Do you ever get homesick? If so, what's the thing you miss the most?I've never been homesick, but I do miss home. I miss my girlfriend, my friends and my family. I miss the convenience of calling a friend and spontaneously going out. I miss the smell of traditional Danish bread with toppings and I miss the taste of Danish milk. It's funny how I can find good milk all around the world but it's like only the Danish milk is the right one. I also miss going for a run in the nature near my apartment. And generally I miss having colleagues and checking in and out of a workplace.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?It has been geographically hard to conquer most island nations since many ferries have been replaced by flight. In that aspect crossing the North Atlantic, navigating the Caribbean or reaching the nations of the Indian Ocean has been tough. In terms of bureaucracy, Central Africa has been a nightmare. The culture and the people of the region make up for it in their warmth and kindness. But the amount of paperwork, checkpoints and general "red tape" nearly made me give up and go home. Mentally, it's hard to be away from home for so long and not being able to skip countries by flying. It's also hard to make "newcomers" understand that this project is more work than leisure and of great value within inspiration, education and entertainment - it takes time.
Which country has captivated you the most so far (regarding natural landscape... etc.)?Venezuela is truly stunning!! It's amazing how beautiful the beaches are in places like Sierra Leone or in São Tomé & Principe. The San Blas region between Panama and Colombia also looks spectacular! It's, however, hard to compete with the raw beauty of Greenland. In Greenland the air is so clean that it's difficult to take a bad picture. And the clean barren landscape is stunningly beautiful and captivating.
Which country have you spent the most time in?I spent 2 months in Greenland. It turns out that it is ridiculously hard to reach Greenland in the wintertime without flying. And perhaps not surprisingly also to leave Greenland again. I was on the very first ship that left Greenland without returning to Denmark (I cannot return to my country until the end of the project).
What was the biggest misconception you've heard about a country, and how did that change when you visited it?
I think I'd have to say Nigeria in general. I only knew Nigeria for Boko Haram and spam emails. In reality it's a country with more than 200 million people and most of them only know about Boko Haram because they heard about it in the news. Before visiting Nigeria people wrote to me that I should skip the country! They said that I would get my head chopped off if I crossed the border. In reality I met so many nice people.
Nigerians raise families, go to church, go to the mosque, play sports, talk about the weather and complain about everyday kind of stuff like everyone else. It's not often you hear that Nigeria has the highest diversity within butterflies on the planet. Or that it is Africa's strongest economy with a large film and music industry. In fact Nigeria has more than 500 spoken languages and more than 700 ethnic groups so it's a real rainbow of discovery. The humor among those I met was great and I laughed much of the time. And then it's quite beautiful too.
"The food culture was superb! There is a large middle class which goes to work, goes to university, get stuck in traffic, dance in the club, shop on the mall, play Pokémon Go and watch Game of Thrones"