Leaving a space is difficult - especially one you've made to call home. But with each leaving there is also an arrival. Though I am not permanently leaving Asheville, or even leaving long term, these next five weeks feel significant. 

My Grandmother Annelise (standing on well) and her Family in their backyard, Munich ca. 1928

I've found myself preparing mentally and physically.  Of course I am packing, cleaning, and planning - but what feels more meaningful is the space that I am creating within my mind. Not only is this trip important for artistic research, but also significant on a personal level.  A large part of my desire to travel around Germany and learn my family's artistic history is to get a glimpse into my grandmother's childhood before moving to the United States. The holocaust scattered my family, and finding bits and pieces of history in their german homeland has been incredibly gratifying.  My grandmother passed away nearly two years ago, and I've had a growing desire to understand more of her family's importance ever since. As my departure date nears I can't help but daydream of what I will learn, and the amazing people I will meet along the way. 

Logistically, I've had a few bumps but I'm doing my best to continue moving forward and building on my plans. Right now, my challenge is packing light, and by light I mean bringing minimal clothing, gear, etc... 

I'll be carrying around in a 35L pack, as opposed to my usual 65L backpacking pack, and a small shoulder bag - so everything I'm taking is compact and versatile. In order to document and track my research I have to bring my computer and camera - these are the two items that take up the most space. Everything else is purposefully light and takes up a small space in the pack. 


Packing List

  • Camera 
  • Laptop
  • Travel Journal / pens
  • Map of Germany
  • Money Belt
  • Passport / Wallet 
  • Outlet adaptor
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camp Soap
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Small Flashlight
  • 1 Pair Boots
  • 1 Pair Sandals
  • Raincoat (1)
  • Light Fleece (1)
  • Dress (2)
  • Leggings / Pants (4)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Skirt (1)
  • Shirts (4)
  • Socks (3)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Swimsuit (1)
  • Scarf (1)
Amelia Rosenberg