Category: Real Life Experience

Climbing a mountain in the blind

In April this year I climbed two mountains. The first one rose 5000 meters above the jungle of Nepal. The second one was inside my head. Still today, I am unsure which one was the biggest challenge.

As I am blind mountain climbing is easier said than done.  I will, however, not let that stop me.

This is my story of my amazing adventure to Nepal.

The Woman who bought a town

There is a new sheriff in town. With a gun in her hand and a Stetson on her head she patrols the empty streets of Country Town. There is not a lot to patrol. Most of the houses are empty and the current population is below three. The sheriff of Country Town, who also goes by the name Lisbeth Hermansen, bought most of this place four years ago, changed its name and announced herself as the sheriff.

Country Town is located on the west coast of Denmark. The sheriff – or Lisbeth Hermansen – who rules here is a rebel at heart. Most likely she came out from her mother’s womb with her fists ready for a fight. That was 60 years ago. Today her hair may be gray but her eyes tell the story of a woman who never stopped fighting for her values.

Farmland, windblown trees and empty houses

Country Town is a small gathering of worn out houses and an old inn located near the Danish west coast. If you stand on the balcony of the inn looking west you will see the waves of the North Sea brake against the shore.

What makes people follow their dreams?

As kids we all had dreams. Some of us wanted to be pilots while others planned to become doctors, actresses or just famous. For me from the first time I saw the movie ALIEN I wanted to be Ellen Ripley.

Along the way, however, most of our dreams get disrupted. One day we are grown up and realize that we are not even in the same neighborhood as the dreams we once had.

Sometimes it is because we formed new dreams along the way. But mostly it’s because we’re told that our dreams aren’t realistic. And so we slowly stop chasing after them.

I did not get to be an alien fighting, space traveling super woman. I spend my days in an office selling stuff. My mother didn’t get to be an actress; thinking about it – who do I know that are living their dream?

Annette Birkmann – a road trip with a woman with no courage

10 years ago Annette Birkmann got out of an airplane in Buenos Aires the busy capital of Argentina. She had quit her job as a lawyer. Her marriage had ended and all her possessions sold.  The coming year was about to take her through a breathtaking journey on a motorbike through South America. Still she did not look at herself as being brave. I met Annette Birkmann on a warm summer’s day at a café in Copenhagen. Her book ‘The Road to Getting Yourself Out of the Way’ (in Danish: Rejsen til mig) just landed in the bookstores and the story about her road trip to South America has gotten a lot of attention.

In her book she gives you her story about needing to do a radical change. She quit her job at the law firm, filed the divorce papers and sold her belongings. All of this to follow a lifelong dream of hers: To learn to speak Spanish, visit South America and drive a motor cycle. And she decided to do all three things at the same time…

30 grown elks, 2 calves and 10 ticks – just another day in Sweden

Results are like masturbation; you need to do it quick and often to get any results. It’s the same when it comes to sleeping in a newly renovated van. You have to do it more than once to learn what to bring and what not to do.

On this our third trip in the Van we visited the Candy plane and did an Elk safari.

Last weekend we did it again. We loaded the Van with our dogs, freshly baked chocolate cake and sun screen and headed out to explore more of the wilderness in Southern Sweden.

We set out with the goal of visiting two legendary places in Scania; First the Candy Plane and second making an Elk Safari.

Driving our Astro Van to Lake Finja

As I get older I get wiser. Driving our Astro Van to Lake Finja revealed possibilities and limitations that I used to be totally unaware of. On this trip I learned things about my body that I never considered relevant before.

And by before I do not consider life when I was younger. Before refers to my life prior to acquiring an Astro Van.

Before the Astro Van came into our lives I was happily unaware of how rainwater find its way through old weather seals – the way it does in our Van. I never thought spare parts would be the topic at the family diner – for weeks. And never before did I truly value my talent for suppressing a need to pee  (for several hours until sunrise. Yes, I am uncomfortable with the dark)….