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 12+ 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.
Since then I got married to a beautiful woman with whom I adopted two rescue pups, found a love for crossfit, and am trying every day to not get caught up in the routine but see everything as a miracle.
Writing relaxes me and I’ve been told that I’m not terrible at it. Thanks for reading!
If you’re more of a visual person than reader, feel free to follow me on instagram @katja_bavendam