To be able to travel is a privilege. But not always possible for everyone. Here you can join as a mental traveler people who were able to travel around. Be it in the remote areas of the world, countries that are unsafe now, or journeys that were made many years ago.
Three women travelling on their own by car through Morocco in 1965
In 1965, Bert’s cousin Froukje travelled with two friends in a Citroën 2CV through Morocco to the deep South of that country. One would think that this was a risky thing to do, 3 women travelling on their own. But they were treated as royals! Everywhere they came, local people took care of them. If you want to know more, then you can read her amazing story here.
From Morocco via Algeria to Tunisia in 1972
What should have been a well organised group tour from Agadir in Morocco, via Algeria, to Djerba in Tunisia, suddenly turned out to be quite adventurous when one of the two cars broke down. Bert’s cousin Froukje explains, how after all, this made the trip even more interesting! And she tells about the help they got from the local authorities.
Southern Africa 1975
In 1975, Bert worked for 6 months in Johannesburg and travelled 7000 KM through the Southern part of Africa in a time of decolonization and disturbances. This was not only about adventure and going on safari. But also about the discrepancy between the things he saw on the spot and those things that were reported in the media back home. For him, then aged 22, this trip was a life changing event and the start of a lifelong passion for travelling and photography.
Afghanistan by car & driver, 1977
How did Afghanistan look in the 1970´s when traveling around was still a safe thing to do? Bert’s cousin Froukje traveled in 1977, together with friends, a month through this country in a hired car & driver. She has an interesting travel story to tell, and shares here rare slides.
A School for Girls Near Istanbul, 1997
Some people have traveled almost their whole life. They simply have to. They are usually – and probably because of that – very “connected”. Erika Atkinson, a dear and life long friend of Sibylle, shares one of her beautiful experiences with us. In this small essay, she connects time and places in a way only she can do.
Sri Lanka 2011, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020
As many of our friends know, Sibylle and I love Sri Lanka. To us it has become like a third home country. We have visited the island five times since 2011 and have developed deeply rooted friendships there. We could almost live like a local for most of the time. If you would like to know a bit more about our story or want to experience a bit of Sri Lanka, please read on.
Antarctica, 2018 – 2020
If you are curious about how it is to live and work on Antarctica, this topic might be of interest for you. Bert’s nephew Ian stayed two summer seasons on this continent. And he shares with us rare photos and video footage of the beautiful nature, how daily life looks like and last but not least, how to build a large wharf within two summer seasons. Just in case you would like to build one yourself 😉
BERT WENKENBACH photography
As our family and friends know, Bert has always loved to travel. Fortunately his wife Sibylle is infected by the same virus 🙂 Actually their families are infected, too, as you can see on this site. Bert has a dedicated site, when it comes to traveling and photography. If you want to have a look, please click a link below.