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A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers, Jess, introduced me to the concept of virtual coffee dates who, in turn, learned about this from Amber (don’t you love how far word spreads through the internet sometimes?). Anyway, these virtual coffee dates are meant to be a way to have a personal life catch-up. I love this concept! 

So grab your beverage of choice and lets meet for coffee like old friends (would you like some milk and stevia?). 

If we were having coffee right now

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I have just returned from my three week hike on the Camino del Norte. I’d show you the state of my feet after walking over 430km and we’d laugh about my ridiculously impossible tan lines. I would tell you about the wonderful people I met on the way (my “Camino Family”), show you my favourite photos of the trip and try to convince you to get on board next summer!

Asturias, Spain

If we were having coffee right now… I would ask you what I should pack for my upcoming 3-leg trip to Miami Beach, New York City and Iceland – Aaaahh, how am I going to fit my boho chic, cityscape and outdoorsy styles in one bag? Despite all my years of travel and of being a professional planner, I’m still not a good packer. I might or might not have forgotten to pack my pijamas on more than one trip, oops…

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I’m now officially an International MBA Candidate at IE Business School in Madrid, and will be starting this September! I’m beyond excited to have been admitted to my perfect fit school and can’t wait to meet my super diverse and fun classmates and crack our brains working on some kick ass cases.

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I had never felt as fit and healthy as I do now. I’d probably call it the Miracle of the Camino, but… it’s really more than just exercising. Since early May, I have made a conscious effort to significantly reduce my carb intake – and I just feel way lighter and less bloated! I’d tell you about my addiction to home-made Zoodles (yes, it’s a thing), celeriac fries and matcha tea. Dear god, does this make me a hipster?

Ensalada de pulpo, Tenerife, Spain

If we were having coffee right now… I would confess that I’m equally excited and scared about my doing the Langavegur trail in Iceland this summer. I mean, it kind of sounds like my wildest dream: lava fields, glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes and mountains – all in just 55km (34 miles). But… crossing (sometimes deep and violent) glacial streams, spending days under rain and possibly snow, and sleeping in a tiny tent trying to heat up pre-made food sounds, well, challenging. I keep on repeating this to myself:

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

– Seth Godin

If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you that I finally registered for a Digital Photography course in New York this month! You would remind me of all those times I had told you how much I’d been yearning to improve my photography, but life and work seemed to always step in my way. I know, I know – I can’t believe it’s finally happening either!

New York, USA

If we were having coffee right now… I’d show you my new about me page and ask you what you’d think about it. I always get nervous when I change one of the big pages on my blog. I worry about technical issues, about my photos and my writing – does it work? does it look good? is it light and fun? I would also tell you that I’m considering a few more changes around here – like possibly integrating a Frequent Q&A section and writing some articles in Spanish (my mind just needs a rest sometimes). There’s so much to ponder right now… Help! What would you do?

So, anyway, what’s new in your life?

Hello and welcome.

My name is Katharina, but you can call me Kate. This blog is where I share my thoughts and impressions of the places I go and the adventures in life and work I experience abroad.

Katharina

I created my first blog in 2010. I started a travel blog using Blogger and was overwhelmed with new concepts and the technicalities – I had no idea about what RSS, CSS and SEO stood for, let alone understand what I could do with it!

I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy blogging. After all, I wasn’t the type of kid that kept a Diary – I was the kind that would return home and do maths. For fun. This probably explains why my first posts were unstructured and disorganised. It became clear to me that if I wanted to take seriously improve my English writing skills, I would needed some serious practice.

Little did I know that writing would soon become a passion.

A year later, in 2011, I gave my hobby an upgrade – moving it from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress platform. However, after 3 years and plenty of back-office coding work, I was feeling burnt out. At times, I felt as if blogging was more of a chore than something I do for fun.

But instead of letting my blog die, I want it to evolve, change and find new paths. I want it to be simpler to allow me to focus on what I enjoy the most: writing and photography. And this takes me the to here and now.

Today marks the day I say goodbye to 100 Miles Highway and hello to Kate goes Global – a blog focused on traveling and living and working in an intercultural environment.

So, where do we go from here?

