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Thomas Buechler

1281    UN    Quality
 

Thomas Buechler

Age: 60
Links:  INTERVIEW 2017
Member since:  2012-06-19
Overall rank:

18

Scores:
972
NM1281
193
UN
237
UN+
276
TCC
755
WHS
KYE
644
MTP

Bio

My very first trip abroad was by bike to Luino on the Italian side of the Lago Maggiore, followed by a month long trip of Western Europe with the infamous Interrail trainticket from Rovaniemi near the Polar Circle to France and Spain. In September 1980 I started the first trip outside of Europe, from Weggis in Switzerland all the way by train to Beijing, via Austria, the Czech Republic at that time still Czeckoslovakia, Poland, the Soviet Union, plus an endless journey across Siberia, passing quite a few birch trees on the way, but had also some interesting stops in Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, and on Lake Baikal. We finally arrived in Beijing with a 48 hours delay. Visited the Peoples Republic of China with a Friendship Tour Group that made it possible to visit factories, collective farms, hospitals and schools that were otherwise off limitis to tourists. China at that time was a model country for the Third World and how to create a new socialist world, and we enjoyed this educational trip in the good care of Miss Mao, our lovely tour guide! Hongkong was the exit point and came as a sheer surprise with its flashing neonlights and capitalist market economy in sharp contrast of what we have just seen in the Motherland!No more railway connections available, we moved on to the Philippines by plane, and met there in Manila a Swiss professor who was kind enough to show us around; we discovered places like Vigan, Camiguin Island, Cebu and Boracay with its pristine white sand, without knowing that these islands would play an important role in my future life. I was so impressed by the hospitable, lovely and entertaining nature of the Filipinos, that later on I decided to come back and make this place of 7107 islands my country of choice .But for now I had to move on, and I remember that on the day the Pope landed in Manila, I flew to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, then visits to Kuching, Singapore, the Perenthian Islands in Malaysia etc. Moved on to Bangkok with its hot nightlife, then 7 days in Myanmar, enought to see Pagan and Mandalay, that was March 1981.Then we had our 300 dollars Biman Ticket and demanded all the stopovers possible en route to Amsterdam, and that was Rangoon, Dacca and Bombay. In Bangladesh I rembember that we attended the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Independance, on 26th March 1981, Yassar Arafat was there as guest of Honour, I made lots of photos of the presidential baldaquin, and upon returning to Switzerland a few days later found out that the Bengali president, Ziaur Rahman, was assasinated, suddenly my pictures became interesting for the newspapers..and I entered the world of journalism! Was assigned in La Valetta, Malta to write about this tiny nation's interesting first move on tourism development. Articles about its economy and China's growing influence on this strategically important island followed .Libya was also a major player there and supplied its neighbour Malta with cheap oil.1981 when the first snow came, I moved back to the Philippines where I found work in the tourism industry as manager of a lovely beach resort, then as tour guide for a Swiss travel agency.But with Marcos in his final years, the People's Power revolution, and the political uncertainty, tourism dropped a lot and I was jobless.But not for long.The Philippines with its long shoreline and endless beaches, its dense Rainforests and countless Coconuttrees has an huge amount of natural material, ideal for the production of Fashion jewelry.And thats exacly what I started to do, I designed my first collections, joined international trade fairs in Hongkong, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Milan and Paris, and contacted wholesellers and Chainstores in many countries all over the world. In this capacity, I visited in the 1980' and 1990' Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, the USA, some Carribean Islands, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, the Benelux countries, Scandinavia, Austria, Hungary and some more. But that was not the end. When I had 60 countries ticked off, it became a target to visit each single country on this planet at least once, and I was working hard to achieve it. Countless overland trips to Africa, South America, and Oceania followed .Real highlights were the 1000km journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu, the railway trip from Dakar in Senegal to Bamako in Mali and the Pays Dogon excursion, visits of different tribes in the Omo valley in southern Ethiopia and collective taxi trips across Madagascar, as well as an overland trip from Cairo to Khartoum along Lake Nasser, the train trip from Yaounde in Cameron to the border with Chad, then the 16000km by public bus from Ushuaia in Argentina to Caracas in Venezuela and a Beijing to Bangkok trip overland across China, Vietnam and Cambodia.I have spent so many hours, days and even months in buses that I might be one of the most travelled bus passengers in the world . I travelled to all 193 UN countries, the last one was beautiful Namibia in October 2016.Plus 3 "quasi" states that are not members of the UN, the Vatican, Kosovo and Taiwan.Plus 2 former UN states that dont exist any longer, the German Democratic Republic and the former Socialist Democratic Republic of Yemen. Another task on my bucket list is visiting Unesco world heritage sites where I am currently among the top 5 on the list of www.worldheritagesite.org. with 710 sites visited.

