Making a fresh start in a new country was extremely tough for shy Jasmin. “I hadn’t even been on holiday without my parents, and now I was suddenly supposed to organise my whole life on my own – without being able to speak a word of German, of course. But I very quickly established a life of my own, virtually from scratch, learnt the language and sat my ‘Abitur’ exams.” Taylor’s constant companions throughout were her energy, commitment and plenty of sparkling, stalwart optimism. Little stepping stones along the way: proudly conducting her first telephone conversation in the foreign language. Organising her own apartment. The unconditional support of her family, who gave her a new chance. The feeling of fearlessness always accompanied by a mischievous smile. And finally an awareness that peace and freedom cannot be taken for granted.