Author archives: Tabea

A love letter to life

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  I guess I‘m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I love love in all its forms: the warmth of a partner's body next to yours, the voice of a true friend asking you how you are, a calm moment of real self-appreciation, the intimate giggles you share with your sister, your mom and dad carefully watching your very first steps to make sure you do[...]

The Travelettes recap - our favorite travel moments of 2017

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Okay, we will admit: 2018 has been with us for a few days now, but having a moment to sit back and recap while the holidays are still in full swing can be pretty hard, nearly impossible. It may be that we’re just stumbling into the new year, being happy but exhausted, aroused by all the festivities, input, food… And just like that a new year starts withou[...]

Vegan in Toronto: 10 favorite places

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Admittedly, I have a thing for Toronto anyway, but trust me: if you like great people from all around the world, and more importantly great people making great food, there’s no way for you to not fall hard for this city. Period. This town will pamper your taste buds like nobody's business and you’ll cross paths with favorite dishes, recipes and folks you did[...]

The Travelettes Anti-Shopping Guide - 12 Christmas presents money can’t buy

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’Tis the season. Year after year Christmas is approaching faster than before, and year after year all the companies are touting for attention and want you to buy their stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE giving presents and it's okay to buy certain things, I just get upset at this crazy form of boundless consumption, at the assumed pressure of having to buy al[...]

Hitting reset - A weekend in the Hague

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One of my first memories regarding the Netherlands is “Hagelslag”, colorful, sugary sprinkles in all the flavors you could wish for. We were little and pimping our “boring” wholemeal bread with the local specialty made my little sis and me fall hard. We l o v e d the Netherlands. (Also, did I mention Vla?!). Later came the fascination with all the gre[...]

36 hours of Japan - 10 things I clicked with right away

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Here’s the thing: I have never been to Japan before. I've got a vague memory of one of my university professors, talking about great cultural differences, about how difficult it can be to master a perfectly executed Japanese bow, about misconceptions and the challenges of intercultural communication. I’ve listened to friends who have been there, and vividly [...]

Dream away at home: how to have the ultimate staycation

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HOW TO DREAM AWAY AT HOME - 15 STEPS TO YOUR ULTIMATE STAYCATION It’s that time of the year again. You feel like the auto responses of your friends and colleagues are turning into some real loyal pen pals and your Instagram feed is exploding with happy people on the beach. Unfortunately you aren’t one of them. What a bummer. No need to bury your head in [...]

Traveling sustainably: A Green trip to Hamburg

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We all know it: traveling is a wonderful thing. Period. But it is often also full of contradictions and dilemmas. To me, some of the biggest of these are to justify all the pollution and problems it can cause. To put it bluntly, I wonder often if we have to harm our planet in order to discover its beauty. I don’t know; one sounds antithetical to the other, d[...]

15 awesome things to do in San Francisco

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I have a thing for California, I guess I told you so already. San Francisco makes me blush, I’m that kind of girl! When I rode my rattletrap rental bike down the cities’ hills for the first time, just a few years ago it happened -  from that moment on I could not stop thinking about the gloomy clouds tenderly petting the Pacific surface. I love the hills, th[...]