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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

The Turkish Riviera via Instagram

I grew up the middle of nowhere with a 20 kilometer distance to the next (terrible) small town coffee shop and almost no public transportation, especially not after 7pm. That little village lies next to a lake and is surrounded by soft hills and lush forests, but all I could ever dream about was the bustling energy of big cities that never sleep. I'd consider myself a city girl, but the funny thing is, that I've never even truly experienced a "real" city. The towns I lived in after high school graduation were small towns, with around 100,000 inhabitants. And [...]

By |2015-11-05T17:30:20+01:002015/10/08|Categories: Asia, Destinations, Turkey|Tags: , |2 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

80 Photos to Make You Want to Travel to Jordan

When it comes to blogging, I commit pretty much every "blogging crime" they warn you about in Travel Blogging 101: My blog posts are too long, too inconsistent, too diversified when it comes to travel style: I've experimented with solo travel as well as family travel; I've written about the looks you receive when filling up a water bottle in a public bathroom in Paris because you're on a tight budget as well as splurging on way too many expensive coffee treats abroad. Many things I do on this blog (and in life in general) are highly contradictory. Though, I'm convinced [...]

By |2021-07-02T09:20:48+02:002015/07/19|Categories: Destinations, Jordan, Middle East|Tags: , |20 Comments

Coffee Stories from Jordan

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with coffee. I'm addicted to a level where I need five cups of coffee in the morning to be able to leave the house. Whether at home or on the road, coffee is my daily fuel, it's my favorite thing to photograph -- and I also strongly believe a country's coffee culture can teach you so much about it. Hence, I was beyond excited to explore the coffees of Jordan. (Just to tell you how excited I was: On the plane, I ended up sitting next to a super nice guy who was on his way to visit [...]

By |2015-06-17T13:36:16+02:002015/06/08|Categories: Destinations, Jordan, Middle East|Tags: , |12 Comments

10 Things that Surprised Me about Jordan

Looking back, I had no idea what Jordan was going to be like before I boarded my flight. I had tried to google some of the places on our #GirlsGoneJordan itinerary, but in the end I traveled to the Middle East with little expectations, ready to be surprised. And Jordan most certainly surprised me -- especially when it comes to the ten points below. Just beware, the following list is a personal one -- don't expect verified facts only in here, but more personal tales of tea and toilets (not kidding): 1. Jordan Has Several Different Climate Zones Obviously, when I [...]

By |2021-12-22T17:20:20+01:002015/05/10|Categories: Destinations, Jordan, Middle East|Tags: , |25 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of April 2015

April was a rollercoaster ride kind of month: From weather to emotional states, there was just plenty going on this month for me. There were many ups and some downs, but mainly: There was spring! The month had actually started off with a giant April fools' brought to Germany by the weather in Central Europe: Snow! And not just a little sleet, but the actual white stuff that sticks. Only two days later though, I landed in the Middle East for a glorious week of Mediterranean spring sunshine and desert heat by the Red Sea. When I returned, Germany was still grey and gloomy, [...]

By |2015-07-21T11:41:48+02:002015/04/30|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , |18 Comments

First Impressions of Jordan via Instagram

Jordan was a lot of firsts for me: My first time in the Middle East, my first time in a country with a Muslim majority, the first time I left Europe in a decade, and the first time I saw a desert. I was excited for all these firsts, but I was also a little worried, because I hadn't left my little European comfort zone in so long. Within the first 24 hours of being in Jordan though, I understood that my worries were completely unjustified: The warm climate was perfect for my migraine issues, the sanitary institutions were cleaner than in most Western [...]

By |2015-04-17T18:01:28+02:002015/04/16|Categories: Destinations, Jordan, Middle East|Tags: , |14 Comments

I’m going to Jordan!

This is the biggest news I've had in a long time, maybe even the biggest news I ever had ever since starting this blog: I'm off to Jordan tomorrow! I'm going to the Middle East! I know! I can't even believe it myself! I'll be visiting Jordan as a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board and will get to see all the places I could only dream of until now! For the first time in forever I actually needed to get myself a passport! It's the first time in ten years that I'm actually leaving the European continent to explore [...]

By |2015-07-20T11:16:22+02:002015/04/02|Categories: Destinations, Jordan, Middle East|Tags: , , |14 Comments
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