In case you’re wondering, born and raised in Germany, I call the Wet Tropics of Australia and the open road home. I’m a published author with a PhD in Italian literature. I also hold a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate and a motorboat license (just in case).
My professional life has been dedicated to teaching the magic of words, language, writing and forms of communication. First as a university lecturer, now as a digital nomad.
The fun parts of my first-act career include developing teaching resources and courses that inspire students to be curious and ask deep questions. I got to sail around the world on a floating university campus. I led students on experiential study tours to 12 different countries and I learned to scuba dive whilst developing the curriculum for the first ever Bachelor of Visual Arts at Maldives National University.
Yes, I did have fun in my first act career. What’s more, it came with a life time warranty. I was a tenured Doctor of Philosophy. Who would ever give that up?
But, after 20 years of writing in an academic voice, at midlife, I grew hungry to explore my other writing voices. I longed to give voice to my un-lived lives.
A year-long sabbatical and an around the world ticket, were to re-connect me with my inner travel addict. I was to climb Macchu Pichu, speak Spanish in Buenos Aires, ride a motorbike around Australia and reinvent myself as a freelance writer.
It was the turning point of my narrative.
Except, I never got to visit Buenos Aires …