Hello and Grüezi
I am Lukas from Swiss, welcome on my page.
I became a nomad at an early age, when I left my little 200 soul village to start my apprenticeship for becoming an organic farmer at the age of 16 years. Since then I moved almost every year to another place.
Later followed another apprenticeship: wildlife animal keeper or zoo keeper. Sounds more exciting than it is. Mostly it’s just about cleaning cages. But the fascinating part of it is your own tie to animals and nature. And that’s me.
It is a huge part of my life. Just to be in nature. To make pictures. To relax. To breath the fresh air, listen to the sound of a running stream, the singing of the birds, the howling wind. Embrace the energy that those places have. Let me take you on a journey of my stories, let you see and feel my travels, carry you off into the wilderness of nature and life itself.
When I started a blog for my second travel, I was thinking about a suitable name.
The English version of my name Lukas is Luke.
And I considered myself to be a very lucky being, to be able to travel and also loved the stories of the lonely comic cowboy hero “Lucky Luke” in my childhood. I was off to another adventure, alone, only my backpack and a big portion of luck above me. I thought it matches perfectly.
When i introduced myself to people in Asia as Lukas, the most common answer came like that:
“Ah! Like George Lucas!”
And when i introduced myself as Luke: “Ah! Like Luke Skywalker!”
Either way, we ended up at Star Wars. So I explained, that i am more a jungle walker, since I spend a lot of time hiking and walking in nature, et viola: Luke Junglewalker was born.
And I love to be that guy ever since.
I have always been a restless being. Patience is yet something to fully master in my life.
The first tour was in Australia and New Zealand in 2005/2006. I worked on my uncles farm for 5 months and hitchhiked 3 months through New Zealand. Second, or first big travel, started in summer 2009. I left with my best friend to Asia for a year and returned home after that time, although it felt wrong. Back, I had to learn what “itchy feet” means. I longed to leave again. There was more out there to see, more to experience. I booked my next flight back to Asia in summer 2011, worked in Cambodia in a wildlife rescue station for a year, before I returned once more to home in spring 2013. I didn’t stay long. Before winter I was in a plane again. Again back to Asia. I travel slowly and i am stubborn.
I am not on a race, I take my time if I have the feeling to do so.
That trip lasted two and half a year in the end. I truly developed a deep passion for nature photography and found more and more my true soul, what had a deep impact in my travel style (if there was any). I followed more and more national parks, checked guidebooks for unpopular places, empty stretches on maps: that’s where I and my tent would end up.
I lived for months in my tent, under bridges, on mountains, at lakes, rivers, public pavilions, I even camped in a city like Fukuoka in Japan on the ruins of the samurai castle, showered in rivers, in the sea, public sport areas or used a hose behind a public bathroom.
I follow my heart, go wherever I feel like, slowly on the move, finding national parks and animals on the way. That adds sometimes big detours to my travels, if I intend, with poor information from the internet, to find a certain animal somewhere in an area where i have no idea how to get there.
Just buy food and hitchhike towards my goal.
I truly started to developed my passion when I worked in Cambodia as an animal keeper on a wildlife rescue station. We were situated just next to a national park and had countless of birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of any kind as visitors. I actually never had more than a little Nikon coolpix camera, but took the camera to the limit. Birds were off limits for that, but I found plenty of smaller animals that would suit. Sometimes I caught them, because when I came too close, they ran away. I was always curious about any kind of animals, love trees, sunsets, landscapes. I’m not much of a human photographer. In January i finally bought a camera with a larger zoom, so birds are also in the focus now. Please visit my gallery were I display some of my favorite photos.