2015 / 03 Just some little news

In April 2015 it will be five years since I have returned to Switzerland after 11 years n Libya. I am still deeply interested in all “desert things” but have to admit that the focus has shifted a bit away from North Africa – not at least to the difficulties a traveler has to face in these countries in the recent years… I am looking a bit more after vintage aircraft now – which is also very interesting. However; based on the successful 2013-experience we have planned to bring our old Ford model A (1930) again to the Sahara in April and get some sand under its tyres

Regarding new publications: We are still working on “low flame” on Force E but it does not look like it would be published already in 2015. There is obviously too much distraction by family, other projects and job (I mean that one job out of the many which brings the money to fund the others…)

One of our friends was more active and has published a new book (in German language) – you can find it here: > LINK: Flucht aus Tshikapa


We have got some very positive readers-reviews regardign our recent book Operation Salam on on Amazon. It is such feedback which encourages to publish these books. At this place we wish to thank all our readers who bought one (or several) of our books and provided us with their positive feedback. The reviews can be read here: > LINK: Reviews

29.03.2015 07:54 | Kuno Gross

2015 / 03 Ticino - San Salvatore

A weekend in March was used to get some relaxing days in Switzerland's southern part, the Ticino. We went to Lugano by train through the Gotthard and stayed in a hotel in the middle of the old city. I made several interesting observations: Against what you can permanently read and hear from media and “online comments” the staff of the hotel was really super-friendly and supportive to the guests. Second: There is probably not one spot in the whole old city of Lugano from where you cannot see the “green cross” of a pharmacy – no clue why they need so many of them. Third: I have never seen so many people with so many small (really small) dogs as here in Lugano. And third: The nearby mountain “San Salvatore” is a truly amazing spot – the 360 degree panoramic view jut knowcks you down. For those who are not really fit to walk up such mountain (ok, it is only something more than 900 m) – there is a step train going up. In short:A really enjoyable weekend.

29.03.2015 07:31 | Kuno Gross

2015 / 02 Egypt - the Nile Delta

I had some days time to “explore” the Nile-Delta in Egypt in Februray. Driving the trinagle Cairo-Alexandria-Port Said-Ismailia and back to Cairo. The trip was uneventful and pleasant. Beside the fact that the miitary is on alert on all strategic positions there were neither bothering roadblocks nor was any other unpleasant experience made durign that short journey. Unfortunately the weather was not really the way I wished it to be: There was a lot of wind and – consequentially- dust in the air. Therefore I have not seen a lot of the “Delta” and since we came in late at night I was not able to see the Suez-Channel although we drove parallel to it from Port Said down to Ismailia. And – after being for the fourth time in Cairo- I have finally managed to see the Pyramides from close distance. A more than impressive view and experience.

29.03.2015 07:18 | Kuno Gross

2015 / 01 Aman - Hedjaz Railways

The Hedjaz Railways became famous by the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”. And it still exists today. If you should be once in Amman then have a look at the old railway station and the museum – in fact, the workshops could also be considered a museum… some of the equipments dates back to 1913 (and is still in working condition).

17.01.2015 11:52 | Kuno Gross