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What personal challenges did you overcome through work?

When I was a teenager, I used to be terrified  of making phone calls. I would have to prepare every word that I was going to say before hand and was anxious way ahead of time. Heart racing, hot flashes, … the whole shabang.

What stuck with you on 9/11?

I remember the newscasters trying to explain the unfolding situation, but it all seemed surreal. The concept of terrorists or a terrorist attack were so foreign to me, let alone on that scale.

Outstanding Blogger Award 2021

A couple of days ago, Pepper Valentine generously nominated me for the Outstanding Blogger Award. I feel very grateful and humbled. Thank you, Pepper, having only recently joined the blogging sphere, this means a lot.

Travel Favorites: All the colors of the sky (Sunrises)

Hamburg has some of the most spectacular sunrises that I have ever seen anywhere. It might be due to where the city is located on the globe or the constant clouds being a great canvas, but the sun often paints the most magnificent and breathtaking morning spectacles in the sky.

Travel Favorites: Sand under my feet (Beaches)

My favorite beaches are scattered across the Hawaiian island of Maui. Whether you want to swim, snorkel, dive, surf or just sunbathing… there is a perfect beach for you somewhere on the island.

Collaboration: Bloggers with a view

Stuck in a tighter radius then usual? Getting tired of your daily view. Then check out this cute collaboration video that The French Chronicles put together. You will also see my living room window view from my Brooklyn apartment 😉

Travel Favorites: Treasures on every street (Historic Sites)

One of my favorite travel destinations for historic sites is Italy. The country is plastered with historic building and ruins from every time period since the antiquity. I love wandering through its cities and admire remnants of Ancient Rome or the Italian renaissance.

Travel Favorites: Feeling like royalty (Service)

From the moment we got there, we were treated and pampered at every step of the way. Starting with complementary welcome massages, every room and corridor smelling of fresh flowers, delicious food, great drinks, lovely and approachable staff that seemed to anticipate your every need.

Thoughts: And I held my breath

How did get this far? How did the conspiracy theories and lies take the upper hand and get people who claim to be patriots and love this country decide to attack it’s democratic foundation? Things should never have gotten this far.

Life in a pandemic #5: Fatigue comes in waves

I can’t lie. This week, I am feeling the grind. And I know that I am not the only one. No matter who I talk to, everyone is feeling some form of corona fatigue. Paired with winter fatigue, it can feel like a inexplicable weight.

Travel Favorites: Prepare for impact (Most fascinating)

I was aware that India would be very different from I had encountered before. I was theoretically prepared for the stark contrasts and ready to embrace the expected culture shock. But all my years of research and love from afar did not prepare me for the actual impact it had on me.

Travel Favorites: To my stomach’s content (Food)

When it comes to food, my favorite travel destination is definitely Thailand. Specifically for its street food. I was blown away by the diversity and flavor pallets that you get to encounter all across the country.

Through other’s eyes: I have faith

Through reflecting on and questioning my believes and values, I figured out a couple of years ago that even though I am not religious or affiliated with any church, I believe and enjoy spirituality. This is most noticeable whenever I enter a place of worship, not matter what dominion.


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