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Hamburg, What a city!

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Monday, August 02 2004

1 week, 4 days

Hamburg, Germany

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.

km 2,494

Travel Blog

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"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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After 5 days still in Hamburg

Map: Germany.

I knew Berlin. But Hamburg is even better. What a great town. In one league with NY or London or Paris.

Kathrin, Beach Club
Kathrin, Beach Club.

Is's happening and they just let it happen, really relaxed. Laid back, young folk all around. Whether that's in Alster Perle, Elbe Beach Club, Schanze (Schulterplat), St. Pauli, or the Fish Market at 5 a.m. in the morning.

Kathrin in St. Pauli
Kathrin, St.Pauli.
Anja's feet
This is Hamburg!
Anja
Anja, Alsterperle.
Christian
Christian, Schanze.
Markus Gucciterror
Gucciterror.
Boys and beers
Boys and beers.
Kathrin and Isabel
Kathrin and Isabel.
me...
later.

Kerstin
Oh what consequences.....

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Hamburg fish market

Just before dawn till late after sunrise.

Bar near market
Bar near market
Disco in market
Market Sunrise BW

Later tourists and those still here from the night before mingle into a bizarre mixture.

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Lübeck, Timmendorfer Strand and St. Peter Ording

Luebeck
Lübeck Impressions.

A superb weekend and I met many of Kathrin's friends.

I leave for Lübeck where in an Internet Cafe I nearly manage to burn my lap-top with a stupid candle on the table. Who needs a candle in an internet cafe.

Computer still works. Now carries my brand mark.

Timmendorfer Beach
Idyllic, not for me.

Timmendorfer Strand is boring. I head for Kiel which does not inspire me either.

Next morning I make my way along Nordsee/Ostsee Canal to St. Peter Ording where I tour the beaches' dunes for a couple of hours on bike.

Hungry as I am around lunch time and on the road since around 6 in the morning I enjoy a beer for "breakfast". This looked like the healthiest option

Most people have sausage (you can choose between Currywurst and Hot-Dog) and Frikadelle with fries with mayonnaise.

It is mostly Germans that come to this holiday resort. I enjoy cruising the dunes, swimming in the sea is a pleasure, it's warm, just really crowded.

But I have other things on my mind and finish off my little adventure to Shleswig Holstein. I leave for Hamburg for another happening at Alster Perle with Kathrin, Toshi, Markus, and many others.

Nordsee/Ostsee Kanal
Nordsee/Ostsee Kanal.
Beer for lunch
Beer for lunch, Peter Ording.

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Leaving Hamburg

Wednesday morning I leave Hamburg for good, take the Elbe Ferry boat at Glückstadt, then further to Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Jever where I spend the night.

Next morning, watch the sunrise in Ost Friesland and I drive slowly along its coast, cross the Rhine later in early afternoon. I am in Holland.

On Elbe Ferry Boat
Elbe ferry.
Close-up on Elbe Ferry

Land Rover and Fish Cutter
Cuxhaven, fish cutter.
Land Rover and Fish Cutter, a wide-angle-shot with the Nikon
a wide angle shot with the Nikon.

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