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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 |2021-12-12T18:41:32+01:002017/09/10|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

Winter Impressions from Riga, Lativa

I'm summer girl through and through. At the same, I've been dreaming about spending New Year's abroad for the longest time now -- but going on such a trip (at least within Europe) meant finally confronting myself with winter travel, something I had been putting off for years. Plane tickets were a little too pricey over the holidays, but since I could take the first week of January 2017 off at work too, I figured leaving for a trip on January 2nd was close enough to New Year's and also the perfect way to begin a new chapter. I wasn't [...]

By |2022-01-05T20:50:11+01:002017/07/13|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Latvia|Tags: , |4 Comments

The Lasting Changes of 2016

2016 was the year this blog became shockingly quiet. I had been struggling with finding balance in-between working, traveling, blogging, and maintaining a social life ever since I started working back in 2013, but my struggles have gotten worse since. Maybe not actually worse, but my priorities shifted more and more as the years passed. I'm constantly amazed by people who can make time for working, blogging, maintaining relationships, and yet still work out, cook, and read a ton of books. However, I'm not one of those people: I can only focus on a few things at a time. I need "empty [...]

By |2021-12-13T21:27:06+01:002017/02/27|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

My USA Road Trip in Numbers, Instagrams, and Snapchats

In the summer of 2016, I did the craziest two week road trip across the Southwestern USA with Steffen, my favorite travel partner in crime -- and although it already feels like a lifetime ago, I have so much to say and oh-so-many photos to show! We flew into San Francisco where we spent two full days before picking up our rental car to chase after all the beautiful desert and canyon sceneries in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. We hiked longer than ever, haunted down amazing craft beer, and even managed to visit friends in Phoenix who we met on a crazy pub [...]

By |2021-12-13T21:36:46+01:002017/02/13|Categories: Destinations, North America, United States|Tags: , |7 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of Spring 2016

A while ago, I stumbled upon a quote saying something like "whenever you want to say that you don't have time, say you don't want to make it a priority instead". It may sound harsh, but it's shockingly true: You can always make time for things that are a priority. And yes, in the last months, blogging was not a priority for me. To be honest, I don't feel the need to justify this priority shift. But maybe this summary of my spring 2016 can explain why I preferred to live offline for a change, and why it took me this [...]

By |2022-01-05T14:57:41+01:002016/08/06|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

Five Essential Things To Do in Venice

I really thought I understood Italian cities by now. After my week-long art history field trip to Rome back in 2006, which was my first visit to Italy as a grown-up, I had returned to Italy's capital in 2014 for several days and then visited Florence last year. I can order food in basic Italian and I know the correct time frame to drink a cappuccino by now. Thus when I booked a super spontaneous trip to Venice with my mom back in March, I didn't think about buying a guide book or reading many blogs beforehand. Partly because I didn't [...]

By |2021-12-13T20:57:18+01:002016/05/10|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of February 2016

You know, I wouldn't even care if we had just skipped February altogether. Seriously, the month of February is just miserable in Central Europe -- and it's probably even worse in Northern Germany, because if the sun ever shows she does it in Southern Germany. Anyways, besides my best efforts and resolutions to stay positive, I turned into a proper grump towards the end of the month. I can't even find the right words to explain just how over freezing non-stop drizzle I am. I know, I sound like a sun-deprived crazy person, but honestly, that's what a February like this [...]

By |2016-03-02T09:16:13+01:002016/03/01|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of January 2016

First of all, I didn't mean to skip my December round-up, but I was so busy with domestic travel and holiday events that I didn't find the time to write a single word. Then, January just swept over me in no time and December (and 2015 in general) already felt like it was such a long time ago. January was a bit of a strange month -- it was slow, gray, sleepy, busy, and the weather went from -14 degrees Celsius and snow storms to +12 degrees and non-stop April rain within a week. Travel Whereas in December I traveled more [...]

By |2016-02-09T22:35:17+01:002016/02/09|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , |8 Comments

A Lesson on Happiness from 2015

Although the New Year is already a couple of weeks old, I'm still thinking about how I love the nostalgic last days of the old and first days of the New Year. As someone who over-thinks even the smallest words and gestures for decades, I'm glad it's justified to cling to memories from the past year on the days before New Year's Eve -- and be hopeful during the first days and weeks of January. I'm usually more the pessimistic  realistic type, but the idea of a fresh start never ceases to motivate me. In many ways, 2015 was a year [...]

By |2016-01-30T18:28:56+01:002016/01/30|Categories: Specials|Tags: |3 Comments
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