Series scores

Geography

Rank: 7
Score: 882

Urban

Rank: 8
Score: 1507

Transport

Rank: 2
Score: 1672

Intellectual

Rank: 8
Score: 2287

Outdoors

Rank: 7
Score: 645

Mini-series

Rank: 7
Score: 732

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SOUTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2014
2004 2014
2010 2010
2004 2015
2004 2004
2014 2015
2015 2015
1992 2015
2004 2014
2015 2015
2015 2017
1982 2018
2014 2014
2014 2014
2003 2014
2011 2011
2011 2018
2018 2018
2014 2014
2011 2011
2000 2000
2018 2018
1976 2018
2011 2011
2011 2011
1981 1981
2011 2011
1978 1978
2011 2018
1978 1978
2012 2015
1978 2015
2011 2011
1988 1988
1978 2018
2008 2008
1981 2018
2010 2010
1981 1981
2011 2011
1988 2018
2015 2015
2010 2015
2004 2004
1994 2015
1979 2013
2004 2014
2010 2010
2007 2015
1984 1984
2017 2017
1984 2017
2017 2017
2010 2013
1978 1978
1988 2017
2015 2015
2015 2017
2011 2018
2011 2018
1984 1984
1986 1986
2010 2010
2012 2012
1976 1976
1996 1996
2010 2010
2010 2015
2010 2010
1988 1988
2012 2012
2015 2015
2010 2010
2010 2010
1976 2017
2012 2012
2010 2010
2010 2010
1987 1987
1990 2018
1990 2013
2007 2007
1978 1978

WESTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1985 1985
1986 2018
1976 2018
1981 2013
1977 1977
1977 1977
1976 2015
1974 2018
1976 1976
1989 2015
1974 1974
1977 1977
1974 1974
1974 2015
2008 2008
1974 2016
1974 1974
1986 2015
2010 2010
1988 1988
1974 1974
1976 2015
1989 2015
1974 1974
2011 2011
2005 2005
1976 2015
1974 2018
1974 1974
1973 2018
1973 2018
1979 2018
1979 2018
2010 2010
1976 2016
1984 2015
1976 2015
2010 2010
1988 2016
1988 1988
1988 1988
1990 1990
1990 2015
1976 2016
1979 2015
2017 2017
1998 2017
2017 2017
1978 2018
1979 1979
1978 2015
1988 2017
2010 2010
2010 2010
1988 2015
1968 2018
1958 2018
1977 2018
1975 2018
1973 2018
2011 2011
2011 2011
2018 2018
2013 2013
2013 2013
1977 2018
2013 2013
2013 2018
1990 2018
2011 2018
2013 2013
2013 2013
2018 2018
2017 2017
2013 2013
1998 2013

NORTHERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2017 2017
1976 2018
1988 2017
1976 1976
1976 1976
1976 1976
1976 1976
1976 1976
2018 2018
1987 2018
1987 2018
1976 1976
2009 2017
1976 2017
1990 2018
1976 2018
2018 2018
1976 1976
1976 1976
1976 2018

EASTERN EUROPE

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2006 2016
2016 2016
1980 2016
2018 2018
1990 2018
2018 2018
2005 2005
2013 2013
1980 2013
1994 2016
1998 1998
2016 2016
1984 2014
2008 2013
1984 2014
2006 2006
2016 2016
1998 2016
2016 2016
2006 2016
2006 2016
2005 2016
2016 2016
2013 2018
1980 1980
2016 2016
1980 2016
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
1985 2016
2013 2013
2016 2016
2016 2016
2016 2016
2013 2013
2014 2014
2014 2014
2012 2012
2012 2012
2014 2014
2012 2012
2014 2014
2012 2012
1980 1980
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2014 2014
2014 2014
2012 2014
2012 2014
2014 2014
2012 2012
2014 2014
2012 2012
2014 2014
1980 1980
2012 2012
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
1980 1980
2012 2012
2014 2014
2014 2014
2012 2012
2014 2014
1980 1980
2014 2014
1980 1980
2014 2014
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2011 2011
1985 1985
2011 2011
2005 2005
2005 2005
2016 2016
2005 2005
2016 2016
2016 2016

NORTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1980 1980
2014 2014
1980 1980
2014 2014
1980 1980
1980 1980

CENTRAL ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2015 2015
2003 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2003 2003
2003 2003
2003 2003
2003 2015
2015 2015
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2003 2003
2004 2004
2003 2003
2003 2003

EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1994 1994
2010 2010
1980 2017
1980 1980
2010 2010
2010 2010
1994 2015
2015 2015
2010 2010
1980 1980
1980 1980
2017 2017
2008 2008
2017 2017
2015 2015
1994 1994
2008 2008
2008 2008
1980 2017
1980 1980
1980 1980
2008 2008
2008 2008
2015 2015
1980 2015
1994 1994
2010 2010
2010 2010
2008 2008
2008 2008
1980 1980
2015 2015
2015 2015
1994 2015
1994 1994
1994 1994
1994 1994
1980 2015
2015 2015
1980 1980
2008 2008
1994 1994
1994 1994
2015 2015
2015 2015
2015 2015
2008 2008
2008 2008
2010 2010
2017 2017
1988 1988
2013 2013
2017 2017
2017 2017
1988 2013
1988 2017
1988 2017
2013 2018
2018 2018
2018 2018
2013 2013
2017 2017
2017 2017
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2018 2018
2011 2011
2011 2018
2011 2018
2018 2018
1985 2018
1980 2017
Don't remember 2017
1980 1980
1980 2017
2017 2017
1986 1986
1986 1986

WESTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
2004 2004
1988 1988
2013 2013
1996 2017
2013 2017
2014 2014
2013 2013
2013 2013
2004 2004
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2018 2018
2018 2018
2013 2013
2018 2018
1983 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
1983 1983
1983 1983
1983 1983
1994 1994
2005 2005
2005 2005
1989 2018
2014 2014
2014 2014
1989 2018
1983 2014
2002 2017
2017 2017
1993 1993
1983 1983
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2018
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
2013 2013
1999 2014
2009 2009
1992 2014
2009 2009
2009 2009
1999 1999
2009 2009
1992 1992
1992 1992
1992 1992

SOUTHERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2004 2004
2004 2004
1981 1981
1981 1981
1999 1999
2014 2014
2011 2011
2011 2011
2014 2014
2016 2016
2009 2009
2016 2016
2009 2009
2009 2016
2011 2011
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2016 2016
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
1982 1982
2016 2016
2011 2011
2009 2009
2011 2011
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2014 2014
2016 2016
2011 2011
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
1982 1982
2011 2011
2016 2016
2014 2014
2016 2016
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2009
2009 2016
1982 1982
1992 1992
2009 2009
1992 1992
1990 1990
1982 2012
2012 2012
1982 2012

SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1981 2012
2011 2011
1991 2018
1991 2018
2017 2017
2009 2009
2009 2012
2009 2009
2012 2012
2012 2012
1985 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2017 2017
2009 2009
2009 2009
2017 2017
2012 2017
1982 2017
1998 1998
1998 1998
2011 2011
1981 1981
2007 2012
1981 2012
1980 2017
2012 2012
2012 2012
1981 2017
1981 2012
1981 2014
1981 1981
2014 2014
1981 2014
2012 2012
2014 2014
1981 2014
1980 2018
1982 2013
1982 2018
1980 2018
1980 2013
1983 1983
1980 2015
1980 2015
1981 2017
1981 2018
2007 2007
2007 2017
1985 1999
2011 2011
1998 1998
2007 2007
1981 2013
2007 2007
2002 2002
2008 2008
2008 2014
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2014
2008 2014
1989 2014

NORTHERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
1979 1979
2016 2016
2016 2016
1979 2016
2016 2016
2016 2016
2000 2018
2018 2018
2000 2000
2010 2018
2010 2010
2000 2018
2010 2010
2018 2018
2010 2010
2013 2013
2012 2012
1997 2017
1997 2017
2012 2012
2012 2017
2012 2012
2010 2010
2010 2010
1979 1979
1979 1979
1979 2014
1979 1979
2015 2015

WESTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
1999 1999
1999 1999
2002 2002
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2010 2010
2002 2002
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2010 2010
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2011 2011
2011 2011
2011 2011
2012 2012
2012 2012
2012 2012
2008 2008
2012 2012
2012 2012
2002 2002
2002 2002
2002 2002
2010 2010
2010 2010
2008 2008
2008 2008

CENTRAL AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2008 2008
2008 2012
2008 2008
2008 2012
2008 2008
2008 2008
2013 2013
2008 2008
2015 2015
2015 2015
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008
2008 2008

EASTERN AFRICA

Region name First visited in Last visit in
2011 2011
2011 2011
1997 1997
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2015
2007 2007
2007 2007
2015 2015
2015 2015
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
2007 2007
1995 1995
2011 2011
2011 2011
2000 2013
2000 2000
2000 2000
1997 2013
2013 2013
1997 1997
1997 1997
2013 2013
1995 1995
2000 2013
2013 2013
2006 2006
2007 2007
2012 2012
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2000
2011 2011
2000 2000
2000 2000
2000 2013
2000 2013
2000 2000

SOUTHERN AFRICA

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