An airline that failed me: A lament in 5 pictures

The future looked bright and colourful. I was to participate at a conference in Stockholm which would coincide with our 10th wedding anniversary.  Since neither of us has been to Stockholm before this seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine business and pleasure. So I came up with this brilliant plan – I would fly…

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Restaurant Week: Best Time to Visit Slovenia as a Foodie

How many gourmet restaurants can you visit in a week? For me the answer to this question is some correlation of the available time, budget and a certain physical fitness in form of a sustained appetite (because no matter how small and elaborate portions seem you always end up full in the end). But what if…

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Visiting Venice: Look beyond the obvious

If you were a boat craving attention and by some weird stroke of bad luck ended up in Murano you would be – let’s put it mildly – in for a bitter disappointment. This tiny Italian island is one of the many in the Venetian Lagoon where being a fancy gondola is the only boat…

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Chile: Our trip of superlatives

Which is the best trip you’ve ever taken? For any true globetrotter this question poses the same dilemma as having to choose their favourite child or decide which limb of their body they would miss the least. I’ve been asked this many times and always found it impossible to give a straight answer. But if I…

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I have a bittersweet love affair with India

I’ve sworn I would never ever travel to India voluntarily and yet we’ve just returned from our sixth annual ayurveda treatment in Kerala. After all these years I still can’t wrap my head around what frustrates me most about this place while at the same time I simply can’t stay away from it. For sure,…

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Deciding for “The Big Trip”: Pros & Cons

When it comes to travel, money and time are in reverse correlation. Back in our student backpacking days when we had more than enough time on our hands the length of each trip was determined by the available budget. Being extremely flexible with how little we could spend per day we were able to save…

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Off topic: How I became a sports fan

A crowd of over 30 thousand people is cheering and waving flags. I’m right there in the middle of it overcome with unusual pride over the success of our team. I’ve never experienced something like this before. Then it strikes me: “How the heck did I end up here?” It was at last year’s Ski Jumping…

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My Lessons of 2015 in Other People’s Wise Words

Once again it’s the time of year when you can’t miss all the “2015 in retrospect” posts. Even Facebook is constantly nagging me to share my highlights of the last twelve months with everyone. Unfortunately I don’t post nearly enough selfies for Facebook to create a noteworthy recollection of enviable experiences. Neither are my attempts…

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Only in New Orleans: Second Line Parades

He said he was the oldest still active DJ in New Orleans. I’m not sure if he was fooling us or not. I don’t even know if that’s really what he said as I could barely hear him over the sound of loud bounce music. Combined with his thick southern accent and a couple of…

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Discovering true New Orleans on a Sunday bar crawl

The Uber driver drops us off in a quiet street of Central City on a sunny Sunday morning. If it was our first visit to New Orleans I would have second thoughts about walking alone in this neighborhood. But today we’re not walking, we’re visiting someone. A guy we’ve never met before. »Join French 75’s…

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