We are Tanya and Simon – a couple from Heidelberg, Germany. After finishing our PhD, we seek to travel the world, while also combining our passion for climbing.


I am born and bred in South Africa and am now living around the world. I have lived in Canada, England and Germany and I am now looking forward to experiencing other countries across Europe and Africa. I lived in Heidelberg with Simon and did my PhD in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. I enjoy climbing and am a nature and wildlife enthusiast. I also enjoy learning about other cultures and a different way of life.


I am born in Germany and grew up in the small town of Aalen in south Germany. After high school (Abitur), I moved to Heidelberg to study physics, which I finished in 2012 with a diploma. During my studies I spend one year in Canada at the McMaster University in Hamilton. From 2012 to 2016, I did a PhD in Astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, also in Heidelberg. Besides Astronomy, I am passionate about rock climbing, which I started around 2007. I have a coaching license (Trainer C and B ‘Sportklettern’) and I train a youth group at the DAV Heidelberg (‘Deutscher Alpen Verein’).