planetcruiser Meinhard Benn
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.
- German Mother Tongue
- English Expert
- Romanian Beginner
- Russian Beginner
- Turkish Beginner
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:
- 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 and Philippines.
- 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! :)
- Max number of guests:
- 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.