Home, sweet home…I’ve lost more than 11 kg!

Kitsch as Kitsch can be... 🙂 or my birthday present to myself from Rio de Janeiro, a small colorful 3-dimensional flower pot stool with artistic inlays in resin...


The trip home was hectic, but all going according to plan. My Sao Luis crew with Jadiel brought me to the airport, and even stayed with me almost until my plane left at 2.30 am. thanks again for looking after me so nicely! In Rio de Janeiro I was arriving at 4.30 am, and had the whole day off until early evening. What to do? Rio’s airport is not that exciting to hang out a whole day, overtired…the few shops were quickly inspected for interesting things when they opened at 7 am, and eventually I decided to take a taxi into the next big shopping mall. I mainly wanted to see a hairdresser to get rid of my many new grown gray hair, not to look too worn from this last leg…I also got myself a new dress, and a birthday present for myself…good that people`s tastes are so different! 🙂

On the way back to the airport my taxi driver was stopping at a bridge displaying Rio’s most famous treasures – the Sugar Cane mountain and the Christo statue- both of them in the far distance! But I already got a pre-taste of Rio de Janeiro, I will be back with the kayak, and paddle close up! In Paris I had to run to my connecting flight to Hamburg, as we left Rio with an hour delay. But I just about made it…stress as stress can be.

But in Hamburg, I finally stripped into my new dress, did my newly colored hair a bit up and was looking hopefully a bit pleasant for my partner Peter to pick up…not like a going to be 50-year old and fully burnt out expedition kayaker…at home, I stepped next morning at my bathroom scale and found I lost over 11 kg, being down to 70 kg now…well, yes I was fat as a rat leaving after x-mas! :-)) I try to not gain everything back, despite the next few weeks on the trip I will also need some reserves. I have booked my flight for the 16th of October now, hoping to be back on the water by the 19th. Let#s pray the conditions have already settled down again a bit at that time of the year, as my local main Brazilian contact Christian Fuchs was advising me.

At home, I had the pleasure to unwrap a large parcel from my clothing sponsor Haglöfs with the new collection for 2014. A lot of great stuff in there! Many pink, bright yellow and light blue pieces I ordered this time, getting a bit away from the all black outfit. Thanks a lot to Haglöfs working with me! But after all stress and pleasures my body was breaking now fully down, having some kind of flu for the last days with the muscles hurting everywhere and sniffing and sneezing. First the hot and humid air all weeks, then freezing air condition, then the fresh sunny, but still cool spring air at home, it was too much eventually. I always compare my situation with a refugee on the run – once in safety, the body can let go and heal. At least skin my sores now quickly close fully and dry out. The whole skin of the body is getting soaked for the next days with some lovely body lotion, to compensate a bit the stress it had to take the last months, being wet and soaked all day, even at night in my own sweat. This is really not a climate I would like to live in for ever!

Spring and summer is coming up here, I won’t post much as I really like to do something else than I do all days on the trip. Even the food has to be selective, I can’t see anything any more what I was eating every day. But there are so many yummy and fresh other things to enjoy! But trying to keeping it at bay… .-)

14 comments on “Home, sweet home…I’ve lost more than 11 kg!

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Randall Lackey

Glad to read you are home,safe and Happy.I am presently catching up on your postings,sitting at a power outlet charging my phone outside a bathroom at a day-use onot park,where I’m camping tonight continuing on with my river dropdown the Chattahoochee river to the gulf of Mexico.Thanks for the pictures you’ve posted a.d thanks for all the inspiration you’ve provide me.Enjoy your summer.


Oi. Freya. Até que enfim que chegou em casa. Dias de descanso. Aproveite, pois em outubro estaremos de volta. Dessa vez irão um grupo. Que bom que a viagem foi boa. Abraço e até. Conte conosco.

cristian donoso

Me alegra Valkiria del mar que estés recuperando energías y sanando tu cuerpo. Después de tanto ejercicio debe ser difícil mantener el peso! disfruta a tus cercanos, y el 16 de octubre continuaremos detrás de tus reportes.


Freya, you already sound as though you have begun to rejuvenate, you’re writing shows this. Enjoy that good food, forget about the weight, you will lose it again soon enough when you return to your kayak. Enjoy your rest, and home, and the company!

Frances Price

Rest, heal, and rejuvenate, Freya. I shall have to do my own kayaking while awaiting your return to the water. Glad your journey home was safe.


Glad you are home safe and sound.
Please take the time for your body to not only heal but to rejuvenate.
Wishing you an early happy birthday! May there be many blessings showered over you on your birthday.
In kindness and appreciation


Liebe Freya, willkommen Zuhause. Geniesse die Freiheit jetzt zu tun, was Du möchtest . Du hast es verdient. Natürlich werden wir Deine Berichte vermissen aber wir wissen ja, Du kommst wieder 🙂 🙂 🙂
Alles , alles Gute

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