On the road. The Longest Way

Chinese tour group saga “Neuschweinstein”

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I was in Kazakhstan on the day this one came out. So I felt a bit jealous of my editors and basically of everyone else who was able to hold it before I did:

Piper/Malik - Neuschweinstein

“Neuschweinstein” is the story of how I went on a trip around Europe with a Chinese tour group. I wanted to find out what it was like for them to travel around the continent that I called home. What were their hopes, what were the things they found surprising, what were their disappointments on the way?

It took me a while to come up with a group, but when I did I found them to be awesome. A very charming bunch. We hopped on our tour bus and traveled all over the place, snapping pictures and looking at things in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.

Neuschweinstein map

But not only there! One thing we particularly liked was that even though we had paid for a four-country-package, we had still gotten to see six countries – if you counted a gas station in Austria and the Vatican in Rome. Isn’t that great?

It was great.

When our trip was over I waited a while, and then I went to China to find my fellow group members and talk to them.

Neuschweinstein back

And of course I found out that it really wasn’t so much about Venice or the Eiffel Tower.

It was about them, my travel companions, and their stories.