Travel blogs #1: Saint Croix 2010 November

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Saint Croix
MaFe on tour November 2010

A good friend of mine called one Wednesday and asked me if I was ready to go to Saint Croix newt Sunday!
I asked what was the story, and he reply that he just thought it could be nice.
I explain about my health and economy, and he said that I did not have to worry for the pay, and that he was aware of my fragile health, so if I was ill when we were there, I could just stay in my bed, and get better!
So no catch, nothing I had to do, just to enjoy and get to breathe better!
My friend was there to work since his family have the hotels King Christian and Company House Hotel there, so he warned me that I would be alone a lot since he would be working. That meant I would have time to do things in my own speed, and this is quite a lot slower and not so stabile due to my health (retired due to a bad neck and operation).
Now that is a offer I could not resist, so even I was full of worry if I could handle it, I said yes, and started packing my suitcase. Wauuu, I’m a lucky guy to have a friend like that.

Nervous but with a big smile I decided to go.

So we took off from Copenhagen, landed in London – a plane to Miami, where we spend an evening and sleep in a wonderful hotel.

Here the view from the hotel room, looking at Miami Beach (Not bad at all).
I wish I had the time to pass Dr. Ken, but not this time, perhaps in the future…

- Next morning up and off to the airport, and a flight for Saint Croix.

I left Copenhagen I snow and below frost temperature, so it was like to enter Paradise when we arrived at Saint Croix, 30 degree Celsius / 86 degree Fahrenheit, hmmmm.

So from here I’ll just give you a few photos out of the 1000 I took there.
I have no ‘tourist’ shots, it’s all details, all the things I sucked in, on my daily walks in the city Christiansted, where I walked with my camera and my little sketchbook.

At the fortress, ‘blinded and hooked’.

At the fortress, ‘light meets profile’.

At the fortress, ‘repetition’.

At the fortress, ‘birdland’.

At the fortress, ‘wheels under fire’.

At the fortress, ‘Match-box, boxing match, dovetails at war’.

At the fortress, ‘bark on wood’.

At the fortress, ‘elegant’.

At the fortress, ‘as simple as that’.

At the fortress, ‘earth meets sky’.

At the fortress, ‘sky meets earth’.

At the fortress, ‘love story’.

Nature, ‘bark, paint’.

Nature, ‘fireworks’.

Nature, ‘like rings in the water’.

Building by the sea, ‘no exit’.

By a church, ‘Wauuu’.

By a church, ‘even more Wauuu’.

Where it all ends, ‘eastern most’.

In the city, ‘detour’.

In the city, ‘just around the corner’.

In the city, ‘once more’.

In the city, ‘the corner’.

In the city, ‘the same, and then again’.

In the city, ‘close enough’.

In the city, ‘stay out’.

In the city, ‘open closed / closed open’.

In the city, ‘broken, grass’.

In the city, ‘straight up in the sky, no flow’.

In the city, ‘falling grass’.

Nature, ‘try copying this’.

In the city at night, ‘tall men, wooden legs’.

In an abandoned building, ‘been there, did that’.

Does it matter where, ‘the truth of our friend’.

By a church, ‘just hanging out in front of the church’.

In the city, ‘nature claims back’.

In the city, ‘time travel’.

In the harbor, ‘waiting for the wind’.

In the city, ‘captain hook’.

A church, ‘reach up’.

In that church, ‘sit down’.

In that church, ‘flames of’.

In that church, ‘room for all’.

In that church, ‘oriental siluette’.

In that church, ‘time for reflection’.

In that church, ‘perhaps to clean’.

On that church, ‘no one the same, and yet so homogeneous’.

In that church, ‘lines, curves, light and mahogany’.

In that church, ‘is that for real’.

Detail on that church, ‘balance are not always in the center’.

Detail on that church, ‘twisted hold’.

Detail on that church, ‘twist again’.

Fence at that church, ‘shadow magic’.

Fence at that church, ‘magic light’.

Fence at that church, ‘light, shadow and no magic’.

House in the city, ‘closed open’.

Another house in the city, ‘open closed’.

Detail from another house in the city, ‘waves’n angels’.

Detail from another house in the city, ‘hat’s’.

Detail from another house in the city, ‘as the wind blows’.

Space and view from another house in the city, ‘a place to grow old’.

Detail from another house in the city, ‘get the picture even little things are missing’.

Detail from another house in the city, ’-even when a big part is missing’.

Detail from another house in the city, ‘let’s end with an opening’.

Admit it was not a tour in the family album, but I hope it was at some inspiration.

I had a wonderful week there with my friend, he worked hard all day, I enjoyed hard all day, sometimes we took the car out to look at things, and I followed him for some meetings and so, we eat together in the evenings, and sometimes for lunch, talked, laughed, had time for friendship.
It was very intense, I really felt I got Saint Croix under my skin, the smells, the nature, the soul, so I would love to get back.

