World tour: 193 countries visited – and Corona does not slow you down

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193 countries visited – and Corona does not slow them down

From Afghanistan to Cyprus – Nina Sedano from Frankfurt am Main has already traveled to all countries that recognize the United Nations. But what does a globetrotter do when the world comes to a standstill due to a pandemic? She is still on the way.

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Feels at home everywhere: Nina Sedano, here in Greenland in 2018 Feels at home everywhere: Nina Sedano, here in Greenland in 2018

Feels at home everywhere: Nina Sedano, here in Greenland in 2018

She should be the most traveled woman in Germany. Nina Sedano from Frankfurt am Main visited all 193 countries recognized by the UN. From A for Afghanistan to Z for Cyprus, from South Sudan to North Korea. The very last on their long list were Iraq, Somalia and Turkmenistan.

Nina Sedano, 55, now has eleven fully stamped passports in her drawer. She speaks four languages ​​fluently – English, French, Italian and Spanish – and learns at least the basics of communicating in each country, even Arabic or Hindi.

But what does a globetrotter do when the world is still standing still due to the pandemic? Nevertheless, she is constantly on the move. Home instead of foreigners, North Sea instead of South Sea.

She has just toured the Halligen, rescued a lost sheep on Langeness that was bleating for its flock on the dike. Nina Sedano: “Together with other walkers, I lured it to the next herd, which was standing in a gate nearby. The sheep looked confused because it was obviously the wrong flock. But sheep is sheep, I’ll say. ”

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Such actions are typical for the globetrotter, whether on the North Sea or anywhere in the world: “When traveling, I like to pause, observe, help wherever I can.” These are the kinds of encounters that Nina Sedano particularly appreciates. “You don’t have to travel far to do that,” she says. “The other day I observed a robin in a bush in Westerland on Sylt, practicing its song like a scale.” That is just as fascinating as a screeching parrot in the Andes or a croaking bird of paradise in New Guinea.

No shortage of ideas for new trips

Shortly before Corona she returned from Thailand and was already planning the next trip to Namibia. As is well known, nothing came of this because of blocked borders. But Nina Sedano always has a travel idea ready. “After my life plan A, to start my own family, did not come true, I looked for a way for myself and found a plan B with which I also fulfill a dream: traveling.”

She gave up her job in a credit card company at the age of 37 and has an apartment in Frankfurt that has long since been paid for and is decorated like an exhibition for animal statues: from the seven-kilo elephant made of soapstone to the “warthog lying on its chin scratches “.

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She has published her experiences in several books, her bestseller “Die Ländersammlerin” (Eden Books) has recently been published as an audio book, and she is currently translating it into English. But how can you afford such wanderlust?

Nina Sedano: “I travel differently, modestly, with a backpack.” With pleasure: Chamomile tea, for ailments or drinking tea together. She stays in private accommodation or youth hostels, avoiding hotels. “The only thing I have been doing without shared rooms since I was 50.”

The lockdown was barely over (she was taking care of food sharing in the neighborhood), barely she was fully vaccinated, when the next idea was already ripening: the Unesco world heritage sites. “I will probably not be able to manage the more than 1100 of them worldwide. In Germany I have now visited almost all 51 World Heritage sites, with the exception of one that is still missing: the silver mines in the Saxon Ore Mountains. ”She remains a friend of Listen.

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Source: WELT / Sabrina Bracklow, Sebastian Struwe

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