Please note: This is my first blog I am writing in English. Even though I have been learning English for quite a while now it is not my mother tongue and any grammatical/ spelling/ expressional mistakes are naturally. Dear readers, I beg your pardon for that! This being said the aim of my blog is to write about my journey and to enable my readers to get an impression of the countries I visited and cultures I had the pleasure to get to know.
First things first.
Who am I?
After graduating in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany I decided to take a break of German society and to live and work abroad for a while. I was accepted in the educational volunteering program “kulturweit” and was sent to Tiflis, Georgia. There I was working for a year in a public school and supported the German classes for 10 to 18 years old students. This single year was filled with so many unique experiences and special interpersonal meetings that it has been influencing my life and me ever since.
Before that I was never big of a traveller since I had either no time or no money for it. But I was always interested in exploring our colourful world. Going to Tiflis was the best that could have happened to me! I finally started travelling and getting to know a lot of new things! New countries, new people, new cultures, new adventures, new everything! I fell in love with that feeling! And I didn’t want to keep that all to myself but to share it with my beloved ones. This was the moment I decided to write a blog and to post as many articles of my life and work abroad and as many pictures as possible. Everyone should have the chance to see how different and how diverse life on the same world can be. Ever since I have been writing blogs about my stays in foreign countries albeit so far always in German.
The day you start travelling is the day you get addicted to it. The more you see the more you become aware of how much more there is to see… It’s endless….
However. After my stay in Georgia I returned to Germany and started to study Social Sciences in Berlin. During my studies I went as an exchange student to Helsinki, Finland for five months. From there I went directly to Bukarest, Romania for a two month internship at the German Embassy. Unfortunately I had to return to Germany after that to accomplish my Master studies.
After my graduation I left to Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha in Far East Russia. There I was working as a lecturer of German language and culture at the Northeastern Federal University of Yakutsk. The so called “Lektorenprogramm” of the German Robert Bosch Foundation was a one year scholarship I received. Besides teaching at university the lecturers are also organizing educational and cultural projects in their countries.
My home is the world!
Let the journey begin: Kamchatka – Alaska – Philippines – Malaysia – Vietnam – Myanmar – India .
Countries I have visited so far:
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” – Oscar Wilde
Chinese Proverb – “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”
“One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world’s end somewhere.” – Willa Cather
Mark Twain – “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn