Hamburg. Catalina Langer is emulating Phileas Fogg. Like the hero of Jules Verne’s novel, the 18-year-old is traveling around the world in 80 days. But she wasn’t inspired by a bet. The young Hamburg resident is promoting the International Garden Show that will be held on the Wilhelmsburger Island in Hamburg this year from April 26th to October 13th. The show is expected to draw 2 million visitors.
Catalina finished her Abitur this past year. Before she begins a degree in journalism, she wanted to see some of the world. During an internship in a Wilhelmsburger Communications Agency she developed the project oriented around the International Garden Show’s theme “In 80 Gardens Around the World.” She will be promoting the exhibit in north Germany at the most beautiful gardens on every continent.
It began on February 24th in Hamburg, and 20 stops are scheduled. From Istanbul and Dubai, then on to Tanzania, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. In mid-April she returned to Europe to tour Benelux, Scandinavia, Great Britain, and the Alps. On may 14th she will return to Hamburg with 62,061 kilometers behind her.
Catalina financed the trip herself and just the round-the-world ticket cost 5000 Euros. “In the last half year I worked a lot,” she revealed in an interview, “and my grandparents and parents are supporting me as well.” The International Garden Show is supporting her with contacts to the show’s many international partners. A network of Hamburg residents who now live around the globe are supporting the trip with accommodations. But of course, the experiences that she will have during the 80-day trip are priceless.
If you’d like to follow Catalina on her trip, you can check in at her blog on www.80days.me (written in German) where she describes encounters with interesting people, dreamy gardens, shocking impressions, and professional appointments.
For information about the German Garden Show that takes place in Germany every ten years and that in Hamburg will include an area equivalent to 140 football fields, click here.