June 6, 2020
The guy at airport security looks at the boxes and bottles in my hand luggage like something fishy was going on here. “What is that?” he asks. I want to shout, “COCAINE!” loudly.
But then I realize that if I said that, I would probably spend the rest of the day in solitary confinement rather than on the airplane. So I decide to tell him the truth. “These are my medications. I have a chronic illness. I have my certificate with me.”
I did not let the diagnosis spoil my mood from the
beginning. Not even with my prolonged travels. Long-term travel with my chronic illness goes somewhere between a full crisis and a laughing fit.
May 24, 2020
I’m sixteen and I go to my favorite bookstore. I want to purchase a new book written by a well-known writer of German thrillers. So I go to the crime section of the store. Just to realize that I have forgotten the name of the author. After only a few seconds, my normal feelings of insecurity and stupidity become overwhelming. Between pathetic and panic.
Worthless. For many years, I felt as if my life was totally worthless. In this article I will take a very personal look at topics that concern many, but only a few are able to speak about openly: bullying, self-doubt, lack of self-confidence. How do you get out of this shit and finally realize: I can do it. And I am great!
Marh 31, 2019
I have to brake hard. I have a truck behind me. Who doesn't seem to care much about the stopping cars. I can barely see anything. But I do think a lot. One thing above all: Please don't let it be over! When I get home, I start to think about that incident again. Why I was so scared. About The End. After all, we all have to die. But not now.
Today, two years later, I close my eyes at the abyss of the deep red canyon. My legs are hanging down the deep gorge. What if. I smile and a deep peace is filling me. Not now? Not anymore. How I lost my fear of death.
June 17, 2016
Like a misguided firework my thoughts are racing colourfully and burning through the room.
Which feelings are still normal or right? Should I leave everything and run away or throw away everything and stay? Why am I suddenly not happy anymore? Will I really gonna make it?
Here comes a dash of courage, rumbling against the bow of Panic-Titanic. For all of you who are planning on a long, far or great trip – alone or together.
June 3, 2018
I’m driving from the north-eastern entrance of the National Park to Red Logde, Montana, via US Highway 212. Behind this unspectacular number hides one of the most beautiful streets in the world: Beartooth Highway.
Today I would like to take you on a road trip on this awesome street. Beyond clouds and above lakes, through hail storms and along vertical precipices.
March 17, 2018
Some pale green palms are shaking in the wind right next to the main street. Instead of looking forward to our road trip I’m panicking because I wasn’t able to understand the English contract entirely.
In order that nothing similar is going to happen to you I established this series called “Road Trips & Rental Cars” to give advice for things you need to do and consider when you are renting a car. I’ll answer the most frequently asked questions to make your road trip the most fascinating, save and uncomplicated adventure.
February 20, 2018
Legendary road: If you’re looking for pictures about Route 66 on Google you’ll find red sunsets behind a horizon with a never ending street. But did you know that Route 66 does not even exist?
But here we go with five myths about Route 66 which are not true.
I bet you’ll be surprised!
February 10, 2018
The 80-year-old French lady is looking puzzled. She is not speaking one word of English. We are smiling. We
don’t speak one word of French. Because we decided to learn Latin at school when we were 12. Shit happens.
Are you scared of traveling a certain country because of language barriers? Are you worried that you will disgrace yourself or be completely lost? Here you’ll find encouragement, hacks and many things to laugh about. You’ll see – there is nothing you have to worry about!
February 2, 2018
A little piece of confetti is blinking the soft sunset light. Then it is ripped apart from the grey wall by the wind and drifting down the narrow alleys of cobblestone roads. Between old lanterns and gables that seem to lean towards to each other you can spot a white cathedral with onion domes. The bohemian side of town Montmartre of Paris is a labyrinth made out of galleries, street art and tiny restaurants. Here it is an obligation to lose yourself and your head. Throw away your map, deactivate your data and follow the pieces of confetti.
January 26, 2018
Colorful wind chime jingle gently in the breeze. The sky stretches across the horizon like a huge blue canvas. Rough rocks drag jagged shadows into the chipped asphalt. A road sweeps a length of some 65 miles. This is the scenic Turquoise Trail in New Mexico, which cuts through an enchanting landscape of red rocks and sandy shrub-steppe. This is a true road trip, not some fast ride from one spot to another on the Interstate. On this road, your only clock will be: timelessness.
August 7, 2017
A short summary of all the weird, funny and sad things I discovered during my 4-month-trip across the United States. Small and big oddities. Things to laugh about, things worth crying for, things to think about. America through the eyes of a German with a German-American heart. Be aware: this text probably contains irony.