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Life after the journey – Good memories

How is life after a journey? So, well, not much different than before. In the beginning you focus on the important things to get back to a `normal´ situation; having a place to live, getting ready for a job, repair the motorcycles so that you are mobile again and of course seeing your family and meeting all your friends!

We were lucky and found a nice little house in Hamburg.

With a fire place, a little garden, a garage for the motorcycles and with a perfectly developed cellar, with room to work and room for guests. The motorcycle “Stammtisch AT Rhön” had invited us to its annual meeting like the other years and we looked forward to seeing them again. But then they asked if we could make a little MultiMediaVison3DExperienceSuperDuperGreatestShowOnEarth presentation of our journey at the meeting. Hmm… We had about 2.5 weeks left and we had never done anything like this before. And the worst: We have made about 47000 pictures and movies and have not seen anything of it yet… But since the interest was so great, we gave our best and made a small presentation. We had a great weekend with campfire, good stories and an organized tour together; and in the end we were glad and grateful that our presentation was well received.Maybe even they liked it, 2times StandingOvations… (Or they just have been happy that it was finally over – who knows…)

As always, the question came up, how to make such a journey … Again and again there is the statement: “I would like to do something like that, but …” We can only give the following advice:

If you are a person who feels the desire to go and discover the world, do it. There is really nothing that speaks against or what should stop you, because there is nothing to lose. You can only win. Please never forget that you are the guest in the foreign country. Even if you find processes, actions and views absurd, alien or even not logical (e.g. BorderXings in Central America). You may not know all the background, not the history of the country or natural conditions (Nicaragua BorderXing is an exception, it´s absolutely makes no sense to fill out all this papers three times… but hey, don´t complain). Observe and act with caution and care over other customs. Be open to encounter something new and also to learn new views. Most people always welcome you and only want your best. If you have a bad gut feeling, then leave the place and/ or behave calmly.

The majority of folks are afraid of losing what they currently have. A house / apartment with all the belongings, a job, relationships… Our experience has shown that finding a new home is not so difficult; even in a city like Hamburg. In our days most employers’ value experiences like these and even at an advanced age, we have always found a job. In this case, Sascha even got a Sabbatical Year approved. You do not really need most possessions. It can even be liberating get rid of things that are not really important. And for the rest there is always a solution, a storage space at friends, a warehouse or alike. The family and true friends support and help you (even if they say in the beginning “That´s crazy!” All these are no real reasons not to do it. And you should never forget, you can cancel the project any time, if you realize that it is not the right one. That’s no shame! (That´s what Kerstin said, Sascha says: “Go for it, set a target date and go for it. Do not postpone it. Set a realistic Date and off you go… again SET A DATE! Important… There is no way back ;) (ha ha ;)   )

However, we have met only a few people who discovered that this lifestyle is not for them, and hey if it´s nothing for them fine, but at least they tried it! Many more people we met were so infected by the desire to travel (the travel bug) that they do not want to stop anymore :) But that’s another story…

On Kerstin’s birthday we took the opportunity to thank all the lovely people who believed in us and helped us to realize the journey. We shared some of our stories and we took them on a little journey into the past.

Every time we look at photos or remember stories, we realize how wonderful this journey was. We are glad that we had this opportunity and we enjoyed every km (you know afterwards you tend to forget how many times you asked yourself “WTF we are doing here anyhow? ;).

Of course, there is always a bit of sadness, because quickly we wish to go back again. We are still in contact with many travelers we met on the way. We have covered stages together with one or the other and we are eagerly awaiting their onward journey. We are often jealous and would like to be back on the street. But we wish you all great experiences and hope, the way one or the other passes us and we can celebrate a reunion.

Mi case es su casa!

Hasta La Vista Baby!    ;)

Wohnung gesucht in Hamburg!!!

Ab Juni muss Sascha wieder im Büro sitzen und wir organisieren gerade die Verschiffung unserer Motorräder von Südamerika nach Hause (wahrscheinlich 1. Mai Woche). Nach Hause ist relativ, haben wir ja keine Unterkunft momentan… Wer also etwas weiß, jemanden kennt, irgendeinen Tip hat – jede Hilfe ist wilkommen!!! Hier mal ein paar Eckdaten, was wir suchen.

Wohnung 65m²+, hell, ruhig, gerne mit Terasse/Garten/Balkon

Hamburg oder auch Großraum (wenn öffentliche Verkehrsanbindung ins Zentrum (HBF) vorhanden)

Unterstellplatz (sicherer Hof, Garage, Carport) für unsere zwei treuen Motorräder

Davon abgesehen brauchen wir für unsere ersten paar Tage einen relativ zentralen Unterschlupf für die Wohnungssuche und Kerstins Jobsuche… (und Stellplatz für die 2 Motorräder :) Gerne auch ein Gartenhäuschen für 2-3 Wochen.

Kennt da jemand jemanden der jemand kennt und da irgendwas hat? ;) Darf gerne geteilt werden!!!

Vielen Dank und bis die Tage

Kerstin und Sascha

Flat wanted in Hamburg for us and our motorcycletas

Sascha has to be back in the office from June and we are currently organizing the shipment of our motorcycles from South America to Hamburg (probably 1st week of May). Home is relative, we have no accommodation at the moment … So if you know something or someone who has an flat on offer in Hamburg – any help is welcome! Here are a few key data, what we are looking for.

Apartment 65m² +, bright, quiet, with terrace / garden / balcony

Hamburg city or close to it (if public transport connections to the center (HBF) are available)

Parking space (secure yard, garage, carport) for our two loyal motorcycles

Apart from that, we need for our first few days a relatively central shelter for finding a place to live and for Kerstin’s job search … (and parking space for the 2 motorcycles :) Also a garden shed for 2-3 weeks would do the job.

Does anyone know someone who knows someone and has something there? ;) May like to be shared!!!

Thanks a lot and see you until the days

Kerstin and Sascha

By the way below you can find some pictures of our last weeks. After we left Fin del Mundo/ Ushuaia along the coast road 3 strong wind was challenging us. The coast scenery is not so spectacular neither so we shortly decided to go back to the Andes. We do enjoy this area a lot and could imagine staying much much longer here. But we have to face reality and start to organize our way back home. We are sad that this journey comes to an end so soon – however we are looking forward to meet family, friends and many lovely people again.

We rarely had internet and so we decided to stay for some days here in San Martin de Andes in the lovely garden house of Graciela to work on that and our last part of the route…