how it changed it all

by Andrea Avilez Kemp (Peru)

A leap into the unknown Peru


On 2017 I decided that I wanted to change my life. I was bored in Lima felt like nothing was exciting anymore and felt lost in life so I did something about it. I literally bought myself a ticket to Berlin without return. In less than a week I've got my suitcase done, have said bye to every person I know and was ready to start a different life. I had never left Peru before it but I was very sure about it all until I got myself in the plane and KNEW this was real. I started feeling anxious, wanted to get down. I breathe and told myself "The coolest things are on the other side of fear" not really sure at that point I was believing my words. 12 hours went by. I arrived on Amsterdam and got another plane to Germany. Everything was ok until they said "Welcome to Berlin" at that exact moment I felt like I was going to throw up but I was smiling and wanted to cry and was shaking but laughing. So many mixed emotions and that's when I knew I made the right decision. Everything was different and was so new. I was new too. In the next months I moved from country to country experiencing it all. I went from the deepest pool in the world to the ice bar to jump off a plane over Paris and I ate from Currywurst to Escargot. I got a ticket to the Swiss Alps and saw how beautiful it was and how lucky I was to be there. In less than 365 I've known all Europe and made friends everywhere. I met friends that I probably never seen again and friends for life. But most importantly I met myself.