The blog uses a very simple design with only one Menu at the left, which contains:

  • Home – Which leads you to the main page. Home is a collection of circular images representing individual blog posts. If you hover over each image, the title is revealed.
  • Start Here – If you’re new to this site, I strongly recommend you to start there as it’ll point you to the best posts of each category.
  • About Kate – A bit more about myself (but don’t worry, it’s much shorter than this post!).
  • Contact Me – Please use this online form to get in touch with me.
  • Portfolio – The portfolio contains my favourite travel images.
  • Archives – The best place to dig into my past writings. 
  • Featured – Here you’ll find my footprint in other parts of the web: guest posts, awards, interviews and mentions.
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I’m lounging on my terrace, overlooking the park. Every now and then, an airplace traces the blue sky above me, leaving a trail of white clouds behind. I realize that these are the last days of summer – soon, my bikini will have to return to the back of my closet, being replaced by scarfs, leather jackets and boots.

It has been one year since I’ve moved to London and I’m already saying goodbye to my favorite english season for the second time. However, this time, I’m looking forward to welcome autumn. I’m looking forward to student discounts, brand new faces and an exciting big step in my new career. This year in London has been anything but what I had expected. I learned so much about myself, my values and my deepest dreams. I found courage to step out of my comfort and into the exciting unknown. I swiched from fearing not to know where I’d be in five years time, to embracing uncertainty in a 3 months span.

So to celebrate a year of unexpected London, I’m choosing my favorite photographs of London for my entry to Capture the Season promotion.

I realize it is fall when…

Fall in London, UK

…The city is bathed in a golden light. Despite a blue sky and shining sun, the air is crisp and humid. The parks are covered in yellow-tainted leaves. I rescue my boots and wool scarf from the back of my wardrobe. My weekends go by with long walks along the river, capturing every sight of the city, and conclude my day with a pint of ale and a game pie in a local gastropub.

I realize it is winter when…

Winter in London, UK

… I dread leaving the house every morning and wonder whether I should wear my Hunters, my UGGs or have the courage to leave in heels. I choose to go for one of the first two, and pack the others in my XXL handbag, together with a hat, an umbrella, gloves and an extra thick scarf. Winter in London is unpredictable, so I usually carry half my wardrobe with me to be prepared at any time. Bare branches greet me on my way to work. Winter is the best excuse to go shopping – every shop window is carefully and heartily decorated in Christmas-theme, street lights shine reflecting on the wet streets and it’s simply too cold to spend more than 5 minutes outside.

I realize it is spring when…

Spring in London, UK

… London is covered in green. All the rain and humidity is paying off – crisp green grass, colorful flower beds and even entire buildings covered in leafs! I’m excited to see a ray of sunlight force itself through the cloudy sky. Shop windows display english country flower dresses and some women brave to ditch their winter tights and substitute their coats with light jackets. On a rare sunny afternoon, I fight for a spot on one of London’s many terraces to enjoy a glass of rosé. Hopes are high for summer to come.

I realize it is summer when…

Plane Flying over London

… All I really want to do is grab a book and go to the park. I twist and turn in the sun, hoping to get a hint of a tan. I admire the blue sky, and the many planes flying above me. I hear a bell ringing in the background – cream van is approaching! I look around me, and realize every one else is expecting him, too. Friends are playing ultimate frisbee and rugby close by (I secretly hope to not be hit by them – as my previous experiences have already shown my innate skill to attract flying objects). These days, I feel I don’t need anything else but this: a park, a group of friends and a good book. Add a glass (or two) of white wine and I’m in London’s heaven.

This is my entry in Booked.net‘s “Capture the Season”. I nominate the following bloggers:

The Capture the Color Contest is organized by Travel Supermarket and requires each blogger to choose 5 photos representing each color. The winner of each color category will win an iPad, and the overall winner will take home 2,000 GBP.

Photographs have the ability not only to evoke lost memories but also to lit up new emotions in those who admire them. This is achieved by using different techniques, ranging from the angle to the positioning of the light and shadows. However, one of the simplest but very effective ways to raise a certain emotion in the spectator is by using a dominant color.

Green

Hiking in Ingmarsö, Sweden

As we hiked in rainy Ingmarsö, Sweden, all I could think about is how incredibly green this little forrest was. By simply looking at this photograph, I can almost feel the cold and humidity. I remember walking and admiring the landscape, with no other sound than our boots sinking in mud and rain dripping on the trees’ leaves.

