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I am fully grown up. Well, sort of; I pay rent and taxes, I live in an exciting, foreign city, and I frequently get to travel to other exciting, foreign places. I am allowed to hire cars and rent a room in these exciting places and I have a credit card that bears my name to pay for it. But once a year I travel back in time and become …

[ Written by Annika | 2 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Hamburg has always been on my bucket list but somehow I never managed to pay a visit to the city nicknamed the Pearl of the North. My time living in Germany is running out in two weeks so I finally seized the opportunity of fleeing Berlin for a weekend to visit an old friend in Germany’s second largest city. Coming from the big rival city – some people tend to …

[ Written by Kathi | 7 Sep 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

“I am sailing, I am sailing, home again ‘cross the sea. I am sailing, stormy waters, to be near you, to be free.” Accompanied by Rod Stewart’s voice our boat floats along the Spree. The sun is shining, Katja is behind the steering wheel and I turn the music up a little more before climbing up on the boat’s roof. Passing captains wave at us, every now and then we …

[ Written by Kathi | 31 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

When Yve stood up on a paddling board for the first time three years ago her knees wouldn’t stop shaking. Never had she tried a surf sport before and the movement of water under her feet was a weird feeling to get used to. The Nalani SUP Center at Müggelsee lake in Berlin had just bought their first boards and started teaching adventurers on how to do what the people …

[ Written by Kathi | 8 Aug 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

Surrounded by mountains, far away from traffic and shopping malls, lies the quiet Bavarian town of Inzell, situated in the South of Germany, between Munich and Salzburg. The village has a mere 300 residents making it the perfect getaway from the daily stressful routine with guaranteed calm and time for relaxation. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring! Inzell offers a ton of options on outdoor activities and sports, such as …

[ Written by guest | 5 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Living in Berlin you are spoiled for choice with interesting things to see and do all the time. Great new bars and restaurants open up on a weekly basis, there is always a party to attend, an exhibition to watch, a part of town still to discover. In the almost 5 years I’ve lived in this awesome city I have almost made a bit of a hobby out of uncovering …

[ Written by Katja | 20 Jul 2013 | 6 Comments | ]

People come to Berlin for different reasons – whether it is to comprehend the leftovers of separation and unification, to enjoy the never-ending club tours through Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain or to experience the diversity of cultures living together.
But Germany’s capital is also the center of attraction for artists from all over the world – musicians from Slovakia, writers from Australia and an always growing group of street and graffiti artists …

[ Written by Kathi | 15 Apr 2013 | 11 Comments | ]

German sauna culture is a well-established tradition worth indulging in, especially through the city’s seasonal extremes. From swim-up cocktail bars in summer to the Die Thermen am Europa Center (which one sauna fiend and local called “the epicenter of 80s Westberlin sauna culture”) in winter, the area hosts some of the most innovative, restorative retreats available in western Europe. But when it comes to habits, there are only some worth …

[ Written by guest | 19 Sep 2012 | 4 Comments | ]

“Ein Bier bitte” – there are few non-Germans who don’t know what this phrase means. German culture is intricately linked to the yellow brew that finds worshippers across the globe and we, who we live in Germany, will go as far as dedicating a 16-day party to it – the Oktoberfest.
Historians might be appalled at this description, because the truth is that the Oktoberfest initially started as an annual celebration …

[ Written by Katja | 16 Sep 2012 | 27 Comments | ]

I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life I needed a decent pair of wellies more than I did this past weekend at Wacken Open Air in Germany (this coming from a girl who grew up  on the countryside surrounded by cows and horses). Wacken is a very small town, north of Hamburg, that once a year experiences a run of long haired men from all …

[ Written by guest | 14 Aug 2012 | 16 Comments | ]
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