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

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

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 |2016-08-09T11:03:19+02:002016/08/06|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|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

Around the World in Coffees: The 2015 Edition

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And by that I mean: I get to look back on the last year through the coffees I drank! Ever since I wrote my first blog post about traveling and coffee, my yearly coffee round-up has become an article I look forward to writing the entire year. I love how a collage of my coffees always tells stories from my kitchen table in Göttingen to far-off places all over the world. The changing of scenery, light, cups, tables, or sweet treats on the side are always part of my favorite memories, because with [...]

By |2016-01-03T15:57:24+01:002016/01/03|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |15 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of March 2015

March somehow went by so quickly that I can barely believe it's been four weeks since wrote my February round-up. But busy months always pass quickly, and March definitely was a busy month: From work obligations, to networking at the world's biggest travel trade fair, to photo shoots, to a trip to Italy with my mom, most of March felt like I was running around with barely enough time to catch my breath. March evening skies over Germany Travel I spent so much of my time in transit this month, traveling back an forth in-between German states for family birthdays, social events, [...]

By |2015-04-25T18:25:40+02:002015/03/31|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Eat, Drink, See: My New Favorites in Berlin

It took me a while until I understood what fascinates people with Berlin. Berlin is not the kind of city you fall in love with at first sight because it's so beautiful. But once you looked behind the facade of all the ugly concrete post-war buildings, you can understand why people from all over the world keep falling in love with the German capital. Berlin is so vibrant, so multicultural, so buzzing with creative energy that it's way too easy to become obsessed with it. A few years ago, I never would have guessed that I could actually fall for Berlin's fuck-up charm. [...]

By |2015-05-28T16:17:50+02:002015/02/22|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |27 Comments

September in Germany via Instagram

Of course, I want to travel. A lot. But I want to travel a whole lot more than I actually can: I like my job as a medievalist, but honestly, it's quite time-consuming and it's definitely not a job that is making me rich. Thus, I'm constantly torn between feeling guilty for not reading and researching enough  -- and the desire to run off to a foreign country every other second. This September, for the first time as a 'real' employed grown-up, I made use of my vacation days. I know many people would be jealous of my 28 paid vacation days [...]

By |2014-10-21T21:57:57+02:002014/10/21|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

The Art Historian’s Guide to Berlin in a Day

Okay, I know the title of this article sounds insane. And believe me, it was quite the insane project. Berlin is huge -- even more spread out than New York City! And it's a common mistake for people visiting (or moving to) Berlin to think it'll only take 20 minutes to get somewhere. The truth is, it usually takes rather 40 minutes. Or even more. This city is huge! Remember how I tried to find hipster Berlin last summer and totally failed, because I underestimated how diverse and big Berlin is? Back then, I had given myself less than forty hours [...]

On Berlin’s Urban Food Myths

Berlin is not a foodie capital per se. Obviously, international tourists do come for the legendary currywurst, national visitors tend come for the best döner kebabs in the country, but other than that -- what is special about food in Berlin? Other than that the city is so multicultural that there won't be any international cuisine you couldn't find? But, there's got be more than sausage cut in slices with ketchup and curry powder on top, right? I'm not sure if Berlin really has its own cuisine. But there are some foodie hypes that spread beyond the borders of the [...]

By |2014-03-27T15:25:52+01:002014/03/27|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |12 Comments
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