The Wachau Valley is a stretch of land along the Danube in Austria dedicated by
UNESCO as World Heritage Site. It is the land of my ancestors and here, I also was
born and raised. For two weeks, I rediscovered it by walking through the valley on a
trail called World Heritage Trail (Welterbesteig). It was a coming home. Coming
home as an intimate connection with everything around, with nature, culture and
people. I would love to share some of my experiences with you.
I started the trail close to my home village in the Benedictine monastery of Göttweig.
For hundreds of years the connection between the monastery and my ancestors was
very close. I love the thick stone walls and the silence behind them. Sometimes, I go
there for silent retreats.
When I started the trek, the apricot trees were in full bloom. Apricot blossoms are
very fragile and only last a few days. The beauty of impermanence was stunning.