It is now exactly one year ago since my last post on brontour. At that time I said that I will write soon about my last few weeks in Spain…I could not keep that promise, but at least I want to write again.
Since than last post a lot of things happened. Looking back I can say that this trip around the world definitely changed my life in many different ways…
Costa Rica was amazing and every time someone asked which country I liked the most, I say Mongolia and Costa Rica, although I had great experiences everywhere. The last few days in Spain just flew by way too fast before I had to come back to Germany, where a few friends picked me up at the airport. 🙂
And this is where the by far hardest part of my trip began: Re-entering the life most of the people are used to. A lot of things happened at the same time and I have to confess that I was more than once very close to quitting, packing up and leaving again. I am not exaggerating when I say that the last year after I came back, was one of the most challenging years in my life… There are a lot of good articles about coming back from a long trip in the internet and it hit me exactly the same way.
Many different things made it very hard for me. I arrived after a year full of amazing and crazy experiences with the feeling that I changed a lot, that I grew personally and mentally, but here I saw a Germany and people that did not change…at all!!That feels weird… as if someone has pushed the pause button for a full year. Additionally the weather here in Germany is shit, especially when you arrive in autumn like me. It is cold and rainy and dark…I was just not used to that. I spent almost all of my trip in warm weather and I really got used to it and love it. And of course the daily work routine is everything, but fun. After one year of deciding myself what to do and being able to create plans on your own, it does not feel right if you are told to do tasks that sometimes make no sense and are often internally politically motivated… Living alone in a 90sqm flat after a year in hostels gave me the feeling of having way too much space to fill with stuff that I do not need anyway. The first few month my backpack was on the floor and I lived out of my backpack, because that felt right and normal to me. And of course, the fact, that someone broke into my flat after two weeks living there did help me to get the feeling of living in a new „home“. Luckily nothing was stolen. It is crazy. I travel for one year around the world and nothing happened to me. Everyone told me to be careful and nothing happened, but as soon as I move back in a flat people want to steal my stuff… This all made me question my decision to come back, to become part of the insane routine to work ever day and built your life around this work….I honest asked myself if I want to be part of that system or leave it… again…These are the moments when I really appreciated my friends and my family, that are always there for me. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed life. I was in Spain almost every third weekend, where I felt home, went snowboarding on new years eve in the Pyrenees, went surfing on Fuerteventura and in February I travelled with the spanish girl in Thailand for two weeks. She is amazing and helped me to overcome my down. I loved her, more than everything and I still do it. She was the one!
But she decided in May to end it with me and I fell in another hole, maybe even a deeper one. And again friends and family were there for me and all the conversations with my guys, my sister and even my grandma helped me A LOT! I suffered from a lovesickness that was new to me. It took me a while before I realized that I gave up on myself for that woman and very slowly now I start to see the positive things in being alone, although I still think that she was the perfect fit….and I already saw myself in Barcelona 😥
But since I have been alone I learned a lot about myself, about the law of attraction, about a positive mindset, about setting goals, and from now on it will go straight uphill again. I have another long trip to the Philippines planned, I arranged myself with my work, my flat and the city I live in has actually a lot to offer. Aaaaand I have a lot of things in my mind that I want to do in 2017. I want to develop further, personally and professionally! It will be awesome!!!
I will find my way in this world and enjoy every second of it just like I did it on my trip.
Maybe there will be another very long trip, maybe I will leave Germany,,,maybe not. But at the moment I do not plan to continue this blog! Maybe I will upload some videos, that I still want to edit with all the unchecked material I have. But If I will really travel the Pan-American by car (which is an idea in my head) I will resurrect this blog 😉
I want to thank all of you who read this blog. I got a lot of feedback and always had the feeling that people appreciated that I shared my route and experiences. This trip was the craziest, most amazing, most life changing trip of my life. I would definitely do it again and recommend this step outside of the comfort zone to everyone.
P.S.: Attached you find a little gallery with some of the pictures of what I did the last year since my last post.
P.P.S.: Attached you see the facebook post, that I posted shortly after the trip. I am still thankful and grateful that I met all these amazing people. You shaped this trip to this incredible journey! If you are around Germany, sent me a message. I am looking forward to see all of you again!!
my year of traveling the world is almost over. Next Saturday I will be back in Germany. I am happy to see family and friends again but also a little bit sad.
I loved this year! It was one of the best decisions of my life. I saw incredible places, had amazing experiences, met amazing people, had so much fun and learned a lot. About countries, cultures and especially… about myself. I laughed, I cried, were happy, were sad. I did not see many of my good friends for one year, but I met a lot of people from all around the world and under all these Facebook friends I know I made some REAL friends. I want to thank you all to make this trip of mine even more amazing. Tell me if you are in Germany. Maybe I can help you out with a place to crash or just to met for a coffee or beer.
So lets use this tagging feature of Facebook (I am sorry if I forgot anyone):
-Thank you Marie-Theres Madl for the amazing trip with the transsiberian railway and the trip to Thailand and Malaysia. We still have a lot to sort out, but the time with you was amazing! Thanks also Amelia Bertmar, Gabriel Lindell, Martin Bell, Christina Busch Christoph for making the Transsiberian experience unforgettable. Thanks to Irina Kostenko for the perfect tour through Moscow and Stephanie Liew, Dana Contreras Berríos for sharing this.
– Thank you Thomas Kneer for letting me crash at your place in Shanghai for a full week although we just met once before! You are great!
