Wanderlust

Photos of New Orleans

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How was New Orleans? - I get asked from pretty much everyone I tell about my 1-month trip through 8 major American cities. There is a magic about this town rivalled by few others. New Orleans is home to some of the most laid-back people I have ever met. Example - I once waited on a streetcar for over 20 minutes. Asking a woman waiting with me how often those[...]

L.A. beach tales

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Los Angeles held somewhat of a surprise for me because this time I actually liked it. I had been here a couple of times before with friends and back then, I could not get into it. Maybe it was good that this time I came here on my own because that allowed me to take in the city on a more personal level and for a moment was able to imagine what it would feel [...]

Viva Las Vegas

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Vegas was not what I expected. In mind I had an image of sequin-dress wearing ladies with long cigarettes throwing dice while drinking whisky and flirting with men in suits. The reality of Vegas, however, were denim-shorts wearing, beer-drinking, balding tourists who come to gamble their lives away or get wasted on drinks, strong enough to put out the Norweg[...]

Austin: vintage shopping guide

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Dear Travelettes, I love vintage and it is something I look for in every city I go to. While most cities have a few vintage stores that might not even be too bad, it only happens relatively rarely that a place boasts a whole range of amazing vintage shopping options. One of those places is Austin, Texas. There aresome real gems over here with many origina[...]

Getting Around In the USA: the Craigslist Rideshare

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Back in March and April I traveled around Germany for a month and half, using rideshares from Mitfahrgalegenheit. Back in the US, car-less and anxious to visit different folks where Oakland public transit doesn't go, I was determined to find a similar alternative. If you've ever tried to travel around the States, you know that domestic flights are not cheap [...]

Laying back in Austin

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Dear Travelettes, coming to Austin I only knew two things. One - everyone loves it, and second, great people come from here. Some of my favorite Americans are Austinites including my friend Anthony who I was supposed to meet so we could go on a road trip together through half the US. When reading up on Austin in travel guides, one thing seems to always[...]

TIP: The Road Junky Film Festival

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Dear Travelettes, if you are Berlin based, I might have something for you. Via the couchsurfing forums Ina came across the Road Junky Film Festival which takes place in Berlin this weekend. They will show shorts and features from independent film makers, which will be preceded by rounds of storytelling from travelers in the audience. Road Junky also hosts[...]

In New Orleans, time stands still

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New Orleans had me at hello. Simply walking down the street, every other person says hello like you're their next-door neighbor. At the coffeeshop people come chatting, even when you're staring at your laptop. Pretty much everyone has a constant smile on their face and people treat each other with respect and social warmth. To make things even better, New O[...]

Wheeling around Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Exploring a new place epitomizes all the excitement of traveling: discovering tiny corners and allies which reveal hidden treasures of cafes/stalls/wall art, places you would never have discovered until you got away from tours and strike out alone. However, it can also be tres boring if your trapped in the midday sun, traipsing around with a map that you dis[...]

Driving through Miami

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Miami is a total car city. Without one, you are pretty screwed (unless of course you have a hord of friends that can take you crusing.) Driving between the island of South Beach and Downtown and the other neighborhoods of Miami located on the mainland there are some pretty impressive things to see. Especially at dawn, when the sky is so blue and the air is h[...]

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