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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Winter Bucket List

I promised myself that I wasn’t going to refer to winter on the blog until the 21st of December, but now that the trees have lost all their leaves and leaving the house not wrapped up in a chunky blanket scarf is a sign of insanity, I do have to admit to myself that winter has well and truly arrived in Heidelberg. Winter can be a tricky season: When the days are short and grey, it is often harder to stay positive and to see the bright sight of things and we have to work harder to motivate ourselves to keep active and to not withdraw into ourselves so much that we forget to live. I think it is therefore all the more important that we make a conscious effort to appreciate the opportunities that come with this time of the year and that's why I have decided to write myself another seasonal bucket list.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Buxton & Bakewell: An Anniversary Getaway to the Peak District

What to do in Buxton and Bakewell in England's Peak District

In the beginning of October, my boyfriend and me travelled to England’s Peak District to celebrate our fifth anniversary. During the four days that we spent among the rolling hills of the Peaks, we went on walks through the countryside, started every morning with a hearty English breakfast, had tea and scones on multiple occasions and toured grand stately homes that I had dreamt of visiting for years. It was the perfect kind of trip for many reasons, the kind of trip that truly makes my heart sing, and yet I have been extraordinarily reluctant to start writing about it on the blog.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Castle In Switzerland: Visiting Chateau de Chillon at Lake Geneva

Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland

This post just really did not want to write itself. I have been staring at the keyboard for a few days now, willing myself to come up with words to fill this oh-so empty word document, and so far everything I have come up with has happily wandered into the trash. I love reading about travel, but I struggle with travel writing because it so plainly draws attention to the areas I struggle with as a writer. I return home from every single trip with vivid memories and impressions that I don’t always know how to replicate in the written word and knowing what I want to say, but not having the means – or rather the ability – to do so makes me feel frustrated quickly.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Spirit Of November

My blogging friend Miranda and her best friend Sophie recently started a wonderful podcast called Tea & Tattle and in one of their first episodes they talked about the Scandinavian philosophy of Hygge. As I was listening to their discussion, I was standing in the most un-hygge like place you could imagine - an over-crowded train on my way home after a long day of studying, the outside world cold, dark and thorougly uninviting -, but instead of feeling mentally drained and utterly exhausted, I arrived home feeling invigorated and full of positive energy for once. Good company, if only through a podcast, had turned a normally bothersome situation into a pleasurable experience. And since then, I have thought a lot about how accepting where we are in life – both literally and figuratively – is an essential part of finding personal happiness.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why Seville Was The Most Delightful Surprise Of Our Andalusia Trip

Seville in Spain

One thing I did not expect to wake up to this morning? Learning that Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States. Yikes. Let's just leave it at that.

It feels like it’s been so long since my last proper travel post that I barely dare to call myself a travel blogger anymore! In between my holiday blogging break in September and my obsession with all things fall in October, I just haven’t really felt all that inspired to write about travel, but with winter fast approaching and no trips on the horizon for the next few months, I have started to feel the need to live vicariously through my past journeys – and that means that I have quite a few travel posts lined up for the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

I’m not sure what’s going on with me lately, but for some reason I have been feeling almost ridiculously happy these past few weeks. In the grand scheme of things, life hasn’t been all that exciting lately – there have been no interesting travels, no special events or major life changes. But these days I just can’t help, but be content about where I am in life right now and where I am headed and after a year that sometimes felt more emotionally tumultous than anything it is great to finally feel a little bit more settled.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Favorite Hearty & Spicy Pumpkin Soup

& Scenes From The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

I’m going to start this post with a bit of a random question for the tea-lovers among you: Is almond milk supposed to taste terrible in tea? I usually take my tea with a shot of regular or soy milk, but a few days ago I was feeling fancy and bought some almond milk instead and, to be honest, I’m really struggling to understand the appeal. I’ve tried adding almond milk to both chai tea at night and to breakfast tea in morning and instead of giving my drink the creamy consistency I so like, it has separated immediately and given my tea a flavor that I’m not exactly keen on.

