Dr. Thomas E Muller

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Dr. Thomas E Muller

Age: 79
Links:    INTERVIEW 2017
Member since:  2017-04-30
Last seen in: Australia – Queensland – South (Brisbane, Rockhampton, Toowoomba)
on 2019-06-25
Overall rank:

209

Scores:
502
NM1281
120
UN
137
UN+
165
TCC
188
WHS
KYE
383
MTP

Bio

POZORNOST PROSÍM:

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 http://www.muzeumbohdalice.cz/muller.html

                                                              [On my map, GREEN denotes regions already visited]

TRAVEL IS IN MY GENES AND BLOOD. How so? I'm basing this claim on the relatively new science of fetal origins:

I've been travelling globally for 79 years, but my Czech parents also were continental travellers. I was conceived in Zlín, Czechoslovakia, the month that Hitler annexed the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia to create Nazi Germany’s Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren.

When my father and pregnant mother left Czechoslovakia, they journeyed through eleven countries by train and cargo ship (via the Suez Canal), to Nairobi, Kenya, where I was born. As an unborn fetus, I had absorbed in utero eleven lands—whose coordinates of latitude and longitude, climate change, and diet—were shaping my prenatal experience. Of course the fetal eleven are not part of my Nomad Mania travel history. Many of these lands were visited later when I became an independent traveller; some no longer exist. But this fetal conditioning, I am convinced, primed me to eventually become a Nomad Maniac.

Such early stirrings left an indelible mark on my interests and psyche. At age 64, I retired as a university professor. By then, I had lived in nine countries on five continents. I am now a resident of Australia but have not abandoned my Czech roots.

Although trained in experimental cognitive psychology and behavioural decision-making, my research expertise became the travel psychology of seniors and ageing post-WWII Baby Boomers in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

My multicultural upbringing seeded a deep appreciation of Earth's denizens and the cultural and societal differences that make them so interesting. Being fluent in six languages (and reading nine) helped me open mental windows on others wherever I go; no endeavour excites me as much as visiting a segment of Planet Earth, even if I have been there before. Sometimes, it's the geographic or natural aspects of the place that draw me to explore; at other times, it's the thrill of communicating and interacting with members of a distinctive society that has cultivated the site visited.

So varied and unique are the slices of Earth accessible to adventure travellers today, that, in 2004, I launched an adventure travel website in order to stimulate less-travelled people to fully experience Earth. I want to persuade people to SENSE---TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL, SEE, and HEAR the only planet they will ever visit. THIS IS WHY MY WEBSITE IS CALLED KnowYourEarth.net. I hope website visitors will be inspired and persuaded to travel in a fresh way—not by country or territory or political entity—but by geographic slice, based on latitude and longitude rather than borders.

Eventually, this idea matured as Nomad Mania's KYE (Know Your Earth) list. Our Founder, Harry Mitsidis, and I developed a more comprehensive geographical system that divided Planet Earth into every 10-degree latitude by 10-degree longitude slice where there was land to stand on. And, today, we have the KYE list of 434 geographical slices that members can visit and try to complete as a travel goal. 

Let's chat about this new approach to planetary travel coverage on Nomad Mania, or by e-mail: travelwriter.tom@gmail.com

Planet Earth has seven continents:

The Seven Sisters, I call them. And my favourite Sister is a strange and difficult lady. How so?

Having visited the sisters multiple times, I am smitten with Antarctica. This continental landmass is so utterly unique I may never have my fill of visiting her. Consider her kafkaesque and utterly bizarre features:

Travelling on the continent is not visiting any country. There's no such thing as Antarctic citizenship; Antarctica does not issue passports. Moreover, Antarctica has

(1) No political borders;

(2) No local currency;

(3) No native people;

(4) No cultural heritage;

(5) No hotels, supermarkets, night clubs;

(6) No commercial airports---only air strips on ice;

(7) No public transport;

(8) No cities, towns, or villages;

(9) No land-based animals;

(10) No trees;

(11) No nighttime throughout the austral summer months.

