I was 16 years old when I stood on top of the Empire State Building and I was deeply impressed with the huge and multicultural city of New York. I asked myself, what if the love of your life lives somewhere else in the world, you might never get there and meet him - romantic 16 years old.
In art class, at school, we were supposed to represent ourselves using a white paper and then take a picture with the paper representation. What a stupid idea, we thought back then. But today I remember it well. I made chains of people holding hands out of the paper, formed them into circles and placed myself in one of them and looked into the others. Would I ever be able to get an impression of other cultures?
And then I read the book of Elena Erat and Peter Materne. Finally two globetrotters that did not try to find an extreme experience, alone and against the rest of the world. They encountered the people they met with an open mind. Also they traveled by bicycle - the best possibility to travel. Great! I saw their book, bought it, read it and since then, it was clear: I want to do the same.
Since I found the love of my life, this won't be a reason to travel anymore. But the desire to get an impression of other cultures, to see other countries and the love of traveling is still a very big part of me and gets stronger after every trip.
I would love to visit every single country of the world but I do not want to rush through the countries. Instead I want to have time to really get to know each place.
Why an Album Amicorum?
Many people like to talk about themselves. During this trip I want to get an impression of other cultures in the world. So doesn't it make sense to ask as much as possible and to let people talk about themselves? What are their dreams, their wishes and their ideas?
In the news, we normally hear about countries if something horrible or extreme has happened. There is no room for the small, everyday nice things. They are not extraordinary enough. Often, this gives us a distorted view of people from other countries and cultures.
With our world book of friendship, we want to document our encounters and make them available for others.It would be great if this could be a small contribution to the understanding between the cultures.