Finding The Fountain Of Youth And Bridge Of Death – Pakistan Part 4

Want to live to eternity, or at least to 120? Well you may want to move to Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, where the local people have metaphorically found the Fountain of Youth. On this leg of our grand Pakistani excursion, we’ll see if we can boost our longevity in, of course, the Hunza Valley… Then we’ll…

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Cruising The Roof Of The World – Pakistan Part 3

As a German tourist, you don’t want to be dropped off or left behind in the middle of nowhere on Nuku Hiva, which is part of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. While a remote area of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains, located close to the “Roof of the World,” is not a place where German-eating…

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Getting Cultured In The Kalash Valleys – Pakistan Part 2

Trekking Pakistan’s renowned mountainous terrain involves more than just skillful driving, sightseeing and getting acquainted with the topography. This type of travel is also about getting cultured. We left off in the last post still at the beginning of my journey to and through Pakistan. After a disastrous time trying to exit Libya, we traveled…

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Ups And Downs Of Journeying To The Hindu Kush – Pakistan Part 1

While traveling to Afghanistan was a major accomplishment of mine, I was surely not going to overlook neighboring Pakistan,  a country that is the fifth largest in the world by population and that is famous for its rich culture, mountainous terrain and turbulent political history. After an amazing yet challenging trip to Libya, I planned…

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Ancient Civilization, Modern Marsh Life And Shia Islam – Iraq Part 2

You should already know that after wrapping up my travels around Afghanistan, I headed to Iraq. In the first half of my trip, we checked out Baghdad and Central Iraq and got to climb the Great Mosque of Samarra. Now in the second half of this Iraq adventure, we’re heading south from Baghdad to trace ancient civilization and…

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Ancient Mystique In Modern Iraq

Upon escaping Afghanistan, where better to travel than Iraq? Not because Iraq is the country the U.S. invaded after Afghanistan. But rather it’s a not so far-off land home to incredible ancient ruins, ranging from Persia to Babylon — which we’re about to explore, along with some modern ruins as well. Let’s get this started.…

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Reminiscing The Valley Of Resistance – Afghanistan Part 3

I’ve already told you about my pre-Taliban takeover entry into Afghanistan and my encounters with this troubled land’s beauty and blown-up Buddha statues. Now it’s fittingly time to drive directly into what was and always had been — up until very recently — the valley of resistance. There we’ll visit a couple assassination destinations before…

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Breathtaking Beauty And Blown-Up Buddha Statues – Afghanistan Part 2

You’ve already heard about my just-in-time arrival in Afghanistan. And I know you’re presuming I got out in time as well. But before we get to my Afghan exit, we still have a lot of ground to cover in this crucial and complex country — home to everyone from Pashtuns to Uzbeks to Tajiks to…

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My Just-In-Time Dream Trip To Afghanistan

Do you think 2021 is a good year to visit Afghanistan? Of course there’s been the fall of Kabul and basically the whole country to the Taliban, U.S. diplomats being airlifted from the American embassy, Afghans falling from a plane in the sky and chaos and bloodshed at the airport amid rushed evacuations. While some…

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A Troublesome Trip To Tripoli, Libya

A couple years had passed since my visit to Mogadishu, Somalia. As time went on, I found myself chomping at the bit to visit another failed state on the African continent. This one wouldn’t be so easy — not in the sense that I might come under actual gunfire, rather than merely getting hit by…

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Making The Final Preparations In Praia

I had just survived food poisoning – well sort of – on the final stop of the sailing adventure around Cape Verde prior to the SY Staatenlos’s grand crossing of The Atlantic Ocean. Having recovered from this near-death experience, there were still sights left to see on the island of Santiago, which you may recall…

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Exploring Wreckage From The Volcanic Island Of Fogo

Would there be an eruption during the SY Staatenlos’s visit to the Cape Verdean island of Fogo? I’ll spare you the suspense. The volcano will not erupt during our stay, and lava will not destroy the SY Staatenlos. However, we will encounter wreckage both at sea and on the island, due in part but not…

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Braving The Sea To And From Beautiful Brava

In sailing as in life, there is often a calm before a storm. Cape Verde’s little luscious green island of Brava would make for a calm few days in the SY Staatenlos journey around Cape Verde. So what would come next? A storm, or a volcanic eruption perchance? Let’s just explore beautiful Brava — from…

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The SY Staatenlos Sails To Sal

We escaped Cape Verde’s island of São Nicolau just in the nick of time. After being hauled off in a police car to get our covid-1984 tests done, we left the marina of São Nicolau. We had been having a nice time on the island up until we were forced by police to be subjected to…

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Sailing Into The New Year On The SY Staatenlos

Do you think sailing into the new year was a breeze?  It kind of was. We traversed the Atlantic waters that separate the islands of Cape Verde, successfully navigating a channel effect and discovering a mountain village paradise.  But traversing this African archipelago did involve circumventing covid-1984 restrictions that eventually landed the SY Staatenlos crew…

