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 What a ride it’s been, those last 10 days in New Zealand. I’m writing this from my flight back to San Francisco, still buzzing from the crazy load of impressions and experiences I’ve been able to collect over the past few days. The pain in my upper right arm puts a smile on my face as it transports me right back to the feeling of sitting front row rafting down …

[ Written by Katja | 12 Oct 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

“Seriously, I’d rather not drive. No really, I’m scared, please no.” – that was me a week ago. In the past 12 years of owning a licence I have driven a total of 3 days, always clinging to the steering wheel with dear life, saying prayers at every stop light. When I was asked to drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands, both in Northland, New Zealand, I was pretty …

[ Written by Katja | 6 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

It’s not very often that one gets to test-drive their own honeymoon, but in my line of work blogging I sometimes do get lucky that way. The most recent addition to my list of most romantic places around the world is an eco Bed & Breakfast on the West Coast of Northland, New Zealand’s Northern province, a place so special it only caters to 2 people at a time – …

[ Written by Katja | 4 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Kia Ora, cherished readers of this little blog! Me and my jetlag woke up this morning at 5am and thought to send you a little update on our current location, as it just so happens to be a particularly spectecular one. 48 little hours ago I arrived on an  Air New Zealand flight from San Francisco which turned out to be an amazing start into my trip, thanks to some …

[ Written by Katja | 2 Oct 2013 | 13 Comments | ]

There is no denying it, the life of a travel blogger comes with many perks. We get to go on trips to amazing places, meet people we’d never normally have met and every once and so often we get to test drive cool stuff. Still my girly favorite product to review: shoes.

The popular Spanish brand Camper has invited me to literally walk in their shoes for a day as part …

[ Written by Katja | 26 Sep 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

It’s no big shocker to proclaim that London is amongst the world’s coolest cities. It’s vibrant, always happening and, apart from some hangups involving expensive rent, a pretty great place to live. I can confirm that first hand, as London was once my home and every time I go back to visit I am reminded of why people like it as much as they do. London is a highly diverse …

[ Written by Katja | 29 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

World’s tallest building, largest airport, biggest mall – Dubai is a country that prides itself on its superlatives. Things here don’t get done subtly, it’s either go hard or go home and probably the best way to illustrate that to you are these 2 photographs:

The one on the bottom shows Dubai in 2013, a skyscraper city, a weird Las Vegas of the Orient that is all about shopping, bling and …

[ Written by Katja | 15 Aug 2013 | 11 Comments | ]

When I was 10 my parents told me that we were going to go on holiday via airplane for the first time. I was the first in my class to ever ride an airplane, so this was big time news. Our destination: the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria to be exact. I couldn’t sleep for days ahead, my expectations were huge. And bound to be disappointed.

We stayed in a holiday home …

[ Written by Katja | 24 Jul 2013 | 9 Comments | ]

Living in Berlin you are spoiled for choice with interesting things to see and do all the time. Great new bars and restaurants open up on a weekly basis, there is always a party to attend, an exhibition to watch, a part of town still to discover. In the almost 5 years I’ve lived in this awesome city I have almost made a bit of a hobby out of uncovering …

[ Written by Katja | 20 Jul 2013 | 6 Comments | ]

Whenever I go to Italy I have two prime concerns. One is food, the other is wine. Both are often especially good in bella Italia and since my first visit to South Tyrol last summer I am becoming more and more intrigued by all things wine and have been known to appreciate many a tastings since.
A growing trend has wineries compete for always better and more unique architecture, hiring the …

[ Written by Katja | 11 Jul 2013 | One Comment | ]