Author archives: Tabea

6 inspiring spring traditions from around the world

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Photo © Tabea Mathern I don’t know about you, but I really suck at the new years resolution thing. As my culture celebrates the turning of the year in January and I somehow always miss leaving wintery Berlin in time, I often start into the year being freezing cold and not as motivated as my resolutions demand. True story. Having said that, the good news[...]

A food lover's packing list

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As much as I love to eat outside when traveling and explore new dishes, it can be draining and also expensive, especially when being en route for a longer period of time. Apart from that, I love to prep food myself and explore the local markets and supermarkets for new ingredients to try, including the locals’ favorite spice mix. Cooking yourself also[...]

A happy day in Bacalar, Mexico

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Travel destinations are like (potential) lovers: Sometimes you’ve been flirting forever, while others just appear out of nowhere. Some need to grow on you, for others you fall hard right away... love truly is a mysterious thing! During a quite spontaneous and wonderful trip through Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico it happened - I spotted sparkly, turq[...]

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 [...]