Meeting Locals

The monk who didn't want money but silence

The monk who didn’t want money but silence

We were visiting Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, surrounded by hundreds of pilgrims all dressed in white. Suddenly we noticed a buddhist monk staying silently close to a Stupa: he was still, his eyes to the sacred monument in front of him, at his feet a h... Read More...
Meeting the nicest person in Lithuania

Meeting the nicest person in Lithuania

I arrived at Siarliai, a small Lithuanian town by bus to look at the „hill of crosses“. I had just missed the connecting bus that was supposed to take me there, so took a taxi, spending much more than I had planned. We drove through the fields, far a... Read More...
Lost in Translation? Not in Japan! The Short Travel Story from Tokyo

Lost in Translation? Not in Japan!

We’ve all heard about the kindness of strangers, but you’ll never experience it in quite the same way anywhere in the world as you would in Japan. During my one week stay in Tokyo, my brother and I ended up in the over-crowded Shibuya district lookin... Read More...
Unexpected Kindness from a Stranger in Bruges

Unexpected Kindness from a Stranger in Bruges

I arrived in Bruges late at night and I could not understand my map. I therefore couldn't find my way to my hostel, so asked a woman for directions. She said she was going that way so would point me in the right direction, and she ended up walking me... Read More...
We smiled and laughed with Children in Zimbabwe

We smiled and laughed with Children in Zimbabwe

Walking 1 mile down a straight dirt road in the blistering 40 degree heat would usually cause most people to grunt, especially when it had to me trudged twice a day. But not here; not in Zimbabwe. Instead of a monotonous route where you’d expect to w... Read More...
Waiting for Kumari, a goddess in Kathmandu

Waiting for Kumari, a goddess in Kathmandu

We were in Kathmandu waiting for Kumari to come out of the palace. She is a goddess and a very young girl, chosen among a large number of Newari female candidates according to strict body figures and after frightful trials. She cannot lay her feet on... Read More...
Chasing Koalas on the Great Ocean Road

Chasing Koalas on the Great Ocean Road

We were quietly eating breakfast in the morning sunshine at a picnic table at our Great Ocean Road campsite. We’d hired a campervan for a few days, and it had been our first night on the road. All of a sudden a fluffy ash-coloured koala walked across... Read More...

In a Mosque we discovered the Silence of Cairo

When I first visited Cairo with an old friend of mine, I immediately fell in love with its noise, food smells, and sense of identity. But it was almost too hectic at times, and in the afternoons when we were tired from having merchants constantly cal... Read More...
What's not to like about Texas? I laughed

What’s not to like about Texas? I laughed

I stared out the window as the bus crossed the state that had the most pride. I tried to like Texas. I wanted to see why Texans were so proud of Texas. But I saw nothing but empty, parched land.I headed to the Backpacker Hostel in Irving. I saw a... Read More...

1 1/2 Month of Travel and Work in France

I was studying abroad in Strasbourg, France and wanted to do the travel around Europe and find myself deal. While I was planning, a friend in the programme introduced me to HelpX, a network that lets you work internationally for room and board. You t... Read More...
Sharing Rum with New Friends in Cuba

Sharing Rum with New Friends in Cuba

I tell time by looking at the sun's position. Spanish, Italian, French, German are my mother tongues for a beautiful moment. An island of poetry in every wave that crashes on the Melecon. Humble and proud, humid and alive. Pilgrimage of Hemingway, ho... Read More...
Warned about the children of Cambodia

Warned about the Children in Cambodia

Be careful and judge each situation for yourself! We were warned about the children of Cambodia asking for hugs and stealing your watch yet we saw none of this. The children we've met so far are blind to prejudice, race, gender, religion... They simp... Read More...
Freezing Christmas Sea Swim and I survived

Freezing Christmas Sea Swim and I survived

The annual Christmas sea swim has been taking place for almost 60 years on Clacton beach, Essex, United Kingdom. The low mumble of excited folk, showing off their Santa hats whilst sipping mulled wine, increase the tension as everybody stands, half n... Read More...
Blocked Road and The Tuk-Tuk Driver Saved Us

Blocked Road and The Tuk-Tuk Driver Saved Us

On our bus-ride from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Laos a truck blocked the entire road and no vehicles could go through. We were all stuck there in the highest mountaintop and the driver told all the passengers that we could be stranded there for days... Read More...
Drinking Shots with Vietnamese War Veterans

Drinking Shots with Vietnamese War Veterans

It's true that it's the people who make the difference! I'm lucky to be traveling with my best friend Hannah but don't worry about doing it alone either because we have met the most incredible people....Like stopping for a bike break in Hoi An an... Read More...
Coffee Experience With A Cute Sense Of Humor

Coffee Experience With A Cute Sense Of Humor

My days must be started with a cup of coffee. Otherwise, it might be a total mistake and I would feel very depresso for the whole day. As a coffee addict, wherever I go and travel I would love to taste local coffee and it has become one of my obsessi... Read More...
Shooting Stars in Wadi Rum (pun intended)

Shooting Stars in Wadi Rum (pun intended)

Jordan is a strange country. There are big cities, forgotten majestic mausoleums, mountains and depressions, but most of all there are deserts. My boyfriend and I traveled around Jordan in August (not so hot as people said) and we lived for more tha... Read More...
Moroccan Street seller in Granada

Moroccan Street seller in Granada

“Which photo do you like? I have the most beautiful posters from all over Spain, at the very least!“ “I love this one with Felicidad (Happiness). How much is one photo though?“ “Sorry, here are the prices. The police just passed and I had to put ever... Read More...
EXPELLIARMUS - Beach Soccer in Lagos, Portugal

EXPELLIARMUS – Beach Soccer in Lagos, Portugal

“I was with 3 friends in Costa d’Oiro (Lagos, Portugal), and we were playing beach soccer with some students. We said the last goal decides the winner. We were running in a counter attack and my best friend was running all by himself towards our empt... Read More...