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It’s that time of the year: next weekend, four weeks before Christmas Eve, Christmas markets all over Europe literally hit the light switch and open their gates for happy children and thirsty grown-ups. Here people shop for cheesy Christmas gifts, indulge in over-prized German import products and get tipsy on the sticky sweet hot bevs they call glögg, punsch or glühwein. I love strolling across those markets, mulled cider in …

[ Written by Kathi | 24 Nov 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Road trips. Those words immediately conjure thoughts of carefree holidays, following the open road as far as the eye can see, aiming for the horizon with great tunes and not stopping until you stumble upon a gorgeous beach or a river to cool off in. And with the cold of winter setting in for us in the European northern hemisphere, it’s only natural for us to be dreaming of such …

[ Written by Sophie | 23 Nov 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

When I thought about travelling to the Caribbean, I pictured myself on a white sandy beach, with a coconut cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. At least that was the predominant image in my head when I recently followed the invitation of the Curacao tourism board to explore the biggest of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) for a week. Adventurer at heart though, I was …

[ Written by Kathi | 20 Nov 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

When I first booked my trip to work a few months in a hospital in southern Malawi, my friends and family could not be convinced of the idea to visit me. Political and social crises, the fact that it’s landlocked and hard to reach, the lack of famous national parks and simply not knowing anything about the country made it hard to get them excited. All I knew myself was that …

[ Written by guest | 19 Nov 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Immense, home of dramatic landscapes, infused with car culture and equipped with an extensive network of highways, America is a country made for road-trips if there ever was one. Its infinite stretches of straight roads have inspired countless young folks to jump behind the wheel, hold out their thumb or hop on a freight train in search of freedom, meaning… or just for the sake of not sitting still.
Of course …

[ Written by Marie C | 18 Nov 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

I’ve always thought that being a good writer largely depends on getting some kind of superhuman inspiration from outer space. I thought it’s something that magically happens once you want it badly enough. In 2014, I know that this has been one of the dumbest assumptions everrrr.
During three years of journalism school, I didn’t really learn how to be a good writer, but what I got was tons of practice …

[ Written by Caroline | 17 Nov 2014 | 33 Comments | ]

The clocks have gone back, the days are getting darker and random celebrities are coming out of the woodwork to power up the Christmas lights across the nation. Yep, it’s official: Winter is coming. So when my girlfriends and I decided on a little, British seaside town for a much needed weekend away, we were aware it might be a tiny bit out of season. But this is Brighton, my …

[ Written by Alex | 14 Nov 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

I had never been to Dublin before, but had a lot of associations with the capital on Ireland: Guinness, the green of Saint Patrick and fun people who like to party. Luckily I found all of this and even more when I recently visited for the first time. I had friends to show me around, but if you arrive in Dublin clueless and without plan, maybe this list of 10 awesome …

[ Written by guest | 13 Nov 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

Like it or not, 2014 is coming to an end soon and it is almost time for the annual new year’s resolutions. Usually my plans about what to do less or more of in the next 12 months are forgotten just after a few weeks, so I decided that this year shall be different. One of the Dalai Lama’s most popular quotes is “Once a year go somewhere where you …

[ Written by Kathi | 10 Nov 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

“Isn’t this the coldest area of Norway?”, my mum asked nervously when I told her that I planned to go to Trøndelag in Central Norway. But minus 30 degree celsius is luckily not the only thing waiting for you in this region – that only happens during a few days in winter. No, Trøndelag is a region full of surprises – and I mean the good kind.
When I recently introduced …

[ Written by Kathi | 8 Nov 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
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