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(adj.) unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous

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(adj.) unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous

An experience.

Life is full of wonder. The cooling rain after a hot summer day. The meal you ate this morning. Friendship. The fact that I am communicating with you through language right now.

Yet we usually don't pay much attention to those things. When was the last time you looked up to the stars on a clear night? Did you ever wonder what it took to produce your phone? Were you ever fully and consciously happy to be alive? 

This might be the only life you get so don't count the days. Make them count. After all we're just animals on a rock in space

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Traveller. Photographer. Designer. Blogger.


Who am I?

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Traveller. Photographer. Designer. Blogger.


Who am I?

HI THERE! NICE TO MEET YOU. MY NAME IS CONNOR. I AM A TRAVELLER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND SUSHI-LOVER.

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Growing up in a small village in Germany I was oblivious to the conflicts in our world. Then I moved to California. It was like I had been living in a bubble that suddenly burst open. The numerous new impressions, experiences and adventures changed me. Since then I've been hunting for experiences, searching for understanding.

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Travelling is my favorite hobby by far - but not the tourist style: I believe that one can only start to understand a culture once one has lived with a people for a while. Having lived in three distinct cultures I know that differences make a culture not better or worse but just that: different.

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I discovered my passion for photography as a young boy when I bought my first camera. Even though I learned the basics in a photography class I prefer to learn by experimenting. The most beautiful shots are never planned or set up. To me photography is about capturing that one, special moment.

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So much more to discover...


Where do I want to go?

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Where do I want to go?

We live in a time of change and it's not sure yet if it's a change for good or bad. But I am excited and proud to be able to take part in that change and shape our future for the better.

A Buddhist saying tells the story of a young monk who wanted to change the world. Soon he realized that he couldn't change the entire world, so he tried to change his country instead. When that didn't work either, he attempted to change his town but that failed, too. So he tried to change his family yet they ignored him.

The monk had grown old. His last option was to change himself and so he did. Suddenly his family listened. His actions had changed his family. His family went on to change the town. The town changed his country and his country change the world.

Like the ambitious monk I want to change the world. But I believe that before one talks one should listen first and now is my time to listen and learn. Currently I attend the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College (WKUWC). The school is located in Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, a beautiful small kingdom in Southern Africa.

We are students from more than 50 countries. I love talking to my co-years to learn more about the cultures around the world and especially in Africa. It has improved my understanding of politics, human behaviour and myself tremendously.

 

Education for peace.

It's a simple concept: Education means understanding, to understand means to tolerate and toleration ultimately leads to peace. 

An educated population helps bring about a more vibrant civil society, as well as increasing the numbers of people available to offer their skills, knowledge and expertise to support the development of their communities.

During my time in Swaziland I plan to partner with several organizations active in the field of education, including the United World Schools

UWS is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for the world’s poor and marginalized children. They build schools and support communities by providing a free basic education for these children.

When we put education first, we can reduce poverty and hunger, end wasted potential and look forward to stronger and better societies for all.
— Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General
 

Bucketlist

Go skydiving

Build a school

Learn how to surf

Have lived on five continents by the time I am 25 (right now: Africa; before: Europe, North America)

Speak seven languages fluently, including sign language (I am at three right now: German, English and French) 

Ride an elephant and a camel

See the Northern Lights

Only say “Yes” for one day

Become a buddhist monk for a while

Kiss a special girl on New Year's Eve

Learn how to play the guitar

Write a book or two

Catch a fish

Be silent for a month (I did five days once!)

Save someone’s life

Learn how to dance

Sleep on a boat

Participate in a flash mob

Get my pilot's license

Survive a plane crash

Found a company or organization

Publish an article in the National Geographic magazine

Change the world