Love, It’s Complicated

I know this is a strange way to begin a travel-related blog post (especially when you have the real-life dating experience of a sandwich), but lately, I feel like a jealous ex-girlfriend. My first love and I have drifted apart. And I’m slightly heart-broken. A few years back, we were on the same page about … Continue reading “Love, It’s Complicated”

My Honest Thoughts on Solo Travel

I’m not a solo traveler. I never claimed to be one, I never used the label “solo female traveler” or the hashtag #wegosolo. Yet there were a few occasions I traveled more or less by myself, and my latest getaway to Vienna and Bratislava was even a classical solo trip. But honestly, I’m conflicted about solo … Continue reading “My Honest Thoughts on Solo Travel”

Serra da Estrela – That Other Portugal

If anything is common knowledge about Portugal, it’s the country’s phenomenal beaches. I could sing songs about how amazing Portugal’s beaches are, and I’d advice anyone, who desires a perfect (affordable!) beach vacation, to travel to the Algarve. But besides beaches and beautiful cities with colorfully tiled houses and windings streets, Portugal also has rough, … Continue reading “Serra da Estrela – That Other Portugal”

10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal

Summer has finally arrived in Germany and I cherish every little second of sunshine. The other day, I was waiting for my bus home when I suddenly longed for a cold, fresh pressed orange juice. I sat on a bench in the sun sipping my juice and realized how much I miss Portugal. A country … Continue reading “10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal”

Photo Essay: Charming Cascais

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post about Portugal, but believe me — I still have tons of Portuguese beauty to share! Like the gorgeous little city of Cascais. I discovered Cascais during my first week in Lisbon and kept returning regularly throughout my whole semester abroad, because Cascais is such a perfect … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Charming Cascais”

Photo Essay: The Ancient City of Évora

Portugal’s (architectural) history dates back until ancient Roman times. Unfortunately there nowadays is little proof of the old Roman colony Lusitania anymore. Solely one little city in the central Portuguese region of Alentejo stands out, because it is home to the ruins of an ancient Roman temple. During the Roman reign, the city of Évora … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Ancient City of Évora”

Studying Abroad in Europe – Myths and Reality

Studying abroad in Europe always comes with a reputation. Among all students the European study abroad programs are rarely mentioned without some of these words accompanying it: Beer! Shots! Party! Beach! Surf classes! Sangria! More Party! Drunk girls! Hot surfer guys! A beer at the beach. The essence of studying abroad? After all, the European … Continue reading “Studying Abroad in Europe – Myths and Reality”

Photo Essay: The Most Perfect Beach Sunset

Call me corny, but there’s nothing more romantic than a sunset on the beach. No matter how often I’m lucky enough to experience such a combination of two of the most gorgeous sides of nature, I’m always awestruck before this colorful beauty anew. This Picturesque Monday photo was taken in Caravelos, a little beach town … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Most Perfect Beach Sunset”

Photo Essay: Books, Books, Books!

I love books. I’m a huge bookworm. And despite all the apparent benefits of Kindles and other e-Readers, I will never ever prefer an e-book over an actual one. I love the smell of books. I love the sounds when running through the pages. I love how a hardcover, or the pages feel. And – … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Books, Books, Books!”

What Porto Really Is About – A Photo Essay

My beloved Lisbon and I have an ongoing love affair, which has lasted for years. But if I ever happened to cheat on Lisbon in a weak moment, it would be with Porto. That other great city, up in Portugal’s north, where the people are even friendlier, the food is heartier, and the wine is … Continue reading “What Porto Really Is About – A Photo Essay”