Blue

Glaciers in Argentina

Glaciers are one of my favorite natural phenomenas. So ancient and seemingly static – and still so alive. When traveling through Patagonia, I learned that the intensity of the blue depends on how compact the ice is. When the ice is very compact, it will absorb all light colors except for the blue, which is the color that is transmitted instead. The photograph reminds me of how my heart starts racing each time I hear a crack.

Yellow

Yellow Sunset in Thailand

Yellow was the most difficult category to choose for – it seems like I love taking yellow-colored pictures anywhere I go. I chose to go for the sunset in Thailand because, for me, it evokes the warmth and beauty of the country. That evening, I took over 50 shots – each of them reflecting an even darker and more dramatic shade.

White

Sweet Chirimoya in Cuba

When thinking of white, and mountain covered with snow is the first thing that popped into my mind. However, while browsing through my pictures, I came across this fruity shot I took last year in Cuba. I had been invited by work colleagues to celebrate the country’s richness in colors and tastes and immediately got captured by the sweetness of the chirimoya A fruit that is said to taste like a combination of all tropical fruits in one and used to be reserved for royalty.

Red

The beauty of tulips is that they come in so many shapes and colors – there’s practically a tulip specie for every person. The Tulip Festival in Morges exposed more than 300 species, out of which these fire tulips were among my favorites. While flowers are usually associated with purity and romance, this species is rebellious, naughty and passionate. If you ever wonder what gift you should give me – these tulips are the answer.

How to Enter the Contest

Choose your best travel pictures for any (or all) of the five color categories (green, blue, red, white and yellow) and post them on your blog, linking to the contest details and nominate 5 other bloggers to participate at the end of your post. Don’t forget to let Travel Supermarket know you’ve entered the competition via Twitter, Facebook or E-Mail.

The deadline is the 29th of August!

Here are my five nominees:

A few days ago, my fellow blogger Becoming Sevillana tagged me to participate in Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shot meme. It’s not an easy task to narrow just 7 over my favorite photos (specially when a good part of them were lost when my hard drive decided to quit last summer). Thankfully, I have my blog. And many digital cards. Oh, and an external memory that I now use more often than ever before!

A Photo That Takes My Breath Away

Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland

Hiking around Aletsch Region, Switzerland

Last year, as soon as my relocation had been confirmed, I started to freak out. Two years in Switzerland had gone by so quickly, and I had still so much to experience and had so many places I wanted to go. For this, during the last 5 months in the country, I planned myself to do something different almost every weekend. On a hot summer day, we chose to go hiking in the Bernese Alps and came across this perfect view over the Aletsch Glacier. Each time I remember my time in Switzerland, this image is one of the first ones to pop up.

A Photo That Makes Me Laugh Or Smile

Isla Magdalena, Chile

Isla Magdalena, Chile

I’ll admit it – Isla Magdalena was one of my favorite stops during our Patagonia tour this winter. I couldn’t stop smiling, and even managed to use up my camera’s battery in just one hour! But then – if you were surrounded by 120,000 cuties, wouldn’t you too?

A Photo That Makes Me Dream

Phuket, Thailand

Sunset in Phuket, Thailand

This picture had been my laptop’s desktop picture for a very long time. There’s something about the colors of the sky, which I find very unusual for a sunset; the way the sky is perfectly mirrored in the flat water and how the many rocks harmoniously break the reflection.

I couldn’t leave back to the hotel yet – I felt I had to wait for what came next. A very short time after, I was looking at the most intense sunset I had ever seen.

A Photo That Makes Me Think

Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca, Buenos Aires (argentina)

I took this picture with my Lomo (which reminds me, I should really use it more often!). I was walking with a friend around La Boca on a Saturday afternoon, unaware of what was about to hit us. Each time I look at this photo, I remember the clash between trashy tourists paying for getting a picture with a fake Maradona and, just a few streets on, a group of local teenagers playing football. I remember stopping at this point and thinking so this is the real La Boca.

