On the flight to Aberdeen, a passenger said to me: "Aberdeen is a special city. Everything is grey. The whole city. I bet you've never seen so much grey at one place in your life!" Ha. Well, he didn't know that I grew up in an industrial area in Germany, the "Ruhrgebiet", a place which was dominated by the coal and steel industry for a long time and which isn't very famous for its beauty. I basically grew up between the rests of a dying industry - so I thought, Aberdeen couldn't shock me.
Are you looking for the ultimate shopping experience in Bangkok? Then you have to visit Chatuchak Market! In Bangkok you will find bargains for clothes and souvenirs at almost every corner, but nothing beats the experience of spending a day at Chatuchak Market!
Even when you are on vacation you sometimes have to push yourself to do things you’d never do willingly. Like getting up at 5am. Well, traveling can be hard work sometimes, too. But when in Luang Prabang you have to get up early to see the monks’ daily ceremony of receiving alms. I don’t know what […]
On the flight to New York, someone told me that the sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge is spectacular. And so I had a plan for my short visit to New York: Getting up early, being on top of the Brooklyn Bridge right on time to watch the sunrise and then listening to the super-extended version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" or alternatively "Empire State of Mind" from Alicia Keys on my phone. Just to get into the ultimate New York City mood.
The best thing about flight to North America: I finally manage to get up early due to the jetlag. And I even get to see the sunrise for once. With a hotel next to the beach in South Beach: even better. But what isn't beautiful in Miami? Beautiful people, beautiful beaches, beautiful light - beauty was born in Miami. And on top, Miami is full of art - like at the Wynwood Walls.
North Korea has been on my bucket list for quite some time now, since I watched some interesting documentaries on this surreal country. Going there is not that easy, you have to travel with an approved tour operator and during the whole trip you are being watched by your tour guides. And there's that feeling to support a government which might not align with your own beliefs... Well, maybe I'll never make it to North Korea anyway. But still - now I got at least to the border to North Korea, the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Yay.
A piece of history, just like that. Sometimes this job takes you to places you never imagined. And sometimes you will find yourself in the most interesting moments of history. When I got to Washington, it was shortly after the new American president was elected - and two days before Christmas Eve. The city was empty, everything was being prepared for Christmas or the new president, and a strange atmosphere was taking over. Like the silence before the storm.
Is there any chance not to be amazed by New York? Especially during Chrismas Time? This hug city full of people, full of building, full of history. Every street corner tells a different story and looks familiar, probably because you might have seen it in one of those countless movies or television series playing in […]
I just imagined Montreal and Canada in December really differently. It was my first time in Montreal, let alone Canada, and I expected snow. A lot of snow. Huge masses of snow. Instead I arrived during some unusual warm days in December and the last snow has just melt. No Canadian winter wonderland for me. What a shame, a bit of snow would have made the perfect background for my Christmas shopping in Montreal.
…translation in progress..! Gastfreundschaft ist ja etwas, mit dem man sich als Flugbegleiter auskennen sollte. Besonders nach 16 Jahren Berufserfahrung. Nachdem ich aber in Teheran war, und das durch einige Zufälle auch noch länger als geplant, weiß ich: Es gibt noch viel zu lernen. Vom Iran hatte sich ein diffuses Bild in meinem Kopf festgesetzt: […]
…translation in progress..! Wenn man sich schon gleich nach der Ankunft die wildesten Sachen ausdenkt, wie man am besten dem drohenden Pick-Up am übernächsten Tag entgehen kann – dann muss es wahre Layoverliebe sein. Ach, Kapstadt. Kapstadt ist wunderbar. Die traurige Erkenntnis kommt schnell. Kapstadt in 24 Stunden: Geht nicht. Aber das Leben ist nun […]
Seoul. At the other side of the world. And so different than Europe. Actually, it’s hard where to start looking around and staring. And for those of you who are as impressed as irritated by the exotic Korean culture I made a small personal list of some things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Seoul. 1. […]
…translation in progress… Zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Es ist zwar klirrendkalt, aber der Tag sonnig. Und es ist genau die richtige, leider viel zu kurze Phase, wenn das Herbstlaub noch in seiner vollen Farbenpracht von den Bäumen strahlt. Ob die Gärtner des Gyeongbokgung Palast in Seoul die Bäume danach gepflanzt haben? Fast sieht es […]
Hongkong sehen in zwei Tagen: extrem sportlich. Hongkong sehen in anderthalb Tagen: eigentlich unmöglich. Aber der Taifun meinte es nun mal nicht gut mit uns. Anderthalb Tage mussten reichen. Viel zu wenig für eine Stadt wie Hongkong. Schon beim Blick aus dem Hotelfenster (Mega! – und netterweise mit Orientierungshilfe) war klar: ich werde nur einen Bruchteil der […]
…translation in progress… Ich habe es im Moment mit Naturkatastrophen. Entweder sie reisen mir hinterher wie in Charlotte oder sie eilen mir voraus. Letzteres passierte dann in Hongkong. Was zur Folge hatte, dass sich das Briefing wegen eines Taifuns um glatte 12 Stunden verschob – und somit meinen ersten Hongkong-Aufenthalt dramatisch verkürzte. Egal. Besser hinter dem […]
It’s Shanghai, Baby! Whooo-hooo! So skandalös wie der gleichnamige Roman* war mein allererster China-Besuch überhaupt zwar nicht. Aber es gab eine Sache, auf die mich kein interkulturelles Kommunikationsseminar vorbereiten konnte. Denn live und in Farbe ist es eben gewöhnungsbedürftig, wenn einem ein wildfremder Chinese mitten auf dem Bürgersteig vor die Füße rotzt. Andere Länder, andere Sitten. Auf […]
Unfortunately, the days of endless layovers at European cities are long gone. Our stays get shorter and the working days longer. But I still try to get to know the cities I sleep in - and if I have to decide between eating, sleeping or sightseeing, I still choose the latter!
