September 2014

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49th State

My three-weeks venture through Alaska has been restricted to the areas accessible by road. To reach most of the 49th state, one would have to go via airplane or water taxi. Because I didn’t want to crash my travel funds too soon, I decided to keep it simple. The round-trip was still a big success, determined by endless highways, sky-high mountain ranges, screeching glaciers and foggy seashores. 

Landscape in the side-view mirror, Alaska, USA

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The Magic Bus Phenomenon

The “Magic Bus” has been a destination of pilgrimage for many years. Especially since the release of Sean Penn’s award-winning movie Into the Wild in 2007 (an adaption of John Krakauer’s book by the same name), the tragic story of Christopher McCandless has touched the hearts of thousands of people from all over the world. This is the story of how I found myself seeking shelter in Bus 142 over twenty years after McCandless had died of starvation in the very same place.

Posing in front of the Magic Bus

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