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In Vienna, Back from Poland

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Tuesday, July 13 2004

Vienna, Austria

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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Saturday I'll leave. - Maybe.

Map: trip to Poland.

Not bad, about 2.000km in Piotr's old Volvo in 4 days. From Vienna over Brno (Czech Republik) via Cesky Tesin (border) to Krakow where we spent our first evening. Next day north via Warsaw to a place called Kraina Westernu Sarnowa Gora, 70km north west from Warsaw.

There we met many of Piotr's friends Kasia, Andrzej, Ryszard, Wojciech, Keith, Tomasz, Beata, Marta, Maciej and many others. Kraina Westernu is a Western Town and Western Horse Riding project by Andrzej and Wojciech which is beeing built on some 20 hectares of former farmland. It is probably going to open in spring 2005 but already a lot of work has been done and the results do look impressive with regards to style and atmosphere.

Of course Piotr and I had our horse riding lesson from Beata whereas Wojciech took care that we always had enough Vodka in our glasses.

Honey vodka
Andrzej, Ryszard, Piotr and Honey Vodga.
Piotr Kasia
Piotr, Kasia and Honey Vodga.
Kraina Westernu
Kraina Westernu.
lots of dogs
lots of dogs - and Honey Vodga.
ms and Piotr
me and Piotr.
Piotr Ryszrad and wife
Ryszard, wife, Piotr and Honey Vodga.
the ladies
the ladies.
outside and dogs
Kasia, Piotr and the dogs.
Andrzej Ryszard and wife
Andrzej, Ryszard, Piotr and Honey Vodga.
Ryszard and Keith
Andrzej, Ryszard, Piotr and Honey Vodga.
stables
Stables of Kraina Westernu.
Wojciech and dogs
Wojciech and dogs.
Piotr Kasia and friend
Piotr, Kasia and friend and Honey Vodga.
in side
Ryszard, wife, Kasia and Honey Vodga.
and more of the dangerouse spririt
And more of dangerous Honey Vodga.
It's tough to drink with the Poles
It's tough to drink with the Poles.

After two days we left heading south via Warsaw to Kazimierz Dolny an old trade town on the Wisla river. Next stop Sandomierz and then further to the holiday resort of Zakopagne in the Tatra mountains. Back to Vienna via Slovakia.

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