A born and bred Hamburger (insert culinary joke here!), Christian has always been keen to push boundaries from an early age. Such activism led to this picture taken on the Danish holiday island of Bornholm. After promising stints in tourism and behind the wheel of a taxi, Christian started his ongoing world tour and emigrated to the UK to study the languages and people of... Latin America.

An exciting few years followed with months or years spent on top of Mayan pyramids in Mexico, sipping caipirinha in Brazil and whilst studying and working in Leeds, trying to understand Yorkshire, the concept. Soon, London was indeed calling, and Christian duly heeded the call, finding his way to Mother Tongue Writers in 2009. After many happy years by the river Thames, Christian decided to swap one Big Smoke for another and moved to the smogopolis of Santiago, capital city of Chile. Wedged between Andes and Pacific Ocean, he’s thrilled to serve Mother Tongue Writers as International Man of Language Mysteries.

Likes: sleeping in hammocks

Dislikes: chewing gum, liquorice, aniseed

Mother tongue: German

Other languages: fluent: English, Spanish and Portuguese. Fragments of French, Latin, Swedish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Arabic that were all studied at some point – and now trying to learn Italian!