The Sufi Trail
We walked already before we started the Sufi Trail on some other Paths, but we felt almost immediately a huge difference, it started as we met Iris and Sedat and continued during the following weeks. There is no better word then Spirit to describe this feeling. We met already before nice and warm people who hosted or welcomed us but on the Sufi Trail, it was in a way deeper than before. We could feel that the people, who are involved in this trail (Sufi Trail Friends), are in a way friendly which reminded us of the bounding of a family. Often if we met some Sufi Trail Friends you were able to feel the energy which they gave to the building of this Pilgrimage. They were all part of a Community which they committed a part of their life to. The Sufi Community.
Everyone gave in his one possibility the effort to make this Trail work it felt like it was their Job their commitment to helping us. A good example of this was Ramazan in Aksehir. We met him by coincidence on the road, and he offered us without even knowing us a private city tour. It was important for him to show us his places in this city and it was a stunning and beautiful but most importantly a spiritual day. We had some very deep talks which we carry until now in our hearts with us. We think especially the mix of the amazing hospitality of the Turkish people and the community of the Sufi Trail makes this experience absolutely astonishing and unique. It stayed in our mind this experience, but most importantly in our hearts. It is beautiful that a community like this can be built in just 5 years, especially if you think about the fact that the trail is almost 800 Kilometers long. All are connected, it happened from time to time that people knew us before we even met them, because they heard from some other Sufi Friends that we are on the way. It was like we are walking on the footsteps of a community and as more, as we walk on it, the more we are becoming part of it. This feeling was even more pushed forward as we saw the fresh and old colour of the markings of the Trail.
But especially Iris and Sedat who always cared about us in such a loving way. They were always there with support and love to help us on our way. Also, Audrey travelled for a few days alone, because I have been to the wedding of my brother, and during this time they were even closer to her and making sure that everything is alright. To sum it up is the experience of the Sufi trail among our most favourite and special experiences which we had during the whole duration of this trip, and we are happy to have met so many people, made new friends, especially Iris and Sedat which are also now our Sufi Trail Parents.
Thank you for this amazing experience we will keep it forever in our hearts, and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2020 either in Freiburg, Syria or again on the Sufi Yolu.