I left the Sauerland when I was 19. Some time ago, surprisingly, the opportunity arose to write about special places in the Sauerland. Places of the soul. It was supposed to be about places that are meaningful to the locals and can be experienced by visitors. About their spiritual charisma, independent of denomination and faith. I couldn't believe my ears: soul places? A completely different form of hiking than I knew from my childhood? Open spirituality in the Catholic Sauerland? I was skeptical as well as curious.
The next thought: What a great chance to experience my homeland in a completely new way! To walk it with a different view. To explore it with old familiarity and fresh questions. Moreover, the ways of looking at things are similar for the 'Sauerland exile' who lives in Berlin and the hiking tourists from the city. Both believe they know this low mountain landscape and the people in it. Both might be surprised what they discover beyond clichés. So it could fit. I'm off on my journey. Back. Forward.
Michael Gleich, born in 1960, grew up in
Oberhundem (municipality of Kirchhundem), lives in
Berlin and works as a journalist, book author and
moderator. He is an enthusiastic hiker and