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Portuguese temptations: Cakes in Lisbon

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Dear Travelettes, Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal w[...]

Travel links of the week #3

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Guten Tag Travelettes, Given the fact that I am German and love my country and also love travelling around my country, this weeks travel links are all about Germany. Well, almost. Whether you’re learning German or are just curious and want to know more about the country, check out GermanHeit. Blog owner Babsi gives you an insight on the German language[...]

Hiking in Norway

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Ever since I moved away from Norway I find there is something magical about returning to the fjords and the mountains. After spending time in the ”concrete jungle” or in small green spots in the city it is liberating to go walking for hours and get some fresh mountain-air. Sometimes you can also find a nice spot to take a (freezing) bath. When I go back t[...]

Berlin - Open-mic night at Madame Claude

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Dear travelettes, living in Berlin a lot of people always email me asking where they should go out in Berlin. I've already introduced my favorite club HBC a couple months ago. It's time to tell you about my new favorite bar - Madame Claude. This cosy Kreuzberg hangout that is owned by a bunch of French people has great cocktails, cute bartenders and furni[...]

Mini-break by bike: Lisbon - the Alentejo coast

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What do you do when you have about 30 euros (and a week until you get your next salary), 3 days off and a strong urge to travel? I was complaining to a good friend about this, and got this e-mail back: be ready at 7AM tomorrow, have about 10 euros ready, your bicycle and two changes of clothes. The morning after we were ready for 3 days of pedaling in Por[...]

Recyclart: a little bit of 'underground' in Brussels

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Before visiting Brussels last summer, I innocently reduced the small nation of Belgium to a row of clichées, namely french fries (oh, the irony...), exquisite chocolates and comic books. I was more than happy to revise my opinion, especially since I've disliked Tintin, Lucky Luke and their compatriots for as long as I can remember.Truth be told: Brussels has[...]

London Vintage Shopping Guide

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I love vintage clothing and whatever city I visit or move to - it is always on top of my to-do things to find out about the best local vintage stores. Having lived in vintage paradise London I have found out about some obvious stores, that are big and very popular, but I've also come across a few undergroundy ones that have great gems. Beyond Retro[...]

Lisbon: The thieves market

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Feira da Ladra, or thieves market in English, is the oldest and biggest flea market in Lisbon. This is the place to go to recover your stolen mobile, practice your bargain skills or find some incredibly cheap vintage clothes. My greatest scoop was a 70s leather jacket for 10 euros. Since I normally live in Berlin, I’m used to a great selection of flea mar[...]

Drinking Around the World: Hungary

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This last fall I lived in Budapest for four months. “Studying abroad” was a nice way to ease into dropping out of my university for a year to bum around Europe. So I spent these four months in Hungary learning about horticultural science and Hungarian language, and I also picked up a few things about the drinking in this fine land. Unlike many of the surr[...]

Lisbon: Sunday brunch

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Eat breakfast like a king queen, lunch like a prince princess, and dinner like a pauper it is said. Even though the brunch is left out, it's my favourite meal – especially together with good friends or a magazine, sun and of course sunglasses to cover up the hangover from last night and to stare at people without getting noticed.. I’ve already found two g[...]

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