New7Wonders of the World

July 1, 2007, Munich

Almost four months have passed since my last Blog entry in March, when we concluded the New7Wonders World Tour in New York. Four months that brought me back to do "homework" on my computer and follow up with the world via Internet. This is very hard for me, because I am an "in-field" person. I like to be out there, working together with people producing things, rather then sitting in my office and writing. This feels like being back at
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March 15, 2007, Montreal, Canada

This is my final entry in the New7Wonders World Tour Blog, with some additional thoughts. I will use the blog later to write more about this fantastic adventure and about the many different and fascinating people we have met during this trip of a lifetime. It was such a privilege to be able to travel with the New7Wonders campaign and its positive message that allowed me to find many “soul brothers and sisters” all over the world, and I feel an
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March 5-7, 2007, New York

One extraordinary experience that was part of the World Tour was that each time a governmental or official national entity failed to understand or underestimated the importance of the N7W campaign, miraculously, individuals stepped up and gave us whatever they where able to contribute in a most philanthropic way! So did Living Liberty, Jennifer Stewart, the performance artist who portrays the Statue of Liberty. She donated her full day to the N7W event, starting at 7 am in the freezing
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February 25-27, 2007, Chichen Itza and Mexico City, Mexico

The balloon crate had arrived on time in “Mayaland.” Our trip was direct from Lima to Merida and Chichen Itza via Mexico City. During the flight from Mexico City to Merida, I noticed with surprise how close nature is to this mega-city of Mexico, with two gigantic volcanoes poking out of the clouds as near as an hour’s drive away. And as we finished crossing over the Gulf of Mexico, the shoreline of Yucatan was another surprise, with crystal azure
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February 18-22, 2007, Machu Picchu

It is quite a trip from Lima, the capital of Peru to Machu Picchu. To start with, it is an hour's flight up to the most beautiful, ancient city of Cusco – the capital of the ancient Incan empire. This is a sudden shift from practically 0 meters altitude, or sea level, by the Pacific to an elevation of 3,400 meters! Yes, it made the hearts of every N7W World Tour team member beat strongly. From there, it is a
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February 12-15, 2007, Easter Island, Chile

The flight from Santiago to Easter Island is almost as long as a Trans-Atlantic flight from Europe to North America. The comfort of LAN Chile was almost surreal! I had expected to fly with some old noisy prop machine over the blue of the Pacific, but no nostalgia - LAN Chile brought us there in the most comfort that we had experienced on our World Tour so far. On Easter Island, we were again greeted at the arrival lounge by colorful
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February 9-11, 2007, Santiago de Chile

On our second stop in Latin America, the media interest increased dramatically - about 15 TV crews and photographers were waiting and greeting us in the arrival hall of Santiago International airport … this must be how a victorious sports team feels when it arrives back home! After two hours of interviews and photos at the airport, we were driven to our most comfortable Sheraton hotel. The press conference on the next day was also a World Tour first: a tele-conference linking
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February 7, 2007, Rio de Janeiro

Again, this time in Rio de Janeiro, we had to call on our weather god. The day before our event on Corcovado, it was raining heavily. We made good use of the time by preparing carefully with the great team at the Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau, headed up by Paulo Senise and working closely with Savio Neves, whose official title is the Director of the Corcovado Train – he is the one who runs the monument. A very detailed plan
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January 24, 2007, Egypt

Only so much for all the readers of my blog, especially the Egyptian readers: I have buried the official (handmade) New7Wonders certificate of candidacy for the Pyramids of Giza in an airtight tube in a sand dune closest to the pyramids, for someone to find (like a "message in the bottle"). I would especially encourage the Egyptian people, children and adults, to try to find it so that it stays in Egypt rather then be taken out of the country
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January 17, 2007, the Dead Sea, Jordan

Speaking of discovery …the last day of our visit, we were taken to the splendid Mövenpick resort on the Dead Sea: If you have thought that you’d experienced all physical sensations as a child growing up, well try this: Floating on the Dead Sea is an experience where every adult becomes a child again! It is like discovering a completely new sensation. The water has such density that our body literally lies ON top of the water. Trying to do
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