Gabriele Steindl: Professional Kitesurfer & Freelance Writer - Action, Lifestyle & Travels

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Wallpaper October 2010

Just like already in September, as your FREE WALLPAPER for this month, I have chosen a photo by Jason Pini, which he took during one of THE most special trips of my entire career, my trip to Papua New Guinea.

Only with Jasons help, this trip was possible and the three weeks that I’ve been privileged spending at three different locations in PNG (short for Papua New Guinea) mark a true highlight not only in my career as a kite-pro but also in my entire travel-life!

Papua New Guinea, a place that’s hardly touched in the media… Many travel agents don’t offer it as destination, not much is to be found on the internet or in books… A bit of a mysterious place but a place FULL of unique impressions, absolutely incredible people, mind-blowingly beautiful nature and so much more !

To the people on that little island, where this photo has been taken, kitegabi and her colourful ‘wing’ seemed a wonder… They were fascinated and when I went out kiting at the main pier of the harbour for the first time, they went insane! Check out all the people in the background, the whole island came together to see the ‘blond girl flying’ 🙂 .

Wow, what a once-in-a-lifetime experience that trip was !

Before heading to Papua New Guinea, some people declared me as ‘nuts’ doing so…  They just reckoned, it’s not a place where a girl should go alone… but you know what: I believe in that one should do things in life that require some courage and risks and by doing so, most of the time, you’ll be rewarded with special experiences, unique moments, amazing new acquaintances & friendships, that make life so incredibly worth living 🙂 !

On this occasion I would like mention a quote that I found by an unknown author and I do believe, we should live after this set of mind way more often, cause life is simply to short guys, not to…!!  Here’s the quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

In this spirit folks: Carpe diem, go out there and do something that you’ve always been dreaming of!
Life is an adventure and it’s up 2 u to get the best out of it 🙂