Dr. Thomas E Muller

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Dr. Thomas E Muller

Age: 79
Enlaces:    INTERVIEW 2017
Miembro desde:  2017-04-30
Última vez visto en: Australia – Queensland – South (Brisbane, Rockhampton, Toowoomba)
on 2019-06-25
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Bio

Pozornost prosím

Návštěvníci si také mohou přečíst můj profil v češtině. Použijte prosím tento odkaz:   http://www.muzeumbohdalice.cz/muller.html

[On my map, GREEN denotes Nomad Mania regions already visited]

TRAVEL IS IN MY GENES. How so? I'm basing this claim on the 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.

Soon after, 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 permanent resident of Australia but have not abandoned my Czech roots.

Although formally trained with a PhD in experimental cognitive psychology and behavioural decision-making, my scientific research eventually led me to study the travel psychology and travel choices of seniors and ageing post-WWII Baby Boomers in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Still, 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 able to read three others) helped me open mental windows on people wherever I travel; 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 the geophysical aspects of Earth. I want to persuade people to thoroughly sense---TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL, SEE, and HEAR---the only planet they will ever visit. This is why my personal 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 on man-made borders.

Eventually, this idea matured into 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 degrees of latitude by 10 degrees of longitude quadrant (or section) where there was land to stand on. And, today, we have the KYE list of 434 geographical quadrants that members can visit and try to complete as a travel goal.

Let's exchange thoughts about this new approach to travel coverage, either on the Nomad Mania website, 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 Sister 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. Yet, it is truly international. 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 Antarctic research station has a fire fighting service because wooden structures and facilities are like tinder and quickly can 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, Antarctica is 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 434 geographic slices.

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