My name is Marieke and I’m 26 years old. Born and raised in northern Germany at the Baltic Sea, I have already lived in Norway for half a year and have my homebase in Southampton/UK now.
I’m not sure whether I just haven’t found my place in this world yet or I’m just one of those restless wanderers. Whatever it may be, just join me on my journey, making my way through this crazy life, and visiting as many incredibly beautiful places as I possibly can.
I have always wanted to see the world. When I was little, I loved looking at maps and imagining how life in the most distant places would be. When I grew a little older, I dreamt of being there myself, standing on top of the highest mountains, standing with my feet in the most distant lakes and just feeling alive. I always dreamt of it, it never seemed to be within reach. I did travel a little at school, but never a lot.
In year 11 some class mates went on an exchange year. I didn’t, and I was incredibly jealous. While they were seeing new places and making new experiences, I would be stuck in my everyday life. After graduating from school, I didn’t go on a gap year. I was so insecure and never asked for any support from the people who were closest to me, so I started studying biochemistry instead, 50 km away from my hometown. Honestly, that wasn’t what I had imagined, but it was what I could afford.
As I was settling into life away from my parents, making new friends, I started to gain more confidence. I knew that a dream would always stay a dream unless I started chasing it. And the only thing holding me back was me, so I started going on backpacking trips. But that wasn’t enough, I longed for more. I went to the beautiful city of Trondheim in Norway and studied there for one semester. It was the most amazing time. And when I came back to Germany, I started applying for PhDs in the UK right away. I knew that I couldn’t be in the same place for any longer. I had seen what I was missing out on and I couldn’t go back to how things had been before. So here I am now, sitting on my rooftop terrace and looking over the city of Southampton.
I’ve always had a way with words, and somewhere along the way I picked up a camera for the first time. It was a tiny one at first, just “to take a few snaps during the holiday”. However, once I had started, I couldn’t put that thing away again, so I got a better camera and ultimately a drone, capturing everything I possibly can on my adventures.
Sometimes I catch myself dreaming of being a professional photographer and travel writer, but that’s just a dream. I know that very well and I’m okay with that, but it’s the dream that keeps me going.