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#endFGM: "They had taken part of my body away"

It's a tragedy most of us luckily cannot even begin to fathom: female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the World Health Organisation, it describes "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons". It's cruel, but it's also the daily reality of t[...]

10 Reasons To Love Innsbruck

Some of my fondest childhood memories take me back to my auntie and uncle's summer house in the mountains. I remember sitting on the front porch cuddling with my beloved cats; I remember patrolling the garden with an empty yogurt cup in search for slugs; I remember the view down into the valley with the icy blue river and beautiful town. I also remember bein[...]

Couples who travel and blog: Michael & Alex

Earlier this month I introduced you to our first traveling couple, Clo and Clem, and told you about their off-the-beaten-track adventures. To continue this series of travel, love and blogging, meet Michael and Alex - and fall in love yourself. The picture perfect all-American duo I found Michael and Alex as I was scrolling down through my Instagram feed la[...]

The evolution of backpacking in heels

I first started backpacking at age 22. That was also the first time that I went traveling with an actual backpack. I must say - I felt pretty cool. I was now "one of them". Giving in to peer pressure (that didn't actually exist, I just pretended it did) my travel wardrobe suddenly consisted of loose cotton wrap pants (Thai fisherman style) and white rip shir[...]

20 tips to survive hostel life

Ahhh the classic hostel. The haven for a backpacker. The pit stop for a traveller. The place to rest the weary. They are a great option for accommodation when on the road as they can be affordable and social, but once you've got around a bit, it's likely you would have experienced a wide variety of hostels. From the good, the bad and the ugly; the wor[...]

5 things I learned from moving with two suitcases

Being able to fit your life in two carrier bags is pitiful - at least that’s what the song “Streets of London” suggests. But what about two suitcases? Within the last two years, I have moved from my student town in Southern Germany to Leeds for five months, then back home, then to Berlin, most recently to Hamburg. Each time, it took me two suitcases to pack [...]

Stories of Travel and Love

Falling in and out of love belongs to traveling like collecting stamps from foreign places in your passport. Hands up, who has never met 'the love of their life' (or the moment) on the road – or at least helplessly lost their hearts to a city, a country or an area. I am certainly guilty of scattering splinters of my heart wherever I go, and sometimes those s[...]

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Katka Lapelosová
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