I knew it would pass quickly, but I had no idea just how fast the time would “speed” by. Perhaps it was the intense schedule, or the few hours of daylight, or the effect of moving from one country to the next, or the constant feeling that I was behind on my blog posts. But, as I remember the many faces of people I had the privilege to meet in Munich, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Malmo, I realize just how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time. When you have the right guide(s), it is incredible how intimately you can get to know four cities in just four weeks.
Sure, it will take some time to process all the observations and thoughts swimming about in my mind. But even now, I realize this experience has impacted me. It has opened my mind to four totally different worlds. I didn’t discover any utopian dream lands where cars, trucks, bikes, buses, people and places coexist in perfect harmony. No, I found something better – real places where lessons learned (both good and bad) have shaped the urban streetscape. Places where people have spent decades testing solutions to move people in a way that not only gets them around efficiently but also gets them to stay.
Thank you to everyone I met during my travels, all those who followed this blog (especially those who shared their comments), the German Marshall Fund, and most of all my supportive family. All good things come to an end…but I hope this will prove to be just the start.