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Walking Home, week 13: Gods’ plans

Although looking at history – old and new – I absolutely cannot believe in organized religion, I believe – after this journey more than ever – that a higher power – I call it ¨fate¨, ¨karma¨ or simply ¨the gods¨ – ensures in the end everything will have happened so that one day I will…

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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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Walking Home, week 10: En français, s’il vous plaît

At the end of the first week in France stand two major realizations: First, it is darn expensive here. In seven days here I have already spent more than half of the monthly budget. This means that if I want to have any money left in my account by the end of the trip, I…

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  • Walking Home, week 13: Gods’ plans

    Although looking at history – old and new – I absolutely cannot believe in organized religion, I believe – after this journey more than ever – that a higher power – I call it ¨fate¨, ¨karma¨ or simply ¨the gods¨ – ensures in the end everything will have happened so that one day I will…

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  • Walking Home, week 12: Country roads

    This week I dive into the least populous part of France. I learn that three facilities used exist in every French village of the nineteenth century, and that not all villages dance on the streets during the fête de la Musique . Day 78 – Saint Mihiel I treat myself to a second night in…

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  • Walking Home, week 11:Rolling on and on

    Week eleven is over and it’s getting mentally tough. So far I’m spending a lot more money in France than I can afford. To make things worse I’m struggling with basic motivation problems. Hiking with a heavy pack and in summer temperatures in the sun is much more like work than pleasure. But I’m almost…

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  • Walking Home, week 10: En français, s’il vous plaît

    At the end of the first week in France stand two major realizations: First, it is darn expensive here. In seven days here I have already spent more than half of the monthly budget. This means that if I want to have any money left in my account by the end of the trip, I…

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  • Walking Home, week 9: Getting ready for France

    Much sooner than expected, my last week in Germany has arrived. I find the Mosel river again which I had met briefly in Coblenz, and slowly, via Luxembourg, move to the language, which I will have around me constantly – solely? – from week 10 on. Oh la la … Day 57 – to Allenbach…

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  • Walking Home, week 8: Not the lonely one

    Day 50 – to Waldalgesheim (Bingen) It’s almost ten, when I depart from Steffen. I’ve decided to take the train to Kaub. After all, I had already made it there yesterday afternoon. On the way to the station I buy a coffee at the bakery. At half past twelve the train leaves. I get off…

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  • Walking Home, week 7: C’mon, live a little!

    Approaching day fifty. This week I have made two observations: 1) I have been more relaxed with my money. So far I’m doing well with the budget (on average 10 € per day). And sometimes you just have to treat yourself to something special. 2) For the first time my hosts irritate me. I don’t…

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  • Walking Home, week 6: Every day stories

    How do you escape the daily grind when you have already escaped the daily grind? After five weeks, a routine has now ingrained on the trip: I pack my backpack in a certain way, I have my daily creaming ritual, I have an idea of what I have for lunch, … Even the daily rain…

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  • Walking Home, week 5: It’s raining, man

    Day 29 – to Tambach-Dietharz By ten I step out onto the road to the Thuringian Forest: To the right, then onto the Street of March 18, passing under the railway tracks, into the old district, once built for the railroad workers, in the direction of the hospital, to Sundhausen over to the horse track…

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  • An e is an e is an e is the first part of walking HOME

    This week, I have reached two milestones: I have finished the first letter of “home”, namely the “e”, and I have now been on the road for one entire month. This is the perfect moment to look back and to look ahead at the next few weeks. Review Most impressive to me are the people.…

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  • Walking Home, week 4: Pole, pole

    Day 22, to Silkerode I should have asked Gesa and Nelly for another night. But I only realize that after a few kilometers into the day. Gesa had suggested that I follow the Rhume – one of Germany’s shortest rivers – to its source and then spend the night in Silkerode, just ten kilometers further.…

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  • Walking Home, week 3: Life is a river

    Day 15, to Eschwege I leave Mühlhausen on Sunday morning befitting for the journey: Past the pilgrims’ hostel “AntoniQ” I walk through the inner and outer Frauentor towards Kassel. After about an hour I dive into the Mühlhauser forest. Once again, a beautiful German forest. Moreover, the trails are excellent and as luck would have…

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  • Walking Home, week 2: Thuringian Forest

    Day 8, Halle (Saale) I’ve decided to stay in Halle for two more nights. The blisters at my heels have burst and I want to give them the opportunity to at least start healing. After another cold night, albeit in a fairly comfortable bed, in the former squat and now alternative project Reil78, I don’t…

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  • Walking Home, week 1 – Pleasure and Pain

    Day 1, Berlin to Bergholz-Rehbrücke It feels good to see how many people have come to say goodbye. After all it’s Sunday morning at clocks have been set forward one hour for summer time. Still my sisters and nieces and a friend have come to the Honolulu for breakfast. At Oberbaumbruecke a distant cousin that…

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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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