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That Paris Feeling

It seems so surreal now, but in February 2020 I traveled to Paris: An extended weekend getaway to one of my favorite cities with my mom and sister. The pandemic was just around the corner in mid-February, yet still seemed too far away in Central Europe back then. My sister wanted to do something special for her birthday, my mom hadn't been to Paris in 30 years and was eager to go back. I was desperately looking forward to a year of travel and weekend getaways to catch up on everything I had missed in 2019. So we just booked [...]

By |2021-06-11T13:09:29+02:002020/10/14|Categories: Destinations, Europe, France|Tags: , |4 Comments

Life Snippets of 2019: The Before, the C-Word, the After

I was sitting outside the doctor's office waiting for my husband who had an appointment upstairs. It was an unusually warm February day and I had taken off my winter coat to soak in the early spring sun. Steffen was supposed to get some test results back. He had been having strange pains for a couple of weeks. At first I had thought he was just making up excuses to get out of our Sunday morning yoga routine, but as the pains got worse I asked him to get checked out. It was taking long. Too long. I rolled up [...]

By |2021-05-31T22:51:45+02:002019/09/19|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Life Snippets: The Second Half of 2018

Again, I'm more than several months behind with my biannual life update. You know very well that blogging hasn't been a priority in my life lately throughout the last years, although I certainly sometimes miss my regular writing routine. I've often felt bad for neglecting the audience I built with this blog. But to be honest, since the beginning of 2019, blogging has barely been on my mind at all. Sometimes, life is just so much bigger than social media updates. I will eventually write about how my life turned upside down since the beginning of 2019, but for now, [...]

By |2021-05-31T23:07:57+02:002019/07/26|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Five Amazing Day Hikes in Montenegro

Five years ago (when blogging was still a thing?) I probably would have started this blog post lamenting about how I spent hours trying to find great hiking tips and trail recommendations for Montenegro. While it's quite easy to research Montenegro's beautiful coastline, Steffen (the husband) and I struggled a little finding suitable information on Montenegro's mountains and national parks for our trip in the fall of 2018. But here's the deal: No one reads (or writes) blog posts like that anymore so I'll spare you the overly narrative lamenting to share a plain, good old five-best-list (at least these [...]

By |2019-11-01T09:03:58+01:002019/06/03|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Montenegro|Tags: , |0 Comments

Life Snippets: The First Half of 2018

I had always been hesitant when it came to answering the question "Why do you write a travel blog?", because the commonly used phrase in the blogosphere "I just want to inspire people to travel" never sounded like the right answer to me. Deep down I knew the reasons I originally started blogging were boredom, procrastination, and escapism. But even that wasn't true. Looking back at who I was at six years ago, I understand now that my self-esteem was basically non-extistent. I felt lost and incredibly lonely, I didn't know what to do with my life, I had lost [...]

By |2018-11-06T09:12:12+01:002018/11/06|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

New Travel Adventures: Photographing a Destination Wedding in Croatia

It's funny how I thought travel photography was my calling when I started this blog over six years ago. As it turned out though: I'm actually a terrible travel photographer. Because I really don't like shooting landscapes. When you look at my blog content from the last years, it's easy to notice how I constantly shy away from the big, scenic frames -- I always rather focus on details like pretty coffees with blurry backgrounds. I mean, seriously, who comes home from an Iceland road trip with tons of photos of random gas station coffees, but didn't even take a [...]

By |2018-11-07T20:10:10+01:002018/09/21|Categories: Croatia, Destinations, Europe|Tags: , |2 Comments

Five Times in Paris

In my teleological view of life, I have to be  I'm convinced I'm at the best I've been yet: I love looking back and connecting the dots that led me to where I'm now, to understand how I got here in the first place. It's fun to see how I changed over the last decade, and how my travel style changed accordingly. And it's even more fun to look at old photos and visually notice the changes -- especially since many of those moments are well-documented on this blog. When I returned to Paris for the fifth time in January of [...]

By |2020-10-20T12:52:02+02:002018/09/21|Categories: Common|Tags: , |2 Comments

Life Snippets: The Second Half of 2017

Well, I've most definitely run out of good first blog post sentences to excuse my terrible habit of barely keeping up with the blog after almost-not-blogging for two years now. But as I explained in my last "life snippets" post: I still have so many photos lying around and it's just sad to not at least edit my favorite ones and present them somewhere. Thus another diary-style blog post with a collection of my top photos from the second half of 2017. Yes, we're four months into the new year. Yes, I'm fully aware that probably no one cares about [...]

By |2018-04-16T07:45:20+02:002018/04/15|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Your Iceland Road Trip: The Things You Really Need To Know

Even without having any immediate Iceland travel plans for the longest time, I had known the names of famous Icelandic waterfalls for years. It seems pretty impossible to go on social media these days without seeing a mysteriously foggy Iceland photo within the first three minutes. Thus I'll spare you the "land of fire and ice" tropes and cut right to the chase: Because surprisingly, despite the numerous blog posts and social media coverage on Iceland travel tips out there, I somehow couldn't find the information I needed to prepare for the road trip on Iceland's Ring Road that Steffen [...]

By |2018-09-21T09:29:21+02:002017/09/10|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Iceland|Tags: , |6 Comments

Life Snippets: The First Half of 2017

One thing I could never wrap my brain around when it comes to travel blogging -- and blogging in general actually -- is how narcissistic it is. Do people really like reading an abundance of first person pronouns? Does anyone really care for random selfies in front of famous buildings? And yet, while being extremely aware about how self-absorbed the act of blogging is, I found myself wanting to share personal updates online for all these years. As you may have noticed though (I mean, who am I kidding here), I've cut back on my blogging output immensely throughout the [...]

By |2021-06-01T00:04:06+02:002017/09/05|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments
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