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  • It’s time to get lost!

    August 24th, 2014


    after a quite exhausting year things finally worked out… So some of you already know but for the rest: I’m leaving the AIRBUS cosmos. I had a very cool year within the company – but after 4 years and 2 Jobs it is time for change. So at the end of the week I’ll have my last day and the new challenge will start at the 1.November.

    => It’s time to pack my stuff and getting LOST!


    I thought it might be the easiest solution to do so in Asia ;). So I will visit China, HongKong, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia :). I hope I will find the time to keep you posted – at least to upload on a regular bases some pictures.

    CU on the road!


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    Home sweet – oh I’m in Toulouse…

    May 24th, 2014


    just a little post with some pictures from the Pic du Midi which is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees…

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    Final Cuba selection

    April 27th, 2014

    Hey Guys,

    my final cuba selection of pictures is ready:

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    Cuba – where the present meets the past!

    April 1st, 2014

    Yea, with this quote cuba welcomed us and I would definitly agree that not very much in this country is state of the art. But lets start from the very beginning. It started a bit confusing due tot he fact that the envelope with my travel papers was demaged so most oft he staff was missing. The Air France checking lady insisted that I buy another touist card in Hamburg before I was allowed to check in – so i did. After I was through secuity I was able to contact the travel Agency which told me to buy another one for Stephanie as well due tot he fact that Toulouse don’t sell them. So 30min before take off I was running back to the entrance area an bought another tourist card and back to the terminal in 25min. That’s what I call a stressless start. Nevertheless, fhe Air France flight to Paris was delaid so I had to wait another 50min which leads to another run in Paris where I had 30min to reach the other airplane but beleave it or not – I made it. In Cuba the trouble was not realy ending but after 2,5 days we got all the papers and most dificult get another car… Finally we made it and started our tour through the island. Of cause I had my camera with me, even if the secuity on the Havanna Airport was very interessted in my stuff.


    Scound day driving and weh ad our first very special moment. We decided to drive a mountainary area. After some realy adventuras ups and downs there was a sign at the road which looks a bit like a construction sign. 100-200m later we recognized why. The whole survace was done new which lead to a very very slippery raod. We made it a for some more hundreds of meters – 2 wheels in the dird 2 wheels on the oily street until a big truck was coming down on our line. We stopped the Truck slided over the street – I already imagined how it crashed into us but the truck made it to the other side. Problem – it was so sleepery we weren’t able to go for one more meter. To sleepy to go up, to sleepy to go down again and everything with a chinese car called Geely. The Truck finally made it to start again and was turning. The Cuban guys on the truck tried to get our car up on the hill but no chance at all. So the only solution was that the truck had to pull us up but not on the street but right next to it. I remember the sentence: „You booked the full inshurance right?“ Of cause I have a picture of this:


    Weh ad to improvice a bit with a steel cable and the pulling device was of cause broken so we had to „repair“ it with a bit stone but at the end the truck and the Geely came up the hill and our cars wasn’t demaged at all and Stephanie got  her face colour back ;). I thought African Roads were bad but the differences in cuba for the same type of road mentioned in the map are realy huge. A red street in the cuban street guide could mean:

    • No Street at all where you can drive less than 5km/h and you have to fear that your car break down any minute
    • Road with holes so big and deep that your whole tire could fit into it. So you take not the left or right line to take the only survifable map.
    • Totally new road where you are able to drive 200km/h which isn’t of cause not allowed in Cuba and I think the Geely wasn’t able to do so as well.

    As wide as the street conditions are the posibility for acomunidation in Cuba. We mixed the stays of our Tour  between „Case paritculares“ which are kind of private organized hostals and 5* Hotels. Even 3 nights in a all inclusive club where included. Overall I have to say that all these kinds of stays have tehre advantages but also disadvantaces. I enjoied even the all inclusive days but that’s something I will do again when I’m fat and old (like the other guests).

    Of cause there is a picture gallery of Cuba – I will add some more in the next days:


    Back to Hong Kong

    April 1st, 2014

    Due the fact that Cuba isn’t really into internet here my delayed post to Hong Kong. Overall again a very awesome city.  I had not very much time to come around, nevertheless I had my camera with the ultra wide angle lens with me and completed my Hong Kong collection with this famous motive:


    Besides that, I was flying the first tome in my life A380. Yes I now it took me some time but Business Class Emirates A380 isn’t a bad start ;). People wrote a lot about the new flight experience oft he Boeing 787 which I cannot realy unterderstand if you mean new experience positive. Form e it was more a low light concerning compfort. The A380 is at least in the business class something realy new. It is so quiet that you do not even need ear plugs to sleep.