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From The Canaries To Christmas At Cape Verde

Once upon a time, I yearned to voyage across the Atlantic aboard a cruise full of nomads. I completed that journey, stopping in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde before crossing the ocean and docking in Brazil. In the age of covid-1984, it is only natural that I again sail across the Atlantic. But this…

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The Narrow Staatenlos Escape From Mainland Spain To The Open Atlantic

The SY Staatenlos crew was enjoying touring Southern Spain after nearing completing a long first voyage from the Adriatic to the Atlantic. We had sailed all the way from Montenegro, overcoming stormy seas and a faux kidnapping along the way, and possibly seeing the tip of Atlantis as well. But suddenly everything was at risk.…

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Legends Of The Sea: From Ibiza To Almeria

You think Ibiza is dead now? Well yeah, Covid-1984 kind of killed Ibiza. So as we make our way across the Mediterranean headed for the Atlantic aboard the SV Staatenlos, we won’t be partying it up on the island. But we will be searching for the “tip of Atlantis” and maybe some UFOs, or even USOs.…

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Making Waves in Mallorca

You’ve now learned how the SY Staatenlos battled the stormy seas all the way from Montenegro to Mallorca. We faced many trials and tribulations, which climaxed when we were unwittingly involved in a faux-kidnapping drama that could have put us in some hot water. However, there were also moments of calm during the storm, such…

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The SY Staatenlos – our catamaran explained

    Christoph bought the SY Staatenlos in Croatia in June 2020. This post will tell you everything you need to know about our boat, equipment, gadgets, crew, sailing licence, completed itineraries and future schedule. You can always see our boat’s current location using our Yellowbrick GPS tracker below. Who knows, you might just be…

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The Great Staatenlos Shanghaiing Hoax

Let’s be clear to start. This is not a post about going stateless in Shanghai.  I have partied it up in China before. But that was back when I was jet setting the world, rather than sailing the high seas aboard The Staatenlos Catamaran. So in this post, we’re talking about shanghaiing, also known as…

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Changing My Mind On Montenegro?

You’ve read about my metric mistake in Montenegro and the resulting crackdown the Staatenlos catamaran endured. In the age of Covid-1984, me venturing to Montenegro constitutes “high-risk” travel (learn more about that at the bottom of this post). So it was my expectation that the Montenegrin authorities would be more lenient with me, especially over…

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Heuereka IV And A Metric Mistake In Montenegro

As many of you know there was a large milestone in store for me in 2020. No, it was not completing every country on the United Nations list. That was supposed to be at the beginning of 2021. But that’s now pushed back because of the Plandemic. Rather, my big milestone was turning 30. And…

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Closing My Last European Capital

You all know I am a country collector. But did you know I am also a capital collector? This summer, while exploring Europe due to COVID*1984, I had just one remaining European capital to close. And I closed her. Do you know what her name is? Well, I’ll give you a hint. She is petite…

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Croatian *Road* Trip Part 4: Island-Hopping In A Sailboat

Have you been thinking my Adriatic adventures ended abruptly… maybe in a shipwreck or seasickness, and that spelled the end of my Croatian travel series? 🤔 If so, think again… and welcome to the fourth installment of my adventures in Croatia! To recap, in part one, I spent a week driving around northern Croatia with…

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The Seas Of Southern Sweden — Europe’s Freest Covid Country Part 2

Are you ready to traverse the remainder of Europe’s freest country in COVID-1984 times? We’ve already driven up the Baltic Coast of Sweden, prioritizing the strangest hotels possible en route to one of the last open ski resorts in the world. Now it’s time to see the North Sea coast and the (much warmer) southern…

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Monkeying Around In The Golden Pagodas Of Myanmar

Once upon a time I joined a biker gang and invaded Myanmar. It was a great story of conquest and overcoming hardship, but the truth is I didn’t see or do a whole lot once I made it inside this Southeast Asian state. So that meant I was destined to return and so I did.…

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My Life In Europe’s Freest Covid-1984 Country

Socialist Sweden no more. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Sweden is no longer a country run by social justice warriors. That’s a thing of the past, though Sweden does still has its share of problems. But in the time of COVID-1984, Sweden is a sane country in an insane…

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India Part 2: I See Dead People… BURNING

We’ve already journeyed along India’s Golden Triangle to the Islamic holy sights. Now it’s time to see India’s holy sights for Hindus and Buddhists, which include a pink city and one heavily polluted holy river. This second and final leg of my first India trip involves completing the Golden Triangle in Jaipur and flying to…

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From the UN to TCC and SISO – All About Country Collecting

While the articles on staatenlos.ch are usually about taxes and various aspects of flag theory, today I want to take a look at the more personal side of perpetual traveling: “collecting countries”. As everyone knows, I plan to visit all the countries in the world by the age of 30 – from January 2020, I’ve…

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