Cycled 100km today! to lovely Marburg

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Feb 04, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Saturday, August 2, 2008

Yes, I did it! 100km today and still feeling good, even after a few hills.

Aim of today was getting to Marburg, a small university city north of Frankfurt. Recommended to me by someone as a place to visit. I followed the river Lahn south. Lahntal (this area) is definately worth visiting with it's little villages, many castles, ruins and historic buildings! Of which I was to see more of in the next week...

Settled on a campground next to the Lahn near the center, met up with a couple from Frankfurt and then......heard this amazing Djembe music. Of course had to check it out. Turned out to be a private garden party across the river, but me and a guy said on a bench listening to it nearby. Went with him to his poolcafé later and realised then I did not want to leave this place after one night. Decided to stay one more...

Marburg is build on a hill, so while climbing the stairs you wander between these ancient characteristic buildings, catching breath at the market square, before taking the last stretch to the castle on top of the hill. Amazing views from there! On my way down I see this photo exhibition (ausstellung) about the Dark side of Bali. Curiousity and a friendly guy make me have a look. I am overwhelmed and touched by the photos, one in particular. This man has been mentally ill for over 15 years, locked in chains while his family has to work on the land. Too poor to be able to give this man medicin or other medical treatment. His hollow. It breaks my heart. The exhibition is there to gain donations, money by sales and media attention. I get  in contact with Uwe, the  guy who set this up with some other people from the project.

And as this happen as they happen, we get along very well and he offers me to stay at his place for as long as I like. Marburg and I are not ready to separate yet. I allow myself to really feel the vibe here and take up on his offer. He lives in the amazing old house (1520s) in the center. The next day, when he is of to get more photos in Frankfurt, he asks me if I can open the exhibition hall and guard for a few hours. Sure, no problem. So there I am, explaining people in German about this project and feeling one with this lovely city. By Tuesday night I am helping out with Dia show, meeting up with some of his friends for drinks and exchanging contact details with the Balinese photographere, who co-runs the project in Bali. People wondered how long Uwe and I have known eachother....well only 2 days ;-))))

So one day became 3 and by now a week.... When people ask me how long I will stay, when I will be on the move again, I answer the same as I did in Finland: Ecka Huomenna! Maybe tomorrow!
I am really having a lovely time here, meeting friends, being part of a birthday party, helping out with the exhibition, cycling to nearby villages and Burgwald (forest). Drawing with Ayla, Uwe's daughter, chilling out in between. Uwe tries to convince me I need at least 3 months here hahhaha

But no, I really want to meet up with Roman and be at least a little while at the Czech rainbow gathering on my way there. So I now decided to stay untill Tuesday, helping Uwe to set up his new exibition about India, being there for the opening and dia show. Then it is time to leave. Can always come back ;-)
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