Dominique Laurent

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Dominique Laurent

Age: 67
Links:  INTERVIEW 2015
Member since:  2013-01-20
Overall rank:

46

Scores:
788
NM1281
184
UN
237
UN+
278
TCC
621
WHS
534
MTP

Bio

Refer also to my internet site : at-home-everywhere.com.

I have always traveled.
Graduated from Centrale (one of the top engineering schools in France), from MIT (MBA International finance), and from Sorbonne (PhD Economics), I worked mainly in the oil industry and in real estate mainly in finance. In terms of interest and traveling opportunities, my best working years time was in the oil industry.   
My first exceptionnal trip was in Zanskar in 1977 when it was opened for the first time (I even met the king). My interests in traveling are quite eclectic : discovering other ways of living, old cultures, festivals, nature, trekking ...
When I go somewhere, I try to cover the region I visit as extensively as I can.


I have a special interest in :

1) Traditional places and peoples :
Under this criterion, top on my best past travels are Zanskar (1977, winter 2005 'tchadar'), Danis (Indonesian Papua, 1976), Papua New Guinea (1982), Korowais (Indonesian Papua, 2002), Bhoutan (1987, 2015), Nias (1978), Dolpo (2004), Nenets (2008), Himbas (1988), Omo Valley (Ethiopia, 1990), Tsa-tan (Mongolia, 2007)

2) Remote places :
Antarctica (3x : half circumnavigation, Weddell sea, Union Glacier & South Pole) ; Subantarctic islands (Peter 1st island, South Orkneys, South Sandwich islands -2x-, the French Subabtarctic islands -Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam and St Paul- and of course South Georgia and the Falklands) ; Pitcairn, Henderson & Ducie ; St Helena, Tristan Archipelago ; Bouvetoya -the remotest island in the world, w/o landing though -) ; Geographic South Pole ; Geographic North pole ; Franz Josef islands, Wrangell island, Ellesmere island ; Iles Eparses ; Wake island ...
 
3) Difficult places :
Albania during communism, North Korea (2x), Turkmenistan, Iraq (between the 2 Gulf wars), Kurdistan (2018) ... ; I am quite interested in geopolitics (I went to Berlin when the wall fell, in Moscow May 1st 1989, in Rumania when Ceaucescu fell).

4) Trekking :
 My best treks are : all the eight thousanders of Nepal : (especially Everest Base camp, Makalu base camp, Manaslu base camp, Kanchengjunga base camp -2x : Sikkim & Nepal sides-, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Base Camp) and all the eight thousanders of Pakistan (especially K2 -2x : Xinjiang side , Pakistan side- & Nanga Parbat) ; Mustang ; Langtang; Kailash ; Dolpo ; Zanskar (in summer), Tchadar (Zanskar in winter) ; Cordilleras Blanca (2x) & Huayhuash in Peru ; Kilimandjaro (summit), Mount Kenya (Peak Lenana & Summit Circuit); Moon mountains (RDC) ; Mont Blanc ; Pico de Sao Tomé (Sao Tomé & Principe) ; across Badain Jaran desert in China ...

5) Volcanoes :
I climbed some 77 active volcanoes all over the world, especially in Indonesia (all of Java), Italy (Etna), Central America, Vanuatu (Ambrym, Tanna), Ethiopia (Lengai, Erta Àle -2x-), Kamtchatka, Japan ...).

6) Carnivals :
Every year I see one or several carnival ; already : South America (Rio, Oruro, Barranquilla), Carribean (Trinidad, La Vega in Santo Domingo, Aruba), North America (New Orleans), Cabo Verde (Mindelo), Belgium (Binche, Malmedy, Eupen, Aalst, Stavelot, La Louvière), the Netherlands (Maastricht), Italy (Venice, Viareggio, St Oyen, Sardinia, Schignano, Ivrea, Bagolino), Switzerland (Basel, Luzern, Schwytz, Wyler, Bellinzona ...), Germany (Köln, Rottweil, Offenburg, Wolfach, Villingen, Elzach with every 7 yrs Burgerreiten,  ...), France (Dunkerque, Limoux, Cournonterral, Pezenas ...), Austria (Nassereith, Telfs) Hungary (Mohacs), Spain (Lanz, Cadiz, Tenerife).

