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Saturday, January 15 2005

5 month, 24 days

London, England

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.

"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.

Land Rover 13,899km

Trekking 243km

Ferry 504km

Train 150km

Other cars, taxis, bus, Audi 2,807km

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. > journey > europe > england > 20050115-london

Dublin to London in search for a Trailer

Map: UK.

On 15th of Dec we take the ferry from Larne (in Northern Ireland) to Kirkcolm (Scotland). We go down south in zigzag searching for ex-military Sankey trailers.

They're widely sold in the Midlands and we want to get a good idea of what's on the market.

Sankey trailer
This is a Sankey trailer.

On 16th once more we pass the Yorkshire Dales first to Burley near Ilkley in West Yorkshire (Jake Wright), then south to Misson near Doncaster in South Yorkshire (L. Jackson). On the 17th we see Witham SV in Colsterworth, Lincolnshire and later in the day Craddock's in Cannock, Staffordshire to.

Our efforts are worth it, we get to see a great many trailers of varying conditions.

Later in January we would decide against buying a trailer. The Land Rover already has 3 axles and that would just have to be enough for now.

Christmas and New Year in London

Jon's the one on the left.

18th we reach London. We first stay with Claudia till the 25th. 19th is my birthday. 21st I meet Stephen and Jon again (both I got to know while walking the West Highland Way in August). 23rd I meet Simon and Mathias and later Richard, friends from my time as a trader. Christmas goes by, not a non-event.....

25th I go down to Brighton, never seen it that quiet. On 26th Heidi and I move out of Claudia`s. She's a witch.

On 27th we see WHW-Jon's cover band SEP playing Sex-Pistols in the Molly Malone's Pub in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Jon's loud Telecaster driven sound is refreshing after those dull Christmas days. We enjoy a great evening.

From 28th onwards we stay on the Abbey Woods campground in London. Arranging and rearranging stuff is the name of the game. We enjoy fine weather and spend most days outdoors moving stuff around between the Land Rover and the Audi - the idea being whatever comes to rest in the Audi in the end will move back to Austria eventually.

New Year Eve, we cook pasta and enjoy a few Carlsbergs and 2 bottles of red. Spending all our time outside gives us a great sense of freedom.

Those days should rank amongst the best Heidi and I have enjoyed during our trip.

rearranging stuff, Zu viel Zueg
Too much gear ...
rearranging our stuff
Heid on top of Land Rover

3rd of Jan we are leaving for Roydon, Essex to have the Land Rover serviced by Foley SV. But only after we spend another day or so rearranging stuff.

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At Foleys

Land Rover at Foley
Getting it ready for Africa.
Stronger springs, new suspension
New springs/suspension.
A Rollbar, if it saves your life it is worth the money.
Sand Ladders mouted
Sand ladders mounted.

A variety of things are being done: Apart from a general overhaul, suspensions/springs are being fixed, additional fuel and water tanks fitted, the roof rack strengthened, a roll-bar mounted, sand ladder and high-lift jack mounts fitted and a couple of other smaller things undertaken.

Leaving the LR behind we move to London, Bayswater where we find cheap accommodation. During day light we are busy researching Africa in bookstores, getting information from embassies and receiving a lot of vaccinations in the British Airways travel clinic on Piccadilly.

In evenings we are enjoying the city life with frequent visits to cinemas, museums and exhibitions (the Wildlife Photographer of the Year show in the Natural History Museum should be noted here), restaurants (especially we like London's curry-houses from Bayswater to Brick Lane) and pubs wherever we can find them.

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Again Austria and the Fuji Finepix S3 Pro.

and it's cold - down to minus 15 degrees. Ice-age?

Heid,town hall Ice rink
Vienna, the ice rink
Heid,town hall Ice rink
... trying my S3 ...

Vienna Townhall
Vienna, the town hall.

Monday the 17th we leave for Austria with Heidi's Audi packed up to the roof with all the gear we would not need for the "real" trip (that unfortunately includes my beloved bike - I have not used it much recently - I will do more walking instead in the future).

A couple of days in Bludenz followed by 2 weeks and a bit in Vienna.

A new passport, international drivers license and vehicle certificate (the prime reasons for coming back) are organised quickly.

On the equipment front I finally get myself to invest in a Fuji DSLR FinePix S3 pro. I'll report about this in the equipment section in due course. For now it's just too many new buttons, RAW or JPEG, white balance ..., that's a bit complicated.

I should be back in London on 9th of Feb, Heidi has a flight the day after. I hope to take over the LR soon thereafter and test it. If things go ok I should be back on the road by 12th of Feb to France and Spain and eventually Morocco.

Will Heidi be with me? That is a tough one. It has not been going well recently.

Heidrun in Vienna, first trying the FinePix
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