nights and i spent amazing 30$ on entrance fee on saturday. i actually paid that twice but the first time i cheated 2 guys in, who gave me 10$ each in return. In total probably about 100$ for club entrance...
But had one of the best times of my life in vegas. Despite one meal/day because of budget.

I am now more than 2 weeks in the USA and it feels so good to be over here. Probably because I finally escaped the struggles back home. I passed my 2 exams and now everything is perfect. Having an awesome time over here.
Met lots of people.
I actually changed my former plans and am doing a roadtrip right now with Mike.

Mike.Same background here, but dont have lots of pictures right now.

We head out from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, the closest city to Grand Canyon. We stayed there for 3 nights.
Until Flagstaff we've been 4 guys. Me, Mike, Chris (german) and Eric (Swedish).

Cracy chris decided that there is no way around the adventure of descending the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River offtrail, stay there over night with no tent, cover or whatsoever, and little supply.

Well, i am adventorous but not stupid. Chris and Eric thus decided to split off and do it on their own thing.

Mike is not into hiking, so I decided to split off as well for the day and meet up with mike in the evening. |
I did the Bright Angel Trail, which is probably the basic trail down.

I had little bit more than 5 hours to descend and ascend. Thats not much for 15 miles to go down and up..
I hiked to a viewpoint directly over the colorado river.

sitting on the edge of a huge rock right above the Col.river
When I came up again, near the start of the trail, now nearly full darkness at around 8pm, Chris and Eric came down the path. They said there was no way down offtrail, so now they go to the river on the laid out way, in full darkness ^^ freaks.
Well i warned them. Today they called me and Mike and said they did it and are alright. Good for them.

I wanted to challenge myself and tried to come up to the start in under 2,15h. I went pretty fast but underestimated the last 1.5 miles, so i needed 2,30h to ascend from Viewpoint over the Colorado River to the South Rim startpoint.

In the end i was completely exhausted but happy :)

Grand Canyon is an unbelievable piece of nature. It starts out of nowhere. We parked the car on the street on flat ground and 10meters ahead the floor suddenly drops down 7000feet. I dont know how much meter that exactly is. A lot.
There are no Security bars, so if you go there at night and dont watch out, you might fall to death, but you probably have plenty of falling time to think: "wow, this is the grand canyon, unbelievable"

Unfortunately i did not have enough time to hike more and go to the river.

Next day we headed out to Sedona (Pics above), where we only drove through.

Right now I am sitting in a nice Hotel in Scottsdale/Phoenix.

More things to be explored.

Montag, 2. August 2010


I arrived in LV yesterday midnight.

im paying 5$ minimum fee for 15minutes internet -.- unbelievable expensive.

anyways, LAS VEGAS is such a SICK place. Go there...
i cant post pictures up from this bullshit casino internet thing. but its awweseeseome-o.

I do not have one little clue how i managed to get inside lavu nightclub yesterday. probably one of the best in the world.
the "door was soo tight" that only few girls were alowed in.
What i did o_O... i went up to two guys, asking them about the entrance fee for the club.
They were probably pretty stoned. they said they dont know about a fee and seemed irritated, so i thought whatever and was about to leave. but then he said if it is only me and i said yes. he then said, "ok. come on" and channeled me right through the bouncers into the club. Damn, i still dont know how^^ cool guy :D

sorry for this shitty blog, but its really expensive over here.