Laos Pt. 3: The Vang Vieng Vortex

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The first thing you probably hear about Vang Vieng is: Let’s go tubing on the Nam Song river! And although that is definitely a ‘must-do’ for every tourist who visits that riverside town, there is a lot more: Vang Vieng hypnotizes you with its great nature assets during the day and its crazy party scene during the night. A lot of travelers, especially younger backpackers, get stuck in that circle of adrenaline, whisky and the wild beauty of nature – they call it the Vang Vieng Vortex…

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Laos Pt. 2: Luang Prabang – Buddhism meets Colonialism

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Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພະບາງ) is not the capital of Laos – but it’s safe to say it is the heart. The city, which is belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, is located in the north of the country on a peninsula framed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. It captivates with its relaxed atmosphere, versatile culture, excellent street food, a fantastic night market, sophisticated temples and the most impressive waterfall I’ve ever seen in my life.

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Laos Pt. 1: The Slowboat Experience

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Laos was originally not on my itinerary, but it turned out to be one of my favorite countries in Southeast Asia. I traveled it from north to south and started with floating down the Mekong River for two days… quiet an adventure but also a great time to relax, to observe the passing scenery, to have some me-time or to talk with fellow travelers.  Continue reading “Laos Pt. 1: The Slowboat Experience”

“White Temple” in Thailand: bizarre and breathtaking

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After spending some time in a buddhist country like Thailand you inevitably see dozens of temples and they can’t really get you frenetically excited anymore… after a while it’s more like “ah, nice – another one…”. But I promise, that is certainly not the reaction when you see the crazy, creative and  pretty contemporary  “White Temple” in Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand). Continue reading ““White Temple” in Thailand: bizarre and breathtaking”

Exploring Germany: Soul Detox in Kühlungsborn

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One night at the baltic sea, in a small town called Kühlungsborn: A trip as short as a Snapchat story – but quiet contrary to the brief lifespan of those digital moments the real life impressions from this little getaway last way longer than 24 hours. Waaaaay longer. They will persist in my revitalized mind and my cured heart… because quality time has no expiry date.

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In love with Pai

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As much as I love traveling around – I honestly have some difficulties with certain vehicles… boats are for example always a challenge – and so are the minivans in Thailand! Therefor it was quiet a tough journey to reach Pai – this tiny, charming town in northern Thailand. But why did I still fell in love with that place and why is it absolutely worth a visit?

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Hometown Glory: Memories and Discoveries

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When somebody asks me where I’m originally from in Germany, I often hesitate to answer frankly… too many prejudices and negative stereotypes come with it. Many make fun of the accent, claim the people there from are narrow-minded and criticize (actually not unjustified) the political movements going on there. Nevertheless it’s the place where I grew up, where I had a great childhood, where I went to school and where I got shaped. A place I will always have a connection to. Because it’s home.

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Carnival in Berlin

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Karneval der Kulturen – colorful crowd gads around in Berlin Kreuzberg

There’s always carnival in Berlin… at least that’s what people say (yeah, quoting Taylor Swift here). And they’re not too wrong: Berlin is loud, colorful (exept on those aweful rainy November days – they don’t count) and there is ALWAYS a party going on somewhere. Just like carnival in Rio or Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But once a year over the Whitsunday Weekend the city turns into a real and foremost multicultural carnival: it’s “Karneval der Kulturen”.

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