A Photo That Makes My Mouth Water

London, England

South Coast scallops with garlic butter and breadcrumbs with a glass of Albariño, at FishWorks, London

This one was a difficult choice – I really battled between spanish tapas, a delicious desert and this. But to be frank, seafood feeds my soul. Having been raised in a fishermen town in the Canary Islands, when asked to choose, I will always choose seafood over meat restaurants (except when the location is particularly known for its meat). In fact, the simpler the dish itself – the better. And that’s exactly what I loved about FishWorks in London. No strong sauces or overcompensation of side dishes – just plain good fish and seafood.

A Photo That Tells A Story

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam with the girls

3 Girls. The night before handing in our final thesis in Germany. A crazy thought.

After finishing our exam, we packed our things and left on a 6 hour (which turned out to be rather 8-9 hour) drive to Amsterdam. We arrived on a friday at 3am to our hotel, and had to wait until the next morning to see the city. Full of excitement, we woke up early, walked along the canals into the center and chose this beautiful little bar to properly start one of the most surreal weekends of the year.

A Photo That I’m Most Proud Of (A National Geographic Shot)

Torres del Paine, Chile

Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

I took this picture in Torres del Paine, Chile – so far, my favorite destination to disconnect from the World. No phone reception, very limited internet access and a national park full of surprises. Guanacos were one of them. When I saw this proud animal standing on the top, staring towards the mountains and the clouds filled with rain in the background – I knew I had to be very careful to take the picture without distracting it. It may not be a National Geographic shot, but for sure it is, so far, the photo I am most proud of.

I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed selecting them. I’m now supposed to nominate 5 other bloggers to participate – not an easy task given that so many of you have already taken part of this!

Correr Es Mi Camino
Just Travelous
The Travel Hack
The Great Affair
Le Fabuleux Destine De

Christine from Christine in Spain tagged me in a self-created A to Z survey about travel called The ABC of Travel!

Thanks again, Christine, for this lovely idea… and apologies for the slight delay on posting!

Tulip Festival in Morges

A: Age you went on your first international trip: I believe I was a newborn when my family took me to visit my relatives in Germany. However, my memory only recalls back to when I was 5 or 6 and my family took me to Orlando, USA.

B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: I’d go for Delirium Tremens, a belgian pale ale that caught my attention in a bar in London. The name, delirium tremens, stands for a severe form of alcohol withdrawal. An euphemism for this vicious condition is seeing pink elephants – and that is exactly what is pictured on the bottle. Genius. Really. It doesn’t taste like regular beer – but rather a bitter but fruity strong ale. I love it!

C: Cuisine (favorite): Spanish. Ok, french. Frankly, I can’t decide. I do like the simplicity of spanish food and how basic ingredients can make such delicious meals. But I do also like how complex and accurate french cuisine is – I mean, have you ever tried doing proper macaroons? It’s a lot of hard work, specially on precision! And that, you can taste in the meal…

D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: So far, one of my favorite destinations has been New Zealand. I find it combines all I look for – mountains, lakes, beaches, cities, sports, relax and party – just so well. Place the country closer to family and friends, and I would, with no doubt, move there indefinitely. On the other side, I would say that probably Ireland is so far my least favorite destination. I’m sorry, Ireland – If you blew off some of those clouds that seem to be stuck on you over months, I would be happy to give you another chance.

E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: While spending 6 months in Zurich, Switzerland, I had the opportunity to attend to one of the country’s impressive street parties – the Züri Fäscht. Basically, the city center is taken over by thousands of people that enjoy the fireworks, the day time activities, food stalls offering world cuisine and, overall, the incredible night life. Yes, that’s right – Zurich becomes a great place to party! Bars and restaurants put their speakers and tables out on the street, and cheerful people dance on the tables drinking out of oversized cocktail glasses. The event is so big that the city only can allow it to take place every three years – next one in 2013!

Bridge - 80 meters above the Massa river, Switzerland

F: Favorite mode of transportation: For walkable distances… I’d choose my own feet. Walking turns me into an explorer, seeking for those details – like street art, boutique shops or a secret bar, for example – one otherwise wouldn’t notice.

G: Greatest feeling while traveling: I feel great whenever I travel to a country in which I don’t speak the language, and still manage to communicate with the locals. Las year in Venice, I made my best on putting together the few words I knew in Italian and try to build sentences that actually made sense. I found that Italians really appreciated my effort and were much more welcoming and helpful than I heard about. The same happened to me in Paris this February (who said Parisians are arrogant?).