Maybe it’s just the particular brand that I have bought, but considering how expensive almond milk is, I’m not sure if I want to try another one unless I know it works as a tea or coffee creamer. And yes, I realize that this is a whole lot of rambling about something that is inherently meaningless and unimportant, but if someone wants to weigh in (and recommend their favorite almond milk) I would really appreciate it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

These October Days

October is easily one of my favorite months of the year. After the scorching heat of the summer, my body always craves the cooler temperatures of fall and the crisp air that envelopes me as soon as I leave the house. Nothing tugs on my heartstring in quite the same way as seeing the trees become a little bit more colorful each day does and seeing the fog cling to the hills every morning gives me the kind of satisfaction that only fellow fall lovers will understand. I love walking through the Old Town these days, the ground wet from the rain that has fallen in the night, I love seeing large displays of pumpkins taking up space in the grocery stores and I love seeing my Instagram feed blow up with pictures of all the usual fall clichés, but the one thing I love the most is how invigorated this time of the year always makes me feel.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thoughts On Eating In France

I have come to notice something about the way I blog recently and that is that I'm only able to write when I'm in the library. I can edit pictures pretty much anywhere as long as it’s neither too dark or too light, but writing needs to happen in the library if I want to have any chance of producing something that is actually worth reading. So, I guess that’s how I explain the recent radio silence on my blog: I haven’t been to the library in a few weeks, but traveling to France and England.

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Fall Bucket List

Fall has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier about it! I almost didn’t publish this post today, because one of the bloggers I follow and love just wrote a similar post this weekend and I didn’t want to come across as a copycat, but then I realized that this was just about the silliest reason to not post something... and so I decided to go ahead and ease into blogging again with a list of all of the things I hope to do this fall.

Friday, August 12, 2016

How We Spent A Day In Betws-Y-Coed, Wales

Every few weeks, I’m hit by the sudden desire to visit Great Britain again. I find myself dreaming about driving along rolling hills with grazing sheep, catch myself longing for some tea and scones and start spending too much time reading blogs about life in the British countryside. I can’t deny that my love for the UK is in large part based on a case of the grass is always greener on the other side and on the fact that I just haven’t spent enough time in this country to get over the initial honeymoon stage and to really notice some of its bad sides, but I also can’t deny that there is something about this part of the world that has called to my heart ever since I first visited as a child and that makes me come back for more, time and time again.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Year Is Not Over Yet

pictures taken near the Hambach Castle in Germany's Palatinate Forest

I love days where I wake up in the morning just feeling good about life. There’s something extremely satisfying about the kind of days where you leap out of bed excited to get work done, the kind of days where everything seems easier and everyone seems friendlier. I wish every day was like this! Bu we all obviously also have days where we don’t really want to get out of bed in the morning, days where even the easiest of tasks seem daunting. But I believe that it’s how we choose to deal with these bad days that determines how content we can be with our lives: Staying positive is easy enough when everything seems to be going our way. But learning to see the bright side of life even when it doesn’t? Well, I think that that’s a skill that we can all benefit from.

Friday, August 5, 2016

How I Edit My Travel Pictures

Lightroom Editing Tips For Beginners

Happy August everyone! Emma, Angie and Jessi are asking us to share our best travel lessons as part of their travel link up this month and so I have decided to interpret the theme a bit broadly to share my picture-editing process with you all. I hope you will find this helpful!

Travel has without doubt enriched my life with amazing experiences, broadened my horizon by introducing me to other cultures and reminded me of my place in our big world, but I think the most life-changing thing that travel has done for me personally is to turn me into a photographer. I doubt that I would ever have picked up a camera if it hadn’t been for travel, but exploring our world awakened a desire in me to capture its beauty and photography just seemed to be the obvious way to do so. Traveling to interesting places also encouraged me to learn more and more about this craft and made me want to keep on improving my skills and part of that journey was figuring out how to edit my pictures.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Picture-Perfect Town in Germany: Meersburg, Lake Constance

As you may have been able to tell by all the ultra-saturated pictures that have been popping up on my Instagram feed lately, I went on a little pre-birthday trip to South Germany a few weeks ago and left with a whole new appreciation for my home country. When I was first bitten by the travel bug as a teenager dreaming of becoming a travel writer, I never really thought of Germany as an interesting travel destination. Germany seemed too familiar to excite the same travel fantasies in me that volcanoes in Iceland, busy streets in Japan, rugged mountains in Chile or lonely islands in the Pacific managed to evoke and so I never really bothered to make an effort to see more of the country.

