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From Germany to Florida and Canada, she’s been on the go

January 27, 2017 GMT
Simone Wolf - photographed on an Amtrak train on January 18, 2017 - calls herself "a longtime traveler at the moment." She's been on the go since leaving Germany more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Simone Wolf - photographed on an Amtrak train on January 18, 2017 - calls herself "a longtime traveler at the moment." She's been on the go since leaving Germany more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Simone Wolf - photographed on an Amtrak train on January 18, 2017 - calls herself "a longtime traveler at the moment." She's been on the go since leaving Germany more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Simone Wolf - photographed on an Amtrak train on January 18, 2017 - calls herself "a longtime traveler at the moment." She's been on the go since leaving Germany more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
Simone Wolf - photographed on an Amtrak train on January 18, 2017 - calls herself "a longtime traveler at the moment." She's been on the go since leaving Germany more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

Simone Wolf, 49, is a native of Germany and works as a life coach.

“I’m a longtime traveler at the moment. I started one and a half years ago with my daughter. We left Germany, we planned for one year, and now it’s the second year. She is in school in Toronto; she’s doing the 12th grade now.

“I’m coming from Florida. Spent the last six weeks with a friend. And now I’m going to visit my daughter in Toronto.

“To be honest, I’m fed up with traveling. It was a really exciting thing in the beginning. We started in our motorhome. We brought it from Germany and had it shipped to Canada, and we traveled more than one year with it. Last October I sent it back to Germany ... I then I traveled by Amtrak. I don’t fly. I’m scared. My last flight was 23 years ago. I came here by ship.”

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“I always wanted to do this on my own, have the freedom to do what I would like to do, but never had the chance. No money, job, children. Now I have some money, some time and my kid is now 18 years old, so I want to use this chance to do it. But in one year I see myself back somewhere, settled somewhere with my own business hopefully. I’d like to find a good place and then travel again, but not like this.

“When you have one highlight after the other, it’s not a highlight anymore. I started in October with Amtrak and did a big round trip from Nova Scotia … everything was great, you know, but I started to be tired. So the last six weeks I stayed in Florida at the home of a friend and I enjoyed it. But actually without work, I don’t know, it started to be boring. Six weeks on the beach, it’s enough.

“I’ve become more brave. When I stay in one place for a longer time, I started to be scared a little bit. When you’re on your way, everything is fine. People are fine. Trust. It’s the biggest thing I’ve learned from my trip. Everything is not so bad as you learn in school, in newspapers, in television and the computer. The world is good.”

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AP Tampa correspondent Tamara Lush is traveling on Amtrak as one of 24 writers for its residency program for creative professionals. During her 15-day trip, she’s interviewing people and filing occasional installments for this Tales on a Train project, as well as working on her next romance novel.