10 Songs I can’t live without at the moment. Part II

#1 Lorde – Liability

It’s shocking how I can relate to this song so much. At least 99% of the time. So many feelings. Lorde, you are amazing!

#2 Ro James – Burn Slow

I just watched the video to this song for the first time while preparing this video (because let’s be honest, who really watches videos nowadays), and I gotta say: A very sexy video for a very sexy song. (Let’s not talk about the fact that Ro James isn’t the prettiest singer out there.)

#3 EXES – Like You

I guess this is the number 1 heartbreak song and speaks everyone who just realised

#4 Stu Larsen – King Street

The lyrics of this song are so full of truth and emotions and get me everytime. And on top of that does his music bring my memories back to Australia right away.

#5 Amber Run – Fickle Game

I was lucky enough to see these English guys at Southside Festival last month and while I already loved the music on Spotify, I loved it even more live. So many emotions!

#6 NoMBe – California Girls

This very catchy song somehow reminds me of Alt-J. And that can only be a good thing.

#7 Flume – Some Minds

I just love Flume. He could do whatever he wanted to do and I would love him. But it helps that he came out with this great song recently.

#8 Dermot Kennedy – After Rain

My friend introduced me to Dermot Kennedy about a year ago and ever since I wanted to go see him live, especially since he’s Irish and I just love the Irish. This year at Longitude I was lucky enough to see him perform in his hometown. And all my friends fell equally in love with him and his music.

#9 Trey Songz – Playboy

I rediscovered my absolute love for R&B music a while ago and one of the greatest (and sexiest) R&B artists out there is without a doubt Trey Songz. At Vestival in Amsterdam I got the pleasure to see him live and while I’ve never had a crush on any celebrity I gotta say, this guy…. Everyone who’s ever seen him live knows what I’m talking about.

#10 Linkin Park – Numb

This one’s a given after what happened last week. Chester Bennington had one of the most magical voices out there and I am very grateful I got to see him live at Southside Festival in June. Linkin Park’s music was always important to me and it will probably always be. Thanks for this gift, Chester.

Traveler’s Tales: Surfing and me – not a perfect match

Surfing – somehow the idea of “being a surfer” is magical. Surfers are cool, relaxed, always happy and especially always at the most beautiful places of the world – without being lazy over there.


Surfboards on Bali by me

But I always thought I’d suck at it. And I always had this weird thing that I’d rather not make a fool of myself in front of people. It’s better now but when I first went to Australia in 2010, I traveled around with 3 people that really wanted to surf and I just felt like I would just look ridiculous if I even tried. Obviously, they still managed to convince me to do a class with them in Agnes Water. I wasn’t even that bad.

So when I did my Around the World trip in 2013/14, I went to Bali and because Bali seems to be THE surfer destination I knew I had to do a surf camp over there. So I booked into the Kima Surfcamp in Seminyak for a week and was convinced I’d be a pro afterwards. Well… No.


Kima Surfcamp 2014 by me

I guess everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong in the end.
Everyone has heard of the Bali belly probably. Bali (and most third world countries) is notorious because its water and food makes people’s bellies go crazy. I only got sick once but I felt awful all night. So, obviously, when we were supposed to go on our first surflesson of the day at 7am I didn’t join. Even later on I felt very weak because I barely ate all day, so I also skipped the second session of the day. So one full day at the surfcamp without surfing.

Then, on another day, I somehow jumped off my board at the end of a wave and twisted my ankle. I don’t know how I did it but I know that I am hugely clumsy so that’s probably explanation enough. Well, needless to say, that twisted ankle cost me three more surf sessions. The last time I decided to give it another try, I remember going out of the water at one point because I was exhausted and seeing my surfguide staring at my shin asking what the hell I did there. I looked down on my leg and it was full of blood and I had a little “notch” in it. Well, apparently the fin decided to hit my leg and since I was in salt water, I didn’t really feel it. Another surf session bit the dust.


My twisted ankle

Even though I thought about trying it countless times afterwards I just couldn’t get myself to do it anymore. I still love the lifestyle and I really admire all the people who love to do it and who plan their trips to follow the best waves but my clumsiness just decided for me that surfing isn’t the right sport. Thanks for that.