SCUBA Diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt

It’s been a crazy year! And by that, I really mean this year so far. We’re only on week 12 but so much has happened already, enough to last the whole year. I’ll talk more about it on another post as it may get pretty emotional and I really don’t want to kill the mood […]

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Cats of Paphos

Since we canceled our trip to Morocco, we chose another destination – and the odds brought us to Cyprus. Are we glad we changed our mind? Hell, yes! I’m sure Morocco would have been fun, too, but our week in Paphos was just definitely another highlight to our year. Why, you ask? Oh, it’s because […]

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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight

We just got back from our trip to Turkey and I am excited to tell you all about it. It was our first time in the country (not counting the 2-hour transit time in Istanbul last year), and we are still in awe of this beautiful part of the world, the kind people, and this […]

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Canceling a trip

We’re early-bird bookers. We like to plan our trips months ahead to make sure we book the cheapest flights and get the best deals on accommodation. It keeps us excited for the trip itself and we do our research about the place while we wait for the lucky day. This one time, though, we impulsively […]

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Spring Favourites

It’s official! My favourite season has come to an end but I did not waste any time this year and made it probably my best one yet! Here, let me give you a recap: I spoke up about my PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and have received some good feedback from people who are going through […]

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Kraków & Auschwitz

After our week in Spain, I still had the whole weekend off so Joan and I were thinking about going out of town. My friend, Jannah, was on her way to Kraków at the time to spend a few nights so we thought, why not go there? I really like Poland and we’ve been to a […]

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España Verde – Santander & Basque Country

This year’s trip to Spain brought us to the green northern coast. Santander, in the beautiful region of Cantabria was our starting point, then making our way to the east, exploring the Spanish part of Basque Country. Santander A quiet little city on the Atlantic coast, home to some beautiful beaches and charming little plazas. […]

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Spring Cleaning: Flea Market Edition

I’ve been going to flea markets my whole life. It’s probably part of the life of a second-generation immigrant child. My mom would be so proud showcasing her haul to me that she haggled down to the lowest low, all with the thought that they would fit me perfectly. I still like going to flea […]

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Happy, Quiet Birthday

Time flies, doesn’t it? I still remember the cold winter days like they were yesterday… It was my birthday last week and we quietly celebrated it, just me and the wife. After a toxic work week it felt like a quiet birthday weekend was long overdue. Although I must admit, the celebration was month-long considering […]

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My experience with PCOS

In 2011 I stopped having my regular periods. It would take about three months for a new cycle, at one point I had even gone up to six months without a drop of blood. I had never been one of those women who expected their periods every 28-30 days, sometimes it came earlier but most of the […]

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Having too much of Venice

It was my wife’s birthday last weekend and we had another last-minute change of plans. We were supposed to stay in Germany and go on a road trip but decided against it when we realised that the country was about to reach the peak of winter. Going on a road trip while it’s cold and […]

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Tenerife and La Gomera

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back with a fresh(ish) post on our most recent trip. The second half of last year was exhausting at best as we did not go on holiday from August until December, something that the recent years have proven unusual for us. So before the year ended, we were on our […]

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Reading in German for the First Time

Forgive me for my unannounced hiatus – believe me, it wasn’t for lack of inspiration. You could say I was busy, though not much more than usual. But in my absence I found my way back into an old hobby – reading. I had procrastinated on my reading for a few months this year but […]

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Ginger Shots – A recipe

This is my first time sharing one of my recipes inspired by a week of having the sniffles at the break of Autumn. Not that Germany has had a proper summer this year, because let’s face it, it was pretty mild. Still, autumn has hit everyone pretty hard, which caused our department a 25% sick […]

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Not a Travel Blog – Here’s my life nowadays

I know… Shocking, right? I just scrolled back through my last five posts and all of them are travel-related. Well, I really don’t want to give out the impression that all that I do (or at least all that is worth mentioning) is travel. It’s really not. And even if I had the money to […]

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Rome and Cats

I don’t believe there is anything that I can tell you about Rome that you don’t already know or haven’t already seen so I’ll keep this short. So after our trip to Santorini, we flew out to Rome to spend one night there before going back to Berlin. So with two whole days to go […]

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Santorini, Greece

I’m excited to share with you all this post on our recent trip to Santorini, Greece. It is, as you can see, one of the most romantic places in Europe – maybe even the world, and rightfully so. The famous whitewashed cave-houses by the cliffside of this beautiful volcano island, resting in the middle of […]

