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Carpenter, travelling from job to job for three years and one day

Tømrersvenden Morten George from Odense are gone out into the world to be on the roller for three years and one day, as the tradition of navere prescribe. Since then he has lived a life without fixed working hours, without a permanent residence, and even without a mobile phone.

A naver is a craftsman, who travels around in Europe and doing odd jobs within his profession.

In the 1200-1300's it was a duty to take on the roller, as it is called, when a naver takes the mandatory three years and one day from home. As soon as your svendeprøve was completed, one had to travel by the place.

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- It is an excellent opportunity to experience the world as naver. The combination of travel and work works really well and also provides better insight into the country's culture. And man is even lord over how your itinerary looks like. If you are travelling together, the route should be planned a little in a community where there tomles around from destination to the next destination.

- And is more than three-four pieces in a group, divide up, and therefore the chance to make the lift bigger. So the agreement there is a meeting point for the same night, or some days later, and here is our inns good points of reference, explains Morten George.

A naver is a craftsman, who travels around in Europe and doing odd jobs within his profession. Private

He has gone out with the association 'Rechtschaffene Fremde Zimmerer' (Righteous Stranger, the Carpenters, ed.) and carrying the association's characteristics, a black tie, in addition to the characteristic uniform and black hat.

the Association has 60 hostel affiliated to all over the world. The majority, however, in Germany, but you can find two in Denmark, in Ribe in south jutland and in Copenhagen.


Morten George travelled to begin with, along with two other vandresvende, and after three days in Sweden went from Rostock over Lübeck and a few days later to Hamburg.

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For a svendeaften on the refuge met the five other vandresvende, who had plans to travel to Austria, where there was herbergsfest, and it sounded really sensible, so they decided to take with.

Since it is gone blow in the battle, where Morten George bl.a. has worked in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as naver.

- the Tradition originates from Germany. This is why one of the rules, that the first year of one's travel time, travel around and work in German speaking countries; Germany, Austria and Switzerland to be understood thus. Through teaching, the tradition is better to know and get created a lot of contacts.


On its way Morten George bl.a. met bagersvende, a watchmaker, a tailor and a ølbrygger. The vast majority are, however, carpenter, joiners or within murerfaget.

In the 1200-1300's it was a duty to take on the roller, as it is called, when a naver takes three years and one day from home. As soon as your svendeprøve was completed, one had to travel by the place. Private

As naver, one must be at least away in three years and one day. When the time is up, is entirely up to you when it is time to return home.

- It is a life filled with plenty of freedom to do what you want. And are you running out of money, you will find work. And a life without mobile phone will also get a down in gear to a more relaxed life.

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however, There is also a downside to the free life. Wages for a tømrersvend in Germany are generally lower than in Denmark. On an average week working 40-45 hours, and some times from at. 6 a.m. to noon. 18 evening and lørdagene with. Missed by your family and friends can also be hard.

- It is not always just fun to be away from his friends. Fortunately, I have had the great opportunity to visit friends along the way. And my family has visited me four times, says Morten George.

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