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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Discovering Amsterdam: Beyond the Red Light District

What are the first two things that come to your mind when you think of Amsterdam? If it’s not drugs and prostitution then I’m proud of you because you certainly have a much more complete and accurate image of this Dutch city than I had for a very long time. Despite the fact that I had never met a single person that disliked the city, Amsterdam had never been particularly high on my travel bucket list: I figured that Amsterdam would be the kind of place that I would just happen to visit one day, but because I didn't really have any idea what there was to do except for seeing canals and going to coffee shops, I never went out of my way to make travel plans.

But over time, my perception of Amsterdam slowly started to change. Everyone seemed to love Amsterdam so much that I couldn't help, but feel intrigued to find out what it exactly it was that made people fall head over heels for this city and so when my parents suggested a little family getaway to the Netherlands just before Christmas, I was all for finally discovering the allure of Amsterdam.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Seasonal Overhaul & Backyard Exploring Along the Neckar

I hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend! I took advantage of the occasion to finally give my blog a new facelift and I am so, so happy with the new look! I just felt like my last blog layout didn't really represent me and my blog anymore and so it was time for a change again. I toyed around with the idea of switching blogging platforms as well, but in the end decided that I'd rather save the money for hosting for something else and didn't feel like messing with Wordpress anyway and so I decided to stay on Blogger, at least for now. I hope you're enjoying the new look as much as I do!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Scenes from Schloss Wolfsgarten, Frankfurt

It has become a bit of a tradition in my family to go on a little outing to the beautiful Schloss Wolfsgarten during the springtime. Schloss Wolfsgarten is a castle just south of Frankfurt and a former hunting lodge of the royal family of the state of Hesse and boasts one of the most stunning castle gardens I have ever laid eyes on. I have visited this place countless times before and even blogged about it once in the early days of my blog, but I always find myself wanting to come back again and again – it really is that special of a place.

Today, Schloss Wolfsgarten is owned by a foundation dedicated to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the former noble House of Hesse and the gardens are only open to the public three times a year: During the weekends of Ascension Day and Pentecost and during a garden exhibition in the fall. As a consequence, my visits tend to not be all that spontaneous, but are rather events that I find myself looking forward to weeks in advance. And this was especially the case this time around as my love for photography had really increased in the two years since my last visit and I was very excited to try to capture the beauty of Wolfsgarten with my newly acquired skills.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Most Beautiful Fjord in Norway: The Hardangerfjord

I basically haven't stopped raving about how beautiful the Norwegian countryside is since I first moved to Bergen, but I have been holding out on you - I haven't yet shared one of my favorite places in the country with you which also happens, at least in my humble opinion, to be the most beautiful fjord in Norway: The Hardangerfjord!

While I had stopped by the Hardangerfjord once on a road trip in the beginning of my stay in Norway, it wasn't until my very last week in the country that I finally made the trek there again. And despite the fact that I still had way too many pages to read for my upcoming exams, it was one of those perfect days that leave you so obnoxiously happy that you cannot help, but go to the bed with the biggest grin on your face. I really couldn't have chosen a better place to say goodbye to Norway!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day || Weekend Reading #6

Happy weekend everybody! After ringing in the weekend with an evening of grilling at the Neckarwiesen, I'm currently enjoying a relaxed weekend at my parents' place for Mother's Day. I'm very much looking forward to enjoying a little break, cooking in a proper kitchen and (maybe) catching up on photo editing before the hustle starts again on Monday, but until then I have got some great links to share with you again, because I have come across a lot of gems lately that I wouldn't want to keep from you!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Goals for May

Let's just pretend that I didn't make any goals in April, so I don't have to acknowledge just how much of an epic fail I was at trying to achieve them last month. There's only one word that can adequately describe my April and that's busy. I had a deadline for a paper this month that seriously kicked my butt and there were times when I got so anxious that I wouldn't be able to properly finish it that I spent so much time in the library that I didn’t even eat at home. I also had to give a presentation on the paper at the end of the month, which kept the stress going even after I had handed it in, but thankfully the whole thing turned out pretty well.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Playing Tourist in Heidelberg, Germany

I didn't have a particularly exciting Easter weekend. I spent most of it wholed up in my apartement, working on a university assignment and while everyone else was out enjoying the sun, my main source of entertainment came from occasionally taking a break to watch a bit of Suits. Luckily for me, though, Jen and her lovely roommate Josie did a little Germany road trip that weekend and stopped in Heidelberg for a few hours and so I obviously had to use the opportunity to hang out with my new blogging friend and show them around the city.

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