A Message from my Younger Self

A Visit with my Younger Self

Reading diaries from my solo-backpacking trip to Brazil 1987/88. 


My approach to life has not changed. Check out what I said then and now: …”A good life requires courage, strength, a wild spirit, determination and a strong will…”

“Any time I will choose the uncertainties of adventure and the possibility of learning who I really am and discovering how far I can push the boundaries…”

“Living a good life against the mainstream…”

“Traveling is addictive, a drug, broadening my horizons, changing me constantly; there is nothing else I want to do.”

inspirational book quotes by award winning author Dorit Brauer

I traveled from Rio De Janeiro, to Sao Paulo, to the Foz do Iguaçu Falls, Curitiba, Florianopolis, back to Sao Paulo, to Brasilia, then I flew to Manaus, took a ferry down the Amazon to Belem, traveled to Fortaleza, Cano Cebrada, which at that time had no running water or electricity, we stayed in huts at the beach. Then Recife, I celebrated the carnival in Olinda and then traveled to Salvador and slowly made my way back to Rio de Janeiro. 

inspirational book quotes by award winning author Dorit Brauer

Back in Germany, following this life-changing 10-week adventure, I knew that I could not settle for the life that was expected of me. I met so many amazing people on my journey, travelers from different continents who lived such different lives and had such different views of the world. I yearned for more places, more experiences and to expand my horizon beyond the known. Israeli backpackers that I traveled with part of the journey told me that Dorit is a Hebrew name, which was new to me. I figured that my next stop would be Israel and find out what’s up with my name, since I grew up catholic on a dairy farm in Germany’s Lower Rhine Valley, with no connection to Judaism or Israel. (The connection was revealed to me later in life, during a Systemic Family Constellation)

I stayed in Israel for eight and a half years, studied Hebrew, Art, Holistic Medicine and Metaphysics.

In 1998 I arrived in the US.

Learn about my adventures and read my award-winning autobiography: Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth, chronicling my modern-day pilgrimage in which I embark on a 7,430 solo motorcycle adventure across the US. On my journey I recount poetic life stories spanning my youth on a dairy farm in Germany, a 10-week solo backpacking trip in Brazil, the turmoil of living in Tel Aviv, to my most recent chronicles in the United States.

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