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HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD. WITH WORDS, PICTURES AND STARS.

I’m not a big fan of inspirational quotes. Some speak to me, but add a sunset or ladybug as backdrop and you have lost me. Mind you, I’m also not a big fan of poetry in general. Maybe I’m lacking a gene that you need in order to appreciate the description of silence or water meandering. Then again, while not being a fan of poetry, I’m a fan of poetic words, especially when they are travel related. Anaïs Nin comes to my mind and if you read something here that sounds so otherworldly clear and beautiful, you can be pretty certain I’m quoting her (not that I would try to sell it as my own, I wouldn’t dare…). Another person is Charles Baudelaire. I would be utterly in love with him if he was alive just by reading him. „Astonishing voyageurs! What splendid stories We read in your eyes As deep as the seas…“ While a poem, I kind of like it, but what really hit me is why he wrote it: „Astonishing“ voyageurs“ is …

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BANGKOK, BABY. A LOVE LETTER TO A HOT CITY.

I think love and travel go hand in hand. You meet places, you leave places, you miss places. Just like you meet, leave, miss people and everything that happens in-between which you may or may not call love. There was no love between me and Bangkok when we first met, it was really just a drunk one-nightstand Quite literally because I had just stumbled from a plane onto Khao San Road, landed in a bucket full of nondescript alcohol, and left the next morning with a queezy stomach and not much memory of what happened the night before. A regular occurrence as it seems with Bangkok nights and one-nightstands all over the world. But as it sometimes goes, even with those one-nightstands, some stick with you and once you recover from the boozy haze you may even remember them fondly. I liked this one night in Bangkok enough to return within a year and then another year. You may say I have a crush on Bangkok. Of course the beginning of meeting someone new is …

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LIFE LATELY. MARCH EDITION.

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. Sorry, I actually hate this expression and hope you do too. But holiday life has indeed been somewhat busy and while I’m trying to decide where my sandy little feet will go for dinner I thought to give you a picturesque overview of what has been happening. I took full advantage of the business class flight that Emirates bestowed on me and changed my return ticket in order to add a week to do my Advanced Open Waters in Koh Tao. So after yet another day of getting up early, catching a plane, waiting, catching a ferry, I have arrived back in paradise and giving New Heaven’s diver’s hut a go. So far so good, because while it is a simple little accommodation I do have my own office porch including sea view and the hugest banyan tree to watch over me. And more importantly tomorrow I will be off into the blue again and while a bit anxious, it has been ages it seems, I cannot …

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UNDERWATER LOVE.

I thought I would panic once submerged in water. And if I did what would happen to me? I will hold on to you and you will breathe slowly, says Erkan, my dive instructor. Not the answer I am hoping for, because really the only thing worse I can imagine than panicking under water is panicking under water while someone is holding on to me in that panic. But of course he is right, because that is the only thing you can do under water. Just breathe… Luckily it doesn’t come to this, because after my initial, slightly shaky giant stride I am hooked. Insert a, to fish insensitive, hook, line, and sinker joke here, but I immediately feel like Arielle, only unlike her the underwater world is calling me, pulling me under. Though I am slightly relived to realize that the water is not literally pulling me under. In fact it is harder than it seems to get there and while breathing with my regulator becomes second nature to me within a moment, neutral …

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CHAMBRES D’AMIS, MARRAKECH. SLEEPING AMONGST FRIENDS.

The amount of luxury hotels in Marrakech is staggeringly high. Add to this countless riads where you can stay and you got yourself an almost endless array of options when it comes to accommodation. While I consider myself a bit of a truffle pig when it comes to hotels all these options were daunting, even to me, when I went to Morocco last August. Luckily I came across my friend’s Kim blog in Cape Town who had written about Chambres d’Amis and highly recommended it . I inquired a bit further and with the best prices I could find it was really I no-brainer to try it. Arriving at the maze that is the Marrakech medina you will be glad to have a porter who knows what he is doing and where he is going, so I was glad to have a pick-up organized and followed him with wide eyes as one does when crossing the Jemaa El Fna. Chambres d’Amis is tucked away in a side alley of a side alley about a three …

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BEST PAD THAI IN THAILAND. AN ODE TO A NOODLE.

