Personal Stories

Google Street View is my buddy

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When Google launched Street View, I couldn't really understand all the fuzz made about it. I also didn't see much of the neccessity of it, until just a few days ago... My first Street View encounter was when Alejandro, the Mexican artist whose apartment in Mexico City I'm currently staying in, sent me a link to his place, so I would be able to get an idea[...]

I found your camera

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In the winter of 2005/2006 I was heading up the eastcoast of Australia, with a backpack full of clothes, toiletries and 2 cameras. One digital and a manual SLR I used to shoot pictures everywhere I went so I would forever remember that once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world. One morning I realised that I was missing my digital camera, with it all ph[...]

The dog who could surf

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Surfing, bodyboarding and skateboarding? No problem for surfer-dog Osso. Two years ago I had the pleasure to meet this dog and the person, who taught Osso everything- his proud owner Christiano. During my travels in Peru I heard of the small surfer town Máncora, which is situated close to the border of Equador- that seemed like the perfect getaway from my ex[...]

Bolivia – a visual journey

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When you think of Bolivia you might think of a third-world country with run-down places and cities, but what I experienced there was pure beauty and absolutely stunning nature: endless salt flats, colorful lakes, hot springs, dynamite explosions and the most dangerous road in the world. Bolivia really got me, that´s why  I want to provide you with a little b[...]

On my way to India...

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One more day, then finally the time has come. My first time visiting the Asian Continent - I couldn't be more excited. When I picture India, I see bright colours, full markets, spices everywhere - simply a whole new world. I basically got all those ideas from Bollywood movies, so there are a lot of clichées that have to be proven right or wrong. There is[...]

How to survive the night bus

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Night bus, night train, long haul flights… they all have trials and tribulations that can seriously suck but once you’ve done it once, you develop ways to endure it so allow me to share all that I have learnt… Far-flung transport travelling all have many factors in common: Delightful cramped space posing the challenge of numerous sleeping positions. You w[...]

On getting a tattoo ... in Prague

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Cut back to last August. I’ve just vacated my apartment, given away or packed up all of my possessions, broke up with my boyfriend, and flown to Prague to begin what would become a 9 month stint abroad. The reality of things is that I was heartsick, homesick, and feeling existentially confused about why the hell I was doing this whole thing anyway. I phoned [...]

Stories on South East Asia: mini-tour through Germany

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5 years ago I first discovered South East Asia. I got a tan in Thailand, got flooded in Vietnam and stuck in the mudd in Cambodia. I enjoyed every day and so it is my great pleasure that for the next 4 days, starting today, I get to share some of my experiences with people during Info-evenings organized by STA TRAVEL who have kindly invited me to show some o[...]

A brief tale of romance and the world

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Flings, one-night stands, impulsive kisses, seductive enticing, flirty encounters, call them what you want, but romance is bound to be on the cards during trips, especially when they are far-flung and over extended periods of time. I was well aware of the ‘sleep around/kiss anything that breathes’ theme of backpacking before I left England, but as a ‘dignifi[...]

"28 things I wish I'd known before I started traveling": Advice from the Experts

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I have kept this article in my bookmarks bar for a long time and finally realized what a good idea it would be to share with my fellow Travelettes! Chris Guillebeau writes about "28 things I wish I'd know before I started traveling". He covers a bunch of topics from healthcare to transport to politics and mentions most of the basic tips I could possibly t[...]