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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday // Three Places

Does anyone still remember who I am? I used to co-host Travel Tuesday - more or less successfully, I like to think - but then I traveled to Iceland, greatly overestimated the availability of wifi in the middle of nowhere and consequently missed last week's link up. It's a tough life, I know. Iceland was absolutely amazing and inspiring, but also super exhausting and I'm still working on getting back into the swing of things. I will most likely start writing about this trip soon, but in the meantime I'm still uploading new pictures to my Instagram account

As it's the last week of April already (how crazy is that?), this Travel Tuesday is under a theme and in my humble opinion this month it's a particular exciting one: 

Share three places... the place you have been that you have loved the most, the place you cannot wait to visit and something about the place you live in.

My time as a co-host of Travel Tuesday is almost up, but I'm determined to let it end with a bang. Being part of this link up has been an amazing experience thanks to all of you and all of your continuously great submissions. It's such a joy to read through all of your posts and get to know you through your blogs and Bonnie, Tina and me always have trouble deciding who to feature each week! I'm already curious which three places all of you have picked!

1. Cornwall, England

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I'm sure I sound like a broken record by now, but one of the greatest places I have ever visited was Cornwall. I don't quite know what it was that capture my heart so much - was it the incredible landscape that had me say that this was the most amazing and beautiful place on earth? Was it the joy of seeing my boyfriend again after the separation that goes hand-in-hand with being in a long-distance relationship? Was it the excitement of exploring more of England, a country I have since grown to love? I suppose it was a mix of all of the above. 

Even though I have been blessed to visit many beautiful places over the years, not many have captured my imagination like Cornwall has. As silly as it sounds, I have never felt as free as I have while walking along the Southwest Coast Path hearing the waves crash against the rough shoreline, feeling the surprisingly warm November sun on my face and the wind of the sea in my hair. In that moment, I felt like there was nothing more in life that I needed. Cornwall felt like the end of the world - and I mean that in the best way possible. 

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2. New Zealand

Ask my boyfriend where I want to go most and he'll most likely tell you, everywhere! And it's true - if I haven't been there before, it's on my Bucket List! But if I could hop on a plane right now and go anywhere, I would undoubtedly fly to New Zealand. I may collect face washes and spent too much time window shopping at Net-A-Porter, but I'm not really a girly girl. I love the great outdoors & hiking up mountains, was in scouting for all of my teenage years (I even sold Girl Guide cookies in Canada without feeling embarrassed) and I almost always would rather stay at home and watch a movie than go out to a club. 

New Zealand would be the perfect destination for me. First of all, there's incredible nature and the country is famous for many amazing hiking opportunities - I would love to put on my hiking boots right now and explore the South Island! But secondly - and I'm not ashamed to admit this - there's the fact that The Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand. I'm more than just obsessed with these movies and the original work by Tolkien - they have guided me through my whole adolescence and seeing the places where Middle Earth came to life is one of my big goals in life.

3. Bergen, Norway

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I'm originally from Germany, but I have been living in Bergen, Norway's second largest city, for the past eight months. It's a beautiful little city at the West Coast of the country and often referred to as the Queen of the Fjords because of its close proximity to the two largest Norwegian fjords. I have heard many people say that Bergen is one of the most beautiful places they have ever visited and while the city can't exhibit grand manmade architecture like other cities in Europe, it has something far more impressive to show for. You guessed it, incredible nature. 

Bergen lies directly at the sea, but at the same time directly in the mountains. On sunny days, half the city seems to be out hiking in the beautiful mountains and it barely takes you one hour to feel like you have left behind all traces of civilization. It's the nature around Bergen that attracted me to this city in the first place and the one thing that I will miss the most about Norway when I move back to Germany this summer.

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Each week BonnieTina and me select one post each from all the linked up posts the week before that we enjoyed especially. Please make sure to head over to their blogs to see who they picked! :)

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This week's Travel Tuesday spotlight is on Michelle from MishFish13. Michelle spent the last couple of months studying abroad in France and traveling all over Europe and shared a post about a recent trip to Morocco for Travel Tuesday last week. Michelle was one of my first friends in the blogging world and as two travel-obsessed study abroaders (is that even a word?), we had plenty of things to connect about. 

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Travel Tuesday

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!
2. GRAB the lovely button. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Melanie and Tina in a link!
3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT.

1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future linkups!
2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!
3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!

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