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    New York – New York

    April 1st, 2014


    I did it 😉 – took far too Long but here are some of ym New York Pictures…

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    Antelope Canyon

    February 1st, 2014


    as promissed some Pictures from Antelope Canoyn. If anybody is near by – you have to visit this – this is a must see.

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    Classical US Road Trip – Maybe not ;)

    January 29th, 2014


    as usual I’m far to late but I own you a small report as well as some pictures. Unusual I will start with the report and some small pictures. I hope I will finish the gallery at the weekend. But let’s start right from the beginning:

    After a small 15h flight from Hamburg over London to Phoenix I made my first credits by completing one of my ToDos from my LIST – making fun with a US security officer. As I thought they do not have to much humor – but at least I was not arrested. My wonderful tour guide, Melissa – I think one or two from you have heard of her, was waiting to pick me up. Due to the fact, that after 30h awake I still looked to good we decided to drive another 5-6h to…:
    A friend of a friend of Melissa had his 30th birthday so PARTY weekend in Vegas was the first stop and I learned a lot:

    • Melissa needs more sleep than I do *g*. First morning 7.00AM after 4h sleep – Melissa was sneaking back from toilet to bed. Sven: “GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE – READY FOR VEGAS?” I never saw somebody so disappointed, horrified and hopeless in one moment *gggg*
    • You can have endless discussions about if the dancer is a woman or a man even if SHE had only very little cloth on.
    • Drunk Canadian can come up with really deep thoughts like: “Man, in Canada there is a lot of bush in your face!” – His girlfriend added: “I think he means Canada is very scenic.” *gggg* But at least they had Vodka without any sweet sirup mixed and I’m very happy that I didn’t loose my eyesight!
    • Don’t wonder if you have to introduce yourself 4 times to the same guy during a weekend. It’s not you – it was his blood alcohol. Sven: “Dude, we know from yesterday” Guy: “Really?” Sven: “Yea, from the club?” Guy: “Club?”
    • Blue Man Group has now balls!

    But finally I wasn’t flying X thousand miles for making only party – I wanted to see some nature. So how to enjoy nature until the very end? YEA Camping in the wild. It was freezing cold but the view was incredible and if you think the picture below was taken during sunlight look again on the sky!

    Next day we tried the first time the lottery for “The Wave” – without any success (until the end) but another cool adventure was already planed – the narrows. Hiking through a river within a canyon was something new for me and I have to say it was AWESOME. Melissa jointed two old ladies and I was running ahead to have enough time on the way back for pictures. Packed with my camera equipment I was several times up to my hips in the water but finally everything stayed dry.
    After rescuing all 3 ladies on my way back, we all had dinner together and I was surprised that one of them was just coming back from “Burning Man” and the other come just from Australia. Never met such cool grandmas.

    Day later, weather was changing and we ended up in Bryce Canyon on the far view point with that incredible panoramic view:

    Yea I know, maybe I have to come back – but at the end there is no bad weather for photography just bad motif. THX to the raven for posing so cool:


    Weather had its ups and downs for the next days, sometimes we were very lucky and got some sun, sometimes we were almost stuccoed in a snow storm. Canyonland was one of the more lucky spots – This park is definitely underrated. If you have to choose between Arches and Canyonland go for the last one:

    Due to the weather we had had to wait for the highlight of the tour until the very last day. I heard a lot about that spot and I wasn’t be disappointed. The Antelope Canyons are natural formed slot canyons which can be visited only with a guide. Due to absolute off-season and the bad weather we got a private tour which included 4 canyons and takes us more than 6h. It was definitely the money worth. We saw millions stunning views. As a photographer I could stay for months in these canyons, but it is limited to 2h/canyon/day => so it was very stressful but I think it was worth it. I will make a own gallery only for that but here are some first impressions.

    In the last canyon it was even necessary to climb a but. I had a lot of fun – even if Melissa said afterwards that she felt sorry for the guide that I pushed to hard on him to get to the end *g*. THX for the nice picture Melissa:


    Finally, the road trip was over – still a flight trip and New York to go but I have to finish for today. THX again to Melissa who made this trip unforgettable. We should really work on another African Family reunion trip!!! Once more I experienced: A trip on your own gives you more flexibility but on an overland tour you find friends for life – and at the end it is all about people.

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    Welcome to the USA

    January 5th, 2014

    Hey Guys,

    yes I know it takes me far too Long to get Pictures and/or a Report online but I do my very best to get at least very soon a Gallery online. My first finished Panorama is finished:


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    First step for world trip

    September 10th, 2013

    The city of Hamburg agreed that I will need a second passport fort extended travel activities :). So the first official Step is done.

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