Have pen, will travel. Sending letters.
Well, this is Jens (who usually avoids referring to himself in third person). An archaeologist based in Berlin who just happens to travel a bit here and there – for field work en route between Scandinavia and the Middle East, anywhere else just for the sake of travelling. Still not accepting he might a bit late for the ‘golden age’ of exploration, Jens sets out to journeys reaching remote destinations in pursuit of sights, sites, and answers at any given opportunity. He never leaves without journal and pencil, rarely is seen without his trusty dusty hat, and finds a good excuse for some well-crammed pipe with a view whenever necessary.
Random yet not necessarily useful facts about Jens:
1. He’s an enthusiastic hiker, climber, canoeist, and scuba diver.
2. He’s a connoisseur of historic travelogues.
3. He sometimes does sketches in pencil and watercolour.
4. He once was known as ‘Yunus’ among the Bedouins of southern Jordan.
5. He’s also called ‘Ilyas Bey’ in the dusty steppe of southeastern Anatolia.
Well, basically: yet another travel blog, I’m afraid. But then again: not yet another travel blog, I hope. It’s a collection of letters. Letters recounting a few journeys and expeditions, ventures and excursions. No ‘real’ letters though (postal privacy and such things, you know), but dispatches from the road based on those journals and diaries and sketchbooks piling up at the study’s shelves at home in the meantime. The correspondence with some fictitious addressee named “R.” which, of course, in this case is represented by the esteemed reader. Fair warning though: this here is not about advice, ‘how to’s or fancy ‘best of’ lists. Above all, it’s vain travel reporting; snippets from the travel journal, opinions on stuff and musings on things.