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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 November 2015

One Friday in November, I came home from work late. I was crashed and frustrated, because I too often feel like it's impossible to keep up with all the smart and insanely ambitious people around me. I sat on the kitchen table for an hour that Friday, still wearing my winter coat, questioning everything I had done in my life so far. I got myself together after a while, and decided to distract myself with some stupid TV shows when a news app let my phone buzz: There were reports of several shootings in Paris. There was so much uncertainty at first, but with [...]

By |2015-12-07T22:49:30+01:002015/12/07|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |6 Comments

5 Things I Loved about Stuttgart

Stuttgart is not the kind of city that would appear on a Europe-in-20-days itinerary. It's not exactly the prettiest city and it's not really famous beyond the borders of Germany. But still, it might come up on the advanced traveler's radar for two reasons: It has two airports that might be cheaper to fly into if you want to go to Munich or Frankfurt, because both cities can easily be reached from Stuttgart by train. And speaking of Munich: Everyone and their mother wants to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, but many Bavarian locals actually stopped going in the last years, because the [...]

By |2015-11-24T09:24:36+01:002015/11/23|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , |19 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of October 2015

I have a love/hate relationship with October: When the sun is out and the foliage glows all technicolor in golden light, I swear that October is my favorite month of the year. But when it's foggy and gloomy for days and I have to go grocery shopping in the dark because the sun sets at 5pm (thanks to daylight savings), I don't even know how I'm supposed to make it through the next months of darkness and subzero temperatures. This October already provided pretty much everything regarding weather options: Fog, wind, sleet, drizzle, snow (!!) -- but also a few days [...]

By |2015-11-09T12:17:39+01:002015/11/04|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of September 2015

September started like every month should start: In white hotel linen and a salty breeze from the Mediterranean pouring in through the open balcony doors, softly moving the light curtains. Starting the month on a high note though, always means there's the potential for disappointment. Overall, September was not a bad month, not at all, but going back to the same old day to day routine after two weeks of vacation bliss was definitely a little challenge. Travel Turkey was incredible. All I wanted was relaxation and lying on the beach without even thinking of my computer. And it was basically already the best. But getting [...]

By |2015-11-05T17:22:43+01:002015/10/01|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of August 2015

I had planned for August to be a slow month. With a lot of time for reading and writing and concentrating. August in a German university town like Göttingen means the city is pretty empty and the supermarkets actually still have frozen pizza on stock, which would never happen during the semester. Life feels a little more relaxed and quiet in August. In some ways August really was a slow month -- except that I barely spent a weekend at home. Travel Ever since my last visit to Paris back in June 2013, I've been wanting to return. Paris is [...]

By |2015-09-15T23:54:47+02:002015/08/29|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Where To Drink Coffee in Hamburg

When I started traveling independently, I thought it was fun to have no plans whatsoever. I loved the romantic idea of an old car, a paper map and all the freedom in the world. I quickly learned that traveling with no plans at all is often a stupid idea -- especially in Europe during peak season. A spontaneous road trip through Southern France sounds great until you realize that showing up at a camp ground without a reservation in July is not the smartest idea. Learning from these major travel fails, I developed into a "vacation dictator" (that's what the [...]

By |2015-08-25T18:13:02+02:002015/08/25|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Germany|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of July 2015

As the amount of blog posts I managed to finish in July already implies: It was a very busy month. (In my defense though: Composing that huge Jordan photo essay took me about three weeks, so I hope you'll forgive me that it was otherwise a bit too quiet over here). There was a crazy lot of stuff going on at work last month, but I also had a social life every once in a while. And I mean, if it happens to be one of Germany's rare summer days and you're invited to a barbecue, you really don't want [...]

By |2015-07-31T15:14:54+02:002015/07/31|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , |8 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of June 2015

June was a mess. I was really looking forward to June, but it was a messy month. My financial situation (too broke after May travels), my social media channels (too neglected), my hair (too long), my apartment (too dusty), my thoughts (too much going on) -- everything was pure chaos. I thought May had had its depressing times, but sadly, June was even worse. Summer came to Germany to tease us for four glorious days, but just when I was getting ready to paint my toe nails to officially wear sandals again, summer was gone again already. Gray skies, rain, and early March [...]

By |2015-07-01T23:11:11+02:002015/07/01|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , |7 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of May 2015

I feel like being a little too redundant with starting off this monthly recap with the same cliché I used for my April wrap-up, but it just sounds so adequate this time around as well: May was a month of quite a few ups and downs regrading life, weather, and emotional states. But if writing monthly round-up posts has taught me anything yet, then that life is just like a constant roller coaster ride sometimes. Maybe this is just the reality of 20-something life. Maybe this is even just life in general. But how would we even notice the highlights if there [...]

By |2015-06-11T13:29:43+02:002015/05/31|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments
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