Category: Real Life Experience

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)….

Unleash the Leader Within

In November this year a small group of brave young women will venture to the Pole Circle. Most likely, not one will have any experience hiking through tough, snowy terrain nor sleeping in a tent.

But this will not stop them. They are hand-selected because of their drive and their will to put their mental and physical limits to the test.

Interview with Oprah

Bravery is saying what you believe in. For 25 years Oprah Winfrey had her world famous talk show where she did just that. She said it out loud and to the people who needed to hear it. Listen to this inspirational and honest interview with Oprah Winfrey where she talks about courage and vulnerability.

You cannot live a brave life without disappointing some people. But the only people to get disappointed are the ones with their own agenda
Oprah Winfrey

Interview with Oprah

Myself I never knew very much about Oprah.

Anna the Astronaut – the Space girl from Copenhagen

All Anna Olsen wants is going to space. And just like a story of the Danish writer H.C. Andersen this might very well turn into a wonderful fairytale – with one big exception: Anna the Astronaut’s story might actually come true. This young girl who is determined enough to turn down an invitation to MIT has the potential to become the very first Dane in space.