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The desert of Jordan // Traveling Petra and Wadi Rum

Last week I had a spontaneous and breathtaking adventure: Four days, three nights in the desert of Jordan. Spontaneous? Jordan? In a weekend-trip? Sounds a little intense for a European. Well, in case you missed it: I got lucky and get to spend my semester abroad in the amazing city of Tel Aviv. And as I have merely four months in “The Holy Land” – at least that’s what is scheduled – I obviously want to make the absolute most of it. Good enough my friends here feel the same way. Spontaneous trip to Jordan Living in Tel Aviv for five weeks on the day you might think I should’ve told you a little more about my adventures in this flourishing city. But you know how it is: you live somewhere, you get into a daily life, it all doesn’t feel as adventurous anymore. But oh believe me: it is!…

My first time at a New Moon Cacao Ceremony

So as many of you know I am doing a semester abroad in magical Tel Aviv. I am saying magical because this place sure does feel like there is some unique energy flowing. The “spiritual scene” is huge, so many yogis and lovely spirits wandering around. Obviously, little me got sucked right in and I participated in my first Cacao Ceremony on the night of New Moon on Saturday. Wonderful Victoria, a fantastic yoga teacher,  who shares not only my name but also my love for New York, Tel Aviv, and mindfulness, hosted the event at OrYoga here in Tel Aviv. I myself am only at the beginning of my spiritual journey, attracting knowledge and learning constantly about the wonders of the universe we carry inside us. I want to share these experiences with you. You may laugh at this. You may feel confused. You may feel uncomfortable. But my wish is,…

A weekend in Stockholm // Foodie-Heaven & Vintage Love

By now it’s no secret anymore, that I have a total crush on Swedish culture, food, design, and shopping. My fingers were prickling with the urge to write this second travel guide on Sweden about Stockholm and share some of the magic with you. I feel like the Swedes just got a hang of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle (if you cut away the amazing “kanelbulle”, their signature cinnamon rolls). So I gave you a brief overview of general info on Sweden in the Gothenburg Guide already, so let me get right in there… Notes on the side Stockholm is a beautiful city just to wander around so go out and explore! Be sure to hit Gamla Stan, the little island and old town where the little narrow streets and corners invite you to get lost. While the “main island” of Stockholm is great for some hip bars, restaurants, and the common…

A weekend in Gothenburg // Healthy Food & Sustainable Shopping

Oh, I am crushing on Sweden big time! The food, the people, the architecture, the gloomy energy… so here it is, the first part of my Sweden Travel Guide, a take on the country’s second largest city: Gothenburg. My boyfriend is spending his semester abroad in this gem of a country (I didn’t go for it as it’s too cold for me haha) and we made getting him here a fun little road trip – my favorite way to travel! So he packed his parents car the way other people set high scores in Tetris and we hit the road to Kiel, where the car got a break already as we took an overnight ferry from here. What an adventure! The so-called Stena Line takes off at the harbor in Kiel at around 7 pm and arrives in Gothenburg at around 9 am the next morning. It has a casino,…

When stranded in Salt Lake City…

This summer I ended up for not even twenty-four hours in Salt Lake City – the capital city of Utah – three times. The city and it’s scene is definitely worth more than twenty-four hours but I will give my best to give you a little glimpse of the desert’s metropolis… Breakfast So let’s begin with the important things. THE most important thing in the day, if you ask me: breakfast. I fell in love with this local café and brewery that I dragged my boyfriend as well as both my sisters there. And even my parents, who we just brought toasts for the road where delighted! The Publik Kitchen Brewery has three branches spread over SLC, one of them being more of a restaurant, the other ones focusing on the coffee. If you are not restricted by allergies (like I am) and not too worried about calorie-counting (oughta occur)…

On Portland

It’s girls time! Since Sunday my sisters and I are “alone” on the road. We left our parents in Sun Valley and have three weeks of road trip-adventures ahead of us. First Stop: Portland, Oregon. Simply driving across the Oregon border from Idaho had us all excited. As I had been driving for the last four hours we decided to change right at the welcome center. BEST. CHOICE. EVER. This magical little place has free coffee and tea plus brochures and magazines of all the places worthwhile seeing in the state. No need saying they had us at free coffee. So some of you might have heard about Portland because of the popular series “Portlandia” – even though it did not make it to Germany yet. Or you may just know Portland because you heard that it’s a really cool hipstery place with a great brewery-scene – concerning both, the…

Falling in love with Utah’s wild side

After sharing my excitement for gorgeous Park City with you a week ago, I am now a week older and wiser and know: Utah does not only have some gorgeous cities to offer (watch out, Salt Lake City), but also stuns with its unique nature. Most people know Utah through Zion Nationalpark and Bryce Canyon, Moad and the famous Arches that are to be found on their license plates. But there are so much more gems hidden throughout the state! Ready for Dinosaurs: The town of Vernal This town is the legit home of dinosaurs. Or should I say ex-home? What I learned about myself: dinosaurs kind of bore me. I mean, their bones do. They’re just bones… But still, seeing a full-sized canyon wall packed with bones of all kinds of raptors was kinda impressive. Best roadsign I saw: And the pink dinosaur at the town’s entrance obviously filled me with…

Introducing: Red Wine and Cigarettes

I finally made it! I produced, processed and uploaded the first episode of my new podcast, Red Wine & Cigarettes. After releasing the first – german – episode last week I now, proudly (and a little scared) present the second episode of Red Wine & Cigarettes. All in English… let me know what you think in the comments!

Falling in love with Utah…

I got so lucky – being a journalist is definitely my/a dream job! BigLife Magazine has sent me to a trip with Turner Media to explore northern Utah! On-the-roading it, part one: Ketchum to Salt Lake City, 287 miles Utah is a state northern to Idaho, so it took me a good five hours to get from Ketchum – my current Homebase – to get to Salt Lake City, the capital of the state. Salt Lake is beautiful a and somewhat intense city. The streets are huge and parts of the city really set off the whole “Hunger Games”-vibe, with the big white Capitol building sitting enthroned on the hill, watching over the city. Here I met the whole group, there’s eight of us, five out of these people being journalists. We’re all from all over the place but mostly the American West, so I’m the only international one. From Salt Lake City…

Note to self

Sometimes we all need little reminders, notes to ourselves, to stay on our tracks and stay true to us. I got it when I stumbled upon this quote yesterday. So please take notes: Your guts know best. No matter what people say is right or wrong. No matter how perfect something seems. Your guts know best. You don’t owe anyone anything. Except for yourself. You owe yourself to stay true to you. To listen to your guts. To do what feels right. And to trust yourself. Always. Because no one knows you better than you know yourself. And last and never least: Everything happens for a reason.

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