Monday, October 22, 2012

Wrap !!!

How do you sum up 14 months of traveling to different corners of this world, meeting incredible people, seeing some of the most stunning sights this world has to offer, experiencing new cultures and ways of living, being given the opportunity to help people, sleeping under so many different roofs, having to push your own comfort levels, experience things you would normally only read in a book? Being so many times humbled, experienced shere joy and happiness, feeling sad and lonely, being surprised, scared and much much more.

Well you DON'T !!! It is simply not possible to describe how these exceptional 14 months have been for me.
Therefore I want to close this blog with a “recurrent theme” that followed me throughout the journey. Which David told me on my first stop in Ecuador:
“Earth is the Paradise, we humans just don’t realize it”

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

There is no other place like home...

This is it !!! I am back home and my travels are over. Exactly a week ago I arrived back home in Reutlingen after a quick stop over in London to see my friends there. It was great to see everybody over there as well... London and New York will always have a spot in my life mainly for the friends I have made over there.

It feels great to be back home and being finally able to relax my mind after 14 months of traveling (as one is always "on guard" when traveling), enjoy spending time with my family and friends, enjoy Mams cooking (Mams cooking is always the best :-) ) and enjoy all the conviniences life in Germany brings with it.... I will write something (hopefully) more meaningful over the next couple of days, for now I will set out to see my brothers family, nephews and my nice who I haven`t meet yet.

Stay tuned....

Monday, September 17, 2012

My 2nd home...

After a stunning month in Alaska I am now on my way back home with stop-overs in New York and London to visit friends and family.
The last 2 weeks I spent in my 2nd home the concrete Jungle New York which is quite a contrast program from wide and open spaced nature in Alaska and I at first had to get used to it again. But what can I say, New York had and will always have a spot in my heart... with its busy streets, posh cafees, steakhouses, taxis, subway, food trucks, overcrowded parks..... there is just no other city like it in this world.  Though the major reason why this is a 2nd home to me is because of my friends living over here who are just grand. Unfortunately my time here comes to an end and I will move on to London on Wednesday before returning to Germany on the 25th.

Friday, September 7, 2012

1 month of Alaska = 1 month of Adventure

Alaska was always a dream destination for me, though I never had an answer for people when they asked me for the "why". 
Having been to Alaska now for 1 month just confirmed that Alaska for me is one of the most wonderful places on earth. Though it is still hard for me to pin down the exact reasons - Is it the mountains and lakes? The climate? The wildlife? The people? The shere size of the 50. state of the US? I guess it is the combination.

On the day I arrived in Anchorage I met some local people through couch-surfing (check it out on it is a great concept), who took me on a 3 day trail-hike the next day and with that the Alaska adventure had a kicked off and it basically didn't stop until the day I flew out on which I still did a 6 hour trail hike :-).

The program and highlights for Alaska were as following:
- 3 day back-country trail hike in Denali State Park, with a rocking group of 7 people, stunning views, loads of rain and a continuos 13 hour hike through the night, because we didn't want to pitch a tent in the rain anymore.
- Mountain-bike tour around Anchorage and accidentally running into a mother Moose with her young child about 5 meters away from me. Luckily the Moose was totally relaxed :-)
- 3 day sea-kayaking to Bear Glacier, with 8 hours straight paddling, pitching tents without shelter and firewood, pulling two of my fellow kayakers up the river, cruising through a lagoon of glacier water in between of broken off pieces of ice
- 3 day back-country hike in Denali National Park which started of with hitchhiking 300 miles, then once hiking seeing 4 bears up close, a river crossing which we had to abort as it nearly swamped me away, a 11 hour hike up to and on a glacier
- Chilled hiking around Cordova where I ate one of my best Burritos in my life (Salmon Burrito :-))
- 7 days of a roadtrip on the Alaska Highway System which leads through stunning nature. The highlights certainly were: Ice climbing in the Wrangler National Park, Getting up to the Arctic Circle and driving the Denali Highway.
- Several day hikes, such as Exit Glacier, Jumbo Mine or Bird Ridge.

A big thanks goes out to Katharina, we teamed up for four weeks to explore Alaska together, she is a grand travel-mate and took all these awesome pictures... have a look for yourself!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alaska: one big playground

I haven't been writing anything since I arrived in Alaska, cause the day I landed here I hit the ground "running". With loads of hiking, camping, kayaking in a stunning nature and as I am taking it in as much as possible, I will be writing once I left this stunning place. But to give you an impression, enclosed a couple of pictures from a kayaking trip 1.5 weeks ago