A daytrip from Munich: Spitzingsee and Jagahüttn

Bavaria is one of the luckiest “states” in Germany, as we get the most public holidays in all of the country. One of them happened on August 14th and because it was a Tuesday, I decided to take the Monday off and make a long weekend out of it.
Because my plans to actually go away fell through, I decided to at least go on a daytrip on Monday and enjoy all Bavaria’s countryside has to offer.

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I already wrote about a daytrip I took once to Taubenstein, which is the same area as I went to this time. This time we walked around the Spitzing lake first (which already takes around 1.5 hours) and after we found out that the hut we wanted to go to was closed, we decided to take a gondola up to Jagahüttn, where we had delicious food. From there, you were either able to take little carts to the bottom of the mountain again or walk the whole way. We decided to walk (1.5 hours again) and were treated with the most beautiful views and colors on the way.

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I even collected a few wildflowers on the way down

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Beautiful flowers on the way

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There were cows without any fences around

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A little break at the lake

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Spitzing Lake

How to get here? You can take a train to Schliersee (which is the lower lake) and then a bus from there up to Spitzingsee. There are different gondolas do different mountains from there (the one to Taubenstein goes from there as well), but there’s also the possibility to walk all the way up.

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The importance of friendships.

I’ve recently read an article in this German magazine called Flow (if you are German and haven’t heard about it / read it, you should definitely go for it!) where they were basically saying, that people nowadays are spending less time with their friends but more time on the internet and Netflix.

Really? Like, really?

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I mean, I know Netflix’s great and binge watching is even better and the internet is full of websites to get lost on (ever been online shopping? or ever started watching one You Tube video and ended up still doing it 5 hours later?), but should we really spend less time with friends because of that?

In German, we call the time after work “Feierabend”, which basically means celebration evening. A time, we should celebrate, because we are off work and able to do whatever we want to. And yes, there are days where all you want to do is go home and watch TV all night long and that’s fair enough.

But aren’t the people around us what makes life as great as it is? Going out for dinner, cooking at home, having a glass of wine, going for a walk, going for coffee… Most of those things are made even better when doing it with a friend. And no virtual person (or virtual animal for that matter) is an adequate substitute for that.

I think when you are traveling alone, that’s one thing you realise. Nothing beats those days where you wake up and you know the only person you have to please today is you. You can stay in bed if you feel like it, you can walk 10 hours around town, you can go lay on the beach with your favourite book… There are no limits when you have no other person with you who has their own ideas about the day. But you also realise how hard it can be. How important friends are. You crave nights with your best friend, sitting in the kitchen having wine, cheese, talks and lots of laughter. Or you just want to have a night full of dancing with people you’ve know for ages.

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So if you are home at the moment and not chasing waterfalls, hiking mountains or lying on beaches around the world: Go out, enjoy every single day you have, because life is short and friends and family are very important!

 

Photo Friday: Animals of the world.

Let’s be honest, we all know that animals are the better humans. And could you imagine a trip to a foreign country without seeing animals around there? For me it wouldn’t be the same.

That’s why on today’s Photo Friday, I post a few of my favourite animal photos from my trips around the world.

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Monkey Forst, Ubud, Bali

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Wild Horses in Chile

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Another wild horse in Horcòn, Chile

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Kitten in Marrakech, Morocco

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Camel in Morocco

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Cat in Essaouira, Morocco

New Zealand 1

Dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Sea Lion in Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Puppies in Da Lat, Vietnam

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Puppy in Sapa, Vietnam

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Cows in Colca, Peru

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Llamas in Peru

New Zealand 3

Baby sheep in Queenstown, New Zealand

If you fancy to see a few more, here‘s my post about Namibia, where I clearly saw the most stunning creatures on earth and here’s a post about cats around the world where I contributed a photo as well. And if you want to find out more about where and how to take great animal photos, check this post out.
And if you like a photos in general, check out my Instagram @lkf_anywheresperfect or my other Photo Fridays.

 

 

The essence of traveling

Have you ever heard of that question “If you weren’t able share it on Social Media or take any pictures, would you still plan your trip the same way?”?

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Me in the Blue Mountains, Australia

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I haven’t been as active on my Instagram as I used to be, which is obviously also due to the fact that I have a job now and work 9-6 every day. But it’s also because I enjoy my time off my phone. I enjoy not thinking about taking the perfect Instagram photo. Because that’s not what life should be about.

I remember last year (around one year after I started my blog) I went to Chile to go to a friend’s wedding and travel around with a few of my friends and it was one of the nicest trips I’ve had. But I caught myself thinking every once in a while “Oh shit, what will I write about on my blog? I need more photos! We need to do more exciting things I can write about!” and right when those thoughts popped into my mind, I had to stop and appreciate the place I was in right now. I was in Chile, with some great friends that I barely get to see anymore since they live in Hamburg. And I shouldn’t have to worry about something like that.
I started this blog when I started my MA in Journalism and PR because I knew it would be good practice and because I always wanted to do it. But I soon realised that no matter how fun it was, I didn’t want it to become a huge thing and a full-time job. Because I travel mainly to see a country, to meet people, to have a time out from reality. And you can’t get that time out when reality and traveling melt into each other.

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

I get very jealous of people who live the dream: their office is wherever they choose it to be, no matter if it’s the beach, a café in a vibrant city or the hostel reception. Of people, that get paid to travel, because they write about it or take photos of their trips. But then I have to remind myself how bad I get at taking pictures when I’m enjoying a situation. How I love to just be one with the nature or the people I’m with and not constantly capture the situation in photographs or written words.

And this – by no means – is meant to downgrade all the people who chose that lifestyle, because, like already mentioned above, I envy you. I just know that I wouldn’t be good at it. I wouldn’t appreciate it enough and I would feel under too much pressure to succeed and to publish good content.

So maybe sometimes, we should just leave our phone, camera, gopro or whatever at home when we go off the wander the streets of the place we just landed in. Just for a day. To really feel the energy of the place. To really capture wonderful moments, not with a camera but with our minds.

Because we should plan our trips regardless of things we can post on Social Media. Because the essence of traveling is to dive into new worlds, to step out of your comfort zone and to enjoy life to the fullest.

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some situations are just too surreal not to photograph though (Lord Howe Island, Australia)