Monday, January 31, 2011

Mail #2 or thoughts about traveling

Big mailbox or thiny post office, in Kozhikode, Kerala, India, January 2009.

It was our first town while traveling in India. We stayed there seven weeks. Kozhikode (Calicut) has no tourist attractions. We like to travel slow, meet the same people again and again, get friends, get to know the streets and places. And wonder. And see. And taste.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ascetic mail?

In Bochum, January 2011.
Always when I pass this letterbox I have to think about. What has a letterbox to do with ascetic (Asket in german)? I have no idea. Is snail mail only for ascetic?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I love libraries - 3

Another view on my library: Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Dortmund, public library. Today.
For more Weekend reflections look here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Garbage collection

Two men with the garbage collection truck, this morning, in Bochum, on my way to work.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reality is for those who lack imagination

Kinderoper, under construction, Dortmund, January 2011

B is for Berlin

In the department Usulután, El Salvador, November 2009

To find an interesting B is easy, but to have the photo is much more difficult. So this is my ABC Wednesday

Monday, January 24, 2011

In the cellar

This last bottle is stuck. No one knows for how many years. January 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011


At the Gateway Arch, St. Louis, USA, September 2009

Reflection in the lake

Heart Lake, Yellowstone National Park, USA, August 2009

My first Sky Watch Friday. More contributors you see here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Talk of the town

Last week there was a big fire in a garage in our small town and the central intersection was closed for half a day, shops were closed and from far away you could see the smoke.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A is for America

San Cristobal Frontera,Guatemala, November 2009.

Many trucks go trans America and have to wait at the border between Guatemala and El Salvador.
We drove down from Canada to Panama. Border crossings in Central America with our car were never easy. With little spanish, a lot of paper works (sometimes in five different offices) and many non authorized people waiting for us (we don't use agents at all). But it was always an experience, a first look on the new country, a surprise.
And while we had to wait there, it was a great opportunity for photography.

This is my first contribution to the ABC Wednesday.

And of course I wonder why A is for all continents except Europe.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where is the town?

I couldn't see a house, only heard some dogs barking. At Mount Baldy, British Columbia, Canada, July 2009.

You may have noticed, this is sign #4 in order. And there will be some more.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sign of hope?

It's hot and dry in the South of Namibia, near Keetmanshop. There are no trees like these, but a resting place with a shelter. But often the shelter is damaged, people take the corrugated iron roof to make a hut from. March 2010.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dog toilet

Chefsache is german and means "matter for the boss". Rheinau, Switzerland, July 2010.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011


Tulameen, between Hope and Princeton, British Columbia, Canada, June 2009.

With 250 permanent residents it's a pretty small place.

While walking across BC, we followed a forest service road, Lawless Creek Rd, for some days and came to this nice place. In a small shop (trading post) we could get some food and a newspaper.

Some kilometers after Tulameen a car stopped and a friendly woman asks as with a big smile: "Do you like an icecream, it is so hot today?"
And we got a huge one, so delicious. She saw us before walking and came back with this surprise.

When someone in Europe ask me about Canada, beside the beautiful natur, I tell them our story, an example for so many great contacts we had with Canadians.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Questionnaire # 3

A bag from a local, traveling to his remote home on the river. 12 hours away from the town, only reachable by boat. On the Rio Napo, Ecuador, January 2010.

Here is a little questionnaire from Kris’ blog “This will hurt me…”

Do you have any pets?
No, I do not.

What was the last book you read?
Paul Theroux: Mein anderes Leben [My other life]. Today in the train.

Do you like to cook?
Yes, mostly.

What kind of food do you like?
I like muesli, rice, salat. And Gummibärchen [wine gums].

Do you have brothers and sisters?
Two brothers.

Which sport do you like?
Running, anything outdoors, water sports, …. And all kind of sport, it is my profession.

Do you live alone?
No, I do not. I live together mit my husband and my two sons.

Do you live in a house or an apartment?
A house.

