We leave in order to leave behind what is limiting or threatening us. That’s true of adventurers, as well as refugees, vacationers, and seekers.
But what happens when the foreign suddenly shows up at your door?
Breathe in, breathe out. Then plunge in to the fray and swim!
Susanne Koelbl is an award-winning foreign correspondent for Spiegel magazine, who has travelled in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Gaza, and Iraq. She has initiated a poetry project (www.thepoetryproject.de), owns a dacha, and has been a war correspondent in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and the Balkans. She loves her Bavarian homeland, has a fondness for its sweet, warm omelettes and lakes, and is a fan of Impulse Europe. After years of exploring extremes, she has found a near-perfect stance between near and far.