Kissing hog. Garlic Rocks. Or Lichtenstein Castle. Sandra’s favorite highlights all sound like they arose straight from a fairytale. One actually does feel a bit like exploring another world, when hiking through her home region Schwäbische Alp in the South of Germany. It’s rare to meet cool girls like Sandra, who love exploring as much as we do. Which is why we are extremely happy to see her amongst our Pioneers now. We had the pleasure to talk to her about what makes an adventure for her, from the obligatory summit to robot band-aids in her backpack.
Hi Sandra! Tell us, who are you and what are you doing when you are not out hiking?
My name is Sandra, I am 26 years old and live in Stuttgart. In 2013, I started a traineeship at the museums of literature of the German Literature Archives in Marbach. I work in literary education, which means I spend my days guiding students, adults and children through the museum and show them manuscripts, letters and the like by Schiller, Mörike, Rilke, Kafka and many more. I also organize special events for exhibitions and come up with interesting workshops.
Which tours do you like the most? How do you decide where to go?
I like tours where I get to see something: Waterfalls, caves, castles, ruins and great views fascinate me! Small destinations, that you can look forward to. And I like exploring spots, that I have only heard and read of before. When you’re directly standing in front of them, it all looks different from what you imagined and it’s great to put together these places with the stories you might have heard. I also need a small challenge on every adventure, be it a steep trail or a high summit – just straight and flat would get boring quickly.
What are you bringing on a Tour?
One or two books are always in my pack, even though I rarely (hardly ever) have the time to read when hiking. One, two, three sandwiches as a solid base, some fruit – which must be cut before (!) or I’ll just bring my boyfriend and his pocket knife along – and a little surprise for the highest peak, mostly chocolate. Robot band-aids for the emergency, tissues and last, but not least, my phone with komoot and the camera in my jacket. Continue reading