Chichen Itza and Mexico City, Mexico

The balloon crate had arrived on time in “Mayaland.” Our trip was direct from Lima to Merida and Chichen Itza via Mexico City. During the flight from Mexico City to Merida, I noticed with surprise how close nature is to this mega-city of Mexico, with two gigantic volcanoes poking out of the clouds as near […]

Read More

Machu Picchu, Peru

It is quite a trip from Lima, the capital of Peru to Machu Picchu. To start with, it is an hour’s flight up to the most beautiful, ancient city of Cusco – the capital of the ancient Incan empire. This is a sudden shift from practically 0 meters altitude, or sea level, by the Pacific […]

Read More

Easter Island, Chile

The flight from Santiago to Easter Island is almost as long as a Trans-Atlantic flight from Europe to North America. The comfort of LAN Chile was almost surreal! I had expected to fly with some old noisy prop machine over the blue of the Pacific, but no nostalgia – LAN Chile brought us there in […]

Read More

Santiago de Chile

On our second stop in Latin America, the media interest increased dramatically – about 15 TV crews and photographers were waiting and greeting us in the arrival hall of Santiago International airport … this must be how a victorious sports team feels when it arrives back home! After two hours of interviews and photos at […]

Read More

Rio de Janeiro

Again, this time in Rio de Janeiro, we had to call on our weather god. The day before our event on Corcovado, it was raining heavily. We made good use of the time by preparing carefully with the great team at the Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau, headed up by Paulo Senise and working closely […]

Read More

Egypt

Only so much for all the readers of my blog, especially the Egyptian readers: I have buried the official (handmade) New7Wonders certificate of candidacy for the Pyramids of Giza in an airtight tube in a sand dune closest to the pyramids, for someone to find (like a “message in the bottle”). I would especially encourage […]

Read More

Dead Sea, Jordan

Speaking of discovery …the last day of our visit, we were taken to the splendid Mövenpick resort on the Dead Sea: If you have thought that you’d experienced all physical sensations as a child growing up, well try this: Floating on the Dead Sea is an experience where every adult becomes a child again! It […]

Read More

Petra, Jordan

Everyone met up in Petra today, the big day. I went early to do some filming and also to supervise something quite extraordinary – the tethered flight of the New7Wonders hot-air balloon in front of the Treasury, in a quite small square at the end of the Siq, the famous, narrow canyon that leads down […]

Read More

Amman and Petra, Jordan

I was very much looking forward to the visit to Petra in Jordan. The preparation of the world tour event had long been carefully planned and prepared by the Jordanian authorities, and we expected to have not only an interesting but also an enjoyable time promoting this unique candidate. Unique because it is the only […]

Read More

Timbuktu, Mali

After flying with a Beechcraft twin turbine prop. 17-seater for more then an hour and a half over the Sahara, suddenly, in the middle of the desert, the river Niger spreads out into a huge delta: huge lakes and hundreds of tributaries suddenly create a surreal image. Sooo much water in the middle of the […]

Read More