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Survival Items For Your Long-Haul Flight

I’ve had my first long-haul flight again in years just two months ago and I must say, I was really prepared thanks to a few items that I brought with me on board. I’ve taken so many flights in the last three years but they were all short (3 hours max) so I wasn’t sure […]

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Weekend in Liverpool and North Wales

Once in a while I get a weekend off and I always make sure to make plans with the wife since we rarely get to spend a full day together anymore. So last weekend was a special one because it was also our anniversary – we got married on the same day we got together, […]

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Sächsische Schweiz – Saxon Switzerland National Park

This lovely gem is located around the Elbe Valley, just about 45 minutes outside of Dresden and it’s a true gift of nature and history. I had first planned to go on my birthday with a few friends but I found it quite hard to pull off because it’s too far away from the homes […]

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Solo Trip to Hong Kong

I have shared in a previous post a sneak peek of my experience from my trip to Hong Kong last May and how it went terribly wrong. But on this post I wanted to focus on the trip as whole, and that’s including the good stuff. Let me start with why I chose Hong Kong […]

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Philippines: Just Being Home

I don’t know where to begin. Spending almost two weeks in the Philippines has been more productive than eventful. I wouldn’t even consider this a travel post because it’s not. Most of my activities consisted of catching up with friends and family – nevertheless a holiday well spent. It started off with the trip to Taal Volcano […]

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My First Hostel Experience

As you can see in all of my previous travel posts, my wife has been my constant companion. We plan together, book together, and go together. I like doing these things with her because I think it brings us closer together, if not test our limits. But on my recent trip to Hong Kong, I […]

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My this Year’s Birthday Gifts from the Best People

Time went by way too fast again. I just realised during a phone call with my mum that my birthday had been two weeks ago and not just the other week – which made us both just slightly panicky because that means we’re getting closer to our trip to the Philippines later this month – but […]

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Birthday Weekend in Warsaw

We spent the last weekend in the Polish capital in celebration of my birthday. I personally chose this city because 1.) it’s easily reachable from Berlin, and 2.) I just wanted a squirrel to jump on me. April 28, 2017 We took the night bus to Warsaw to save one night’s accommodation. This is a […]

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Choice of furniture & growing up

I’m in love with my new Secretary! Wow, that sounded a bit wrong but by secretary, I don’t mean an “administrative assistant” but a piece of furniture called a secretary.     So what is a Secretary? It’s like a commode with a pull-out desk. It’s practical for people who don’t have much space at home and, most […]

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#MysteryMonday – Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets turned off by baits like “a gripping psychological thriller…” added at the end of every new book title. I know I had seen this book on Kindle-Shop around spring last year but didn’t buy it only because of this headline. It wasn’t until the price went down to […]

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Print VS eReader

I was asked some weeks ago by a colleague why I owned a Kindle and whether it made much of a difference to reading an actual book. I kind of hoped that people’s stigma towards the eReader would have died down by now. By this, I don’t mean that I thought we would have gone digital one by one […]

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Lady Wood – Tove Lo Live in Cologne 2017 and Feminism

A two week break from work means finally getting to work on my drafts. I have been meaning to do this for a while now, sure, but life gets in the way every so often. Believe me, I’m not complaining. I have actually come to a point in my life where I am mostly satisfied […]

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Long overdue trip to London

I downloaded this app that told me I had been to 80% of all European countries. I found that pretty impressive given that I had only been back since 2011 and it was only then when I began travelling to our neighbouring countries. But I couldn’t help thinking I was missing something, and it’s something big. And […]

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9 countries in 1 year! – My year in travelling

I know, I know, we’re already on day 15 of 2017 and I’m just now coming up with my last year’s travel roundup because, you know, stuff got in the way so I’ll make this quick and mostly visual. 🙂 Stockholm, Sweden / February 24-28, 2016 Tour of the city in celebration of my wife’s […]

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016: 30/30

I am quite proud of my this year’s reads. Not so much about the number because I know that with my love for books, I should be able to do so much better than that, but I am proud of the books that I have read – all 30 of them! 2016 has just been […]

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Christmas in Mallorca

For someone who wasn’t supposed to do anything special this holiday season, I had such a blast! We were only away for four days but we have seen so much and we had such a great time. I never thought I would ever want to go to Mallorca – an island that is so overly crowded […]

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Rakotzbrücke in Rhododendron Park, Kromlau (Saxony)

