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DAYDREAMING OF SUBURBIA. OF CATS, PIZZA AND VERY BLUE SKY.

When I was sixteen I came to Cape Town for the first time. A big part of my family lives there and over the years all of my cousins from German had gone for a visit except for me. So when my older sister wanted to go I asked for a Christmas present in form of a plane ticket and begged her to take me with. For our week in Cape Town we stayed with my aunt and her husband in their little Claremont cottage. Claremont is part of the Southern Suburbs and that says it all – you are in suburbia. While it boasts some good schools and is close to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, it is truly not a very exciting place when you are a teenager or even when you are just looking for a decent place to have a drink as a grown up. As this was my first Cape Town impression, it could have gone horribly awry and who knows where I would be now. But it didn’t. With that first …

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EL GOUNA – WHERE TO DRINK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN.

Wine runs in my veins and in my family. I am surrounded by wine snobs, fiends, lovers, and drinkers. When I met David Rothschild during one of the afterparties at Pure and asked him whether he belonged to THE Rothschilds (as in the ones on the wine labels), he said yes, those were his drunk cousins. I instantly felt a connection to him besides him being obviously very charming – I had drunk cousins too! One is even working on a vineyard in her garden and while its harvest will be strictly limited to family members only, I don’t think that will do, because I know that my number of drunk cousins beats David’s number of drunk cousins. Needless to say I was ridiculously excited to find a winery visit on my itinerary when I went to El Gouna. I had not hoped for any wine in Egypt and now I was going to do wine tasting? Yeah for me. Meeting Labib and his wife, who run Kouroum of the Nile winery, was like watching …

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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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A FIRST FOR EVERYTHING: NAMIBIA & THE PERFECT MORNING AFTER.

Lucky for me I already wrote my post about highlights of 2014, because on New Year’s Eve I could not find anything even Facebook likeable, because I was/am sick and I’m feeling sorry for myself. Mind you, as I also hate New Year’s Eve with a passion. Funny enough everybody seems to say they hate New Year’s. Yet most people who say they do are also people who will still find themselves last minute shopping for a new, probably sparkly outfit (what is it with sparkly outfits on New Year’s Eve??) and spending a fortune to be at some fancy party. Or they will at least find themselves in a room full of people they don’t really like, eating fondue. While I can’t even put my finger on why I dislike it so much, this year I had decided to finally be brave and officially skip it. Then I got sick and this was my perfect reason to hate it a bit more and stay at home watching Friends reruns. But after an always overrated …

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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 …