Although after the tough last three months I would have also enjoyed some lazy days in a spa. Anyways …
Terra incognita started when I crossed the Neckar after some 30 kilometers. I enjoy a light tailwind and it was sunny, yet not too hot. I was heading towards Würzburg, an old student town in Frankonia.
Tina, a zis alumna (her topic was “Bonbons in Denmark”) has invited me to stay at her place.
I was cycling on backcountry roads which results in less mileage but more peace.
After 10 hours in the saddle, I was tired and happy to be there. A flat mate of Tina prepares delicious vegan food. Really yummy.
About 30 years ago, two zis scholarships helped me to broaden my horizon, expand my understanding of what is possible, and develop more self-confidence. zis is a non-profit organization that has been awarding scholarships for study trips to young people between the ages of 16 and 20 for more than 60 years. Today, the word we use for tenacity and grit is resilience - and I've made it my profession, to help managers around the world to develop more of this inner power.
In retrospect, the experiences I've had on these trips to Scotland and Iceland have been priceless for my development. After having had a childhood with some challenges, I learned that I could cycle 1,700km on my own and get wet every day without despairing. I have learned that I was able to get along with only 300 € for 4 weeks and still had a good time. I have learned what it's like to be threatened with deportation and how to get an interview with the President from such a crisis. I have understood that limitations are primarily constructs in our heads, and I want to make these insights available to as many adolescents as possible.
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Welcome back on the road, Karsten! What a great day to start. And I can’t wait to meet you soon while you pass by the wonderful town Jena.
BTW: I love your new animation of the track in your video. Great stuff!