Category Archives: Inspiration

The Firmenlauf, or company run, is a 5,5km run around the Tiergarten area in Berlin, open to companies to sign up for. I hadn’t done a race since I was a teenager, so when the sign up sheet was published in our company, I decided to go for it. I picked up a number, T-shirt and tracker chip and was ready to go. On the day of the race weather had turned. After a couple of beautiful September days, there was now rain in the forecast and with it the complaints from other participants started flooding in on Slack. Once again I was surprised by the negativity of people. Because of COVID there were stricter rules at the race and you couldn’t leave your bags anywhere this year. That meant that you had to run with everything you carried. It was raining lightly as we all gathered near the Brandenburger…

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I was in New York City and entered the big parking lot of the car rental agency. For the life of me I can’t remember why I thought it was a good idea to rent a car in New York City. I looked around the buzzing parking lot with cars in all shades of green. People were zigzagging through the rows to find the car with their name on the sticker attached to the windshield. I joined the crowd and nervously looked for my name. Luckily I found it quickly. I was staring at an emerald green oldtimer, long, elegant and curvy. I got in and noticed there was no gas pedal. Instead I had pedals like on a go-kart. Even in my dreams I was traveling. I was utterly confused and ‘drove’ my car out of the row of other green cars. In the rows behind me were more…

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Looking for travel options during this pandemic has turned out to be a challenge. You always have to check the restrictions of your country of choice, your home country and your travel insurance. I booked my flight to Portugal only 3 weeks before departure, but two days before I flew out some areas were declared risk area by the German government. So I took out a second travel insurance that does cover medical bills in these “risk” areas and decided to go anyway. And it was the best decision I could have made. At the moment the situation is Europe is a bit tricky for travelling, with lots of restrictions and lockdowns. It’s not impossible to travel, but you need to make sure you know all the consequences. When things loosen up again, I will gladly pack my bags and continue to explore Europe. Why is this so great? You…

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No travel during corona times? Here are some things to do for the adventurous traveller. We can keep exploring while we are staying safe!

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This month marks one year in Berlin. Contrary to what most people believe, my start in Berlin wasn’t very easy. I’d given up a life of freedom and excitement for a permanent place. It felt more permanent than anything I’d ever done before and it scared me. I’d moved to an apartment and accepted a fulltime job at an office. I had no experience in this kind of job and immediately got a lot on my plate. In May the new album of my favorite band came out and I was so excited. I played their songs on repeat, getting excited for their concert. I had already bought the ticket 6 months in advance! The song I most related to is called Was ich liebe. With sentences like “Was ich liebe das wird verderben”, what I love will spoil or be destroyed, it’s all about the pain of living, not being…

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I got bitten by a dog while exploring Savannakhet in Laos. I went to the hospital there straight away for the rabies shot. Unfortunately a series of 5 shots is necessary. So my hospital adventures continued… I’m in Pakse, just south of Savannakhet when it’s time for my second rabies shot. I wasn’t too excited about another hospital visit, but this just had to be done. I walked through the entrance, but there was no reception. After wandering all over the hospital, I asked someone, showing my vaccination card, and they sent me to the ER. The doctors were all just sitting around. There were obviously no emergencies at this time in the morning. The  hospital seemed quiet in general. Most of the doors were open en the scarcely furnished rooms had no patients.     One doctor wrote me a prescription and I had to go pick it up…

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South East Asia has a lot of stray cats and dogs. I’ve seen them in all the countries I’ve travelled through. In some they looked worse than in others. Especially in Myanmar and Laos, they just scared me. I got into several situations where aggressive dogs made me change my path, not visit a temple or just too scared to continue. It’s like the dogs smell you are foreign and that is enough to attack. I have enough time to realise it. I am going to get bitten. Savannakhet was one of those places that seemed to have more dogs than people on the street. The sun was setting and I had my first stroll through the colonial part of town. I’m in a street where a few people are sitting in front of their houses and others are preparing food. A dog lies on someone’s property and starts to look…

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I’m so happy with the choices I have made over the last few years. I could have done the standard thing, the expected thing, but I chose a different path than others. Instead of kick-starting my career, I packed a bag and left. I can only say I made the right choice back then. I believe I would never have grown as much as a person if I hadn’t. This year I am turning 30. I’m ok with turning 30, because so far, life has only gotten better with every year. And yet I’m frustrated and just because my age will soon have a 3 in it, I am feeling a gigantic pressure. Nobody’s actively putting me under pressure but myself though. There is this thing about 30. First of all it’s the expectations. I thought I could ignore them. I thought I had put them in the box labelled…

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This working holiday year was different from all the others I have done. Instead of moving around, I ended up staying in one place for the full year. I needed this. I needed a place to call home again, for longer than just a few months. Staying here the full year gave me a chance to see all the best Whistler has got to offer and I still managed to travel in between. Whistler is an expensive place and I am sure I could have saved a lot more money in other places. I could have done more. But I wouldn’t have this beautiful place to call home. I fell in love with Whistler and I still admire the mountains every day. I am so sad I’ve got to leave this place, so let me look back at all the wonderful things I have done during the past year. Before I…

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The best way to wake up in the morning is definitely in the mountains. Fresh air, an active day outside ahead. With views like these I never really minded getting up early to go to work.

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