Off to the Great Barrier Reef🐠

Australia honours the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday. Now, those who know me might know, I honour my birthday with a personal holiday. Hence, we’ve got a few days together and take the opportunity to explore a bit further afield. Avoiding to go south as it’s much colder – winter after all – we…

Fun in the Sun

Weekends on Sydney’s northern beaches are divine … some impressions below 😉

Up the Coast and into Hunter Valley

Another beautifully sunny day and we take the Old Pacific Highway up to Central Coast to a quaint little beach surrounded by lush tropical forest, it’s called Bateau Bay. We’re following the bushwalk around some corners to enjoy some sweeping vistas and as the sun sets, pitch our tent in the nearby holiday park “Blue…

Kayaking🛶Hawkesbury River

It’s Anzac Day and we decide to head north, exploring the Hawkesbury River and its vast network of broad waterways and small quiet creeks. It’s been a beautiful, soul-curing experience to cross wide waters, watch jellyfish play next to us and then silently paddle into one of the narrow sidearms of the mighty Hawkesbury River…

Blue Mountains National Park

Yippie, we’re leaving Sydney on Thursday evening after work for our first camping trip in Australia. Our destination: Blue Mountains NP Just about 2 hours drive from the big city, we’re in a different world! We’re on top of a 1.100m high sandstone plateau, cut through by deep canyons, high waterfalls and with thick tropical…

Moving to Manly😎

House hunting is actually quite enjoyable here. There’s an app for it, one creates filters for all the criteria and preferences, then looks up the properties on the map with pics and price and when the next inspection is taking place. We’ve put together our own tour and it’s also a great way to get…

🇦🇺G’day Mate🇦🇺

Whoop whoop, having just relocated to Australia I’m trying to keep up with everything, so far we’re loving it! Wohooo – we’ve arrived in Sydney, it’s in the middle of a warm, tropical night. Friendly, pragmatic, well-equipped … so many pleasant impressions in the first couple of hours, we’ve got a certain feeling we’ll like…

Dubai – City of Superlatives

We’ve left rainy London in the late afternoon to catch our flight to sunny Dubai, where we arrive bright and early in the morning. Wow – what a different world here, an eclectic mix of ethnicities, architectural styles and the smells of delicious oriental food is surrounding us. We spend the morning walking around the…

A weekend in romantic, medieval Tallinn💞

After clearly not enough sleep, our alarm clock rings at 3:30am and we’re heading off to Luton Airport, which – given it’s that early in the morning and we’re leaving from Clapham – is a journey in itself. All goes well and we’re spoiling ourselves with some coffee and croissants at the airport before take-off….

Adventures in the Caucasus

We’ve heard about Svaneti before, it’s the most traditional of Georgia’s regions that has managed to keep it’s authenticity so far. “During the many invasions of Georgia over the centuries, icons and other religious valuables were brought to this isolated region for safekeeping, and a significant number remain in private homes today. Svaneti also has a…

Exploring Georgia

Wow – what a destination, off the beaten track and for sure something different, I thought to myself. I wasn’t disappointed, this trip had some crazy surprises in place … but let me start from the beginning. We take off from London Luton, flying into Kutaisi though not before a turn-around manoeuvre *first one for…

How taking the “wrong train” made my day in Amsterdam

I’m kinda tired when I arrive at the busy Amsterdam Schiphol airport this Saturday morning. The train I’m supposed to take to Amsterdam Centraal is late and b/c I don’t pay attention I’m taking the first one on the platform. When I realize my oversight it’s too late and I get off at the next…

Joining SurfForce in Cornwall🏄‍♀️

Over the last few days I had the pleasure to join SURFFORCE, an awesome Salesforce Community event combining surfing with sustainability and sessions on salesforce! Loved getting together with so many passionate #Trailblazer​s 🙂 It’s been extremely insightful meeting admins, developers, consultants and partner reps, coming together as #OneOhana​ to engage in the #GOPLASTICFREE​ movement…

Madrid🇪🇸Segóvia

After almost 7 years, I’m back in Madrid. My day-to-day is quite different nowadays compared to the student life in those former days, when I studied at Universidad Carlos III for one semester during my Master’s and living in La Elipa with locals. Lovely memories and I’m over the moon to be strolling through the…

Holidaying around Austria’s magnificent Salzkammergut region🏕

It is a journey back into my childhood memories … ein Sommer wie damals … as the advert for a famous Austrian brand goes. The summer weather couldn’t be better with lotsa sunshine and degrees up into the 30s every day, the food delicious as ever and we love the short hikes in different locations…

Scottish Highlands🐲Inverness and the Isle of Skye

How exciting – finally we get to hike “up north”! Extending the May Bank Holiday Weekend, we enjoy 5 days of adventure 🙂 We are not big planners and that usually turns out just fine as we have the flexibility to follow any of the many interesting twists and turns our journeys take us. Similar…

California here I come!

Whoop whoop, soooo exciting! Can’t wait to be back in the Golden State🤗 Check back here shortly to see how the story develops😉

Hiking from Mt Vodno to Lake Matka

It’s a cosy evening in Saša’s flat in Skopje. I’m reflecting on the day, eating sweet Tulumba pastry soaked in syrup and sipping the local mountain tea, reading about the region’s history and think about things to do during the next couple of days in Macedonia. As I look on the map of my smartphone,…

Welcome to Skopje🇲🇰Capital of Macedonia

Use Google Translate to read my blog in another language: https://translate.google.com/   As always, my trip starts when I leave the house, that’s simply how I perceive it to be. At once, I look at my surroundings with a different lens  …and I should probably take some of that sensation into everyday life, but well, that’s…

Turtle🐢Watching – Inspired by Nature´s Perfection

True to our credo of staying off the beaten track, we take the bus from Belihuloya southwards to the coast for Polhena Beach (see photo below/left). It’s not one of those picture-perfect stretches of white sand lined by palm trees on the one side and bathed by crystal clear, turquoise water on the other side….

Hiking the Devil’s Staircase

“You have to hike about 13km over the mountains – there’s no street, just country lanes and paths.”, Sereno explained us when we said we’re keen hikers and interested in exploring secluded areas. “What an adventure”, we thought, and kept this in the back of our mind for when we reach the highlands… …It was…

Donkeys, Cows and Wild Ponies in the razzmatazz of daily life

From Eluwankulama village south of Wilpattu NP, we catch the early morning bus at 6:30am from the roadhouse and start the long but beautiful journey up north. What’s great here is that the public road B379 towards Mannar goes through the national park and with a bit of luck, one can spot some animals (without…

Exploring Flora+Fauna around Wilpattu NP🐘

We are staying at Wilpattu House with the wonderful Sereno and his wife Kumari as our hosts. Sereno treats us like good old friends he is happy to see again and we indeed feel at home straight away. It might have to do with the fact that he knows “Westerners” very well as he had…

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 first impressions from the teardrop island

Jabbadabbadoo – this is our big trip of the year and we’ve decided to fly east this time – Daniel has found us a special flight offer to Sri Lanka – and off we go🤗 Teardrop Island is how Sri Lanka is sometimes called due to it’s shape … and in more recent history the…

Welcome to my new blog

10 years ago, I have started writing my first blog: this was long before the times of facebook becoming mainstream, smartphones all over the place and whatsapp hadn’t even been invented back then. Hence, blogging was a great way to share my amazing experiences around the globe with family and friends and is of course…