Walking Home Project

Tell me about home

On the one hand the Walking Home project is of course a physical challenge. After all 4000 km want to be covered on foot. However, at least as important to me is the social aspect of the venture. During the journey I want to talk with other people about what ¨home¨ means to them. Since not all…

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My gear: Walking Home packing list

The following is a complete list of all the gear I carry with me during Walking Home (snacks excluded). Most of the equipment I decided on after extensive research. Often I went for the lightest alternative or for the brand that has a well-documented track record of high quality and long-lasting products. Other times I already owned…

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In my early thirties I traveled for almost a year overland through Africa. On the road I met countless people. Some of them had never been further away from their place of birth than the nearest market town. Others were travelers like me. Some of them were simply using their vacation days to see different…

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Starting in March 2014 I will walk the word 'home' on the map between Berlin (Germany) and Biarritz (France).

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  • My gear: Walking Home packing list

    The following is a complete list of all the gear I carry with me during Walking Home (snacks excluded). Most of the equipment I decided on after extensive research. Often I went for the lightest alternative or for the brand that has a well-documented track record of high quality and long-lasting products. Other times I already owned…

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  • Tell me about home

    Tell me about home

    By on March 25, 2014

    On the one hand the Walking Home project is of course a physical challenge. After all 4000 km want to be covered on foot. However, at least as important to me is the social aspect of the venture. During the journey I want to talk with other people about what ¨home¨ means to them. Since not all…

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  • Le Français. Il est très difficile. – Five tools to learn French

    Unfortunately, I never had the foresight to enroll in French lessons at school . Since my early years of schooling took place during the GDR era , Russian was my first language. In seventh grade I picked up English. However, when I could have chosen a third language in ninth grade I opted for advanced…

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  • Test, test, 1, 2

    Test, test, 1, 2

    By on March 23, 2014

    Only one more week until the start of the Walking Home project and excitement is continuing to build up. Last week was all about preparation, preparation and preparation. The Olympus Stylus 1 camera was the final piece of equipment I wanted. I said good bye to a few good friends over a beer (or two). And before…

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  • The route home: e as in East Germany

    Alright, less than two weeks to go and time to share some more details of the route (as planned at the moment). In my route home the “e” is the start: On 30 March I’ll head off from the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin. Afterwards I am planning to see some of East Germany: Potsdam, Luther City…

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  • Three ultimate preliminary packing rules

    Two weeks before the trip is due to start I am busy putting together my equipment. When you carry all your belongings on your back it’s necessary to adhere to some packing rules. Here are the three most important ones (and no worries: I will put up a detailed list of my gear in the…

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  • Why walk HOME?

    Why walk HOME?

    By on March 2, 2014

    After making the decision to go to France on foot I needed to choose a route. A while ago I had read about Christopher Wallace who created GPS drawings of animals and monsters by mapping out routes on the PC and then riding them on his bike. I liked the though of it. “home“ was…

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  • Why WALK home?

    Why WALK home?

    By on February 27, 2014

    I must admit that I am having a bit of a hard time explaining how I came up with the Walking Home Project. But let me try anyway (part 1): I initially wanted to go to France because I have been learning French for more than a year and realization has set in that the…

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  • Why travel?

    Why travel?

    By on February 25, 2014

    In my early thirties I traveled for almost a year overland through Africa. On the road I met countless people. Some of them had never been further away from their place of birth than the nearest market town. Others were travelers like me. Some of them were simply using their vacation days to see different…

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  • How are you going to finance the Walking Home Project?

    As laid out before: I spent my life’s savings of more than ten years in Africa. A very good investment I should mention. And normally one that wouldn’t be much of a problem, if, well, if my feet had just stopped itching after that. But they still haven’t. So, also due to the lack of…

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  • And then? Let’s get this question out of the way

    “And what are you going to do afterwards?” “And then you’ll go back working as a project manager?” “Do you think finding a job afterwards will be easy?” “Will you keep your room?” “Do you think that experience will help you to find a job?” The question comes in different flavors but almost everyone I…

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  • Five lessons life has taught me and proof that every experience had its worth

    As a croupier at Casino Berlin I learnt that it’s sometimes not so good to cling to ideas, that I sometimes need to take a step back and look at myself from the outside to see that I am headed the wrong direction. There is always more than one truth. At ONE I learnt that…

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  • Two years and five days ago a man helped me make the perfect birthday present

    We had barely known each other for a day when I realized I knew just the perfect birthday present for Gav. Sitting by a fire on a campsite in Tarifa we agreed that bringing a hammock on the trip around Africa would have been a brilliant idea. One of the few things on which our…

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  • Meditate, good times

    Meditate, good times

    By on November 6, 2013

    To keep me entertained while saving for my next trip (due this coming spring) I’m checking out fun stuff to do in Berlin. Two nights ago I went to a kundalini meditation. I’d found the Osho Studio on be-more-ecofriendly app cotastic. The chance to try out a free meditation sparked my interest, and ecotastic Fabian’s…

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  • Featured images: Casablancan architecture (on globalsiteplans.com)

    What a beautiful tool Flickr is! A few weeks ago Sarah Essbai approached me about using some of the Casablanca pictures I had uploaded to Flickr for a blog post she was working on. Of course I said yes. And now the post is live on environmental design website globalsiteplans.com. In ‘Should Casablanca’s Colonial Heritage…

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