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It doesn’t have to take hours on end to travel to a place that catapults you into a parallel universe. In fact, sometimes the most serene of all oases can be a short train ride away. And sometimes, just sometimes, it takes a mere 48 hours to calm down the buzz in your head.
When I stepped into the old farm-house of a stork farm in Groß Pankow, Brandenburg (the county that …

[ Written by Caroline | 22 May 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Sand dunes, camels and oriental markets, or glassy high risers, cats and crazy nightlife – what is your idea of Tel Aviv? Mine was probably a little bit of both. Having met Israelis before, I knew Tel Aviv was a city that never sleeps. I knew it was by the seaside and surrounded by desert. I knew it was considerably secular and welcoming. I had heard about the local food …

[ Written by Kathi | 19 May 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

If you had to find a home for the world’s first and only museum dedicated to all things pizza, you’d probably put it in New York City, home of the thin, triangular slices, or Chicago, where deep-dish pies rule. Maybe it’d be somewhere in Italy, where the art of pizza was perfected.
But I bet you’d never think to put it in Philadelphia (even though that’s exactly where it is today).

I …

[ Written by Katka | 15 May 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story.
Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them… willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and wakeboard my way out …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

Over the years I have developed a good strategy for traveling new cities and new countries, and local markets have definitely made it onto the list of things to do when discovering a new place. I blame it on my students years, when travel money was short and spending it on admission tickets or eating in restaurants was rather a singular treat than a regular habit. Be it a big touristy market or ten stalls on a …

[ Written by guest | 30 Apr 2015 | 14 Comments | ]

My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me, tell me where did you sleep last night? – the hymn of my teenage years. Because even though Kurt Cobain had long left, his music was still among the most influential tunes I listened to back then. Nirvana Unplugged was one of my first records, and I believe my deep love for white lilies derives from the set up of this live concert. Why …

[ Written by Kathi | 27 Apr 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Is there anything better than coming home after a long and strenuous journey, falling into a freshly made bed without lifting a finger (thanks for that, five-days-ago-Kathi), indulging in a home-cooked dinner and lounging on your couch while watching your favourite film for the 5th time in the past four months – What we do in the Shadows, anyone?  That instant bra-off feeling of freedom in the privacy of your own home is unbeatable. No …

[ Written by Kathi | 17 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

“Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days” was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of exceptional service, breath-taking views, delectable food, …

[ Written by guest | 16 Apr 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

In New York each week seems to bring on a new tidal wave of restaurants that fight to become the city’s best. Whether embracing the latest ‘farm-to-table’ trend, pushing the limits of molecular gastronomy or exploring the world of ‘urban foraging,’ New York restaurants, like its people, will make it anywhere if they can survive here.

The following restaurants are iconic New York establishments that have passed the test of time …

[ Written by Nikki | 14 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

Billowing white clouds rise up towards the sky, and the drizzling rain only adds to the eerie feeling I get. I’m in Beppu, on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The steam, too light to be seen as smoke, looks completely different to anything I have ever seen before. The Kanazawa Jigokus are volcanic hot springs where you can gaze at the bubbling, frothing volcanic water rise into the sky. Bear in mind, these …

[ Written by guest | 11 Apr 2015 | 3 Comments | ]
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