• content,  jordan,  middle east,  travel

    One day in Amman

    Even though I didn’t want to leave Beirut, I found myself on a plane to Jordan that for some reason took quite a detour over Syria. Arrived in Amman, I reunited with my cousin and only when I hugged him, I realized what a relief it was to have a loved one by my side on this adventurous trip – especially after those intense couple of days in Lebanon. The family feels didn’t stop here though: It didn’t take long until we met our couchsurfing host for the next 2 days. F happened to be a very special host, not least because he is 80 years old. And that’s not…

  • lebanon,  middle east,  travel

    Lebanese treasures

    My previous posts from Lebanon offered two of its various faces, that couldn’t be any more different. I don’t know what else to say about this insane country, to be honest, so I decided to present two places I really liked, instead. Byblos or Jbeil is one of those really cute port towns. They claim it is the oldest town that has  continuously been inhabited – since 5000 BCE – , but other people say the same about Damascus or Jericho. Nevertheless, the city as a whole is a World Heritage Site. Byblos has it all: Crusader ruins, nice beaches, a lively souk and historic port. I’d say it is…

  • content,  lebanon,  middle east,  travel

    Spring feelings in Bcharré, Lebanon

            The perfect antidote to hectic Beirut and if you ask me, the nicest place in the country: Bcharré. Bcharré is hiking ancient monasteries where once Christians were hiding. It is fresh air, vineyards, breathtaking valleys with conifers in juicy shades of green. Sheep, sheep and more sheep. Bcharré is waking up to homemade goat cheese like you’ve never tasted before! Right next to it you’ll find the famous and glamorous Cedars, Lebanon’s no. 1 ski destination. (But if you’re spoiled by Austrian or Swiss slopes, The Cedars won’t impress you…). Exploring the area with A’s brother’s 4by4-car was good fun though! I think the pictures speak…

  • content,  lebanon,  middle east,  travel

    Solo travel in Lebanon

    „Why on earth would you want to go to Lebanon?“ I don’t know how many times I heard this question during the last weeks. Coming from friends, family or – more concerning – even Lebanese people on the plane. And as so often, the best answer is: „Why not?” (This is a collection of random shots, mostly taken in and around Beirut. I just started to collect my thoughts on this crazy trip, so this post is nowhere close to a full picture of my experience.)   I didn’t really have a specific reason to visit Lebanon to be honest. It was more like a random idea when I planned…

  • content,  deutschland,  europe,  travel

    Impressions from Freiburg im Breisgau

    Say hi to Germany’s hottest city: Freiburg. Well, maybe not action-wise – that would still be Berlin obviously, but they do have the best weather throughout the year. And this is the cause of another good reason to pay this adorable city a visit: their wine. Half-timber houses, small alleys and some of the best food. In the end Freiburg is not much but a likely university town with medieval charm. Pretty similar to Tübingen, I believe. “Old” cities like this tend to evolve into drowsy places, where young people take the first opportunity to leave. Freiburg being a university city, one of the most renowned actually, gives the city…

  • art,  content

    Collection of dreams: Kunstmuseum Basel

    “Basel” and “art” are hardly separable, as the city is home to the most prestigious art fair in the whole world. Today’s post is about Kunstmuseum Basel, of course one of the most renowned collections worldwide and also historically the first art museum that was open to European public. The museum to me is not only my favorite place in Basel, but the most beautiful/inspiring museum I’ve ever been to, I reckon. I’ve rarely seen art set in such a clean and well-designed space. Even if it wouldn’t be some of the most important pieces in art history that are presented here, I’m convinced the crappiest work would look spectacular…

  • content,  europe,  switzerland,  travel

    Storefronts of Basel

    The Swiss know how to do it. How to life in style and how to surround themselves with beauty, art and good food. Switzerland never looked better, I thought when I visited Zürich on a perfectly blue skied summer day last year. Once in Zürich, it was soon obvious why this city is one of liveliest in the whole world. It didn’t take long until I went on another trip to further explore this beautiful country – and was not disappointed. As the title tells, this post is mainly about doors, storefronts and street scenes of this incredibly beautiful city. I’ll devote an extra article to my favourite place to…

  • content,  europe,  poland,  travel

    Old meets new in Wrocław, Poland

    One thing I learned on the other side of the world is, that it’s not only the far destinations, 7 world wonders or instagram hot spots worth aiming for. Traveling starts by exploring your hometown. Turns out there are loads of places in Eastern Germany and neighboring Poland and Czech Republic that I haven’t been to yet. Wroclaw to me is a more manageable version of Krakow. The old town around the stunning market square (Rynek) looks very much alike and also in terms of history (especially german-polish) the city sure has its significance. I hope I’ll be able to visit Warsaw anytime soon to draw an objective comparison. In…

  • asia,  content,  pilipinas,  travel

    Filipina for one year

    Dear Philippines, where should I start? It’s been a rough and bumpy year for the two of us. A whole lot of new experiences, heat, realizations about this world, cockroaches, rice, conversations and bliss. When I tell people I went to live in the Philippines for one year, they associate dreamy beaches, nice weather and colorful fruit – holiday mainly: Then they sigh and say: lucky you! An it’s true, I am very lucky. Not only because I got to see those paradise like places, but because of so much more you have to offer. What most people cannot imagine though, is that most of the time I spent with…

  • asia,  content,  pilipinas,  travel

    Palawan dreaming

    They say: best leave on a high note. Every good thing is coming to an end at some point and so was our trip. Even though we were in the middle of experiencing all this craziness every day we were aware that it was unreal. Too nerve-jangling to go on forever, too overwhelming to still show appreciation to all the acquaintances, hidden gems and wonders of nature, after all these weeks. Nevertheless we saved the best for last. What a finale. PUERTO PRINCESSA Arrived in Puerto Princessa we met a girl, we instantly started to call Moana, who would host us in her 10m^2 bed room for the night. Moana…