Here's a small sampling of incredible things I’ve done the last few years
Sweden-Switzerland by train
On a yearly basis I’m conducting 10 days of silent at retreats. This year I went to Switzerland by changing train in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Basel. It took me 24 hours one way.
Roadtrip EAST COast USA
The nature in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Colombia is truly amazing. It’s best explored by car and by camping. The trip was done in a hybrid car though an electric at that time was not possible.
Israel, Palestine and JordAnia
This region offers a very interesting culture, nature and history. It has delicious food and friendly people. To learn about the reality of the political situation among the people gives you an eye opener and a better perspective beyond news.
Sweden-Poland by Ferry and Train
On one of my yearly silent retreats I went to Poland by taking the ferry and train. The train in Poland runs very smoothly, it’s cheap and convenient. Highly recommended.
Yoga teacher training India
Afters years of devoted practice it was time to do my teaching training. I chose India since I have a high respect of the origin of India and have waited for many years to find the most qualified teacher. And I did, at Jeevmoksha school in Rishikesh.
Sweden-Paris by buss and Train
On one of my 10 days silent retreats I chose a center located two hours outside Paris by train. I went from Malmö, south Sweden, to Paris by the bus company Flixbus. It took me 24 hours and was convenient except during the night.
Hitchhiked India for 3 months
5 months In south-east Asia during thesis writing
From Nepal I crossed the border to Darjeeling, then hitchhiked through Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Goa, Indore, Agra, New Delhi, Amritsar and all the way to see his holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala. The trips is an incredible and unforgettable experience.
After suffering from depression and anxiety I chose to finish my master thesis in my beloved Asia. I went to Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and visited my sister in Australia. The trip gave me the possibility to heal.
9 months trip in South-east Asia without flying
After two months of field work in central Java of Indonesia I stayed for another three months in Indonesia witnessing the deforestation of rainforest in Sumatra among other things. I went to Malaysia by ferry and traveled by hitchhiking to Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. I stayed in 12 buddhist monasteries in total.
Volunteer work On An organic farm In India
India is one of the countries highly affected by intense droughts due to climate change. While working on an organic farm outside Chennai I learned about how to conduct sustainable farming techniques for the local dry climate.
Volunteer work for empowerment in Nepal
Self-organised Safari at MAsai Mara KEnya
After finishing my fieldwork about agroforestry farming in Kitale, Kenya I decided to witness the savannah by myself. Thanks to a local person I had the opportunity to arrive at the gate of Masai Mara without the help of a tourist agency. Further, I camped legally at the site and went with a photographer in his rented car. We escaped the crowd and kept a safe and humble distans to the big five.
My first year at my bachelor program ended with volunteer work in Nepal I organised myself. I lived with a local family in rural parts of Kathmandu, taught sponsored children english and was the project leader of one women’s- and one youth empowerment group. The trip was one of my first experience of poverty and one the biggest lessons about life. Visit Volunteers Initiative in Nepal.
Backpackers life in Australia and New Zeeland
My first scuba diving took place at the Great Barrier Reef after two months backpacking along the gold coast in Australia and one month camping in New Zealand. The differences in the countries climate and environmental ambition was evident already at this time.
Witnessing Machu Picchu
I will never forget when sitting in a local minibuss in Peru, taking me to the closest town to one of the world’s wonders. The locals in the buss was singing to Abba without knowing the lyrics and I listened to their talk in Spanish without understanding. The sight of the city among the clouds was one of my first wanders.
Visiting Amazons in Brasil
In Manaus a local guy picked me up as recommended by a friend and he would lead me into the jungle. His family provided two huts for tourist. The fishing didn’t do very well on the market anymore and a lot of the surrounding rainforest were removed to feed cattle. Tourism gave them a reason to keep the ecosystems healthy and flourishing.
Visiting Favelas IN Rio de Janerio
The housecleaner at the hostel I stayed invited me for an unforgettable night in one of the local favelas, far away from the tourist areas. Despite the weapons, drugs and alcohol shown at the street party that night people where happy to see a foreigner visiting their local community to hear their story not the one of media.
Note: I’m fully aware that many of my travels have resulted in a high carbon footprint. Some of them have been a part of my studies in sustainability and I find the research and lessons I’ve learned invaluable and necessary for my work. Some of them was conducted many years ago before I became aware of the climate crisis. Some of them were done when I was sick and had suicidal thoughts where Asia were my refugee. Some has been done without flying. The last few years I have reduced the amount of flights and I always climate compensate if I go somewhere. You don’t have to stop traveling to reduce your impact, taking the train in some countries is a very good option. Further, I don’t believe it is good for the world if we don’t meet, even though the opportunity to do so is not equal. Several communities are dependent on tourism for survival. I also believe climate compensation is something we all should do, combined with choosing options to decrease our carbon footprint. I never fly within Scandinavia and most of my trips in Europe is done by land.