The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul. Shanna Rodriguez   Brief back-story: Your Humble Blogger has made a new acquaintance just by browsing through WordPress tags. We met last week and she brought a friend. They belong to a group of nurses who came all the way from […]

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My 10th year of “planning” my life

My 2017 planner from Moleskine just came with the mail today and I am thrilled to start writing in it next year! I put it next to my planners from the previous years and I was surprised by the weight of the pile that I tried to carry towards my desk. So I took out […]

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Just Weihnachtsmarkt Things

We had a visitor on the start of this year’s advent and we thought, what better way to see Berlin this time of the year than with all the sparkling lights of the most visited Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) in the city? Locals have told me that the Weihnachtsmarkt in the front yard of Charlottenburg Palace has got […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Live in Berlin

Let me tell you a story: Back in 2011, when I just got back to Germany after living in the Philippines for 13 years, I was excited about all the things I felt like I missed out on in all those years. For instance, I’ve always wanted to watch my favourite artists live in concert but […]

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Roadtrip: Romania

Be ready for a long post about our most important and eventful trip yet. I don’t even know where or how to begin. Romania has been such a joy to my eyes that if this isn’t the most beautiful place I’ll ever see in my life then I’m afraid of seeing what else is out […]

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Roadtrip: Romania – Castles & Fortresses

Driving from Timisoara to Bucharest in the course of 5 days, we were able to view 6 castles and fortresses along the way. Corvin Castle Fagaras Fortress In recent history, it has been used as a stronghold by the Communist State of Romania and was still used as a prison in as late as the […]

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Family Day Trip to Luxembourg

During one of those late summer weekends, my mum had decided to go on a day tour around Luxembourg. My uncle has been living there for a few years now and usually it’s him driving out to Germany to be with us so we wanted to return the favour. So far he’s made some very youngin’ […]

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Surviving as a slow reader

Are you a slow reader? And if so, do you feel bad about it? I am reading much more than I’ve ever had – even more than during those days when I had plenty of time and less worries. At the time when I felt like every day was a bad day, I read, because […]

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Family Weekend in and around Berlin

We started October with a long weekend here in Germany, one that also happens to be my dear mum’s birthday weekend, so the family (all coming from the 6-hour-drive-away, North-Rhine Westphalia) decided to spend it here in our dear city. TV-Tower We, too, as fairly new Berliners, have used this chance to see the places […]

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Donauwelle: Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest in 10 days

We called this year’s summer trip the Donauwelle. Literally, it means Danube Wave, and it’s a traditional cake often found in Germany and Austria. The goal was to visit three major cities where Europe’s second-longest river flows through: Bratislava → Vienna → Budapest We’ve been extremely busy these past few months because of our move to Berlin last month and […]

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Donauwelle: Bratislava

The first leg of this summer’s trip was Bratislava. Aside from not having done much research about the places we’re about to go to, we didn’t know what to expect from Slovakia’s capital beforehand. I always had a feeling that, given its history and location, it has an inferiority towards the capitals of the neighbouring […]

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Donauwelle: Vienna

The second leg of our trip was Vienna. Its city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s pretty obvious why. If you’ve never been to Vienna, you’d be surprised by how many buildings were actually preserved to make you feel like you’re walking in a different century. July 29, 2016 We left Bratislava today via […]

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Donauwelle: Budapest

Budapest has been… WOW. It’s not like we have expected anything less from this city, but I guess we never would have thought it would be this… cool. August 1, 2016 We left Vienna at 12:30 via bus. About three hours later, we were in Budapest! We went straight to our Airbnb (we didn’t even […]

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Not Sheldon enough?

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God. – Sidney Sheldon It’s been over a month since I have finally reached my goal of reading all of Sidney Sheldon’s unputdownable novels. The obsession started when I asked a then lover over six years ago, back in […]

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What they don’t tell you about drive-in theatres

It’s been two months since we’ve moved to Berlin and I am more tired than ever. My life has become a constant juggle between my job and working around the apartment. Yes, two months and we still aren’t close to being done! That being said, the wife decided to surprise me by taking me out on […]

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Spreewald Kayaking

Having lived for four years so close to this wonderful UNESCO biosphere reserve, the Spreewald, we have come to adapt to some of the traditions of the lower Lusatian people, one of which is the yearly kayaking tour, where it is to be expected to paddle away for hours on end. This year’s excursion was extra […]

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