Unbedingt vor 10 Uhr ankommen, sagt der Reiseführer, damit man sich nicht inmitten der großen Reisebuslawine wiederfindet. Unbedingt nach 15 Uhr wieder fahren, denn sonst erlebt man das Gleiche zurück. Sa Calobra scheint also gut besucht zu sein. Umso mehr dann in diesem Sommer, in dem Mallorca aus allen Nähten platzt. Schöne Aussichten. Sa Calobra – muss […]
The most beautiful beaches on Mallorca? Not hard to find. Just jump into your rental car, switch on Google Maps and you will get there. Mallorca is full of awesome beaches and secluded bays! I have to admit, Mallorca is getting more and more crowded every summer, especially in difficult times like these, when people […]
The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane is one of the central spots in the capital of Lao. It was built in the 50s to 60s and it looks like a copy of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe. But if you take a closer look, you will see that it’s really a unique building with Laotian style. For […]
Vang Vieng was known for being one of the hotspots of the backpacker party crowd. Cheap booze and probably some other substances plus the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere made Vang Vieng one of the top destinations in South East Asia if you are 21 and all you want in life is party […]
As I already told you before, Luang Prabang has this special vibe – people are so friendly and laid back and everything seems to be in another, slower time zone. But there’s this one special place which fully captures this whole Luang Prabang vibe: Utopia. You may hear about it, when you get to Luang […]
The most interesting part of Luang Prabang is the Old Town – and it’s so tiny you won’t really need a travel guide. Nevertheless, I put some of the places I liked most together in this Travel Guide for Luang Prabang, and maybe it will help you to find your way around. Or at least […]
A new dimension of time I don’t know what it was. Me, being a bit tired of a 24-hour-journey, or the city having a possible hangover from the buddhist New Year’s Eve two weeks earlier. The city of Luang Prabang was amazingly calm and quiet, a tranquility I’ve never expected. And it was hot. Almost unbearably […]
Sometimes traveling teaches us valuables life lessons, here is one of the most common: Throw your preconceptions overboard! Don’t you love it when you have your preconceptions about a place, but in the end it turns out to be totally different than you thought? I never thought I’d find such amazing street art in Wroclaw! […]
Traveling for work can be different than just for fun. Sometimes you get to places you never would have gone on your own. That’s when traveling really becomes an exciting experience, as you are forced to get in touch with another culture whether you want it or not. Poland – ten years ago and now […]
I started my trip to Vietnam in Hanoi - and I was genuinely surprised. I don't know what exactly impressed me, maybe it was the smooth experience at the immigration at the airport (who knew that entering a communist country would be so easy) or the curious girl selling me my first SIM card at one of the tiny airport booths.
Was there really a time on Mallorca before binge-drinking at the beach and clubbing all night on the Britishs’ and Germans’ favourite party island? Still, to many people Mallorca is the place for a perfect party vacation. Nothing wrong with that, but Mallorca has also a interesting long history – who knew?
For over 15 years, Mallorca is sort of my second homebase. Whenever I have some time, I’m visiting and over the years, I got to know the island very well. So I’ll be sharing some island stories and secret spots for your next stay on Mallorca from time to time here on the blog.
Is it okay to fall in love with a tourist trap like Hoi An? That's the question I was asking myself all the time when I headed to Hoi An. After traveling through the North of Vietnam, enjoying a cruise through Halong Bay, staying a few days in busy Hanoi and the calmer Hue, Hoi An gave me a totally different experience.
If you are going to Thailand, you should definitely think about a short visit to the North of the country. Sure, island hopping in Southern Thailand is fun and who doesn't like white sand beaches anyway? But Thailand has more to offer!
So I stranded in Phuket Old town last October at the wonderful The Memory at On On Hotel. After a long day of travelling and endless discussions with cab drivers over way too overpriced fares I wasn't in the mood for anything at all. But, as usual, when I'm having a hard time on the road, the next surprise is just around the corner.
When it comes to hotels I'm not a big fan of hotel chains. Not that I don't appreciate the ameneties of a bigger hotel, but in the end it still reminds me of work, as we as crews always stay there. In my vacation, I rather try to seek the unusual. And that how I stranded one day at The Memory at On On in Phuket.
What I love about blogging is that it can be a free creative space for all sorts of projects and thoughts. And sometimes, as new thoughts come to my mind, I like to change things. Just like that. Because this blog is my own little playground. Why is this post written in English, you might […]
“…und dann ist hier die Hipster Area.” Waaah? ‘Ne Hipster Area mitten im tiefsten Thailand. Ach. Hätte ich mich mal auch hier besser vorbereitet, hätte ich gewusst, dass Chiang Mai an manchen Stellen in Sachen Hip-ness meinem vertrauten Berlin-Mitte in nix nachsteht. Aber so war ich erstmal mittelschwer erstaunt, als mir das Besitzerpärchen meiner […]
Bangkok - the city of temples. Even if you are not interested in religion, you should definitely pay a visit to tthe biggest temple highlights in Bangkok like the Wat Pra Kaew or the Wat Pho. If you are near Chinatown, this is a good opportunity to see the Golden Buddha in Bangkok!
Before I first came there, I'd never had the idea to do a cooking class in Thailand. Too expensive, I thought, and probably only interesting for ambitious chefs. But when I got there I realized: You can book a cooking course almost everywhere in Thailand and it's kind of a Must-Do for any visitor. They are not that expensive and considering that you get to eat what you're cooking during the day it's a real bargain. And fun is guaranteed! See where to attend a cooking class in Chiang Mai!