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Homemade Espresso on the Go!

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Hey ladies, I have to confess I have a huge coffee addiction. And as any others with similar afflictions know, traveling can cause an upset to our caffeination routines. Before I left for Europe I was rather used to soy lattes or watery American drip coffee. Living in Budapest without a coffeemaker, I adjusted to instant coffee from a jar. In Bosnia and C[...]

Lisbon, my city of “saudades” or nostalgic longing

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The Portuguese have their own word for expressing the feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something that one adores and now is lost. They call it “saudades”. This is the feeling that fills me sometimes when I think about places I adore, people I love and experiences I never know if I will see or feel again. New friends, a boyfriend or a crush, new[...]

Travel-Songs: My personal Top 10

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What is a legendary road trip without the right music? Flicking through my I-Pod, there are heaps of songs that remind me of great moments and great places. Below, find my top 10 of favourite travel songs: 1. Moby - Porcelain ...Driving alone with my 4WD at the endless Cable Beach in Broome, Australia (God, I miss that car!!!) 2. KT Tunstall [...]

Restaurants we like: Orgasmic (Barcelona)

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When I first passed by this place after an extensive stroll down La Rambla, it wasn't just the provocative name that caught my eye (I swear!). The half-glass, half-chalk board storefront, colorfully decorated and announcing (very) cheap prices for freshly prepared organic dishes was enough to cause my little treehugger heart to skip a beat. My friends[...]

Small City Love: Missoula, Montana

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When we travel to cities, we often opt for larger, better known destinations.  It's understandable to do this because of the time that goes into travel, language barriers, and not being sure if we'll be able to successfully find things to occupy ourselves with, but one of my favorite parts about staying in a country for a longer period of time is getting to [...]

Nomad tales - leaving the road, finding a home

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My love for travel always involves some serious complications because, for the most part, I don't have a "home base". This means constantly moving from place to place with a a roughly outlined plan and a frustrating amount of baggage... so maybe that makes me a nomad. Have you ever felt this way? If so then you've probably experienced some unexpected trials [...]

Travel Packing List: Boys vs. Girls

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This year, my (male) flatmate traveled through India for a few weeks. And to prepare for the trip, even this most chaotic human being on the planet spontanious contemporary made a packing list. I happened to find it in our kitchen yersterday and couldn't help but compare it with the list I had made before travelling to Australia. Ladies, forget about gend[...]

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

Beginning to surf

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I always dreamed about learning to surf, and found it such an attractive sport, but coming from the cold north, snowboarding (and a short-lived attempt to be a skater girl as a teenager) came first. Now that I call Lisbon my new home town, however, I finally started surfing and it is definitely my new favourite lifestyle. Just sitting on your board waitin[...]

Bands, boys and beer: Hurricane Festival 2010

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Dear travelettes, A while ago I shared my knowledge and experience on open-air music festivals with you. Just last weekend, I was able to put my tips and tricks to the test as a group of friends and I attended the Hurricane Festival in northern Germany. Since it was our third time around, we were much less worried about packing and planning, instead spend[...]

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