Reflections from a sailor


By Anna Hanschmidt,

One sailing ship called Lovis, 31 brave sailors, four countries, the wide field around the topic of youth and elders, seven days of crossing the Baltic sea. For me this sounds like an invitation for stories to be written. This was my thought from the very beginning when I entered the ship.

So then maties, let’s hoist the masts of life and sail into the seas of time…

…with 31 sailors being pre-sent in the future:


I want to share a story with you, yes with you, the one with open ears and an open heart to truly listen to these stories which are written by life. Forgive me if I might forget some parts of the story or if the story is leading you (…)

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Participant’s Blog: Valentina Catena

Valentina – a very valued participant in the Youth & Elders Project who has also taken part in the planning and preparation of the journey – sent us a letter after we’d spent a few days working together in Copenhagen. It has formed the basis of our participant’s blog where each person joining shares their thoughts on why they’ve chosen to participate.

Read her reflections below.

Berlin, 13/5 2012
On my way back to Berlin, I found myself in need to write down my thought on the Y&E project. I needed to find my purpose.
I think something is shifting inside me. I feel the beginning of a shift from “hosting myself!” – looking inward to what I learn— to an increased sense of responsability… what are my learning worth (…)

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