H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: Difficult to choose… I’m not sure whether this would be Sevilla, Spain or Thailand. The temperature in Sevilla was a whooping 44ºC, but Thailand, while probably only reaching 35ªC, had an extremely high humidity, which made me feel suffocated!

I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: The best service, so far, has been in Thailand. Locals were friendly, helpful and very welcoming – plus, they always greeted us with a smile! (something that, unfortunately, is not the case in many places in Europe).

J: Journey that took the longest: Easy one – my route from Queenstown, New Zelanad to Lausanne, Switzerland! I took an internal flight from Queenstown to Auckland, then one to Sydney, a connection flight to London (stopping for 3 hours in Singapore), another flight from London to Geneva and then a train from Geneva to Lausanne. I literally lost track of how many days it had took me back home… what I do remember was the extreme jet-lag – I went to work right the next morning and treated my computer screen like a touch screen (like those you have on long flights, where you can choose which movie to watch).

K: Keepsake from your travels: I collect jewelry. I can’t remember of any place where I didn’t purchase a ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings. My obsession is such, that I even buy my treasure while on a work trip!.

L: Let-down sight, why and where: Puerta del Sol, Madrid. I feel bad each time someone visits Madrid for the first time and insists on going to see Puerta del Sol. First, all its surroundings are clear low quality tourist traps and second, there’s nothing special to see! Yes, Puerta del Sol is from where all roads start in Spain, the so called Km 0 – but besides for a plaque on the ground (which is rather hard to see because of the herds of tourists), there’s not much to see or do. Plus: it’s probably the one place to get mugged!

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: I can’t really remember a moment when I didn’t love travelling!

N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: The nicest hotel I’ve stayed in is probably the Indigo Pearl in Phuket, Thailand. Not only did the hotel have the most incredible breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen (plus succulent courses on thai cooking!), but also did our room have a private outdoors sun bed and bath tub overlooking a tropical garden!

O: Obsession: what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling? Sunsets. I just can’t resist!

P: Passport stamps, how many and from where?: Uhmmm.. my last passport had stamps from Hong Kong, Macao, Brazil, Lebanon, Thailand and the USA. Since then, I have a new one that has stamps for Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand and USA (again).

Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: When I moved to Lausanne, Switzerland I spent many rainy days searching for art exhibitions. The city has a couple of nice museums, but there is nothing like the Collection del’Art Brut. The gallery exhibits art created by societies outcasts (mostly psychiatric patients) who expressed their emotions, wonders and pain through paintings, sculptures and other creations. My favorites included a guy obsessed with dates – he created huge paintings using certain date patterns (ex. only wednesdays) and a man who built a real size horse out of tree branches he collected from his psychiatric’s garden. It’s really worth visiting – it was the most exciting exhibition I’ve ever been to!

S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Again, food. I could live without electricity, sleep in a tent at 40ºC or share a room with 6 strangers if I had to – not that I choose this deliberately, but I rather save some pennies on accommodation and so be able to spend it on a big paella at the beach, eat fresh fish and have a couple of local beers instead.

T: Touristy thing you’ve done: This June, I traveled to Lisbon to visit a good friend of mine. While she was working, I got on a hop on and hop off bus, and I don’t regret it! It gave me a broad overview of the city, and I got off on those stops with the most interestinf sights – this is how I found out about manueline architecture!

Scuba Diving in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

U: Unforgettable travel memory: Scuba diving in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – my favourite bit being the time we got into a strong current that literally swept us peacefully along the way. We could exit and enter the current as we wished, and occasionally did so to stalk a sea turtle or stare at lively and colourful fish. When being swept by the current, I felt like one of the surfing sea turtles in Nemo, the movie. It almost felt surreal!

V: Visas, how many and for where?: I’ve had visas for Australia, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong and USA, as far as I can remember.

W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?: I love albariño, a type of grape that grows in Galicia, north-west Spain, and the north of Portugal. The wine is very light and quite acid, and goes incredibly well with scallops or oysters.

View from the Empire State Building, New York

X: eXcellent view and from where?: I’ve seen many wow views during my travels, but one of the most impressive ones ever was from the top of the Empire State during sunset. The afternoon was clear and we had a great view over the city – which looked even more romantic covered up with snow.

Y: Years spent traveling?: I’ve been traveling on and off since I was born – but the longest time I’ve spent actually living away from home so far has been 9 years.

