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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 | One Comment | ]

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 | 6 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 | 6 Comments | ]

The first time I took part in a yoga class, I was a teenager with a passion for speedy activities like Volleyball or athletics. One day our gym teacher invited an instructor to introduce us to this “new thing” called yoga, and new it surely was back then in my home country of Austria. Unfortunately, 15-year-old me wasn’t impressed by stretching her bottom to the sky in Downward Facing Dog …

[ Written by Kathi | 14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

6 months ago, I got ready for one of the biggest steps in my life: moving to Glasgow, Scotland for at least one year to work on my master’s degree and hopefully launch a successful career as a freelance journalist. I wanted to study in an Anglophone country, but take it slowly and not move to far away from my family (and my possessions stored away on attics in both, …

[ Written by Kathi | 12 Mar 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

I love film festivals. The atmosphere in and around the cinemas is bursting of creativity. Film buffs and journalists from every corner of the world come together to celebrate and cherish film. Filmmakers from everywhere put forward their recent works of passion. On top of some great films there are extraordinary parties to dance instead of sleep. And the best thing: there are so many of them! In Berlin alone …

[ Written by Kathi | 7 Mar 2014 | 17 Comments | ]

With the Oscars coming up, our thoughts tend to evolve around whether Leonardo DiCaprio will finally be awarded for his great performances, or if rom-com sweetheart turned serious actor Matthew McConaughey will win the race. Does Gravity really deserve Best Film? And can Cate Blanchett’s outstanding performance compensate for an otherwise mediocre film? And while the answers to these questions might excite me for the time being, it is a …

[ Written by Kathi | 1 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]

Picture a wide open landscape of an endless white carpet of snow; patches of old growth forest with trees covered in lichen. Suddenly a flock of reindeer appears from between the white hills: with massive antlers on their heads, and tiny white fur-balls aka. fluffy reindeer calves roaming between their legs. The herd grows bigger, thousands of animals emerge from the forest, moving in harmony like a swarm of birds. …

[ Written by Kathi | 23 Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | ]