“I spent an entire year working, before I moved to San Francisco. I worked long days, had no vacation and the only socializing I did was with co-workers. The life started to become comfortable, but this way of living didn’t challenge me anymore. I forgot that there’s an entire world out there! I need new influences all the time. My grandmother was a huge inspiration for me. She traveled a lot, which was very unusual for a woman from the south of Germany in that time. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve joined my family to far away destinations like South America and Asia. When I was 17, I took my first trip alone. I spent six weeks with a host family in Mumbai. It was mind blowing! Though the trips that followed were never that intense anymore, I’ve lived all over the world. In Sweden, Singapore, South Africa. And now San Francisco! I’ve experienced that it doesn’t matter where you live, sometimes you meet a new person and after ten minutes you just know: this is going to be your best friend. It’s so easy to place people in categories. We all do it, it’s human nature. But traveling has taught me that I should really try to understand all people. It has taught me to question my own attitudes and that has definitely improved me.”

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