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September 3rd, 2013 by Addy · No Comments · article, netherlands

Yesterday I drove, to pick up a friend, through little villages by Grevenbroich. The atmosphere was odd as from the most housing areas you saw grey brown coal power stations with smoking and massive chimneys . The nature appears artificial, obviously created by human hand. The houses, churches and banks are almost made by the same material just as the building company had bought one and the same red clinker, to recreate the villages after they were forced to move .I feel uncomfortable and drive faster. Suddenly I see a travelling office with name “Pust-e-blume”  (dandelion). I do not get the word game, the name sounds nicer then the travelling office appears. In the window of the shop I see advertisement for all-inclusive trips to escape from the desert. That’s what brings me to my actual topic: Holidays.

The most beautiful memories, I have, when I think of the holidays with my families to France or Holland, where I played games with brothers, which only a child’s fantasy can invent or when I sat well-protected in a blanket at the beach and read a book.

With rising age I felt the need to make holidays with my friends. My first trip without parents was with my former girls clique to Ibiza: One week party holiday in a gay hotel. The experience was unique as we came from the countryside and were amazed by the ambiance in the clubs and the music, which able to lead us into trance. The nights started at 2 am and ended in the early morning hours. Holidays, where the day played a secondary role and the main experiences took place at night. A crazy holiday with memories, that can only arise in a girl`s holiday.

My next intensive holiday was my trip to the south island in the probably most impressive country on the other side of the world. I travelled all by myself and enjoyed the liberty and independence, which I had to discover people, landscape and places.

The next holiday trip was, after I worked two months in an orphanage in Nepal, a hiking trip on a  mountain in the Himalayas. I was amazed by the nature and the totally foreign culture. Nevertheless I also discovered the negative consequences of tourism. Backpack carriers with almost 5 backpacks on their back and trash all over the earth, even in 3000 meters height. Nepal is a country with a lot of problems which nonetheless has a lot of potential.

I did not mention my numerous city trips in Europe, where I can talk about different kinds of discovering. I have to admit, that I often tortured myself through all the sight-seeing spots, because I kind felt obliged to it.  A soon as I stood in front of the spot I did not really know what to do with it. A photo to say I was here and perhaps a postcard for friends and family, I liked it best to discover these quarters, which are not that easy to find but promise more surprises.

The last holiday was a camping trip to Holland. It was relaxing with long walks at the beach and can beer outside the tent.  There are so many kinds of holiday and it´s a shame to waste it for an all-inclusive trip with a lot of bad food and animation program in the hotel anlage. Tastes are nevertheless different and it might be a small task in life to find the prefect holiday for oneself.


photography by sophie daum


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