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Had enough? Want to get out? In need of some seaside healing maybe? Trust me, we’ve all been there. At times you just have to switch off your mind as well as your everyday life and exchange scenery with some wonderful shades of blue, ideally in the shape of an ocean. Better still, a stretch of fine, white sand attached to said ocean. There are a ton of wonderful beaches …

[ Written by Katja | 22 May 2015 | 16 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 | 9 Comments | ]

Moving to Glasgow just under two years ago has changed many a thing in my behaviour. First of all, I now say didnae instead of didn’t and wee instead of little. I also re-defined my perception of rain to anything not soaking me within 5 minutes to ‘not being real rain’. And then I think 25 degrees Celsius is really hot. Moving to Glasgow, or more generally to the UK, though, has also …

[ Written by Kathi | 12 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

It is no secret, that Dresden, in the valley of the river Elbe, belongs to the most beautiful cities in Germany. Despite that it often looses out against its bigger siblings Munich, Hamburg or Berlin. Back in the days, it gained importance in the 18th century, when most of the city’s most iconic buildings were built, like Frauenkirche (Women’s Church) or Zwinger.
In 1945 the city was bombed severly, which left …

[ Written by guest | 2 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

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 | ]

In the battle of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza often overshadows Formentera, Mallorca, and Menorca, but the latter three can more than hold their own against the White Isle – especially when it comes to activities and architecture.
Of course, if you like your holidays to come with a super club vibe, one may measure up a bit better than the other, but each has its fair share of pros and cons – all …

[ Written by guest | 20 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

I’m sitting at the Emirates lounge in Bangkok with a plane home to catch in an hour. The only good thing about this scenario is that I can drown my sorrow in the bottom of a bottomless champagne glass. And the fact that there is fast wi-fi so I can plan my next adventures. Other than that I am absolutely miserable due to the fact that yesterday I was swimming …

[ Written by Annika | 15 Apr 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

I knew little about Tel Aviv when I touched down at the airport of Israel’s seaside getaway. Four days lay ahead of me and I quickly came to realize this was nowhere near enough time to explore the city fully. But with a few good tips from friends and early mornings I did well and good a great first impression. Here are seven things you should do in Tel Aviv …

[ Written by guest | 9 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

“I’m cooking,” my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. “You are boiling, not cooking,” Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn’t have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai …

[ Written by Annika | 8 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Romantic canals, tulips wherever you look and dubious entertainment that somehow is perfectly legal – Amsterdam is the kind of city that doesn’t need a long introduction. Or does it? When I paid a quick visit to Amsterdam earlier in March, to see Travelette Frankie’s new flat (and her baby bump) I was in not much of a mood for exploring – four days of networking at the travel market …

[ Written by Kathi | 7 Apr 2015 | 6 Comments | ]
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