Have you ever lived in another country?
No, I have not.

Have you ever met a famous person?
No, I have not a person how is so famous that nearly everybody knows. But I met a person whom nearly all sailors in Germany know.

How do you spend your free time?
Reading, running, playing with my kids, doing something on the computer

Tell me about a favourite event of your adulthood.
Crossing the Atlantic on a thiny sailboat. 24 days from Gran Canaria to St. Lucia.

Tell me about a favourite event of your childhood.
Summer holidays with my parents and brothers in the Alps.

What are your hobbies?
Things I mentioned that I do in my free time.

What countries have you visited?

A map with all the countries I've travelled.

visited 63 states (28%)

And yes I know far to much red on this map. In many countrys, like Russia or Jemen, I have only been in one corner or island. We like to travel slow and over land or on the ocean.

Which country are you from?

What do you do on Sundays?
The same things I do in my free time.

What do you do? What's your job?
I’m master in Sport / Physical Education. In the moment I work as a teacher in a special school for children which are hearing-impaired.

What is your motto in life?
Follow your dreams, never stop. - Home is wherever you are, if there's love there too. - No risk, no fun, no future.

What kind of people do you like?
Tolerant and open minded people. And like Kris said, interesting and funny people, too.

Which languages do you speak?
I speak German and English, a bit French, little Spanish.

What are you best at?
I am open for new things, for changes, for adventures.

Whom do you respect the most?
I respect most people who can think in an independent way.

Who has had the most influence in your life?
My husband.

Would you like to be famous?
No, I don’t.

What do you think you will be doing five years from now?
Something different, maybe I explore unknown territory.

Are you a 'morning' or 'night' person?
More a late evening person.

How many times did you move as a child?
Two times.

What cartoon character best illustrates you?
I have no idea.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
That is so hard to answer, yes perhaps Pago Pago.

If you knew could you try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?
I skip this.

What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
To be able to speak the local language, fluend.

Would you live with someone without marrying them?
I did do that for a long time. Then I married him.

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?
Both. Because my husband although likes to take photos.

Are you a beach, country or city person?
A small town is nice. But I have lived in Berlin and Cologne.

Where do you spend most of your money?
For traveling. That means long travels without an income in this time.

The owner from the bag lives in this village.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I love libraries - 2

My library: Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Dortmund, public library. Today.

Monday, January 10, 2011

An unusual sign

On the side of the road, Crawford Bay, British Columbia, Canada, June 2009.

Randy from Santa Fe Daily Photo and his "wish for the world" was the inspiration for this post. Thanks!

95 in one year

Banana, in Coca, Ecuador, January 2009

95 posts are not much. My first post I wrote in Tumbaco, near Quito, Ecuador, in an internet café. Regulary posting I started at the end of August after the return to our home, after some time living like a nomad.

And in this time blogging, I learned a lot.
And it is great fun.

Thank you so much for your visits and your comments.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Self-Portrait with Rucksack

Taken at the end of our wilderness trekking in Yellowstone National Park, USA, August 2009.
This was a big adventure. And we arrived happly back at our car. The backpack was relativly light now. We had nearly no food left.

For more information see this old post "silence" from last year December 5th.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Red Light

Thanks to the red light, I had to stop. Normally I watch the Dortmund U-Tower from the train. You may have seen some posts and know that it is one of my favorite objects.
Today I was much closer. But in the car.

Woman and Man

In Rappenwört, Karlsruhe, Germany, July 2010.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


In Karlsruhe, Germany, close to the river Rhine, July 2010. I did some editing on this wood sculpture. Close to this woman stands a man, I will show you next time.

Do you know this: you have time (for me it is still holiday), but doing things in a different way, means less time for some other things.

But most important is: enjoy what you do. I do.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Spinning color

I had fun to do some image editing. And this colorful reflection in the spinning washing machine I liked best.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Thomas is watching, playing, having fun. 1.1.11

Happy New Year everyone!