Category archives: Europe

A pleasantly wet weekend in England

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Yes, you have read correctly - the words 'wet' and 'pleasant' are both in that title. Now, before you dismiss me as crazy defector who has run over to the dark side of weather appreciation, let me assure you, that we're not talking about wet-by-rain here. I forgive you that mistake though - after all, I'm talking about my recent weekend spree to Northern Eng[...]

A Travelette does Thessaloniki

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At least in Europe it seems that there is only one topic these days in the news: Greece and the country's economic crisis. Greece has also been on my mind in recent weeks albeit for entirely different reasons. Despite loving Mediterranean anything, I had never been to Greece until I got invited by Marketing Greece to join their Blogtrotters 2015 “Young at He[...]

The Italian Alps: A serious case of mountain love

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Being in the mountains is a bit like therapy for me, and I don’t even need to speak to anyone about anything. I have developed a habit of running away to them when I need a reminder of the things that really matter in life. But really, I'd take any excuse. The second part of my week in South Tyrol last month led me to Sexten (yeah, not kidding), a picture[...]

Why there is no better place to spend your summer than Berlin

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A friend recently asked me: “Why do you always talk about cities as if they were guys!?” I hadn’t even noticed but I guess it’s true. And no, I don’t know the reason but it always seems apt. When I moved to Berlin just over six months ago, I doubted I would still be here today. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked it, the freedom, the parties, the colours –[...]

15 cool things to do in Newcastle

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When I moved to Scotland almost two years ago, I swore to myself that I would explore every last corner of the UK. I would get to know my new home like my home country. Let's be honest, the plan was to see more of the UK than I had ever seen of Austria. Well, you might have guessed it: little has happened to make this plan a reality. I did manage to squeeze [...]

Hiking and Feasting in Bolzano: A Four Course Menu

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I never knew what the buzz was all about. Katja and Kathi have been hooked on South Tyrol for a while and I refused to believe it would be all that different from the "other Italy" that I have been to so many times: Venice, Rome, Garda, Trieste, Milan, you name it. Turns out, South Tyrol really is different. There is something particularly stunning about [...]

That one night I was stuck on a lonely island

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Islands suck and the story I’m about to tell you is a bit ridiculous, mainly because I’m to blame for the drama. A couple of weekends ago I traveled to lake Chiemsee in Bavaria for a story on the love affair between islands, lakes and castles in the area. I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to convince the right people to let me stay in a small room that[...]

A Vintage-Style British Afternoon Tea

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If someone who had never been to England were to make a montage of typically British experiences, I can just imagine what it might involve (cue a mish-mash of red phone booths, getting caught in the rain and bumping into the Queen, Kate and Will or David Beckham on your way to the shops). However, there are two stereotypes that maybe do hit a little close[...]

Berlin's best ice-cream parlors

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It is June, so summer is finally here - at least if you live in the northern hemisphere. It might not seem like summer has reached all of Europe yet; just yesterday I asked my flatmate if she wanted to turn the heating back on, and a few days ago I dug up the old winter boots to battle the rain - Glasgow, I love you anyways. But, I know deep down in my heart[...]

Learn to surf with Planet Surf Camp, Fuerteventura

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Hands up who can surf? If you’ve raised your hand then you will probably find this story of true novices an entertaining read. For those who are well-experienced with this physically intense and incredible balancing act of surfing, try remember back to your true beginner stages where you encountered more waves on your head and in your face, rather than under[...]