THE MAN BEHIND VANSATION
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Peter Schmiedchen (Piet van Sation), the designer of vantastic excursions and sightseeing tours for small but mighty groups, says of himself: “I am a South Westphalian in the Ruhr Valley and West Berliner in Berlin and among the Catholic Catalans in Spain a Protestant German.
For coach drivers and limousine chauffeurs, city and tour guides, professors and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry, I remain a vantastic dreamer.
I don’t belong anywhere. Everywhere I am a tripper.“
Peter Schmiedchen (Piet van Sation), el diseñador de excursiones y visitas turísticas vantásticas para grupos pequeños pero finos, dice de sí mismo: “Soy uno del sur de Westfalia en la cuenca del Ruhr y berlinés occidental en Berlín y alemán protestante entre los católicos catalanes en España.
Para los conductores de autocares y chóferes de limusinas, guías turísticos, catedráticos y empresarios de la industria del turismo, sigo siendo un soñador vantástico.
No pertenezco a ninguna parte. “En todas partes soy excursionista.”
Peter Schmiedchen (Piet van Sation), der Designer von vantastischen Exkursionen und Sightseeing-Touren für kleine, aber feine Gruppen, sagt von sich: „Ich bin Südwestfale im Ruhrgebiet und West-Berliner in Berlin und bei den katholischen Katalanen in Spanien ein protestantischer Deutscher.
Bei Reisebusfahrern und Limousinen-Chauffeure, Gästeführern, Professoren und Unternehmern der Tourismusbranche bleibe ich ein Vantast.
Nirgends gehöre ich hin. Überall bin ich Ausflügler.“
Piet a l’edat de 18 anys
Tourism Serial Solopreneur
Peter Schmiedchen is the founding managing owner of VANSATION and its first-ever Chaufführer.
He was born in the year dot and raised in pretty darn, pretty good social housings under the beatlemanian protection of Churchill’s post follow-runners as a proletarian 60s-desaster-child in the so called down-home, the former Kingdom of Westphalia, in Hagen, adjacent to Dortmund, an absolutely undesirable territory within Prussia, a creation of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte.
Luckily quite early
his father coached him,
how to rule autos.
In his mid-twenties, at the end of his first working life, he settled first to the Francophile and then to the American sector of Berlin. Here he took the electric master craftman’s diploma (Bachelor Professional). Instead of exploring this down-home profession, he took the decision to work as a teacher in the adult education.
At the age of 24, he began his desired touristic career as a pedagogical advisor in a summer holiday camp nearby London: One is that British summers used to be longer and sunnier, (…)
In 2010 – after suffering during 10 post iron-curtain-years offside in the heart of the total unfamiliar former Soviet sector’s metropolis East Berlin – he was celebrating rather isolated his 30 years of operating experience in the tourism industry.
After several unthankful un-freelancer jobs as a long distance coach driver of overland tourist buses as well as a chauffeur of limousines and nightliner double-deckers for stars and VIP, he splitted to Barcelona and established there his first Vantastic Sightseeing Travel Agency KONTRAVENT – Viatges Vantàstics.
Years later he continued as a busily operator the roadway in old West Berlin, driving two minivans, one 37+1+1-seater midibus and the concise titles LIMOBILiTY ∞ E V E N The King! and LADYMOBILiTY ∞ E V E N The Queen!
Now he is an apprenticed hotel meister,
due to that on 1 November ’89 he began as a master builder and owner of the small, but pretty ecological boardinghouse EUROVENT – with building biological electrical installation – in Berlin’s most bohemian borough, Kreuzberg.
He has worked almost always – offside of rat races – for his own independent and self-determined enterprises.
Moreover he is a well grounded professional of exhibition, congress and convention management, a trained (spa) tourism expert (Bachelor of Tourism) and – as a matter of course – actually he is a certified city guide and tour manager, in every sideway orientated at alternative methodes.
In January of 1998 started out his adventure SIGHTJOGGING.
Of course, he finished overjoyed one marathon – in 2001.
Mr. Schmiedchen neither holds (and needs) a MBA of University of Wales in financial administration (there you’ll regard money of kinds of student with the addiction to bankster’s businesses) nor degrees of Free University Berlin (history (of economics))…, University of Technology Berlin (alternative educational therory and work sience) and Escola Superior d’Ensenyaments Universitaris de Gestió Hotelera, Universitat de Barcelona (hotel management).
Sightseeing (sightseeing related study course) as faculty wasn’t proffered in the tourist magnet Catalunya! 🙁
May be he had loved to major in entrepreneurship, and – as another matter of course – he would had finished it! Unluckily, this science doesn’t exist at that time, too. Demonstrating was an important minor subject during all his studies. That taught him! Nevertheless he stands in the forefront as a master of ideas and new concepts in his field of activity.
P.S: The theory, is, that enterprisers achieve their aims more purposeful without academic titles.
Back in the U.S. – closed to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin-Kreuzberg – and back in his 3rd professional life, he’s composing himself: He backseat drives, guides and masters himself as well as his trendsetting company as its 1st vanguard Chaufführer. His primary focus has been always in the autodidactically plain-styling of Sightseeing Design and its realization, autogenetic to his automotive: „Never give in, never, never, never, never.“
And since 1984 he is no longer against tourists, but since then, as a Vansionary, he tries to fight against the overtourism with huge coaches in the center of Berlin.
Luckily quite early
his father doesn’t brainwashed him,
how to make one’s way.
Probably it would be an exaggeration to talk about another exsighting goal on Mr. Sightseeing’s path to Rome: Someday he wants to gonna be recognized of his own UNIVERSIGHTY – Guide Training for the High and Mighty
and the I SEE ! ∞ Blind Persons Foundaction! as a PhD h.c. in 1001 Sightseeings and Vanosophy.
Why tourist guides should not study Vanosophy to be(come) a tour master?
And thereafter, maybe he’ll not going to let his students, guides and tour directors, join all the exsighting fun with ever-welcome guest-eyes from all over our earthy planets: Exsighteness will be in the eyes of world’s very 1st space vanguard, Mr. Schmiedchen: “Guestomized cultouring and detouring exsighte your worldview.”
Actually, he’s looking for cooperation partners to expand the mobile Vanpire: First in Vancouver and Yerevan, then in Vanhatten, Vanchester and Vanne-Eickel. 😉
Yes, he’s always on his way ∞ and on all ways to you, too: His ebook (publication soon):
A city and tour guide from Westfalia speaks about the parallels of history and methods of guiding tourists through Berlin.
His Berliner forefathers loved guests already more than 100 years ago!
His customers come as visitors and some go as friends.
It pulled some of them from Barcelona to Berlin; now they are neighbours and habitual guests on his vantastic sightseeing tours and pleasure trips within, from and to Berlin.
You can easily contact Peter (Piet) on almost any fashion: