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It all began in 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine decided to start a road trip that would span 26 years, 177 countries, and nearly 550,000 miles (885,139 km). They originally wanted to spend 18-months touring the African countryside in their Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon named “Otto,” but one thing lead to another, and the rest is history. For over two decades, the couple lived out of their G-Wagon across the sand dunes of the Sahara, rural villages in Kenya, the streets of Paris, ancient Buddhist temples, war zones in Iraq, and even the normally forbidden nation of North Korea. They slept in hammocks or in their trusty vehicle and to keep costs low, they cooked local food on a portable gas cooker. Christine passed away in 2010, but Gunther kept traveling on her behalf, visiting even more countries with a photo of his late wife hanging from his rear view mirror. Gunther’s long journey recently drew to a close, as he finally returned home to Berlin for good. Believe it or not, “Otto” never broke down even once during the magical road trip. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Mortiz Muller, a kid with lots of magic.