Author archives: Tabea

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[...]

24 hours of Bavaria - Sleepless in South Germany

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I’ve got a confession for you today: I’m quite German. At least that’s what my passport says and my family told me. I’ve been asking for some multi-cultural stories from far away ancestors for a while now, but none of my folks could tell me any of those yet. I gotta face it: they might simply not exist. No crazy Mexican uncle, cooking me the worlds best taco[...]

Unboxing Hawaii - 10 reasons to visit the Aloha State

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If you pronounce Hawaii properly it's Hawai-i with a double-i, that sounds like the mating call of a colourful and rare bird - sweet, light and darn seductive. So I followed it. Graciously invited by GoHawaii, I went on a 5-day-long island-hopping trip to three of the eight main islands of Hawaii: Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. A trip to find that bird. [...]

In photos: Dream away to California

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     Dreamboat boat. At the canals of Venice in LA. Would not mind living here. Ever since my 14-year old self fell in love with this song song I could totally see myself with long, sandy hair, casually holding on to a surfboard somewhere on Venice Beach. I'm a bit older (and maybe wiser) now and I'm still not very good at surfing (yet), but California has [...]

Travelette of the Month: Jessica Tjeng

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I met Jess for the first time in a park in Toronto. A friend of a friend. Her bike was pink and her laughter was loud. It was one of my very first days living in Toronto and I did not know anyone yet. I needed a place to stay, some good company and kickoff to the new city. It was insanely hot, I was hungry and thirsty and more than anything I didn’t want to [...]