(fern-vay) • German
(n.) An ache for distant places.
Missing places you’ve
“A craving for travel”
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller – Ibn Battuta
Welcome to Fernweh Findings, my musings about travel, expat life, anxiety, history and food. I started this blog as a way to share our life abroad with family back home and have loved growing it to include people from all over the world.
When I was in my late teens I felt my first pangs of fernweh. I picked up a photo of Paris and felt a pang in my gut that felt like nostalgia for somewhere that I’d never seen with my own eyes. It came as a sadness and longing to stand in these places and marvel at my surroundings and that feeling only grew stronger as I got older. When I found a partner who wanted to see the world too, I knew we could make it happen.
So three years ago, my husband and I packed all our worldly possessions and moved, sight unseen, to England for his job. I’d only lived outside California for a few months one summer so this was a HUGE step for me. But I knew it was what I was meant to do.
We hit the ground running as soon as we moved into our new home in England and have done as much travel as possible since. We’ve managed to visit 21 countries in three years with countless others on the “to-see list.”
I love to write about our adventures on here. Sharing tips on where to go and what to see when you travel, where to get delicious food (check out the Fernweh foodie page) and also my thoughts and feelings about what it is like to be an expat and traveller with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. I hope that in addition to just sharing fun stories with friends near and far, I can help others suffering from anxiety learn that they can travel too, even if things seem to get the best of them sometimes.
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“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the-Mary Anne Radmacher
other side of the world”