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planetcruiser Meinhard Benn

About me

I am constantly travelling or living in places for a limited time, so I lost the notion of a home a few years ago. This feeling of a temporary and autonomous existence I carry with myself since then. I listen to the feeling a place gives me and let it decide when to move on.

Stepping into a bus and pay the ticket anyone can do - I prefer the harder (?) and more fun transport of hitch-hiking. :) Although, for a change I am currently on a train/bus/bicycle trip across Asia. See my travel plan.

A few years ago I stopped taking jet engine planes for environmental reasons. The air pollution and noise those things create don't make it suitable for mass transportation in the long run and I recommend overland travel to anyone that has the opportunity. If you do fly, consider donations to NGOs that are compensating for your extra carbon emissions.

To cover the few costs I have I do programming for non-profit organisations over the Internet or engage in short-term contracts with the darker side. ;) When the setting is right I also give workshops about Free Software along my travels.

I try to live healthy, calm and just by not smoking, not eating meat, not using mobile phones unless I really have to, drinking only if there is a strong reason for it ;) and walking or cycling whenever I can.

Have a look at my website benn.org for my current location and status updates.

Spoken languages

  • German Mother Tongue
  • English Expert
  • Romanian Beginner
  • Russian Beginner
  • Turkish Beginner

My interests


Andrew Niccol, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, Coen Brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Leander Haußmann, Detlef Buck, Lars von Trier, Andrei Tarkovsky, Woody Allen

Organisations I belong to:

BeWelcome, Ecobytes

Travel experiences

Past trips:

A lot of hitch-hiking during the last years, I was in South-East-Asia twice, North America and all over Europe. Let me see if I remember all the countries I have been in - in order of appearance:

Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, UK, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Indonesia, USA, Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Greece, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Belgium, Moldova, Andorra, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Gibraltar, Lebanon, Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Planned trips:

I am currently on an overland trip from Istanbul to Bali via Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea and South-East-Asia. Join me along the way! :)

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my name is meinhard, i am anarchist.



Living in Berlin now :)


BeVolunteer GA 2013

i will attend in person :)

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Maximum length of stay:

Update (June 2013): I moved out from my Bali place and currently I'm travelling back to Germany, with a few detours. ;)

A week? :) Let's see how it goes. Minimum would be two days, so we get the chance to get to know each other a little.

I Live With:

A few geckos, ants, bats and the frogs in the pond.

Please bring:

A smile, an open heart and lots of herbal tea (which for some unexplainable reason is bloody expensive here)!

I can offer my guests:
A guided tour, A dinner.

A tropical sanctuary of peace between temples, rice fields, small houses and palm trees - far away from the next road. However, if fast internet makes your pulse go up, don't come here. ;) You will have your own bedroom.

I can offer my hosts:

Serious software voodoo skillz, travel stories off the beaten tracks, activism insights and contacts.

Other information for guests:

You will stay in the lower floor of my small two storey bungalow. :) For air-con junkies: there is none. But nights are mild, because there is no concrete around that could store any heat. This is the countryside! :) See my Ubud gallery for some pictures of the place.

Public transport:

I am a bit outside of Ubud's main stretch in Penestanan, so you will need to take a taxi to come here or walk for 20 minutes. When in Penestanan, ask for the Alchemy restaurant. My place at Londo bungalows is a short walk from there, along rice fields and small houses.

House Rules:
No smoking.

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