My name is Marieke and I’m 28 years old. Born and raised in northern Germany at the Baltic Sea, I have already lived in Norway for half a year. Currently, my homebase is in Boarhills in Scotland after three years in Southampton.
I am a passionate outdoor lover and ultra distance runner. Going on adventures makes me feel free and strong. I don’t see myself as some professional, competitive athlete, but as an ordinary person going on extraordinary adventures. In this blog, I hope to share my love for the outdoors with you and inspire you to get out yourself.
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. On a rooftop terrace overlooking the city of Southampton, this blog was born.
Since then, I have finished my PhD and moved to a remote farm cottage near St. Andrews in Scotland, right at the North Sea coast. I am pursuing my passion for running and adventuring. My secluded countryside life in the cottage is just what I have always wanted and needed, I am happier than ever before.
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. I hope that communicating my passion and love for the outdoors will inspire others to go out more and enjoy nature!