Head vs. Heart: the never-ending question

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right. Who are you? Are you someone who listens to their brain and decides rationally, or someone who is controlled by your heart and makes decisions based on emotions and gut feelings?  I’m someone who goes with my gut….

We should learn to take pictures for ourselves again

Do you travel because you’re curious, want to explore other places, enjoy a break from work or uni, feel inspired or broaden your horizon? Or do you travel to take photos?  Something is totally wrong here. There are people who even choose their travel destinations based on the question if they offer any “instagram-worthy places”….

Day trips from Kyoto & Tokyo: Himeji & Nikko (part 5)

26th February, Himeji.  Japan’s largest and one of the most impressive and beautiful castles, also called the White Heron because of its elegance and white colour, is the Himeji Castle. It is not only a national treasure, but also a world heritage site. Visiting this castle really did feel surreal at times.  We stepped out…

Follow trains & why we need to be more genuine online

Isn’t the purpose of follow trains to engage more, find inspiration and meet new bloggers? I’m kind of breaking up a pattern here. I have almost finished writing my post about my last days in Japan, but I felt the urge to write down my thoughts on this topic as unfortunately, Twitter isn’t convenient for…

Japan: The floating torii gate and Hiroshima (part 4)

25th February, Miyajima. On one of our last days in Kyoto, we went on a day trip to the Miyajima island and Hiroshima. We got on a Shinkansen for a 2-hour journey early in the morning. Once we arrived in Hiroshima, we got on a ferry for 10 minutes to go and explore Miyajima and its famous…

Nara: Japan’s first capital city (part 3)

February 24th, Nara. If you ever go to Japan, make sure you visit Nara. It was the best and most fun and surreal out of all the day trips we did. Although it’s a popular tourist destination, it is a very calm and peaceful place and simply perfect to wander around and spend a relaxing day. When…

Japan: 6 days in Kyoto (part 2)

“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.”  – Pico Iyer February 21st, Kyoto. We were sad to leave Tokyo, but travelled on…

Japan: 5 days in Tokyo (part I)

I’ve never missed a place I have travelled to so much before. Japan, you won me over in no time.  Ich habe noch nie einen Ort, an den ich gereist bin, so sehr vermisst. Japan, du hast mich im Handumdrehen für dich gewonnen.   The last few weeks leading up to our Japan trip and…

Liebster Award 2018

Hello everyone! First off, I want to thank Sophie for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Thanks so much! Sophie is a lovely girl and you should definitely go and check out her blog (she’s also got some great makeup tips for you!). I feel very privileged and thankful for this as it’s also my…

Why I love where I’m from

Am I alone in saying that in my teenage years I was obsessed and utterly in love with any other city than my own? In my case this city was London. I suppose it was more or less because I’ve always loved the English language, specifically British English, to the extent that I now study…

I was there.

I was there. On Saturday afternoon on the 13th of January, according to the organizers around 70,000 people joined the so far biggest protest against the conservative and far-right government in Austria. Organisers called this protest the “New Year Reception”. I was there, too. I participated because I wanted to take a stand against right-wing populism, racism,…

4 habits I want to break this year

I haven’t really written anything about my goals or new year resolutions this year. But to be honest, that’s because although it is nice to have something like this written down, I never really stick to it. A great post I have recently read by the lovely Abby actually said something I really liked: “Think…