TRAVEL TRIVIA: 10 things about LAOS that might surprise you

While Thailand, Bali and Vietnam are on everyones Southeast Asia bucket list, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic – better known as Laos – still often escapes traveler’s notice. Unjustly! Laos is such a multifaceted country with astonishing mountains and waterfalls, the best baguettes outside France, interesting and smart locals, a fondness for our beloved TV-series “Friends” and the smell of adventure everywhere you go. You just should never get into a situation where you need medical treatment…  Continue reading “TRAVEL TRIVIA: 10 things about LAOS that might surprise you”

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”

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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First time on Bali – is it the paradise I imagined?

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Bali was always in my head as the incarnation of paradise – so even before I moved to Melbourne for my semester abroad I knew I wanted to go there while I’m in the southern hemisphere. As soon as I knew the dates for mid-semester break from uni I booked a flight and started to be very exited. But my joy about the upcoming vacation was a bit dampened… suddenly a lot of people started to run down Bali as uber-touristy party place (especially popular with Aussies) and they kept on telling me that Bali is overrated, overcrowded and artificial – generally not as nice as other places in Indonsia or Southeast-Asia… Continue reading “First time on Bali – is it the paradise I imagined?”

Abenteuer Auslandssemester Australien

Der Countdown läuft. Heute in genau einem Monat beginnt ein neues Kapitel in meinem Leben: ein Auslandsemester bei den Aussies mit anschließendem Trip durch Süd-Ost-Asien! 

Auch wenn die Freude auf das anstehende Abenteuer überwiegt, kann die Vorbereitung von 8 Monaten im Ausland doch ganz schön aufwendig sein… man muss das Bewerbungsverfahren für den Studienplatz durchlaufen (bei Direktaustausch teilweise noch aufwendiger als bei Erasmus), sich durch den Bürokratie-Dschungel der heimischen und ausländischen Universität kämpfen, die Reise vorbereiten und eine Zwischenlösung für das WG-Zimmer hier finden. Bisher konnte ich schon Folgendes abhaken:
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