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Lugu Lake, bordering northwest Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of China, is known for its clean waters, amazing views and as the land of the matriarchs. In addition to being home to the Mosuo, a unique matriarchal ethnic minority, Lugu Lake is the second deepest lake in China. I had first learned about the lake in 2010, while I was living in Yunnan, but never had the time for a …

[ Written by guest | 28 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“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 …

[ Written by Kathi | 26 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

There are several reasons to travel. The beyond-delicious banana pancakes in Asia, perfectly curling waves in San Diego, Northern lights in Alaska or blooming cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan. However, once in a blue moon traveling can cause some minor headaches for the adventurers. At times there can be too much luggage or too little money. Here and there life-threatening situations, inevitable car problems or necessity-lacking settings can also, unfortunately, …

[ Written by Rita | 24 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

It’s the one thing that you weren’t prepared for on your travels: coming home. Whether you were backpacking in South East Asia or InterRailing through Europe, once the initial euphoria at returning wears off, suddenly everyday at home seems rather tame. Reverse culture shock is suddenly not just something that’s discussed on traveller’s forums, it’s happening to you.

1) You Remember What Drizzle Is
Let’s not kid ourselves, one of the biggest …

[ Written by guest | 24 Sep 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

I published my second book, London Eyes, this month and some of you are already reading it.
It’s hard to explain how that feels. The best description I can come up with is that it’s like somebody going through a drawer full of your best underwear. While it feels very personal and invasive, you’re also quite proud of your fine silk undies so you don’t actually mind and you very much …

[ Written by Frankie | 23 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

In a hammam the Moroccans not only say goodbye to dirt and dry skin, but the inhibitions of everyday life outside. Sounds like an oasis of peace, soap bubbles and relaxation? Not quite – you literally need to have a thick skin there!

“Watch out, watch out”, a man with a turquoise hood tries to find his way through the narrow streets. He’s sitting on a donkey that carries a trailer …

[ Written by guest | 19 Sep 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

Not many old buildings still stand in the centre of Rotterdam, a city all but flattened by the Second World War, but there are a few. What is spooky is that the ones that remained, standing tall above the rubble, were arguably the most important buildings; the post office and St Lawrence Church in the centre of the city, and over by the water, the port’s customs house and gatehouse, …

[ Written by Frankie | 17 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

When talking about travelling South East Asia, the Philippines is probably not the first country that comes to your mind. Last winter, the Philippines received a lot of media coverage because of the horrible impact caused by typhoon Haiyan. But while the Philippines are sadly regularly hit by such natural disasters, they are also an extremely diverse country which has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Whether you are …

[ Written by guest | 12 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“I really admire how you can walk in heels on these streets”, I say to Isabelle while I try to catch up to her on the crumbling sidewalks of Essaouira. Isabelle is the owner of La Maison des Artistes, the riad I am staying at, and is wearing chic Chloé pumps while I am in Havaianas. She turns to me with a somewhat confused look, “Excuse me, I’m from Paris.” …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Personally, I have never been a big fan of bucket lists. With every “20 places to see before you die” and “10 once in a lifetime trips” I shudder at the fact, that some few experiences (like seeing the Taj Mahal or hiking Machu Picchu) are deemed to be more valuable than others (like seeing the Victorian necropolis in Glasgow or hiking Sambock in South Tyrol). I cherish every single …

[ Written by Kathi | 9 Sep 2014 | 30 Comments | ]