Just in time to bust your New Year’s resolutions of eating less, healthier or nothing at all I want to write a little ode to one of my favorite dishes ever: pad thai. You don’t even need to know me well to know that my preferred food group is pasta. I make no secret out of this love and it is a love that started early in life. According to family legend (as in my Dad) I was conceived in Venice and he likes to use that as an excuse reason why I have become a pastaholic. While I like his story the real one is a different one. In our home pasta was never a dinner dish, after all a Butterbrot would do. That was until my French aunt babysat me once when I was little and my parents went on a trip. I was upset about them not being there and a bowl of noodles and cream was her way of calming me down at night. That stuck with me and to this …

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THE TRAVELER STANDS STILL AND MY BEST OF 2014.

It has been a moving year literally and figuratively. For someone who is not a professional (yet) I have travelled a lot. A spent a month in Thailand, I attended a wedding in Tuscany, one in Hamburg, and one in Nierstein, I was in Morocco twice and attended my very first travel conference, I went to Egypt and Dubai for the first time ever and stood on the for now tallest building of the world. I ate a lot of amazing food, fell in love with an Italian supermarket, fell in love with a guy, had to leave Italy and make do with the German supermarkets, got my heart broken by said guy and had to make do with others. I swam in many oceans and realized again how I like the prickly feeling that salt leaves on my skin. How I like the moments when you are walking through really cold water and you are almost happy once your feet get numb. When you start thinking that the water is actually warm and you …

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THE MIDNIGHT BLUE GIRAFFE

When I was born my brother who draws really well made a drawing of my mother and I that showed a mother giraffe and baby giraffe. Probably inspired by the fact that my mother has a somewhat long neck and that I was a tall 59cm when I was born. So I think giraffes were predestined to be my spirit animals. However that bond was only really formed during my very first safari when all of a sudden I was next to one and it felt like Wow. Hello. Where have you been all my life, friend? From that day I have loved giraffes and will ignore the lions, the rhinos and won’t care if I don’t see a leopard as long as I see giraffes. My timeline is overflowing with giraffe pictures that friends post for me all the time (thanks, guys!) and needless to say my most wanted holiday destination is Giraffe Manor in Kenya; I was the most jealous when my cousin Adam went and got to feed a giraffe. That was …

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A PERFECT HOLIDAY.

What is the perfect holiday? Is it travel, is it vacation? Tomāto, tomăto. My newfound travel heroine Lisa Lindblad said in her interview for Pure that travel shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a requirement. And that travel in itself is meant to be challenging as it is work already through its etymological meaning. I like that sentiment. And so travel doesn’t contradict with the sentiment of sunloungers and holidays, it’s simply a part of it, or at least should be. Personally I don’t need a sunlounger and while I’m not one of these strange people who never seem to get sand on their towel (how is that even humanly possible?), I want the sand. I want it everywhere. A beach holiday without sand is completely pointless and if I don’t bring it into my living room upon return, I wonder why I even left in the first place. Also the mozzies…While I really don’t like mozzies, I think a holiday without them doesn’t feel quite right.* I’m writing this and I just smashed …

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A PERFECT HOLIDAY.

What is the perfect holiday? Is it travel, is it vacation? Tomāto, tomăto. My newfound travel heroine Lisa Lindblad said in her interview for Pure that travel shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a requirement. And that travel in itself is meant to be challenging as it is work already through its etymological meaning. I like that sentiment. And so travel doesn’t contradict with the sentiment of sunloungers and holidays, it’s simply a part of it, or at least should be. Personally I don’t need a sunlounger and while I’m not one of these strange people who never seem to get sand on their towel (how is that even humanly possible?), I want the sand. I want it everywhere. A beach holiday without sand is completely pointless and if I don’t bring it into my living room upon return, I wonder why I even left in the first place. Also the mozzies…While I really don’t like mozzies, I think a holiday without them doesn’t feel quite right.* I’m writing this and I just smashed …