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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.

Victoria Falls Bungee Jump

Monday, January 9th, 2012


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Just about a month ago we were in Zimbabwe and gazed at the bridge connecting Zimbabwe with Zambia, sitting 111 meters (364 ft) high above the Zambesi River.

We had visited the Victoria Falls lookout before, and we had seen a close-up of the amazing steel construction. The guide explained to us that Cecil John Rhodes was the responsible for planning the train line, which was part of a bigger project connecting Cape Town to Northern Africa. (He could not complete this project due to the high cost.) Anyway, Rhodes wanted the train to stop on the bridge and let the passengers see and feel the mist of the Victoria Falls. At this time also the fabulous Victoria Falls Hotel was built, where we were now waiting in the heat of an African summer day for our bus to take us back to our hotel in Botswana.

Of course, I took a couple of shots, vertical and horizontal, and I was hoping for someone doing a Bungee Jump right then. Of course, noone wanted to jump, so I shrugged and went back to the shadow of an old tree in the beautiful garden of the hotel. I knew that I would never do a jump there; in fact, I wouldn’t do a jump anywhere in the world. Who knows whether these cords would actually be able to carry my weight? Sure, they are designed to do that, but then again, things can always go wrong – even more so deep in Africa where security procedures might not be as harsh as Europe.

And then, today, I read the incredible story of Erin Langworthy, a 22-year-old Australian tourist who did a jump from exactly that bridge, and the cord snapped while she jumped. She dropped the remaining 20 meters (66 ft) into the Zambesi river – and its crocodiles. “It went black straight away,” she told a news team, “I felt like I had been slapped all over.” And not only that: The cord was still tied around her ankles, and it had entangled with rocks in the river. So she had to swim down to yank the cord out of the rocks. But being a tough young lady, she finally made it to the river shore, where she waited for help.

Despite the height of her fall, she had rather few injuries, several bruises and cuts, and she says that “it’s definitely a miracle that I survived”.


Bridge over the Zambesi River, seen from the Victoria Falls Park
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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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Yve is to blame II

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Two runners access the snowy recreational park of Unterhaching
Mark Zanzig


Overnight, the recreational park of Unterhaching has changed into Winter Wonderland once again, inviting for the discovery of the frozen world
Mark Zanzig


Children have painted a giant heart into the fresh snow
Mark Zanzig

Unterhaching/Germany, 07-MAR-10 — Again, Southern Bavaria has been covered by several Inches of fresh powder snow. Yesterday, a low pressure system called Yve had directed a cold stream of air and snow towards Bavaria causing severe traffic problems. Today, after a snowy night, people enjoy the cool air and the bright sunlight. Where possible, they engage in activities like jogging and cross-country skiing or just taking a walk.