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Dominique Laurent

1281    UN    Quality
 

Dominique Laurent

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

46

Scores:
765
NM1281
184
UN
235
UN+
272
TCC
581
WHS
KYE
481
MTP

Bio

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. 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 : top on my past travels in this area is Zanskar (1977, winter 2005), Papua New Guinea (Danis 1976, PNG 1982, Korowais 2002), Bhoutan, Nias (1978), Dolpo (2004), Nenets (2008), Himbas (1988), Omo (1990), Tsa-tan (2007)

2)remote places : Antarctica (3x : half circumnavigation, Weddell sea, Union Glacier & South Pole), Subantarctic islands (Peter 1st island,South Orkneys, South Sandwich islands, Crozet Kerguelen Amsterdam and St Paul islands and of course South Georgia and Falklands), Pitcairn and Henderson, St Helena, Tristan Archipelago, Bouvetoya, Geographic South Pole, Geographic North pole, Franz Josef islands, Wrangell island, Ellesmere island, Glorieuses islands, Wake island ...

3) difficult places : Albania during communism, North Korea (2X), Turkmenistan, Iraq ... ; 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 top places covered are : all eight thousanders of Nepal : Everest Base camp, Makalu base camp,Manaslu base camp, Kanchengjunga base camp (both Sikkim & Nepal sides), Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Base Camp ; Mustang ; Langtang : Kailash : Dolpo ; Tchadar (Zanskar in winter); Cordilleras Blanca (2X) & Huayhuash ; Kilimandjaro; Moon mountains ; Mont Blanc ; Pico de Sao Tomé (Sao Tomé & Principe); Badain Jaran desert in China ...

5) volcanoes : I climbed some 70 active volcanoes all over the world. Indonesia (all of Java), Italy (Etna), Central America, Vanuatu, Ethiopia (Lengai, Erta Ale), 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? Jacmel, Port-au-Prince), North America (New Orleans), Belgium (Binche, Malmedy, Eupen, Aalst, Stavelot, La Louvière), Holland (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 (fete des chats -Ypres-, holy week -Lessines-, Lumecon -Mons-, fete 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 Enna, Prizzi, Caltanissetta Tarante, Easter Madonna che Scappa in Sulmona, Fiesta dei Serpari in Cocullo), many festivals in Japan (a great country for festivals!), Pesola (Sumba), Niger (Guerewol), Mongolia (Naadam and 1000 camels festival), Nepal (Indra Jatha), India (), Ethiopia (Timkat at Lalibela), Peru (Fiesta de la Virgen in Paucartambo, Q'eswachaca, Qoylluri'ti, Inti Raymi, Corpus Christi)...

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 neighbouring countries in Europe near France, the ones where I went more than 2x : Nepal (11x), China (incl Tibet)(11x), Japan (5x), Mongolia (3x), Myanmar (3x), India (10x),PNG/Irian Jaya (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), top of Africa (Kilimandjaro), top of South East Asia (Mount Kinabalu), coldest inhabited place (Oimaykon, Sakha Republic), 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 (Bouvet), most remote inhabited island (Pitcairn), some very remote islands (Kerguelen, Iles Eparses, Peter 1st island, South Sandwich islands), intersection of Equator & Greenwich meridian (Rolas island)_

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SOUTHERN EUROPE

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1988 1988
1988 1988
1980 1980
1996 1996
1996 1996
1996 1996
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1996 1996
1980 1980
1995 1995
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2006 2006
Don't remember Don't remember
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
2003 2003
2003 2003
1990 1990
2007 2007
2007 2007
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
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980

WESTERN EUROPE

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2018 2018
2018 2018
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1997 1997
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1987 1987
Don't remember Don't remember
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
1980 1980
2000 2000
2016 2016
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
1990 1990
2006 2006
1987 1987
1987 1987
1987 1987
Don't remember Don't remember
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
1995 1995
1994 1994
1981 1981
1994 1994
1996 1996

NORTHERN EUROPE

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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
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2017 2017

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2005 2005
2005 2005
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2014 2014
1990 1990
2014 2014
1980 1980
1980 1980
2005 2005
2002 2002
2002 2002
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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

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2005 2005
1985 1985
2001 2001
2014 2014
2008 2008

CENTRAL ASIA

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1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999
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2004 2004
2004 2004
1999 1999
1999 1999
1999 1999

EASTERN ASIA

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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
Don't remember Don't remember
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
1984 1984
1984 1984
2006 2006
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
2008 2008
2008 2008
2005 2005
1999 1999
1999 1999
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1984 1984
1998 1998
1998 1998
1998 1998
1983 1983
1983 1983

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1999 1999
1999 1999
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
1986 1986
2005 2005
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1995 1995
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2006 2006
2001 2001
2001 2001
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
1994 1994
1994 1994
1994 1994
2014 2014
1993 1993
1993 1993
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
1986 1986
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1986 1986
Don't remember Don't remember
1988 1988
1980 1980
1988 1988
1980 1980

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2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1989 1989
2015 2015
2014 2014
Don't remember Don't remember
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
Don't remember Don't remember
2018 2018
2017 2017
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1981 1981
1981 1981

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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
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1997 1997
1997 1997
Don't remember Don't remember
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
1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2004 2004
1998 1998
1989 1989
1989 1989
1998 1998
1989 1989

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1987 1987
1980 1980
2007 2007
1988 1988
1980 1980
1980 1980
1988 1988
1995 1995
1995 1995
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1980 1980
Don't remember Don't remember
1980 1980
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1980 1980
1985 1985
1985 1985
1989 1989
1989 1989
1989 1989
1989 1989

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1992 1992
1992 1992
1981 1981
1981 1981
2002 2002
2002 2002
1986 1986
1992 1992
2006 2006
1986 1986
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
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

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1980 1980
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
2017 2017
2017 2017
2002 2002
2002 2002
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1989 1989
2012 2012
2012 2012

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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
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

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1989 1989
2011 2011
1993 1993
2011 2011
1991 1991
1991 1991
2010 2010
2010 2010