Antarctica stands out from her sisters in at least eight ways:

She is the windiest, coldest, highest, driest, darkest, emptiest, cleanest, and most isolated of the Seven Sisters. The extreme, year-round cold makes the continent a true desert---a snow and ice-covered desert, rather than a sandy desert or salt pan. The greatest man-made hazard is fire. Every research station has a fire fighting service because wooden structures and facilities are like tinder and can quickly be devastated by fire.

Sister Antarctica offers a cool welcome to all visitors: "Approach carefully, appreciate my stunning beauty, and remember I am still a virgin. But don't get too cosy; when I'm in a bad mood, I can fly into a stormy rage. I have been known to quietly murder humans and hide them in a permanent freezer." This is precisely why I intend to return, as often as I can afford (she is an expensive lady to court), to the last intact ecosystem on Earth.

Scientists arrive here to camp on her doorstep, measure her magnetism, plumb her crevasses, drill holes into her ice, take her temperature, study her movements, and scan the heavens through her eyes. Despite the steady growth in tourism to Antarctica, it's still a pristine wilderness virtually undisturbed by humans.

The silence and isolation are almost mystic; the icebergs take on incredible shapes and shades; the bone-dry air produces surreal visual effects that cannot be described to the non-visitor. The wildlife laying their eggs or giving live birth to their young, all along the 18,000-kilometre coastline where continent and Southern Ocean meet, are thriving magnificently in a faraway land that does not depend on tourism income. I cannot offer such words about any of her six Sisters.

I HEAR Sister Antarctica’s SIREN SONG:

How many times have you danced with my sisters,

Before you set foot on my shores?

How many seas have you sailed across,

Before splitting the ice at my doors?

How many days have you weathered the storms,

Before you could trek through my snows?

The land you discover will be etched in your mind;

The land will be etched in your mind.

Yes. . .get to really Know Your Earth! Visit the 54 geographic slices.

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SOUTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
2008 2008
1987 1987
2008 2008
2008 2008
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2008 2008
2008 2008
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
1989 1989
2012 2012
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
1989 1989
1999 1999
2008 2008
2008 2008
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012
2012 2012
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012
2012 2012
1987 1987
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012

WESTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
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1980 1980
1989 1989
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1991 1991
1991 1991
1981 1981
1980 1980
1980 1980
1991 1991
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1991 1991
1980 1980
2012 2012
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1966 1966
1954 1954
1954 1954
1966 1966
1954 1954
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012

NORTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1991 1991
1980 1980
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980

EASTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2007 2007
1980 1980
2006 2006
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2008 2008
2008 2008
2007 2007
2007 2007
2008 2008
2008 2008
2006 2006
2008 2008
2006 2006
2006 2006
2008 2008
2006 2006
2008 2008
2006 2006
2008 2008
2006 2006
2006 2006
2008 2008
2008 2008
2007 2007
2007 2007
2008 2008
2008 2008

NORTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
2008 2008
2013 2013
2008 2008
2013 2013
2013 2013
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2013 2013
2013 2013
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2013 2013
2013 2013
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008

CENTRAL ASIA

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2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015

EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2004
2008 2008
2004 2004
2008 2008
2008 2008
2006 2006
2004 2004
2003 2003
2004 2004
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2003 2003
2004 2004
2004 2004
2009 2009

WESTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
2015 2015
2015 2015
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2015 2015
1980 1980
1980 1980
2007 2007
2006 2006
1980 1980
2015 2015
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006

SOUTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2001 2001
2001 2001
2001 2001
2015 2015
2015 2015
2001 2001
2015 2015
2015 2015
2001 2001
2001 2001
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2001 2001
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2015 2015
2015 2015

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2004
2017 2017
2017 2017
2018 2018
2018 2018
2018 2018
2006 2006
2018 2018
2018 2018
2018 2018
2018 2018
2017 2017
2005 2005
2004 2004
2004 2004
2005 2005
2005 2005
2003 2003
2003 2003
1994 1994
1999 1999
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017

NORTHERN AFRICA

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1989 1989
1980 1980
1980 1980
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012

WESTERN AFRICA

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CENTRAL AFRICA

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EASTERN AFRICA

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