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Caliban Guitarist Reveals His Favorite Travel Destinations

“We play a lot of shows, and we go to places and other countries and have the opportunity to have a free vacation,” Caliban guitarist Marc Gortz told Noisecreep when discussing about the most beneficial perk of being in a touring band. “We toured Asia and did six shows, but we spent 14 days over there. The promoters paid for the food, the flights and hotels. We got to see the world.” In honor of the fact that bands get to see the world while doing what they love, we asked Gortz what places he’d love to visit — whether during the band’s existence or on his own dime — in the future.

“I would like to go to China, since I have not been there,” Gortz said. “Who does not want to go to Hawaii? Or even Mexico. We have never been there. We’ll see if it happens with the band, or I will go by myself. As for the places I have already been and seen, the most special was Malaysia. The traditions were nice, and I liked all the temples we visited. It was amazing. Australia was impressive because of how beautiful the nature is there. And in California, we went to the beach, so that was fun.”

We also asked Gortz to play travel ambassador for his native Germany. “I am from West Germany,” he said. “Where I live, there is a lot of industry, as well as shut down industries. But you can visit museums in Cologne and see the Dome, and if you travel to the middle, you can go visit castles. I know a lot of tourists go to castles in the countryside.”

And, of course, Oktoberfest is also a big tourist attraction. “Most Americans go to Bavaria to Oktoberfest and get drunk,” Gortz said. “Everyone in the world knows Germany for those two things, and I have never been there. I don’t drink, but even if I did, I don’t like Bavaria too much. The older people who live there are so traditional and old fashioned. I have friends there, but the traditions are different. They are very religious. West Germany is not so religious.”

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