No more Forum activity
25 March 2013
I will not answer Forum questions and emails asking travel questions about New Zealand anymore. The reason for my retirement in Feb. 2013 was that Forum answers did not count towards the ranking anymore. I had spent hours and days answering Forum questions individually, not leaving me time to post a lot of travel tips on my pages. In the meantime VT has a general ranking and a separate Forum ranking. This does not change my view. And apart from that I am bored to answer the same questions over and over again.
Read the tips I have posted before running out of time due to answering nearly 2000 Forum questions extensively, not just with a few words or two sentences. I will not add any new tips. I might update old Christchurch tips. Enjoy!
25 February 2011
I am really humbled and thank you all so much for thinking of me and my family (incl. Kimi the Bear!) after the devastating 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch three days ago. We live next to the epicentre in Lyttelton, and this time we were hit much harder than in the 7.1 quake last September. The house has damage all over the place and it looks chaotic, but there is no structural damage, so we can stay in our house. We had power restored the next day and water after five days. Given the circumstances we are perfectly fine. And again thanks for your thoughts and wishes.
My photos of our house and the CBD here:
as I have been living in New Zealand since 2004 (after immigrating from Germany) I have started my travel pages with tips and stories about life and travelling in my new home country. So this is my most expansive page - but long not finished. I was just a bit bored with NZ only, so I have started to write about Germany including a page about my home town (well... village...) named Gingen which is called "The Pearl of the Fils Valley", has Germany's oldest dated church inscription and cheeky locals named Schnapper (Snappers). Big pages I added in 2008 are Berlin (January), Dresden (October) and Kuala Lumpur.
Interesting destinations on my Australia page are Canberra and the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The latter is a fantastic place near Canberra for meeting kangaroos, emus and other wildlife in the wild.
Some day I will write more about my trips to other countries (I have the choice of about 50). Let's see how far I will get... A big problem is that I have travelled a lot before the digital photo age, and I hate scanning...
On my pages I do not intend to deliver full travel guides for the sake of having mentioned everything. I have looked over many pages on VT, some are delightful, others just chew on facts that you can get from every printed travel guide. Many Off the Beaten Path tips are not off the beaten path at all. And I do not see any sense in writing a "Things to do" like: "Go to Akaroa, it is nice there." Or: "Cross the Harbour. There is a nice picnic spot." I also hate tiny rubbish tips although even some top-rated VT members write such crap, splitting up the description into a million tips, so they can get more ratings.
What I really like is the forum where we sometimes can give very helpful and specific tips. I just do not enjoy answering questions like: "Which places should I visit during my four week holiday in NZ?" This is absurd. We have all those travel pages, so people can read and get ideas, and it would also help to have a look in a printed guide before going into details. Apart from that I am happy to help with advice and research.