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Throwback Thursday: Van life in Patagonia

Three years ago on this day I headed off on a night bus through the quite literal Pampa in Argentina. A friend was in Argentina, too and he had just bought an old T2 VW van. So we figured that we could meet up and cruise down the Atlantic Coast for a couple of days. How could I say no to that? And thus began a week of wild camping and van life on beaches in northern Patagonia We met in the no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that seaside town of Las Grutas. I just checked, and Google Maps actually makes it look like it’s a sort of...

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My month in pictures: January

I started the year off thinking, that I could post a photo to Instagram every single day. The assumption was that I have so many images on file anyway, that I could easily choose a photo to post. Even on a day when the weather or work prevented me from taking a new photo. But I soon noticed that Instagram went from something I enjoy, to something that was forced. I wasn’t always happy with the images and I just felt forced to post something. So by the second week of January, I had gone back to my old...

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My month in pictures: December

A little bit of winter and a stunning sunset. There wasn’t a lot that happened in December to be quite honest. It was cold and grey most days. Not exactly perfect conditions for stunning photos. But I actually bought a new camera this month (most of the pictures below were taken on my new Canon 6D), so I did still try to get out as much as possible to play with my new camera. The picture of the records that you see below, was actually at a photography tour I did in Buenos Aires. But since it was a Christmas...

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The ghosts of my Christmases past

Growing up in Germany, Christmas meant mulled wine, dark evenings and lots of Christmas music. It also involved the expectation of snow but, 90 % of the time, not actually getting any. But my most memorable Christmases happened abroad when the chance for snow was zero or when everything went utterly wrong. So let me dig up the ghosts of my Christmases past. Berry picking and dinner on the floor – Christmas in New Zealand When I was 16, I was living in New Zealand and lived with a family and went to an all-girls High School. As New Zealand is so far...

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The Christmas gift guide for female travelers

Christmas: the time of year where you’re desperately trying to remember whether the person you care about has ever mentioned something that they might like. If you are looking for gifts for your favourite traveller, I hope my list of gifts for every budget will help you to find one (and it’s okay if that person is yourself 🙂 ). Stocking fillers: The vintage photo box is a great gift for every traveler who always takes images but never gets around to printing the. You can choose 26 images and have them printed out and looking beautifully vintage. At Christmas, the photo...

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My month in pictures: November

November began with me lying on top of a rickety bunkbed, listening to the sound of the waves on the beautiful island of Florianópolis in Brazil. The month ended, rather less exciting, on a really grey and foggy day in Berlin. Florianópolis is also called “the magic island”. I have found this to be so true. The combination of long sandy beaches, lush forests, stone coastlines and the abundance of fruits and vegetables might just make you stay on the island forever. (And I have actually met people that have been there for months.) Iguazú used to be described to...

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My month in pictures: October

October began with travel and an early flight and it ended like that, too. On the 1. I headed to Paris to spend a relaxing weekend with a lovely friend. We strolled through Montmartre, climbed the Eiffel Tower (read: we took the elevator) and browsed through one of Paris’ most famous bookstores, Shakespeare & Company. The weekend was exactly what we needed, thus proving that sometimes, you just need to get away for a bit. The middle of October was considerably less exciting. It marked the beginning of autumn, with grey skies, foggy days and, on the rare sunny...

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Surf culture, music and movies at Berlin’s Straend Festival

“Well, in regards to surfing, I’ve learned that there is always another wave coming. Translated that means there is always tomorrow. No matter how badly you get caught inside, if you can just hang in there and keep paddling, the set is going to pass and there will be a lull afterwards. So don’t give up, just take your pounding, wait until the set passes, then make your move.” Gerry Lopez Ideally, this text should have been published at the end of August, right after the festival, not in October. But then life got in the way and work...

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Throwback Thursday: A little review of 2016

It’s the end of September and I have been meaning to write something like this post since June. If you have read my goals for 2016 post ( if not, you can find it here), you will know that I had big plans for this year. To be honest, I did not achieve a lot of the goals that I set out to achieve this year. I haven’t done my sailing license, my blog still isn’t as big, as I had envisioned, and I also haven’t started putting up tours on Trips4real. In other terms, however, I managed to achieve...

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