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Republic of Guinea, République de Guinée.

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About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, 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.

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.

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Won Tan Naara, On est ensemble. We are together.

How many times have I heard this, coming from deep inside a Guinean's heart.

Whereas the official motto is: Travail, Justice, Solidarité.

And there is another one - on school books you find:

Education: Pertinance, Equité, Competence.

Map of Guinea.

Colors of Guinean Highlights.

Pictures link to stories!

Dance, Percussion, Competition in the Centre Culturelle Franco Guineen, La Guinee, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Dance and Percussion Competition, Conakry, Apr2008.
Bofe Camara from Ballet Sanke, La Guinee, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Bofe on Kassa, Conakry, Apr2008.
Fatoumata Kamissoko, La Guinee, RFI festival, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Fatoumata Kamissoko, La Guinée, RFI Festival, Conakry, Dec2007.
Fode Baro, magigal voice, RFI festival, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Fode Baro, a week with RFI, Conakry, Dec2007.
Mamady Keita, honoured at the Djembe d'Or festival, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Mamady Keïta, honoured at the Djembe d'Or, Conakry, Guinea|Guinee.
Doundoun drumming girl, opening of Djembe d'Or festival, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Doundoun drumming girl opening of the Djembe d'Or, Conakry, Guinea|Guinee.
Babani Kone, Djembe d'Or festival, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Babani Kone on the Djembe d'Or, Conakry, Guinea|Guinee.
Yelika from Ballet Sanke, jumps at performance on Island Of Casa Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Yelika (Ilira), Ballet Sanke performing on Island of Kassa, Conakry, Guinea|Guinee.
Sayon Camara Cissoko, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Sayon Camara, Cissoko, Conakry, Guinea.
Boy on logs, Medina Wora, northern Guinea|Guinee, Bamako to Koundara, via Fouta Djallon.
Boy, Fouta Djallon, Guinea.
Women northern Guinea|Guinee, Bamako to Koundara, via Fouta Djallon.
Muslim Women, Fouta Djallon, Guinea.
Guinea|Guinee, Bamako to Koundara, via Fouta Djallon.
Doyen, Kouroukoro, Guinea.
Guinea, Conakry to Mali, Bamako.
Bush fires, Guinea, Conakry to Mali, Bamako.
Guinea, Conakry to Mali, Bamako.
Taxi, Transport, Guinea, Conakry to Mali, Bamako.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Mamady Keïta,National Percussion Competition, Guinea, Conakry.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
National Percussion Competition, Guinea, Conakry.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
The Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea, Conakry.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Impressions from the National Percussion Competition, Guinea, Conakry.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea|Guinee, Conakry.
Impressions from the Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea, Conakry.
Cloe and Yarie, Ballet Sanké, Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea, Conakry.
Cloe and Yarie after the show, Guinea, Conakry.
Ballet Sanké, Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea, Conakry.
Ilira and Bofe from Ballet Sanké at the Concours National de la percussion, Guinea, Conakry.
3 girls, Doundounba, Guinea, Conakry.
3 girls at a Doundounba, Guinea, Conakry.
Doundounba, Guinea, Conakry.
Doundounba, a wedding in Conakry, Guinea.
Ballet Sanké, Conakry.
Lansine, djembée, percussion, Ballet Sanké, Conakry.
Ballet Sanké, Conakry.
Jeanne Macauley, Ballet Sanké, Conakry.
Ballet Sanké, Conakry.
Ballet Sanké, rehearsing, Conakry.
Cultivation inside the jungle, Macenta.
Cultivation inside the jungle, red palm oil and white wine of raffia, Siafata, Macenta.
Mask at dusk, Macenta.
Mask at dusk, Macenta.
Washing Clay, Macenta.
Washing clay, Macenta.
Climbing Mount Nimba.
Climbing Mount Nimba.
Grinding Manioc leaves.
Grinding manioc leaves.
Madou, protegee.
Madou.
Accidents on Guinean roads.
Many accidents on Guinean roads..

Entering from Guinea Bissau in April 2008. 3rd time back. Is this the last time?

Back in October to December 2007.

November and December 2006.

Three weeks after I had left the country (2nd week in Jan 2007) a nationwide indefinite strike was underway, wich left hundreds dead.

It was all too peaceful when I was there -- with just rumors that something was in the making.

Else

  • Links - gathered while in the country.

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Highlights. Images are linked to the story behind.

Cloe Aminata Soumah from Ballet Sanke rehearsing, Conakry Guinea|Guinee.
Cloe, Ballet Sanke. Apr2008
Fode Baro, RFI festival, Conakry Guinea|Guinee, also Fatoumata Kamissoko.
Fode Baro, a week with RFI. Dec2007
Djembe d'Or Music Awards, Conakry Guinea|Guinee, with Jeannot Jean Baptiste Williams, Mamady Keita, Babani Kone, Missia Saran, Fatoumata Kamissoko, Kabakoudou, Grand Devise.
Djembe d'Or, Conakry. Nov2007.
Sayon Camara, Conakry Guinea|Guinee, also performance of Ballet Sanke.
Sayon Camara, Guinea. Nov2007.
Doyen, Sotikemo, Kouroukoro, Guinea, link to journey of Fouta Djalon, northern Guinea|Guinee, Labe, Mali, Touba, Termesse, Koundara.
Fouta Djallon, northern Guinea. Oct2007.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea Conakry 2006.
Percussion Competition, Conakry Dec2006.
Doundounba or Dundunba, Guinea Conakry 2006.
Doundounba, Conakry Dec2006.
Ballet Sanké Guinea Conakry 2006.
Ballet Sanké, Conakry Dec2006.
Jacques and the start of the Guinea adventure, Mount Nimba, N'zérékoré Nov 2006.
Jacques, N'zérékoré Nov 2006.

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