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The elephant flapped her ears, pawed the ground and looked very annoyed. The eyes of all the occupants of the six vehicles present swept from the elephant at the waterhole to the newly arrived (and apparently offending) Land Rover. We waved our arms trying to get the driver’s (not the elephant’s) attention, drew fingers across our necks and mimed turning a large key in the air. Finally, after what seemed …

[ Written by guest | 7 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Mention Egypt and the first that comes to the mind are the ancient pyramids of Giza. Yet, on my recent journey there I found out that Egypt is of course so much more than mysterious triangular architecture. That’s why, besides scaling the great pyramids, I ventured Cairo and Giza for relaxing boat rides on the Nile and countless temples in the southern region of Egypt.
I travelled along the Nile by train, bus and …

[ Written by guest | 18 Dec 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Quite surely, most of you have never heard of this beautiful place, but the Derawan Islands in Indonesia have taken my heart by storm. Not as famous as other destinations in Indonesia, they still have a lot to offer. They are located just off the east coast of Borneo (also named Kalimantan by the locals) and comprise dozens of islands. I visited four which are also the most popular among …

[ Written by guest | 17 Dec 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

You hear so much about African countries that have exciting things on offer: Morocco for the maze in the medina and its snake charmers, Egypt for the Pyramids and sand dunes, or Tanzania for the jeep safaris and paradise islands; to name but a few. Zimbabwe on the other hand – what would be your number one reason to go?
I personally had no desire to visit; in fact, I had …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Sligo, Ireland is a thriving city of with a culture of adventure, food and the arts. Disclaimer – my family lives in Sligo, which has changed so much in the years since we first moved there in 1995 – I remember my first impression of Sligo as a grey town, nearly 20 years ago now. Sligo has changed its tune however to become a vibrant hub of creative community, young …

[ Written by guest | 11 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

For years, photographers have been drawn to Namibia‘s northwest – to a community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein: the Himba. They invite visitors to see how they live and learn about their proud and ancient culture. From skin care to clothing and perfume, many Himba continue traditional practices that have remained unchanged for generations. Yet, they are becoming familiar with modern lifestyles through the visitors. They are …

[ Written by guest | 9 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Landing in Iceland, my first thoughts were ‘it’s actually not that cold!’ It was a fairly dark morning in November, and I was heading for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik. I had my down jacket, wooly jumper and super warm socks on, ready for the freezing temperature. I hadn’t expect how warm it was and was still wondering as we boarded the airport bus into town.
We headed through the Lava …

[ Written by guest | 6 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

Have you heard about Chicago? Well, who hasn’t – from its immigration days, music heritage, and political bosses to Route 66 and Jack Kerouac’s tales, The Blues Brothers, to Michael Jordan, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… Chicago is an integral part of American culture. And yet, I had never been to the Windy City – so named mainly for its weather, maybe also a little for its politicians…
This past week, my preconceptions of Chicago …

[ Written by guest | 1 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

When I first booked my trip to work a few months in a hospital in southern Malawi, my friends and family could not be convinced of the idea to visit me. Political and social crises, the fact that it’s landlocked and hard to reach, the lack of famous national parks and simply not knowing anything about the country made it hard to get them excited. All I knew myself was that …

[ Written by guest | 19 Nov 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

I had never been to Dublin before, but had a lot of associations with the capital on Ireland: Guinness, the green of Saint Patrick and fun people who like to party. Luckily I found all of this and even more when I recently visited for the first time. I had friends to show me around, but if you arrive in Dublin clueless and without plan, maybe this list of 10 awesome …

[ Written by guest | 13 Nov 2014 | 16 Comments | ]