:::eyes wide open:::
03.08.2011 - 09.04.2013
As I am flying back to Berlin and think about all the incredible people I met, the adventures that presented themselves, the landscapes that blew me away, the bustling cities, the scents and tastes, the oceans I swam in, the waves that wiped me out – there is one thing for sure: the past 20 months and 46,014 km since I left New York and lived like a nomad rocked!
But I also feel really good about returning to Berlin. It has been more than 13 years, since I have lived in my hometown, reconnecting with life there and exploring what has changed will be a new adventure. To me, living in Berlin now sounds really exotic! One of the reasons, I decided that this journey from New York to Patagonia on the Panamericana and then along the Atlantic Coast should come to a close is that I found it always so beautiful to meet people, who were from the places I visited. The way they belonged to a place was always something special - and apart from my friends, who accompanied me on parts of this trip and made it the adventure it was - the people I think about most when I contemplate this journey are the ones who are from the places I visited and who invited me to take part in their life for an hour, a weekend or in the case of Mexico a year. It made me realize that not only visiting new places can be exciting, but it is the relations you make, what you give to your surroundings that can make any situation special - wherever you are.
Leaving New York and starting this journey also showed me that there are so many possibilities out there that one never imagines in one’s daily routine. It took a leap of faith to leave New York and start this adventure, but one thing that I made my mind up long ago - and that this journey confirmed in so many ways - is that I never want to be bound by any comfort or routine and want to do what feels right, particularly if it turns many things upside down. Change is good and a sign of being alive – in that sense I am looking forward to all the changes that lie ahead and end this blog with pictures from some of my favorite moments of this journey (click here).