5 vor 12

5 vor 12

It has been about 3 months ago, when the clock started to run. Actually it ran very fast!

In October I decided to leave my comfortable life behind. I decided to exchange the office chair with the settle of a bike which I didn’t even have at that moment.

From that moment on, life was rollercoaster.

Simultaneously I started to organize everything necessary for the trip:


Thanks to my legendary flatmate Thomas, I got rid of almost all furniture I accumulated over the last 4.5 years in Stuttgart


For some weeks I felt like a Junkie, because I was getting several injections every week


Although I have several bikes and good camping equipment, I had to buy a bike durable enough for this trip, a sleeping bag which should keep my even warm at -15°C nights in Bolivia and a tent which is strong enough to endure the wind in Patagonia.


My plan is to start my Master in Finance in the fall semester 2011. Not only that I had to do the GMAT and TOEFL, but I also had to get the documentation ready before I leave. Every Uni somehow requires different documents. Thanks to the help of my undergraduate school and my parents I was able to send out all applications before I left


was  great and challenging until the last day. I was happy to see Moritz taking over my job at TAKKT AG. That way I would like to thank my colleagues for the great farewell party.

Family and Friends

The last night in Stuttgart I hosted a goodbye party for my friends, which I think was worthy of my 4.5 years I’ve spent in Stuttgart. Thanks to everyone who made this time unforgetable. With my parents and my sister I spent a great last night in Munich before getting into the plane. Thank you for the great help before and while my trip!

The last days in Germany were dedicated to packing and organising. I had to minimize my luggage, but in the end it was still more than 25 kg. All this has to get on the bike you saw above. So far so good, but also the new bikes wants to be prepared for the long trip to the „other end of the world“. My Dad and me, we spent half a day to disassemble, wrap the bike into air pads and fit it finally into the bike carton.

Let the trip beginn…I’ll keep you posted.


8 responses to “5 vor 12

  1. Jan!
    Best of luck with your trip! I look forward to seeing your updates!
    Bon voyage from Canada!

    Cheers mate!
    Jon Lerch

  2. Hallo jan,

    Wünsche dir einen guten Start.
    Hoffentlich hast du genug Puder für den Hintern mit 😉

    Lieben Gruß

  3. Hallo Jan,
    alles Gute für deine Reise! War eine schöne Abschiedsparty. Wäre gerne dabei.
    Ich wünsche Dir viel Rückenwind, viele nette Begegnungen und nicht allzu viele platte Reifen.
    LG Wolfgang

  4. This is awesome – looking forward to more news!!

    Safe travels

  5. Hi Jan,

    how are you doing? I hope you are still alive. 🙂
    Keep in touch, boy.

    Enjoy. Verena

  6. Hi Jan, long time no see! Great to know you’ve made your dream come true: finally off to stunning South America. I think it’s really cool that you’re conquering the continent by bike! I will definitely follow your adventures 🙂 Hug from sunny Utrecht, Tamara

  7. Jan
    That´s the greatest and the craziest idea!
    Good luck and only friendly winds to you! Take care, and wow, I admire you!

  8. Hallo Jan,

    mach es weiterhin so gut!!!

    Liebe Grüße

    PS: Ich fliege heute Abend für drei Wochen nach Thailand *juhu*

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