“Sure, you can take a picture of me and I have a hell of a story to tell.
My fiance died two years ago and this trip is probably my way of dealing with it. Others spend thousands and thousands on therapists, and I travel the world. I started in April in South America, went back home for a while to earn more money, and now I go around Europe. Traveling alone as a woman? I have no problem with that and I do not understand the warnings of others: you have to be careful everywhere – even in your home town. And traveling all by yourself has its advantages and disadvantages: you are never really alone because there is always someone around you. Sometimes traveling with others becomes hard for me now.
While I am traveling I meet new people and I keep in touch with them. Some of them I meet again and again in different places . It is nice to see some people you know. And I meet old friends and people I met on the internet. You have to follow your gut’s feeling and everything will be fine.
I do couch surfing, crush on floors with others. I depend on the kindness of others and on my funding. That’s all I got. My fiance tried to show everyone that there is pure kindness in every human being but he did not have a lot of faith in me that I could travel all by myself through the world. Well, every day I proof him wrong.
I have seen things some Americans even don’ want to see and probably will never see. But I have learned far more during my travel already than I could have ever learned through books or in school.
One of the most impressing things I have seen so far was Auschwitz. I have read about it. I have heard about it. But being there, standing in the middle of everything is something completely different. Also the Culloden battlefields in Scotland. My ancestors died there and standing in the middle of it all was more than impressive.
Traveling now in my 30ies is a good thing. I guess as a young girl I would party and drink more but I would miss all the really interesting things: culture and the buildings.
I have a tattoo for all countries I travel and I still don’t know what to get for Germany and Austria. I thought about a Brezel but I am not sure yet.”
This blog post is only in English since we only talked in English.
But now I have a two things I would like to ask you, my dear readers:
First: This young lady will be only in Ireland during Christmas and has no plans for Christmas yet. Any ideas or suggestions?
And Second: What would the best tattoo be for reminding you about Germany?