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“Waterfall? No one said anything about a waterfall before.” My heart skipped a beat and my already compressed chest trapped in a neoprene suit felt even worse. I was sitting in a rafting boat with a group of people who had (like me) never done this before. With only 30 minutes to go on our tour we thought the worst was already over when they made us jump into the …

[ Written by Kathi | 25 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Would you spend an entire year on a small sailing boat, whose cabin doesn’t even allow you to stand up straight? While I would not even want to think about the excruciating back pain that would cause me this is exactly what French skipper and explorer Nathalie Ille did when she sailed around New Caledonia and other Pacific islands for one year. And as you probably have guessed already – …

[ Written by Kathi | 4 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Let’s be honest, do you ever lie in the sun in the park or your balcony with your eyes closed and dreaming of the Caribbean sun kissing your skin? Of exploring a faraway and hardly accessible place? Of deciding on a trip and actually leaving the next moment? Of spending all your time with adventures and friends instead of your computer and boss? I am perfectly aware, that money can …

[ Written by Kathi | 26 May 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Born in landlocked Austria the sea and all countries with a long coastline have always fascinated me. Family holidays to Greece were the highlight of my childhood, but trips to the islands of Denmark and a cruise along the Norwegian coast consolidated my love for the Northern shores. Ever since I graduated from high school Scotland has been my dream – the lush green fields spotted with Highland cows and …

[ Written by Kathi | 17 May 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Lately, I have been telling you a lot about the unpredictability of the Scottish weather and how to get used to it. Ironically, I was proven wrong consecutive sunshine, but no way to enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing outside in the sun – just I could not do that, all tangled up in end of term deadlines and library sessions. I could not wait to finish …

[ Written by Kathi | 27 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Have you ever heard about the Germanic heroic poem The Song of the Nibelungs? It tells the story of a hero (Siegfried) who tricks a mighty queen into marrying his brother-in-law and successively gets entangled in a web of jealousy, backstabbing and revenge. But that’s not what actually fascinated me about these stories. I was much more intrigued by Siegfried’s hoard, that was supposedly dumped in the river Rhine which …

[ Written by Kathi | 22 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Until recently, I had never been to Spain. Whenever talking to someone about Spain,  I heard about the stunning architecture of Barcelona, the thrilling bull race of Pamplona, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the volcanic Canary Islands or the party nights on Mallorca and Ibiza. But hardly anybody ever mentions Madrid. Even though it is the Spanish capital, it is barely on people’s radar. Then an invitation to explore …

[ Written by Kathi | 10 Apr 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

“Because it’s close to the highlands”, is a common reply to the question why somebody would move to Glasgow. Or “because it’s cheaper than Edinburgh”. But Scotland’s biggest city has more to offer than just good connections to the breathtaking landscape of the North and affordable living space. It is also the up-and-coming hub for artistic Bohemians, a creative think tank for young businesses and increasingly attractive for visitors and …

[ Written by Kathi | 3 Apr 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

I don’t know about you, but I’m all crazy about Iceland. The little insular state up north was my home for five months a couple of years ago, and ever since I’ve been dreaming of my return. Maybe this desire seems familiar to you, and maybe 2014 should be the year in which we make our dreams come true! Just recently I stumbled upon this post by my favourite Icelandic …

[ Written by Kathi | 24 Mar 2014 | 15 Comments | ]

Maybe you remember that Travelettes turned 4 last summer. For over four years now, our ever-changing and evolving team of young female travellers has reported from far-flung corners of the planet, carried together reasons to get going and lessons learnt, dug up inspirational art from around the world and introduced you to exceptional fellow Travelettes. We are a conglomerate of globetrotting, backpacking, high-heel wearing adventurers, connected by soul and email …

[ Written by Kathi | 15 Mar 2014 | 7 Comments | ]