An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Ibiza off season was completely on purpose (and partly because of the crazy cheap flights, yes) but I am glad we went against the crowds.

Because, once you cut out the clubs, the overly crowded beaches & the constantly inebriated youth (hey, I’m 30 now, I am allowed to complain about the youngsters, okay?) Ibiza has a special charm of its own.

Once you step outside the hotel, you’ll be getting an almost rural glimpse into what the island would have been, if the Guettas and the Pacha’s and Ushuaïa’s didn’t exist. … More An Off-Season Quickie to Ibiza

Basel *Wonder*World

Basel was a gift for my husband’s birthday, since he’s wanted to go to Baselworld for a long time.

And yes I’ll admit when it comes to travel, I am always a little bit selfish, so I would not pass on the opportunity to check Switzerland off my list.Read more…
Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss is about; heh Switzerland? And between the very short stop to Geneva & Lausanne and now Basel, I have to say I get it.

Those mountains.. … More Basel *Wonder*World

A Stormy San Diego & A Singing Amtrak

I couldn’t help myself gawking out the window, to a slightly excited Pacific breakers, thinking about the time I saw its waves from the other side of the ocean .. when someone suddenly started singing on the loudspeaker.

“I love your redwood forests

Love your fields of yellow grain

I love your summer breezes

And I love your winter rain..”

It’s a gorgeous say outside, folks! then he continued by telling us about the temperature and time left till we reach San Diego. … More A Stormy San Diego & A Singing Amtrak

Making Road Friends & How to Be a Lobster!

Are people scary?
I don’t know.. are you?

I once spent a 9h train ride having fun, witty conversations with a guy I had just met.

We still talk, every now and then.

I also spent a lovely day tripping to the Neuschwanstein Castle, with an au pair American girl from the Midwest. (Man, those people are nice!)
We took our Japanese guide for dinner after our tour of Osaka, and one year later we were all having dinner again, in Barcelona.

A guy pushed by his friends to flirt with me in a club, turned out to be a really nice person – he was getting married and on a bachelor night out.

We shared tips’n tricks for wedding planning and cakes.

Meeting people is random, and it’s fun, and it is not scary. It’s not. … More Making Road Friends & How to Be a Lobster!

My California dreams: The General and El Capitan

Dreams do come true. If you turn them into goals.

I had a photo of General Sherman pinned to my desk at work for over 2 years..

It stuck there watching over me in the corporate cubicle that I learned not to hate – because hey, it’s all just a means to an end and you do need money to travel.Read more…

When I moved jobs, I took the General with me..

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Why you should visit Barcelona in February (hint: Carnival!)

‘If Carnival was fifteen times a year and Christmas came every month, if every day was Easter and Lent never came’.
The saying makes it quite obvious that Carnival is one of the most popular festivals of the year in Spain.
Carnival is up there with the big guys, Easter and Christmas.

In Barcelona, Carnival is the festival that gets most people out and about.

Every year during one week, the city is transformed in a hot colorful mess, with parades and kings, sardine funerals and people of all ages dressed up one more creatively than the other. … More Why you should visit Barcelona in February (hint: Carnival!)

Venicing Away

What can you say about Venice, that 68,478 other people haven’t already said already? So many people that Venice is considering putting a cap on the number of people visiting, to control overcrowding?
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