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Vienna, Vienna, Let's get married ...

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Saturday, September 23 2006

2 years, 2 month, 1 day

Vienna, Austria

About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.

Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.

During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.

ThisFabTrek, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Land Rover 47,076km

Trekking 313km

Ferry 730km

Train 150km

Other cars 17,578km

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm. > journey > europe > austria > 20060923-vienna

Destiny spills us back into Vienna.

Map: Down South, in a MB207.

We were close to being back on the road in the Land Rover.

On the road to Burkina Faso and further on to Ghana. A nice plan it was.

"But not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke," ... that came round by chain letter email just the other day.

Hasna is pregnant.


2 identical boys.

Due next year in March.

So we fly home on 6th of Aug and leave behind the Land Rover for the second time this year.

First to Morocco where we get a Visa.

Then on 12th further on to Marseille.

And then a train ride to Venice and finally Vienna.

Always in fear one of us (nothing dramatic in my case) could suffer a relapse of Malaria.

Malaria and pregnancy don't go well together.

Malaria never ever has shown up again. The Bamako treatment was successful.

And the babies seem to be well on their way, seem healthy.

And we are really happy about what's in the making, a family with 2 little boys.

What will it be like to travel with them in the Land Rover one day, in a few years time?

Just imagine ...

12th of September. we get married.

Hasna, Manfred, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Hasna, Manfred, Sep. 2006.
Hasna, Manfred, Vienna, Sep 2006.
pretty serious.
Hasna and Zohra, Sep 2006.
Hasna's mother Zohra in bg.
Hasna and Zohra, Sep 2006.
Hasna and mother Zohra.

Hasna close up, Sep 2006.
Close up, the way I like it.
Hasna, traditional Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
The bride.
Hasna, traditional Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Traditional kaftan.

Hasna, traditional Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Hasna and my nephew Marco.
Hasna, traditional Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
All done and signed.
Hasna, Manferd,  Vienna, Sep 2006.
Hasna, Manfred, Mirijam, Vienna, Sep 2006.
With Mirijam, my sister.
Hasna, Manfred, Miri, Charly, Vienna, Sep 2006.
with my sister and brother.
Hasna, Manfred, Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 2006.
with Michi and Sabine.
Hasna, Manfred, Peter, Sep 2006.
With Wobi
Wobi, Sep 2006.
Wobi, many thanks.
Hasna and mother Zohra, Sep 2006.
Hasna and Zohra after the ceremony.

Hasna, different Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Different kaftan.
Hasna, Sep 2006.
Another at close range.
Hasna, in a mirror, Sep 2006.
In a mirror.

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22nd of Sep. best friend Michael and Sabine get married

Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.
Michi, Sabine, Vienna, Sep 22, 2006.

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23rd of Sep. la fête de marriage.

Voici quelques images de la fête.

Hasna and Manfred, Hasna in traditional Kaftan, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Hasna and Manfred Vienna, Sep 2006.
Manfred, Hasna, Christian Vienna, Sep 2006.
With Christian.
Hasna, red light Vienna, Sep 2006.
Delegation of Hasna's family, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Delegation of Hasna's family.
Sylvia, Khadija, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Sylvia, Khadija, us in bg.
Suzanna, Zohra, Khadija, Hannah, Hasna, Somaya, Sylvia, Monika, Vienna, Sep 2006.
Suzanna, Zohra, Khadija, Hannah, Hasna, Somaya, Sylvia, Monika.
Suzanna, Zohra, Khadija, Hannah, Hasna, Somaya, Sylvia, Monika, Vienna, Sep 2006.
the same lot.

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The journey continues.

There is this song by the Foo Fighters. "I'll be coming home next year." A beautiful straight forward rock song.

It ends with something like "Say goodbye now/say goodbye now." A sad but really beautiful song.

Well the show goes on. Soon I'll be in Morocco, and then back in Mali, and back in Vienna next year for the birth of our two little boys.

Aren't dromedaries or camels the ultimate "Trek" animals? > journey > europe > austria > 20060923-vienna

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