– Thanks to Carl Olsson, Elly Parsons, Mike Ward, Miki Nishioka, Greg Williamson, Shumei Chan Annika Kinast, Mel Costa Michael Sanduski Lewis Cheung for a few crazy days in Hong Kong
– Thank you Julia Duenne, Jessie Watts, Samantha Barry, Fleur Tomlinson, Matt MacKay, Patrick Heanue and many more…. for the crazy Party-time in Hanoi and Halong-Bay.
– Thank to the Buffalo Run Crew Tom Stone Hanh Hong Nguyen Juan Vitor Maqueda Ryan Webb, Lily Smith, Leighton Beer, Emilie Brown, Jim Stillwell Gary Riley for the trip through this diverse and beautiful country and everyone else I met in Vietnam. Claartje Schulp
– Thanks to Ditte Haps Meyer, Daniel Saul Goodman, Matt Slattery, Haresh Sivaram, Mary Merritt, Miriam Urch, Maëlle Paugam for exploring Laos with me, surviving the tubing, exploring Luang Prabang, and the Slow Boat Trip.
– Thanks to Adriaan Taal, Jennifer van den Berg, Marleen Atsma, Daniele Grintaccia Di Maita, Alex Duchemin D’Matta for the Gibbon experience which was worth every penny of it!
– Thanks Bhud at Xhale Yoga and Kate Emma, Don Thomson, Natalie Smolders, Ange Tan-Chong, Auntie Kiki, Beate Cecilie Stampe, Bex Anne Wildsmith, Chaja Jacobs, Isa Flores, Luna Button, Michelle Goh, Noel Molony and Valentin Ade…. This was a real step out of my comfort zone, a highlight of my trip and I will continue my Yoga journey because all of you.
– Thanks to Tiam O. Yupin, Nina Blake and the Yoga Crew for a few great days in Chiang Mai.
– Thanks to Di Fu, Dylan Blaine Playfair and Brent Neumann for exploring my favorite city in the world with me. I love Bangkok. Thanks to Alexander Eplingerfor a great time at Wake a Lot – Wakeboarding Thailand
– Thanks to Beer Wiphawee Baosathorn for giving her room to us.
– Thanks again to the crazy Yogis for showing me around in Singapore.
– Thanks to Anne Mari aifa M Raman, Will Manners, Kristina Hallvik, Jordan Eustache, and everyone who started my Indonesian Adventure with me.
– SPECIAL thanks to Lore SanGo, Núria Rius and Maria Merichal Palomares. The fact that we met in that bus to Bali changed everything!!! Thanks for the amazing time on Bali and Gili-T. I will never forget that.
– Thanks for everyone else on Bali Mei Jalleh, Jeremy Koehler and Jay Kay, Thiemo Irtel, Christina Gottschalk, Christian Schlitt for sharing my surfing adventure and James Gregory , Kristofer Duval, Gabriel Setiawan and Andrew Philley for good talks and surviving in the hell of Kuta.
– Thanks for everyone at Z Hostel Philippines for this great Manila experience. Joff Cruz, Carlo Cao Ocampo, Martin Jonsson, Raf Salas
– Thanks to CWC (CamSur Watersports Complex), Infinite-Camps, Susanne Kunte, Philipp Kunte, Caroe Espunkt, Thore Jarosch, Eve Pee, Felix Andrade, Frankie Fourfingers, Quentin Maulavé, Jan Uary, Lars Georges, Alexander Alt, Marvin Langner Vicki Hernandez Dill, Diego Hoet, Malin Overby and of course Elli for one week in one of the most amazing wake parks of the world.
– Thanks to my Sister Maike Bröskamp and Maris Pankūka for visiting me and traveling with me. I really enjoyed the time with you two.
– Thanks again to my Yogi friend Kate for letting me stay with you in Brisbane and all the support.
– Thanks River Rea, Dave Simpson, Dario Vlachos, and Jeremy Faivrefor sharing the Byron Bay Experience with you. How are you guys?
– Thanks for Brent Coles and Karl Herman for showing me GoWake cable park. I needed this break of backpacking.
– Thanks for everyone on the boomerang, especially to my fellow germans Florian Huber und Andy Kasper. You guys are something else. It felt good to keep in touch with you all the time.
– The third thanks to Kate Emma for setting me up with your parents and Peter O’Connor and Donna-Maree O’Connorfor inviting me, and the nice discussions on your beautiful terrace. The O’Connor clan is something special.
– Thanks Christoph Grohmann Raphael Trenker, Angus Cowan for an incredible time in cold Melbourne. I tried a lot of beer and gained a lot of weight there. Thank you all!
– Thank you Maria Merichal Palomares for keeping me for a full month with you. We are a great team. Thanks you Núria Rius for always being there! Thank you Lore SanGo Ari Oh Josep Lluis Navarrete Xetilla Brochetilla and everyone else for the by far best time I ever had on Menorca. Count on me for the next San Joan!
– Thanks to my father, who is not on Facebook, (I will tag you Wolfgang Halberscheidt, as a representative of the generation ;-)), for three relaxing and interesting weeks in Mexico. My advice to all of you: Travel with your parents! It is worth it!
– Thank you, James Pople Hoskins, Donal Moran and the rest of the crew for a REAL Cuban experience in a country that is so different from every other country I have been.
– Thank you Maria for three weeks Costa Rica, which I will never forget in my life!
– Special thanks to my whole family for the support and all my friends at home who tried to stay in contact with me although I was so far away!
– I knew that I forgot some people who made this trip awesome. So also a shoutout to Windy Catz, BenJamin King, Vroni Staudigl, Leonie Langer, Marta M. Crespi, Miriam RM, Laura Ferrero, Vini Singer
What a privilege to be able to do such a trip, but I guess it was not the last one…