Author archives: guest

Santo António: When Lisbon turns upside down

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When I first saw the decorations for Santo António, one of Lisbon's national holidays, my first reaction was that it looks like a German Christmas market, the whole city is filled with lights, decorations and food stands. My Portuguese friends were talking about this day for months, so it had quite a reputation to live up to. The inhabitants of the differ[...]

Beating the Post-Travel Blues

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As I prepared to leave Europe after 8.5 months of mid-winter wandering, everyone around me began trying to warn me about what was apparently going to be the roughest part of my trip…going home. Friends who had been on similar long term trips told me to get ready to be depressed for months, shocked and saddened by being home and “settling in”. I felt a certai[...]

Finding Berlin

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"People who come to Berlin can’t find what everyone loves about it. People who have always lived in Berlin can’t find what they used to love about it." "Finding Berlin" is a new blog exactly about that, about finding what makes Berlin so special to people. I for myself don't live in Berlin, but I love this city and I can't even tell you why. Is it [...]

Tragedy on the Road: Pippa Bacca

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A friend and I were talking about hitch-hiking when I first heard about Pippa Bacca. Unfortunately the story is not particularly encouraging or uplifting, but one I feel is necessary to share with Travelettes. (To read the New York Times article where I got most of my information, click here.) In 2008, Italian performance artists Pippa Bacca and Silvi[...]

3 Great Art Bars in Budapest

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I arrived in Budapest for my semester abroad in the beginning of September. Unfortunately the glorious sunny days didn’t last for very long, and soon we found ourselves facing rain (and eventually snow) and looking for ways to do our socializing indoors. Budapest has fantastic night life, but while a crazy night out dancing is great fun, it’s not the best[...]

Busking the world

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When I travel, I hardly go on a trip without my guitar. For two reasons: There is no easier way to make friends sitting in  a hostel all by myself playing a song everybody knows. There is no better way to make some easy money! Now, I have to admit: Point No. 2 is a little bit tricky and you have to follow a few rules to finance your travels with m[...]

Through the eyes of... Carolin Weinkopf

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Another discovery from our travelettes flickr group is Carolin Weinkopf. Born and raised in a small town in West Germany she's now been living in Berlin for six years. Originally she studied journalism and political sciences, but she currently works exclusively as a photographer. She runs a blog and a website. How is traveling part of your life? My [...]

Portuguese temptations: Cakes in Lisbon

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Dear Travelettes, Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal w[...]

Four Favorite Event Finding Links for the US

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I personally have a problem with hearing about cool stuff after I've already left a place. A great band playing the day after I'm booked to leave on a night bus? The best vegan restaurant which I somehow never found? Here are some of my favorite tools for finding food, events, cool stores and such, in the US. They're p[...]

Eating on the road

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Dear Travelettes, I have made it a point to avoid all Mc Donald's, Starbucks or other kinds of fast food chains while on the road. There are few better ways to experience a foreign country or culture than indulging in the local cuisine - and of course getting to know the locals; but then again, what better way to bond than over a good meal or a round of d[...]