Monday, July 18, 2016

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
– Andy Rooney

I found this quote on The Littlest Things last week and it really struck a chord with me. As a travel lover I tend to put a lot of emphasis on the importance of travel for my personal happiness, but I have begun to realize more and more that the everyday moments that make up the bulk of our life can be just as powerful, if not more so, than the exciting times that we spend hopping around the globe.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Love Letter To The British Countryside: Beddgelert, Wales

I was going to publish this post Friday three weeks ago, but then the Brexit happened and I was feeling all the feels and writing a lighthearted post about my trip to Wales just didn’t feel right. I have always wanted to live in the UK for at least a few years and so I naturally worry what the Brexit will mean for both my future and the future of Europe as a whole. Not that I get to complain – my plight is nothing in comparison to the uncertainty that those that have already built a life in the UK must be feeling. But while I’m not pessimistic enough to believe that the Brexit is going to lead Britain to its ultimate doom and hope that the country will not become some sort of of closed-off enclave that will allow zero immigration in the future, I think no one can deny that many things are uncertain right now.

One thing I don’t feel uncertain about, though, is that the British countryside is still one of the most beautiful places on earth – and so I wanted to share yet another Welsh adventure with you all!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

25 Pictures That Prove That Amsterdam Is Always Worth A Visit

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes – you guys really are the sweetest!

A few weeks ago, my parents and me spent a lovely weekend in Amsterdam and it was the perfect little early summer escape. Since my first visit was in the middle of winter when a harsh wind was blowing through the streets the entire time, I was excited to not only return to a city that I had found so easy to love the first time, but especially to do so in summer. Because Germany had experienced an uncharacteristically cool spring this year, I was a little worried that we wouldn’t get to see the sun in the Netherlands either, but thankfully we got lucky and had a few gloriously sunny hours during our visit.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Life Lately: Turning 24 & Traveling in Germany

Happy 4th of July to all my American readers (have some BBQ for me, please?) and happy 24th Birthday to me! Is it okay to wish yourself a happy birthday or is that a sign of losing touch with reality? In any case, I hope you’re all off to a wonderful July!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Photography Journey | Schloss Wolfsgarten, Germany

Schloss Wolfsgarten is simply one of the most wondrous places I know. With a stately park that emulates my beloved English landscape so well and huge rhododendrons bushes submerging the gardens in pink and lilac blossoms each spring, I can’t think of any place that comes as close to my idea of countryside perfection and although I have visited countless times over the years already, I keep on coming back for more time and time again.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The City Beyond The Alhambra: Granada, Spain

Since I am trying to keep my blog a little more up to date with my life these days, I’ve decided to only post about my trip to Spain last year sporadically whenever the inspiration hits and today I’m going to use this month’s travel link up prompt “Unexpected Places” as an excuse to skip ahead in the timeline and write about Granada. I hope you will enjoy this piece!

I’m sure I’m not the only person whose main reason for visiting the city of Granada in Andalusia was seeing the Alhambra. I had dreamt about walking through this majestic Moorish palace for years and in my mind the stories and legends surrounding this ancient fortress had taken form long before my trip to Spain was even thought of. As both a history nerd and an insufferable romantic, I knew that the Alhambra was one of those places that I just had to experience for myself one day – but now that I have been, I have also come to realize that a visit to the Alhambra isn’t quite complete without a visit to the city that it ruled for many, many centuries.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An Introduction to Wales in Conwy

Conwy was the first stop on our trip through North Wales this April and we really couldn’t have started our journey in a better place: Conwy’s spectacular geographical location close to both the mountains and the sea would have been enough to entice me, but combined with the quaint historical center that was over 800 years old and the ancient castle that majestically overlooked the town, it really encompassed everything I love about Great Britain in one perfect little package.

Friday, May 20, 2016

5 Happy Moments Of The Past Week

After spending good portion of the previous week sick in bed, it feels great to be back to my normal self again – everything just seems to be better and brighter when you don’t feel like laying down and sleeping all the time! I’m still sneezing and today I woke up sounding like a grow, but I finally feel like I can use my brain again and for that I am definitely very thankful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring Adventures: A Blossom-Filled Walk & My Journey To Positivity

Isn't spring simply the most delightful time of the year? There's obviously something special about every single season, but during spring I definitely always feel like I have a little extra pep in my step! I love how fresh the air smells in the morning and how comforting the sunbursts feel on my skin after months of covering up under four layers of clothing, but most of all I love how much more energized I feel!

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Trip to North Wales: Our Ten Day Itinerary

If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you know that the UK is one of my favorite places on earth. From London with its world-class museums and hip restaurants to towns like Oxford, York or Edinburgh that are brimming with beautiful architecture to the breath-taking views of the Highlands and the wild coasts of Cornwall, the UK sure isn’t shy of memorable experiences and I could probably happily spent all of my vacation days there for the rest of my life.

One of the things I love the most about the UK is just how gorgeous and picturesque the landscape is. For me, heaven isn’t a tropical island or a white-washed beach – it’s the British countryside. With rolling hills and quaint villages being just as much a part of the landscape as jagged coastlines and rugged mountains, I really couldn't imagine a place more enchanting and I am already longing to go back just putting together this post.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Between Fantasy and Fairytale: The Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain

I’m not eloquent enough a writer to be able to put into words just how incredibly special a place the Real Alcázar of Seville in Spain truly is. Sure, I could wax poetically about the intricate architectural details of the palace buildings or recount the genius behind the vast gardens that somehow manage to create an oasis of peace and tranquility right in the middle of the city, but nothing I can say could ever compare to experiencing it with your own senses.

Despite the flowery prose that is sure to await you in this post, I have to stress that I really do mean it when I say that the Alcázar is one of the most awe-inspiring places I have ever visited: It is - quite simply put - so fantastical a place that doing anything, but dedicating an entire blog post to it, felt slightly blasphemous and so I figured there could be no better way for me to finally start recapping my travels to Spain last September.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Life Lately: Münster, Wales & Changes To The Blog

I feel a bit anxious to write this post, because I am about to commit to something that I’m not sure I am actually able to commit to. I have never been what you would call a consistent or even prolific blogger, but this winter I fell off the bandwagon so hard that I seriously contemplated once or twice whether blogging was still a thing that I should be doing. This post and the four other articles that I have published on the blog this year are a testament to the fact that I never wanted my online space to lie abandoned forever – and yet it has taken me until today to sit down and admit to myself that it is time for me to properly revive this blog again.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Most Scenic Place I've Ever Stayed At: Munduk, Bali

I was browsing through a travel magazine’s hot list of the best hotels, restaurants and attractions of the coming year the other day and it got me wondering what the best place I have ever stayed at was. Was it my first and (so far) only stay at a luxury resort on Koh Lanta in Thailand? The stylish Airbnb apartment in the heart of Madrid? Or the cozy and remote B&B on the Outer Hebrides in Scotland? There were lots of awesome places to chose from, but in the end my decision was easy: The best place I have ever stayed at was a wonderful, family-run 20-Dollar-a-night guest house in the north of Bali.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Stepping Back in Time at Maulbronn Monastery, Germany

I’m not going to lie: I’m only writing this post to remind myself that there are times of the year where such a thing as a blue sky actually exists. Apart from a few sunny hours here and there that tease us with the promise of an imminent spring, the weather has been pretty miserable all of February and I am starting to seriously doubt that winter is actually ever going to end. I always struggle a bit to stay positive during this time of the year, and so I have decided to dig up some colorful pictures from last fall on the off chance that I'm not the only one that feels this way and could do with a little color therapy.

Monday, February 8, 2016

How Hongkong Stole My Heart

Do you remember how I wrote that January would be the month where I would work on getting back into blogging again? Let’s pretend I never said that! I had a big exam at the end of the month and I was so terrified by that prospect that thinking about anything else seemed both impossible and somewhat irresponsible and as a result blogging just had to fall to the wayside.

But with this weight off my shoulders, February looks a lot better on a creative front and I’m excited to share another post on my travels in Asia with you today!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Looking Back at 2015

Happy New Year - well, it has been a while since I last published a post on my blog! The last couple of months have been kind of crazy: I have been really busy with school and therefore I have found it hard to maintain some sort of balance in my life and so I felt like I needed to take a break from blogging to clear my mind again. I have missed writing a lot, but sometimes it really is necessary to take a step back in order to find yourself again and now that we’re at the beginning of a new year, I finally feel like it is time to start afresh again.
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