In the desert I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization; a life unhampered by possessions, since everything that was not a necessity was an encumbrance.Wilfred Thesiger
Even as a child, curiosity was my most outstanding quality and I found it hard to stand the confinement of the big city. I spent every free minute outside; I was always a seeker and probably also a nomad in my heart. Before I was ripe for the desert, the sea was the place of my longing. Several times a year I needed to have a clear view of the horizon. In Berlin, where I grew up, the view mostly ended at the next house wall.
Then came the first desert journey. With the motorcycle. This was a big project, because first the vehicle had to be adapted to the requirements of a crossing of the Sahara. Driving in the sand was adventurous, but I soon realized that the most intense moments were those when the motorcycle was parked and I was walking. The next desert trip, that was clear, would be on foot. Just like the nomads have been doing for thousands of years.