7) Traditional festivals :
Belgium (Fête des chats -Ypres-, Holy Week -Lessines-, Lumecon -Mons-, Fête de Saint Roch in Thuin ...), Germany (Nikolospiel in Bad Mitterndorf, Easter in Bautzen), Switzerland (Beromünster, End of year in Urnasch, Fire Chariots in Liestal) Sri Lanka (Perahera), Spain (Fallas in Valencia, Semana Santa in Sevilla, in Lorca, in Murcia), Italy (Holy Week in Tarante, Easter Madonna che Scappa in Sulmona), many festivals in Japan (a great country for festivals!), Pesola (Sumba), Niger (Guerewol), Mongolia (Naadam and 1000 camels festival), Nepal (Indra Jatha), India (many festivals), Ethiopia (Timkat at Lalibela)...

I have visited some countries many times ; aside Indonesia where I lived during 4 years, the USA where I lived 1,5 years as a student and of course the neighbouring countries in Europe near France, the ones where I went more than 2x are :
Nepal (11x), China (incl Tibet)(12x), Japan (5x), Mongolia (3x), Myanmar (3x), India (10x),PNG/Irian Jaya (3x), Egypt (3x), Ethiopia (4x), Tanzania (3x), Brazil (5x), Peru (5x), Colombia (3x), Argentina (6x), Chile (6x), French Polynesia (3x), Russia (7x), Canada (6x), the Carribean islands (12x).

My "extreme" points are : South Pole, North pole, top of Europe (Mont Blanc), the top of Africa (Kilimandjaro), top of South East Asia (Mount Kinabalu), the coldest inhabited place (Oimaykon, Sakha Republic), the hottest inhabited place (Dallol, Ethiopia), treks to all the more than 8000 m mountains of Nepal (base camps of Everest, Makalu, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, etc ...), most remote island (Bouvetoya), the most remote inhabited island (Pitcairn), some very remote islands (Kerguelen, Iles Eparses, Peter 1st island, South Sandwich islands), intersection of Equator & (1st land)Greenwich meridian (Rolas island)_

Some statistics : 184 UN countries visited (remaining 9), 286 travels of more than one week, 621 UNESCO WHS (out of 1092), 77 volcanoes climbed, 442 National Parks (or equivalent such as important Nature Reserves) visited.

Series scores


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SOUTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1988 1988
1988 1988
1980 1980
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1967 1967
1967 1967
1967 1967
1996 1996
1966 1966
1995 1995
1966 1966
1966 1966
1980 1980
2006 2006
1967 1967
2017 2017
1980 1980
1980 1980
2000 2000
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2010 2010
1980 1980
1980 1980
1990 1990
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
1980 1980
2011 2011
2011 2011
1990 1990
2007 2007
2007 2007
2003 2003
2003 2003
1980 1980
2016 2016
1980 1980
1989 1989
1980 1980
1980 1980
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2018 2018
2018 2018
1980 1980
2017 2017
1980 1980
2005 2005
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
1980 1980
1980 1980
2002 2002
1980 1980
1988 1988
1965 1965
1980 1980

WESTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2018 2018
2018 2018
1965 1965
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1997 1997
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1962 1962
1980 1980
1961 1961
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1958 1958
1960 1960
1951 1951
1980 1980
1973 1973
1980 1980
1987 1987
1987 1987
2000 2000
1980 1980
1980 1980
2000 2000
2016 2016
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1990 1990
2003 2003
2006 2006
1987 1987
1987 1987
1987 1987
1972 1972
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2015 2015
2008 2008
1999 1999
1980 1980
1980 1980
2014 2014
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2003 2003
1980 1980
1980 1980
1966 1966
1995 1995
1994 1994
1981 1981
1994 1994
1996 1996

NORTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
1991 1991
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 1980
2016 2016
1980 1980
2017 2017
2017 2017
1979 1979

EASTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2005 2005
2005 2005
2005 2005
2014 2014
1990 1990
2014 2014
1980 1980
1980 1980
2005 2005
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
2003 2003
2003 2003
2003 2003
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2008 2008
2008 2008
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
1990 1990
1990 1990
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
2011 2011
1985 1985
2004 2004
1980 1980
2015 2015
1994 1994
2015 2015
2008 2008
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006

NORTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2005 2005
1985 1985
2001 2001
2014 2014
2008 2008

CENTRAL ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999

EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2011 2011
2011 2011
1985 1985
2002 2002
2011 2011
2011 2011
1985 1985
1985 1985
1985 1985
1985 1985
2002 2002
2012 2012
2012 2012
2011 2011
2011 2011
1983 1983
2002 2002
2002 2002
2013 2013
1985 1985
1983 1983
2013 2013
1985 1985
2018 2018
1985 1985
2012 2012
2012 2012
1985 1985
1985 1985
1985 1985
2007 2007
2007 2007
2012 2012
1988 1988
2002 2002
1988 1988
1985 1985
1985 1985
2016 2016
1985 1985
2005 2005
2017 2017
1984 1984
1984 1984
2006 2006
2006 2006
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2005 2005
2012 2012
1999 1999
1999 1999
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1998 1998
1998 1998
1998 1998
1983 1983
1983 1983

WESTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1999 1999
1999 1999
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
1986 1986
2005 2005
1987 1987
1995 1995
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2001 2001
2001 2001
2018 2018
2001 2001
2001 2001
1995 1995
1995 1995
1995 1995
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1996 1996
1993 1993
1993 1993
1989 1989
1989 1989
1989 1989
1995 1995
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1994 1994
1994 1994
1994 1994
2014 2014
1993 1993
1993 1993
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1988 1988
1980 1980
1988 1988
1980 1980

SOUTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1989 1989
2015 2015
2014 2014
2011 2011
2003 2003
2003 2003
2011 2011
2013 2013
1980 1980
2013 2013
2013 2013
2009 2009
1980 1980
1980 1980
2008 2008
2008 2008
1980 1980
2011 2011
2011 2011
1980 1980
2011 2011
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2014 2014
1980 1980
1980 1980
2007 2007
1980 1980
1980 1980
2008 2008
2015 2015
1980 1980
1980 1980
1987 1987
2003 2003
2016 2016
2016 2016
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
2017 2017
2018 2018
2017 2017
1981 1981
1981 1981

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1988 1988
1998 1998
1998 1998
1982 1982
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1983 1983
1982 1982
1982 1982
1982 1982
1980 1980
1980 1980
2004 2004
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1997 1997
1997 1997
1997 1997
1976 1976
1980 1980
1983 1983
1988 1988
1980 1980
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
1980 1980
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
1980 1980
1976 1976
1976 1976
1980 1980
1980 1980
2004 2004
1998 1998
1989 1989
2008 2008
1989 1989
1998 1998
1989 1989

NORTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1988 1988
1987 1987
1980 1980
2007 2007
1988 1988
1980 1980
1980 1980
1988 1988
1995 1995
1995 1995
1967 1967
1967 1967
1967 1967
1967 1967
1967 1967
1967 1967
1985 1985
1985 1985
1989 1989
1989 1989
1989 1989
1989 1989

WESTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1992 1992
1992 1992
1981 1981
1981 1981
2002 2002
2002 2002
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
1986 1986
1992 1992
2006 2006
1986 1986
2018 2018
2018 2018
1981 1981
1981 1981
1981 1981
2004 2004
2004 2004
2002 2002
2002 2002
1981 1981
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
2018 2018
2018 2018
1992 1992
1981 1981

CENTRAL AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
1989 1989
2012 2012
2012 2012

EASTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2018 2018
2018 2018
2002 2002
2018 2018
1994 1994
1994 1994
1988 1988
2003 2003
2005 2005
1988 1988
2005 2005
2009 2009
2003 2003
2018 2018
2019 2019
2018 2018
1998 1998
1998 1998
1998 1998
2003 2003
2016 2016
1989 1989
1989 1989
2014 2014
2011 2011
1994 1994
1994 1994
2011 2011
2014 2014
2014 2014

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1989 1989
2011 2011
1993 1993
2011 2011
1991 1991
1991 1991
2010