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Erecting the Maibaum in Unterhaching, Germany

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Erecting the Maibaum in Unterhaching 2016

Yesterday the traditional Maibaum (“May Tree”) has been erected using the traditional means of manual labor over several hours; the Caterpillar is just used to secure the process. The new Maibaum became necessary after the old one got hit by a flash last year. This is another impressive tradition in Bavaria and parts of Southern Germany. Usually the men of the community prepare the tree (often even from the moment it’s been cut) and protect it until it gets erected. They have to watch out as the neighbor communities are up for stealing it (to embarrass the owners). If it gets stolen there’s a ranom to be paid, usually a lot of beer for the thieves. Comes May 1, and the whole village comes to admire and celebrate the new Maibaum.

90 Minutes at iPilot Munich

Sunday, April 10th, 2016


Mark Zanzig at iPilot Munich

Photo: Alexandra Sabova/iPilot Germany

If you have followed the development of my site and blog you may have noticed that not only I’m a travel afficinado but also have a thing for flying: Floatplanes in Tofino (Canada) and San Francisco (USA), Cessna’s in Namibia and Botswana. At home I used to “play” with Microsoft’s Flight Simulator for more than two decades. What’s more, my father used to be a pilot – but that’s another story.

So Petra decided to give me a very cool gift for my last birthday (I won’t disclose my age here, as it’s far too embarrassing): a 90 minute flight lession on a Boeing 747 at the Munich office of iPilot. While I have some experience with FSX, I never really looked at the “big birds” of the software as these are too difficult to handle (for me) on my PC, and as a consequence I have been flying mostly Cessnas and Beavers successfully at home.

Needless to say, I went with mixed emotions to their office on a Saturday evening in April. For the lack of time (and eagerness) I did not really prepare for the session, and I felt really bad about this. I wondered: Would they really want to see a guy who has almost no clue how to handle a big plane? But after like two minutes that fear was gone entirely.

The cockpit of the simulator felt very authentic, from seats and instruments to controls, switches and lights. Alexandra, my flight instructor, explained the basics to me, and within a few minutes we were taking off from Munich airport, and I was beginning to understand how the plane reacts. Then we moved on to Hong Kong, where Alexandra and I took the short flight from the new Hong Kong International to the former one in the city center (which had been closed about seven years ago). This one is really interesting as you have all essential elements of a flight in a single session: Take-off, short flight, approach, landing. This went really well, and I could feel the vast difference between a PC simulator and a professional simulator. We did this a couple of times, and it worked better every time. (Alexandra might disagree with me on this one, hehe.)

Next were two difficult approaches – the island of Madeira, and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. Finally we did a couple of scenic flights: Vancouver, Dubai, and Las Vegas at night.

Well, what can I say? The experience has been truly fantastic, five stars plus, and I will certainly book another session later this year. A big “Thank You!” to Alexandra and the iPilot team for an inspiring, exciting, and entertaining flight lesson!

Easter Surprise

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Unterhaching on the morning of the 8th April, 2012
Mark Zanzig

The Easter Bunny brought a weird surprise this year: Three centimeters (1 Inch) of new, fresh, beautiful snow!

This is quite bizarre, especially when considering that we already enjoyed breakfast on the patio three weeks ago (which was admittedly very early in the year) and had the first sunburn. And now it’s snowing like there is no tomorrow…

Anyway, Happy Easter to all of you!

Concert Photography: 4MunixX

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

On Friday I covered a concert of the popular Munich band 4MunixX. They usually play at city festivities, parties, company events, and weddings. This concert was performed in a small club-like location in Alt-Perlach, so there was just a tiny stage, and the lighting was far from perfect. The lack of front lights was quite difficult. However, the performance of the band was impressive, the guests were thrilled, and some of the images I took create an impression of a big rock concert. See for your self below.

Please pay special attention to the last four images I selected for this blog post. They show one of the guitar players of the band, Michael Philipp, playing for the crowd. It was the last song of the concert – Hey Jude by the Beatles. And one lady in the first row of the audience apparently got really really excited by the performance… :-)

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