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London Stories in Black and White

I have always loved photography. My parents gave me my first little camera for my 12th birthday and I was so excited that I even told all my teachers about it. Very soon after that birthday, we spent a week in a cabin in the Jura mountains in Switzerland where I took photos of horses and kittens and I couldn't have been more in love with the memories I created thanks to those images. I used my little analogous camera for years, even brought it with me for my first big (semi-grown-up) trip across the Atlantic Ocean a few years [...]

By |2015-08-05T18:47:46+02:002015/08/05|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Highlights from a Weekend in London

Three years ago, London had caught me completely off guard: I had come to see the places that I had been familiarized with through all those countless English textbooks, but hadn't expected to fall so hard for the artsy hipster London, the pretty stoops, and, oh -- the coffee. Back then, I kept thinking that Steffen (aka the boyfriend) would love London as well, so I had been plotting to return with him ever since. Last winter, I finally got him the flight tickets for Christmas and I couldn't wait to hear what he thought of London. And of course, [...]

By |2015-06-22T14:29:51+02:002015/06/22|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , |15 Comments

The European Capital Curse

For some travelers it's the one of the worst travel sins, but I'm absolutely guilty of it: Visiting (European) capital cities. Prague, Czech Republic Budapest, Hungary How often have I had a conversation with someone from England that went something like this: "So, have you been to England at all?" -- "Yes!" -- "Oh great! Whereabouts exactly?" -- "Only London, to be honest." -- "But you do know that London is not England, right?!" London, UK Okay, so besides my linguistic inability mimic a real Brit, these people are right. Of course I have no right to say I've been [...]

London’s Gems: Portobello Road and Brick Lane

On a large scale, London has been what I expected it to be: Crowded, busy, oh-so British, but also culturally and artistically buzzing. What really surprised me however, was the hipster-artsy-hippie-vintagey side of London. Knowing me way too well, my host and guide Sarah took me to Portobello Road and Brick Lane. And she was so right about me -- I just loved these street markets! Having been a sucker for flea markets for the greater part of my life, this isn't so surprising... but these markets are so much more than just random street markets! Portobello Road in the heart [...]

By |2015-08-05T14:53:19+02:002012/07/31|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Spring Weekend Trip to London

The great thing about having smart and talented friends is that they achieve things like university places and job offers all over the world. My good friend Sarah is one of those people. We both graduated from college in 2010, and after having been an intern in publishing for several months, Sarah started doing her Master's degree in London last year. It was really about time to fly to England and visit her, because in the beginning of 2012 we realized that we were both studying in two amazing European capitals, and made a pact to visit each other and [...]

By |2013-05-07T04:57:03+02:002012/06/11|Categories: Destinations, England, Europe|Tags: , , , |3 Comments
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