Author archives: guest

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[...]

Getting Around In the USA: the Craigslist Rideshare

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Back in March and April I traveled around Germany for a month and half, using rideshares from Mitfahrgalegenheit. Back in the US, car-less and anxious to visit different folks where Oakland public transit doesn't go, I was determined to find a similar alternative. If you've ever tried to travel around the States, you know that domestic flights are not cheap [...]

TIP: The Road Junky Film Festival

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Dear Travelettes, if you are Berlin based, I might have something for you. Via the couchsurfing forums Ina came across the Road Junky Film Festival which takes place in Berlin this weekend. They will show shorts and features from independent film makers, which will be preceded by rounds of storytelling from travelers in the audience. Road Junky also hosts[...]

Couchsurfing: Getting along with guests and hosts

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I've already written a bit about couchsurfing as a whole and a few safety tips. But practicalities aside, let's get down to the grittier stuff. The next question I want to address being, how in the hell do you know how to properly behave around these people? One of my favorite things about couch surfing is that every interaction is different and each host[...]

Oceanne - travelette and vintage expert

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I met Oceanne as she was Couchsurfing at my friends' place in Lisbon. Originating from here and there, travelling around the world with great style and on top of this she has a vintage swap project called Covert Candy. Oceanne is a true travelette and a great personality! 1. What is your name and where are you from? My name is Oceanne, I'm from all[...]

Wheeling around Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Exploring a new place epitomizes all the excitement of traveling: discovering tiny corners and allies which reveal hidden treasures of cafes/stalls/wall art, places you would never have discovered until you got away from tours and strike out alone. However, it can also be tres boring if your trapped in the midday sun, traipsing around with a map that you dis[...]

Travel links of the week #3

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Guten Tag Travelettes, Given the fact that I am German and love my country and also love travelling around my country, this weeks travel links are all about Germany. Well, almost. Whether you’re learning German or are just curious and want to know more about the country, check out GermanHeit. Blog owner Babsi gives you an insight on the German language[...]

Couchsurfing: Safety

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This is the second installment in my mini-series about couch surfing. Last time I mentioned some of the basics, but here I wanted to address what is usually the first thing someone asks me about when they hear that I’ve been sleeping on strangers’ couches…safety. Didn’t our parents spend our entire childhoods telling us not to speak to strangers, never mind [...]

Hiking in Norway

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Ever since I moved away from Norway I find there is something magical about returning to the fjords and the mountains. After spending time in the ”concrete jungle” or in small green spots in the city it is liberating to go walking for hours and get some fresh mountain-air. Sometimes you can also find a nice spot to take a (freezing) bath. When I go back t[...]

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