Z: Zealous sports fans and where?: I was never as excited as I felt when I watched Spain beat Holland in the World Cup! It was a shame that I couldn’t fly to Madrid – but watching it on a terrace in Lausanne with many other spanish (and dutch) expats had no price! Hundreds of people (not only spanish) flooded the streets of the city to celebrate victory – there was even a brazilian comparsa!

I would love to see the Travel ABC’s of:

I published my first post in April 2010. Back then, although I had already been living in Switzerland for 7 months, it was the first time I really felt lonely. It was probably when I moved from the honeymoon to frustration in the 4 phases of culture shock. Hoping to escape from this feeling of not belonging in Switzerland, I traveled as often as time (and money) would allow.

One year later, I’m now in the stage of Understanding the country, its culture and traditions. I’m learning french and enjoy my quality time at the lake or in the mountains.

For this occasion, I’ve gathered together my favorite 12 photos of 12 places I’ve visited in the last 12 months. I hope you enjoy the ride!

Sydney, Australia

Mid-May las year, I flew over to the other side of the World. My first stop was Sydney. Although I only stayed for 5 days, the city immediately hit my heart.

Having free champagne and sushi when visiting a small art auction, walking along the coast side watching business people changing their work suits for wetsuits and running off to the beach (and secretly hoping that could someday be me) and feeding kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park are only some of my favorite memories of that short period of time. In less than a week, the city won my heart and obtained the second position in my Top 5 City Ranking (right after Buenos Aires).

New Zealand – North Island

Tongariro, New Zealand

Right after Sydney, we flew over to Auckland. 2 intensive weeks of road tripping from the north to the south were just ahead us! I was fascinated by the country’s geothermal activity, discovered I had the physical health of a couch potato and spent most of my extra cash in Wellington’s thrift shops.

New Zealand – South Island

Glacier Hiking, Franz Joseph, New Zealand

On an early morning, we took the ferry from Wellington to Picton and then slowly drove down to Queenstown. We stopped in Franz Joseph hoping to do a helicopter ride over the glacier, but our adventurous spirit pulled us towards the 3 and a half hours glacier hike. I never thought I’d enjoy ice this much and would do it all over again!

Annecy, France

Annecy, France

Annecy is a little Venice in France, not far away from the swiss border. Besides for being quite crowded during summer time, it’s a beautiful place to walk, eat crêpes and drink french cider.

Lavaux Region, Switzerland

Lavaux Wine Region, Switzerland

I was just celebrating my one year in Switzerland when I discovered the beautiful region of Lavaux and haven’t stopped dreaming of it ever since. Good wine, some cheese, the Alps and the lake – could there be any better combination to spend a warm summer night?

La Habana, Cuba

La Habana, Cuba

In October, my job took me to the timeless city of La Habana. During those two weeks, when I wasn’t working, I walked along its colorful streets, danced to the rhythm of casino (the real cuban salsa) and ate far too many fried banana chips. I love my job.

London, UK

London, UK

London is my safe haven – Whenever I feel lonely or just need a change, I know that this city won’t fail. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to London in the last year, but I do know that, the more I walk through its streets admiring its Victorian mansions, the more I fall in love with it.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain)

La Geria Wine Region, Lanzarote, Spain

I spent Christmas on a neighbor island – Lanzarote, particularly known for its volcanic scenery and good wine.

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Paris and me. A Love-Hate Story. On a sunny friday afternoon, as I was on my way to the train station and return to Switzerland for the weekend, I finally decided to put my resentment aside and give the city of love a second chance. And then I fell in love again.

New York, USA

New York, USA

January 2010, I won the best prize I could ever receive at my company’s Christmas party: 2 tickets to New York! I invited one of my best friends and we had a great time – despite the big freeze.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh was one of those impulsive ticket purchases on a really low price (for swiss standards, that is) – and I’m so glad I did! It did rain all the time, but this didn’t stop me of walking its small and enchanted alleys. This is where I discovered that rainy days make out for great pictures!

Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Home Sweet Home. I just returned from a relaxing week in what still is one of my favorite places worldwide – How couldn’t it? Its black sand beaches and breathtaking mountain scenery, its fresh fish and good wine, my family and two cats. My one week vacation was just too short…