(My health was generally fine and my eyes were so much open that I was able to leave my body many times, and with plenty of rest a slow pace the days was over even before I knew it.
So it was back to the snow in Copenhagen, but also back to the people we love.
Thank you my friend Christian for this wonderful tour, it was sure able to give me a break away from the everyday repetition, the winter, the always present health, and of fighting for my right to a pension against a government who seems to think it’s clever to spend enormous amounts of time and money on concluding I can’t work due to my health, and then after totally ignore the same fact…
But now I’m back with some new energy, ready to fight for my right, even it seems sometimes so hopeless to have to fight for the right to be sick, when all you wish for is not to be sick!).

So as I say; ‘I smile, and as long as I can do that, I’ll not fall’.

Best thoughts, and a thank you from my heart to Christian,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 03:00 AM

That was quite a blessing Mads pity you have to suffer I have a damaged back which caused me to collapse on my table saw I fell & pushed my hand past the blade & lost the middle two fingers on my right hand pain is not good but life is. There is still so much to be thankfull for like your free holiday thankyou for the pictures it’s cold in the UK but now I feel like I had a holiday too
Best wishes

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 03:02 AM

wow mads

what a great story book
and such a nice friend to have

glad you got to air your soul
and thank you for sharing this with us

i will have to look at this again
i know i missed the pipe lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 03:06 AM

Sounds great, but your pics wouldn’t load for me.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 03:55 AM

Cool pictures, you’re a pretty good photographer. Nice trip, take it easy and take more photos.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 04:37 AM

thank´s for sharing Mads a very nice show :-)
theese kind of pictures from strange place´s is always the best
years after

take care

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 04:45 AM


You have the eye of an aritist/architect. I see it more everytime you post something. These images are terrific. I see the Luther Rose. A wonderful story all by itself. My brother and I worked together to create such an image to bring to Sanct Bartholomaus-Kirche in Kirchwalsede, Germany, where my family came from. In honor of my ancestors and father in particular who never got to see his homeland.

Then the textures and patterns of things you see….. They are beautiful in their own way, but in the context of where they exist, even more beautiful. I was in Germany about 12 years ago, my first visit to the homeland, and I visited some very fascinating places (to me). I remember crawling on the floor in some wonderful building of this magificent room with the most incredible parquet wood floor of walnut. It was in every way complex, huge, and simply beautiful. It was simply amazing , and then to realize that it was made in the 1600’s by hand. I had to salute those Holz Arbeiters (unknown as it was) for their meticulous work. Good work is timeless, even if it does not last forever.

I would have loved to have seen you, but I wouldn’t have wanted you to miss an opportunity to see what you did.

Wonderful photography.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 05:25 AM

Mafe my FRIEND, what a great post! I’m so happy for you that you were able to enjoy this and what a great buddy you have. I loved the pictures as I was looking at them I challanged myself to look for what you took it. Very cool, Got to run need another drink. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 06:09 AM

What a special friend you have. But as the saying goes – ” what goes around, comes around”. You get what you deserve.
you certainly managed to take some interesting photos while you were there.
Hope you now enjoy your new vitality and new year.
All the best

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 06:37 AM

it was really great to read this and how much of a break it was for you and the refresher it was to your fighting spirit…you have a wonderful friend who gave of himself and you got to spend some wonderful time together…nothing can beat a wonderful friend…i pray for your success and hope your country will let you live in peace and not make you fight for being sick…i to have been disabled for some time and had to go through the process of getting what was rightly mine…and your so right …when all we want is to be well we sometimes have to go though hell just to live….but your never alone mafe….any time i can ever be helpful …just pm me…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 06:57 AM

Mad’s that is a super tour

great photos

“Waves & Angels” that gives me a great idea for a picket fence.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 08:29 AM

You are very fortunate Mads; you got a lot of great friends.

Thanks for all the pictures. One more place to visit.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 12:46 PM

Now I can say that I have seen St. Croix through an architects eyes. Lots of interesting thoughts there Mads. I especially liked your comments on unlike things being homogeneous. Thanks for sharing your photos and observations with us and telling us how much you value your friends.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 12:49 PM

You take a fine photograph, Mads. Beautifully framed, interesting subject matter, colours, textures. That shingle roof particularly got my eye. I was staring at it for ten minutes.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 06:21 PM

As Martyn said Mads, you have a good eye for photography. My wife and I took a cruise in April of 2010 from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Barbados, and then back to San Juan. I booked the trip the day after a friend had a heart attack and died. It makes you put things in perspective.

Thanks for sharing

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#15 posted 01-09-2011 08:45 PM

  • smiles *

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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