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I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here when I say that at some point most girls wanted to be a princess. Maybe some of you wanted to be space cowboys or firefighters or rather Wonderwoman, but I’d guess princess was on the what to be when I grow up list for a majority. At least it was on mine until I actually did grow up, looked at …

[ Written by Annika | 19 Oct 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Can you name two things that Norway is famous for? Exactly, fjords and northern lights. As Trondheim isn’t particularly famous for either of them (unless you are very lucky in the deepest of winter), this city in central Norway, in a region called Trøndelag, is rarely found on traveller’s itineraries. It is not the Capital of Northern Lights like Tromsø, or surrounded by breathtaking fjords like Bergen or Ålesund. To …

[ Written by Kathi | 14 Oct 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Visiting Lebanon should be on everyone’s bucket list. But instead of boring you to death with how much I love exploring it (again), I will introduce you to not just a few, but all of my favourite places in Beirut. Take out your notebooks and see whether some of the fascination jumps over to your side of the screen.

Café culture 
Dawawine is a cinema/library/cafe/restaurant/workspace in Gemmayzeh. Anyone can come for any …

[ Written by Caroline | 7 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Last year I wrote an article called 21 Reasons to Love Rotterdam. It went a little bit viral, with nearly 4000 shares, 40+ comments, several emails and an invitation from a Rotterdam company asking me to speak at one of their conferences.
As a young(ish) British woman living in Amsterdam, but loving Rotterdam from afar, it was a strange experience, but it was also testament to the community spirit to be found …

[ Written by Frankie | 6 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“I really admire how you can walk in heels on these streets”, I say to Isabelle while I try to catch up to her on the crumbling sidewalks of Essaouira. Isabelle is the owner of La Maison des Artistes, the riad I am staying at, and is wearing chic Chloé pumps while I am in Havaianas. She turns to me with a somewhat confused look, “Excuse me, I’m from Paris.” …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Spain’s economy isn’t exactly thriving at the moment. In fact, its unemployment rate for under 25 year-old’s is at a staggering 54% (!) (the overall employment rate lying at 25%) which beats most other European countries. So that’s not a very tempting climate to take risks and turn your biggest passion into a job, right? Except that, for Silvia Cabra, it is. Silvia and her boyfriend, Javi Ruz, showed some …

[ Written by Caroline | 16 May 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Rising up from the Atlantic like a little miracle, it’s not hard to see that the island exists because it is a volcano… albeit one that is sleeping silently. For now.
And yet the same can not be said for the island. Madeira is a place that pumps and pulses with an energy I didn’t expect to find during my recent visit. Having become fairly well acquainted with Portuguese cities Porto …

[ Written by Frankie | 9 May 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Why do you travel? Beaches, culture, sights, wildlife, full moon parties, languages? The options are endless and come in various order of priority for most of us. For some the priority is local food. Places like Italy, Mexico, Vietnam, and of course Thailand come to mind, which are (in)famous for their food and the fact you usually come home with teary eyes, because you got pulled over by customs and …

[ Written by Annika | 24 Apr 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Recently I got asked to provide Cape Town insider tips on the topics of yoga and wine. Apparently I am an expert on these two. But insider tips? Phew… I think travellers have a love/hate relationship with the phrase. If an insider tip gets printed or published can it still be considered an insider tip? Also, just because something is printed in a guide book doesn’t immediately make it great …

[ Written by Annika | 5 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

I love Cape Town city. And by city I mean the actual inner city part, the part the locals call City Bowl. It’s not only a mecca for the best shops, bars, and restaurants, but also the central point from where you can easily reach it all: beaches, mountains, vineyards and of course unless you are a complete city slicker like me this is what you came for. With this …

[ Written by Annika | 4 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
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