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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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A TRAVELER’S BEAUTY SECRETS: SAVON NOIR & THE MOROCCAN HAMMAM.

I’m not a girly girl when it comes to beauty things. I think sitting at a salon, getting my hair cut, is really boring, the few times I got a manicure I managed to immediately mess it up as soon as I was done, and I think the only great thing about being single in the winter of Germany is that you don’t have to shave your legs. So with that baseline established I was actually surprised that from my very first visit I was a big fan of the Moroccan hammam. The hammam is more than a place where you go to to get clean. It is a ritual, an experience, and above all a place to socialize for men and women alike (obviously separated). For a foreigner like me a visit at a real hammam was absolutely terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Mind you, it might be easier if you speak more French than I do, because anything more than l’eau was lost on me and so I’m sure I missed …

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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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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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HOW TO TRAVEL AS A WOMAN IN MOROCCO AND NOT GET OVERCHARGED FOR A POMEGRANATE.

Two recent events inspired this post: A friend of mine is going to be in Essaouira for six weeks and while she is super excited to be in a new country, she also has lots of questions and anxieties about it. And while that is obviously normal, it seems that Morocco is still portrayed in a way that as a woman you should be more anxious than excited if you go there on your own. Following suit with this sentiment I just read a post about how to behave which to me seemed to more discouraging than anything. I’m not going to post the link, because I don’t want to seem like I’m bashing someone else’s opinion, but ultimately that’s what it was – one person’s opinion. With that said, I thought I would give you my own as I will tell it to my friend. I think one needs to keep in mind that women will always (have to) travel differently than men. That’s just the way it is, personally I think that it …

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MARRAKECH WRAP-UP & HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE MACAROON AT A TIME.

While I haven’t even unpacked my suitcase from my Morocco trip yet (in fact I’m still on a train to Hamburg while I write this), I am already planning my next journey. Which, while I think that is what most avid travelers do, is a bad habit. While it may prevent me from post holiday depression, it also prevents me from post holidays reflections. So while I was officially only in Marrakech to attend a conference, Pure Life Experiences, so much has actually happened and I need to reflect on that: things I liked, things I learned, things I could have done better, people I have met, and how I have changed through it all. While I would have liked a cape, Pure wanted to promote the idea that you don’t need one in order to be a superhero, that each one of us has the ability to change worlds in our own small ways. A week is probably too short to change the world, but I think you can start, especially when taken out …

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TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU, MARRAKECH.

I have decided that after my somewhat sad travel love story and now being back in Marrakech I really needed to focus on reclaiming this wonderful city and my work. After all this is what I’m here for, namely the Pure Life Experiences conference and so I have actually no time for idle chat with silly boys. I’m also here to use my few spare hours for some serious shopping, which I will tell you in detail in a later, but I promise you, you will become a souk pro and you have been warned! At first being back here was not great. Mainly because getting into Marrakech wasn’t as smooth as I expected. While I was the first off the plane for the first time ever, the line at passport control took 1.5 hours to get through and my suitcase was very worried looking by the time I got out. As soon as I had wifi I found out that the silly boy from the somewhat sad travel love story now has a girlfriend. …

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MARRAKECH THROUGH ROSE COLORED GLASSES. A SORT OF LOVE STORY.

I came across to this song by coincidence when I was editing this post and I thought it was the perfect song for it.* I recommend you listen while you read and then listen again, just to hear his beautiful words. He took my breath away;  just like love sometimes does.  I travelled with a boyfriend exactly twice and I think it left me a bit wary of the concept of traveling par deux. The first time I was 16 and we went to Sylt. It was a big deal to go away with a boyfriend then and we really didn’t care much about the destination. I do remember he was being very nice by getting me take-away fish ‘n chips when it was raining and I couldn’t look up from my novel. Other than that I can’t remember much of this trip, but in fairness to him, while it may not have been the most memorable, it also wasn’t disastrous and simply a long time ago. The second time I was in my thirties …