about me

Hello! My name is Jen and I am a Political Science student. I love to write about my travel adventures, social justice issues, art and culture. I am currently based in Austria and Germany.

After my school graduation, I lived in the Namibian township Katutura and volunteered for a women’s rights organization. I survived a total car crash in Southern Africa and healed my wounds with the help of my friends, music and writing.

Afterwards, I lived three years in Berlin and organized events with many inspiring, creative people who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I love to explore the world and to write stories about my life on the road. I conducted a photography project about the Bangladeshi community in Brick Lane, London, and my first novel will be based on my time as a travel writer in Singapore.

Travelling is my passion. I visited the Taj Mahal in India and the Victoria Falls in Zambia, I rode on a motorcycle through the monsoon rain in Ho Chi Minh City, crossed the Okavanga Delta on a mokoro, visited the Beatles ashram in the yoga capital Rishikesh and attended a sound meditation in Bali.

My favorite artists are the writers Novalis, Hermann Hesse, Kate Tempest, Khalil Gibran and Banana Yoshimoto, the painter Frida Kahlo, the filmmakers Iara Lee and Naomi Kawase and the musicians Eddie Vedder, Poly Styrene, the Beatles, Angus & Julia Stone, and many musicians from the 1930s jazz scene and 1970s flower power time.
My academic work is influenced by Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Chandra Mohanty, Hannah Arendt, Christine Sylvester, Leila Ahmed, Judith Butler, Vandana Shiva, and Iris Marion Young.

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104 thoughts on “about me”

  1. I really love your spirit. It’s inspiring. (Good luck with the piano! That’s something very dear to my heart). Thanks for swinging by to like my last post at Backyard Philosophy. I hope you have a good day.

    Cheers,
    Brett

  2. Hello Jen,

    You are a wonderful soul. With the principles of life and what you do, I feel I can learn a lot from you. And I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride.

    My subscription went messed up, and now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

      1. I agree! And in many cases I think we use labels to separate us from ourselves too. I think that when we can appreciate ourselves for who we really are then we will understand that, like you said, we are all truly equal.

  3. Very true about the minimalist.. and now I understand why you walk more than taking cabs. Nice blog! Am still waiting for info on the book!

    I’m stuck at my blog these few days with no inspiration for any updates. Rather, I’m just plain lazy at the moment.

    We should travel together! I wanna set my feet on the soil of Laos and Burma!

    1. Hey Sam!
      Thanks for your message. I’m nearly done with my book but I still have to translate it from German into English then. Anyways, I am excited what you are going to say about my experiences in Singapore 🙂
      THe book and my studies make it hard to find some time for blogging these days.

      Keep me updated about your travel plans. Laos and Burma sound great.
      Much love, Jen.

  4. ‘We need more female leaders and role models. The world is a more peaceful and beautiful place since women started to fight for their rights’.

    thank you for this, i’m male and i so completely agree. just thought i’d visit a bit and thank you for liking my poem ‘our words’, encouragement is always really appreciated.

  5. I feel there lies a gap, a space, a void between every two things in this world. With your head in heaven and feet on earth, I am sure you must be filling that space between truth and hope beautifully. A very lovely abode you have!
    Thanks to that tiny button above, for it brought you to me — and I to you.
    *smiles*

  6. Wow!!! Quite interesting. I see you don’t believe in labels. And when asked about plans for future -possibly settling down with family, how did you respond?
    Really nice noting all these about you.
    Liked your closing… living between truth and hope, head in the clouds, feet on the ground. Artistic.
    And thanks for following my blog.

    1. Hello Amit! Thank you very much. Your blog is wonderful. I had a terrible accident while travelling, too. I can relate a lot to your process of healing.
      I was in Ubud for the jazz festival with a friend last year. Such a pity, I did not know about you and your blog before. It would have been a great experience to meet you.

  7. What a wonderful site …..beautiful …and your posts speak to my soul:):):):)
    Thankyou for stopping by and ‘following’ my humble little blog …it’s most DEFINATELY a mutual:):):):)

  8. Hey there Jen, So glad to have stumbled upon a fellow blogger from Germany. I live in Munich, so we are kind of neighbours. Banana Yoshimoto is one of my favorite writers too 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your blog posts and your book.

    1. Hi Jo! Thank you for following. I am reading Banana Yoshimoto’s novel “Moshi Moshi” at the moment 🙂 She is a great author indeed. Looking forward to your new posts!
      Greetings to Munich (I was just there last week).

      1. I just started reading ‘kitchen’ today morning. If you are in Munich again, let me know, we can go write in cafes together 😀

      1. You’re welcome, Jen. I can’t wait to learn more about your novel. Exciting!!! Thank you so much. That’s so nice of you. I hope you enjoy reading Broken Roots. I’ll be adding your novel to my reading list as soon as it is out. Have a great weekend hun.

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