Photo comp: Elisa Diederich, Luxembourg
Elisa Diederich
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Favourite memory of the Award:
That’s very difficult and of course I don’t have only one, but during my residential project, I’ve got to know a lot of new people and learned their lifestyle and their different approach to life. This kept me thinking a lot and maybe rethinking mine too.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
HIKE! Because it was raining a lot and we were wet since the second we started. We were hiking trough a natural disaster. Just across the border from Luxembourg in Germany, a lot of people died an lost their houses due to the rain. We didn’t know that it was such a big deal an kept doing our hike. You can imagine the worry of our family.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
Yes of course. I continued playing volleyball and piano. I also continued volunteering. To sum up, I’ve continued everything:)
Tell us the story behind your photo:
The photo was taken during my residential project. I was helping out in a mountain hut. The mountain hut is located in Italy at an altitude of 2000 m.a.s.l. No internet and the network was only working partially. We were a group of six helping out. The boss was around 60 years old and the others had the same age as me. They quickly became family. We were living together and sleeping in the same room. During the day there was a lot to do due to the fact that the hut was very popular during the day. Only a few stayed to sleep. So in the evening we had our time off, which was very needed on Saturdays and Sundays, where it was the most crowded and we didn’t finish serving until 4pm. This picture was taken on an evening in July where it was warm enough to eat outside. You can spot the guests that were sleeping in the hut that night looking at the sunset. This is one of many little but memorable moments I experienced during this residential project.This experience made me realise how different their lifestyle is from mine. Due to the fact that the hut was only accessible by hiking, which means that no car could drive up to the hut, we had to bring up and down everything by ourself on our own shoulders. we had to do several “viaggi” they would call them which means translated into English “trips” a day. Everything had to be planned and we’ll thought out. During this project, I learned to appreciate the little things in life. We would for example be beyond happy when we stargazed during the evening. In no other place like that we saw stars so clear!
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