Category: Real Life Experience

Good girls go to heaven, bad-ass women go everywhere

Women have been travelling and exploring the world alone for generations. Alexandra David-Néel walked into Tibet in 1924 disguised as a man. Freya Stark trekked into Iran in the 1930s and in 1963 Dervla Murphy rode her bike from Ireland to India. Brave women can be found everywhere in history.

Like Leyla Giray Alyanak, who has been traveling solo for the last 50 years and visited more than 80 countries. She has been lost in the amazon jungle; was shot at in Beirut and found herself stranded in a minefield in Mozambique.

Back from the Cold

Johanna Davidsson is a pioneering polar explorer, a record-breaking long-distance skier, and a nurse. Last year she was the first Swedish woman to ski solo to the South Pole breaking at least 4 records along the way.

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…