The Official Wedding Homepage of Manu and Rick

Welcome We are both very excited that you are considering coming to our wedding. We would ask you to please let us know if you are coming by March 1, so that we can plan where you should stay during the four days of activities just before, during and after the wedding (July 2-4). We hope you can make it! Note: There are still a few things to plan, for example we are still deciding where guests should stay on the evening of the wedding and where we will have the post-wedding brunch. So please check back, as we will update …

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    Travel Destinations in Central Europe

    Getting around after the wedding For the most part, traveling in Central Europe is easy, straightforward and convenient as public transportation is fast and widely available. For a example, a trip from Munich to Verona would only take 7 hours and you could enjoy the stops in between and either end. Innsbruck, for example, is situated along this stretch and a trip of this nature would afford a taste of Bavaria, the Tyrolean Alps, and some Italian flair in a truly beautiful city. Traditional European (city) highlights such as Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Rome are all accessible by train from Innsbruck. Seeing the …

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      Activities in the Stubai Valley near Innsbruck

      The Stubai Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities for all interests. If you are in the area for several days, it makes sense to get the Stubai Super Card. It includes all public transportation (also to Innsbruck), rides on all the cable cars and the new pool and Spa StuBay. Schlick 2000 Located above Fulpmes, this cable car takes you into beautiful scenery with rugged mountains. Enjoy breathtaking views and a coffee from up top and (optionally) take the fairly easy hike downhill (approx. 2-3 hours). Wilde Wasser Weg (Wild Water Hike) For (arguably) Austria’s most beautiful hike you …

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        Activities in and Around Innsbruck

        Go up the Nordkette Cable Car Starting at the Congress Haus in Innsbruck near the old town, you can take the cable car up the mountain for breathtaking views over Innsbruck and the surrounding valleys. There are three stops along the way. First is Hungerburg, Innsbruck’s most expensive real estate with a nice view over the city. It’s great for easy walks into the forest and for hiking up to some guest houses with traditional Austrian food. The second stop is the Seegrube. It also has a great view over Innsbruck and from here you should be able to see pretty far on a …

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          Project Waldrapp- Northern Bald Ibis Reintroduction

          We had the privilege of visiting the Waldrapp Team in Salzburg for the start of the 2014 human-led migration of the Northern Bald Ibis. The Northern Bald Ibis reintroduction in Europe aims at creating a stable population for this charismatic species in a region in which it has been extinct for over 300 years! With the help of an ultra-light powered para-glider, hand-raised juvenile birds were taken on a guided migration from their summer home in Austria to winter nesting grounds in Tuscany. Amazingly, a single guided migration is enough to teach the young ibises the way south. If everything goes according to plan, the young …

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            WIld Florida

            On this rainy day in Tirol, I thought I would take the opportunity to go through my many photos from Florida. I go there at least once a year to visit my folks, especially at Christmas time when the weather in Central Europe is at its coldest. Florida is one of my favorite places for nature photography because there are so many different habitats to visit. Also, the wildlife is not nearly as shy as it is here in Tirol. What’s truly missing from this gallery is a photo of a Bobcat and while it’s true that one doesn’t see Bobcat all …

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              Wallcreeper in Tirol

              Every day of our travels this past year held the promise of adventure. We saw some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, its most extraordinary animals, and of course all those birds.  Along the way, we asked ourselves how we would adjust once we returned to Innsbruck. Transitioning back to work, to the possibility of an office job, and to a climate where birds and animals are more scarce than in the tropics was a looming possibility. But last weekend, we were reminded that there are a few enigmatic species of bird still worth seeking out even in our own backyard. …

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                Birding the Texas Tropical Trail along the Rio Grande

                Florida offers some of the most interesting birding in the United States, especially during the month of April. But birding in Texas was superlative. Attracting some of the most charismatic birds in the country, plus interesting visitors from Mexico, our trip along the Rio Grande in Southern Texas was a fantastic road trip. Texas markets this area as the Texas Tropical Trail. Check out our photos here. The crazy part was birding amidst such a substantial border patrol presence. Helicopters scanned the area regularly, and the trails often skirted right alongside the gaudy, iron fence that forms the border to …

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                  Beloved Borneo

                  Before we started this trip, people asked where we wanted to go, Rick always mentioned one island: Borneo. We visited once in 2013 and fell in love. So after island hopping in Indonesia, Borneo was to be our grand finale in Asia. It turned out that it was surprisingly difficult to get there from Papua (considering that Indonesia has the largest section of the Borneo island). But it was well worth the effort. We devoted one entire week to Danum valley, an absolutely fantastic low-land primary forest region. Even after visiting so many different rainforests in various parts of the world, …

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                    Bye bye Asia, hello Florida!

                    It feels like our Asia adventure was ages ago! From Malaysia to Florida was a 30-hour flight and after that we basically slept for a week. By now, we have enjoyed a total of 3 weeks with Rick’s family. This time, we made a real effort to find new parks and reserves in the greater Englewood/Sarasota area to go for walks. Luckily, the local Audubon Society (an American organization which focuses on the protection of birds and other wildlife) published a little booklet with recommendations. One of them was Pine Craft Park in Sarasota, which isn’t very big but produces …

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