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Storyteller, Poet, Writer. Author of “The Anatomy of Waves”. Based on Azores.

Azores: From Whalers to Ocean Protectors

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The Azores Archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a paradise for whales and dolphins. The intricate topography of the underwater landscape, the absence of big-scale pollution, an abundance of food, and legal protection make it a sanctuary for cetaceans. Some stay in the area all year round, many pass by on their migrations to enjoy the quiet and rich waters, to mate and feast. This is a very vulnerable and important place — not only for the animals but for all of us.

Why whales are important for the oceans and the climate

By now, most people have understood that every living being has an impact on…

Activist and storyteller Mia Birdsong takes on a different approach to the concepts of community and relationships in „How We Show Up — Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community“.

Loneliness is like a ghost that haunts a lot of people in these modern times. Especially now, since many have been forced to stay at home without the possibility to be with friends, family, colleagues or participate in social gatherings outside of the digital world.

Social Distancing feels strange to us as we are social creatures that like to gather in groups of any kind. But loneliness has been an issue long…

The carbon footprint of Insta travel

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Scrolling through Instagram and other social media we see successful people living perfect lives, always in new locations, seeming to have no money struggles, doing what they love while exploring beaches and cities, eating exotic street food and making photoshoots at gorgeous sightseeing spots all year long. You can see them swimming in expensive pools, visiting treehouse communities, checking out crazy resorts or guest houses, meeting with locals, being in a wonderland made of snow and northern lights or chasing the sun. …

When will you plant your first seed?

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I am a city girl. Born and raised in a suburb, always on a metro, bleached hair, fast fashion and grabbing lunch on the go.

I have a faint memory of my childhood self being obsessed with earth, mud and nature, but it all disappeared once I got into school. It never came back.

And then, well, 2020 rolled around.

Stuck on the Azores (thanks Covid!), my boyfriend and I decided to use the little land patch behind our rented apartment to start growing our own food. And it was literally life-changing.

I had no idea what I was getting into

The first thing that happened after we had…

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Here we are, stuck at home. Again. Lockdown has us spending time within our homes a lot more than we usually would. But does the place you are living in really feel like home to you? Do you feel comfortable, secure and like yourself within these walls?

I have been on a quest to find something that feels like home for a long time. Even though I grew up in the same house in the same town almost my entire life, it never truly felt like home. It took me many years, lonely nights, a university degree and moving to…

Tasmin Hansmann

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