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That one night I was stuck on a lonely island

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Islands suck and the story I’m about to tell you is a bit ridiculous, mainly because I’m to blame for the drama. A couple of weekends ago I traveled to lake Chiemsee in Bavaria for a story on the love affair between islands, lakes and castles in the area. I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to convince the right people to let me stay in a small room that[...]

The heart of South Tyrol

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I have probably said this in the introduction of every other Italy post I've ever written but I'll say it again, because it's such a striking sensation - traveling here always feels like coming home. The moment I step off the plane, Italy gives me a friendly pad on my back, as if to say "Good to have you here, Katja." It makes me feel welcome with every cup [...]

Planning a Hiking trip to Stolsheimen, Norway

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I genuinely believe that hiking in Norway is one of the best things a human being could possibly do on a long weekend. Walking through, wait for it, 50 shades of green for hours and hours, armed with a map, a bottle of water and a camera, and then finally arriving at the hut completely exhausted, you will feel like you've just discovered a whole new level of[...]

Adrenalin rushes in Kössen, Austria

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“Are you ready?”, I heard him say right into my ear. “Yes,” I say. NO, I think – but what can you do. Slowly I start walking forwards. Suddenly a heavy weight pulls me back and forces me to stop. “And now run,” he shouts from the back. I do as I'm told – and as any woman would do when pilot Dreamy Eyes commands. Left, right, left, right; at the next step my [...]

5,200 Steps to Sunrise: Climbing Adam's Peak

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2:00 a.m. is an awfully early time for the alarm to ring. Especially when 80% of your previous day was spent on jam-packed buses, your sleep count barely reaches 3 hours, and... you have a mountain to climb. Not just any mountain, either: the famously challenging Sri Pada, more commonly known as Adam's Peak — a venerable ridge that towers above most of Sr[...]

Summer Getaway: the Swiss Engadin Valley

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It's already summer half-time (or is it early late end already?) and all I can think of is what kind of trips I'd like to squeeze into the remaining weeks of this always too short season. I'm thinking white sandy beaches on Greek islands, bustling seaside cities like Barcelona and endless party nights spent in romantic rooftop-bars in Istanbul. The invitatio[...]

A Survival Guide for High Altitude

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  Pristine blue skies contrasting with the pure whiteness of salt deserts; vertiginous roads cutting through rainbow-coloured mountains; proud llamas strolling the high plateaus of the altiplano: the wild landscapes of the Andes range will take your breath away. Quite literally so, actually: above 2 500 or 3 000 meters, you might start experiencing w[...]

Reaching new heights in the Dolomites

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Arrival at Alpe de Siusi began before we got there. On the slow and winding morning ride up to our mountain hut from the charming basecamp at Siusi allo Sciliar, the fog lifted. The mountains peered out, each climb in elevation revealing new shades of green. Even earlier, on a cozy night train (my first since moving to Berlin!) to Munich, I felt the incoming[...]

7 Ways to Experience Mendoza

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Argentina's wine capital offers much in the way of sensorial experiences. While enjoying its 320+ days of sun a year, stark mountain landscapes, vineyard-striped countryside and bustling downtown, try some of these suggestions for fully enjoying this wonderful land. 1) Meander Mendoza's wide, tree-lined streets make excellent strolling territory. It's pede[...]

7 things to do in Nassfeld, Austria

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These past weeks, I've been feeling like a robot. The same routine every day: going to work, doing sports, writing university applications, eating, waiting for him to call and not sleeping enough. I'd been having  headaches on the daily and my motivation was on its very lowpoint. It was exactly the moment when a travelette knows just what she needs to do: GE[...]

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