I have never been on a cruise ship and travel on my own. I celebrate my premiere on the Europa 2 of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. A taster course on the beautiful life on the Indian Ocean.
Once again I'm sitting alone in a taxi in an almost foreign city in the middle of the night, feeling the tears rise.
Sure, as a kid I saw elephants in the zoo. The adventurous stories of Benjamin Blümchen and his friend Otto accompanied me to sleep for years. In Southeast Asia you can also see elephants being kept as workhorses. But today I see them where they belong: in the wild.
The backpacker lives for these moments: leaving the beaten track. Do his own thing. Our trip to the crisis-ridden north of Sri Lanka seems to meet all the requirements. Seclusion. Hardly any tourists. Do we find the true Sri Lanka here?
Recognition number 57: If the drinking water bottle is frozen next to the bed, it was cold at night.
"From Sri Lanka by ferry to Tuticorin, India" was on our visa application. The Indian Embassy did not know any more than we do that there has not been a passenger ferry between India and Sri Lanka for 2 years.
The big bull elephant is only a few meters ahead of me, but he is like a ghost. His steps are almost silent and he would not move, I would have overlooked him smoothly ....
It was just so hot and humid that I thought I could not breathe. Now, a few minutes after my first contact with the humid climate of Sri Lanka, the air conditioner again ensures that the fine hair on my arms horizontally set up, almost as if they wanted to see what's going on out there.
If the isolation of the individual in the distance is no longer perceived as loneliness, but as a comforting feeling of being lifted in the world, then traveling becomes an inspiring activity. With the >
To disappear into the distance, to escape the world, to be able to participate in it in a rational way - sometimes there are felt existential reasons for a journey. To fill an empty space also means to overcome speechlessness, to put insights into words that are always difficult because complex reality gets hold of. The attempt of a new beginning.