Hi, for those of you who don’t know who I am and are curious to find out…
My name is Katja Bavendam, I was born and raised in Germany but have spent most of the past 14+ years in New York City (with a short detour to Turkey and Spain.)
What’s the first thing that people notice about me? Well, I am tall. 6 feet and 8 inches to be exact (or 2 meters and 3 centimeters for everyone outside of the US or Great Britain). I get asked how tall I am almost every day and I can answer that question in German, English, Spanish, French, and Turkish.
After wonderful years as a professional basketball player, I ended up with 9 screws and a 6 inch metal plate in my leg for about a year and a half. The doctor’s advice was “hang up your sneakers if you want to be able to run after your kids when you’re 40.” I took the advice and ended up in grad school. I have always been rather academically gifted so it made sense. I studied transportation planning & engineering at NYU and got a full time job with one of the adjunct professors right after graduating. That was in June 2013.
Still in New York and still dreaming big and chasing big magic every day.
Thanks for stopping by!
If you’re more of a visual person than reader, feel free to follow me on instagram @katja_bavendam