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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 …

SUPERMARKET SOUVENIRS.

I recently read a post about how you get the best souvenirs at local grocery stores. Of course that was before I had my evernote account and therefore don’t remember the blog nor do I have the link, but the concept really stuck with me. Especially because I love grocery stores in foreign countries and could spend hours browsing, even if it is just a simple 7-Eleven in Thailand (I mean, can we talk about their awesome toasted ham and cheese sandwiches?!). On a recent trip to my friend Claire’s wedding in Tuscany I was staying at a self-catering house with some people and we had to stock the fridge for Chianti tasting (my idea of course) and an impromptu bachelorette pizza dinner as well as breakfasts. Grocery shopping was on the to do list. And while I initially thought we would go once and be done with it, we ended up going every single day. Voluntarily. Because let me tell you – Coop Italy rocks. First of all there is not one but two …