Photo Friday: A love letter to Australia

Dear Australia,

I don’t know what it is about you, but whenever I think about you I wish I could jump on the next plane and just hop over for a quick visit. Maybe it is the beauty of your beaches, maybe it is the fact that it seems like it’s always sunny over there (or let’s put it that way: it DEFINITELY has to do with that fact) or maybe it is your people, that seem like the most relaxed people I’ve ever met, like nothing could ever go wrong and if it does it’s not too bad because look, there’s the sun and there’s the beach!
I guess it’s a combination of all that, because in a way you are the complete opposite of Germany. Not that Germany is bad at all, but it could use a little bit of that relaxation amongst the people, of that openness and kindness.

So happy Australia Day and I promise I will be back as soon as possible ❤

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

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Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Palm Cove, Sydney

Palm Cove, Sydney

Shark Bay, Sydney

Shark Bay, Sydney

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach

Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach

Whithaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Whithaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Central Coast

Central Coast

Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks

London Highlights – Where to eat, drink, shop

London is one of those cities for me (similar to Berlin) where I couldn’t really see myself living but I also can’t stay away from for too long. This is why I spent another great weekend there as my first trip of 2018. Update: I could totally see myself living there now. 
So here’s my little guide to the London I love. Mainly shopping, eating and drinking.

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Tower Bridge, London

But let’s start with the basic things. There are three airports in London, Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted. Well, there’s also Luton, but this is actually a new city already, so I don’t really count it in. All of them have Express trains to the city center, where you can then get the tube or bus to wherever you gotta go. Depending on how long you are staying, you might want to get an Oyster card, which costs 5 Pounds first and then you can top it up with cash as you go. I spend around 25 Pounds from Saturday til Monday. The tube system is pretty easy, so just use your Google Maps or so to find the best and quickest ways to get from A to B.

Now on to the things there are to do.

#1 Shopping
One of my favourite areas in London is Shoreditch. It just has an all around cool and chilled vibe, especially with all its Street Art, Vintage Shops and markets.

My two favourite Vintage Shops there are Beyond Retro (they also have other stores around London) and Rokit Vintage. But definitely check out these shops as well. Or check out this cool girl’s video about her favourite Vintage Stores in London. There’s also a huge Vintage market in a basement, that feels like you are stepping into a dreamland of vintage treasures. You definitely need a lot of time and patience to stroll through all the stalls, but it’s worth it. You might find that one customized and therefore unique jeans jacket that you never knew you needed.

Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro, Shoreditch

Another place where you can find vintage treasures is Portobello Market. The flea market is on on Sundays. But be prepared: You might walk the street with millions of other tourists looking for the coolest piece – or just admiring the beautiful houses around there.

If you are more into the big fashion brands, such as Topshop, New Look or Urban Outfitters, Oxford Street is the place for you. Around there you can find all the trendy things, especially in the Topshop flagship store that swallows you up for hours.

#2 Eating
I’m just gonna give you a list with quick explanations, otherwise this blog post might get a tad bit too long.

  • Kick. This place has a sports bar vibe and even a few Fussball tables around. They offer a variety of Sandwiches to choose from (even vegan options) and a few other warm dishes as well.
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    Kick, Shoreditch
  • Kahaila Café. A little café in Shoreditch that might serve one of the best cakes I’ve had. I’m pretty sure you won’t miss it, since they have their huge, deliciously looking cakes right in their window.
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    Kahaila Café, Shoreditch
  • Opium. It’s a Dim Sum Cocktail Bar whose entrance is pretty hidden between to Chinese restaurants with chicken hanging in their windows. When you enter the bar, you feel like you’re in some kind of movie – bartenders that look like they’ve never done anything else in their life than making delicious cocktails and dimmed lights, so the whole place gets a mystic atmosphere. So worth it!
  • Shoreditch Grind. A place that serves Matcha (first things first, right?) and absolutely delicious brunch! Make sure to not get there starving, because it might take some time to get a table. Good thing they’re serving breakfast all Sunday long, right? (There are also a few other “Grinds” around London).
    Sweet Potato Cakes at Shoreditch Grind

      Sweet Potato Cakes at Shoreditch Grind
  • Pomona’s. At this place in Notting Hill I’ve tried Brunch as well. It’s a very Yoga-Mummy-kinda-place, both from the clientele and the interior, but the food was very delicious! I had to eat gluten free (or wheat free) for a while that time and they definitely had a few options. And Matcha again.

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    Pomona’s, Notting Hill

  • Blanchette. Stumbling into this french restaurant in the middle of Shoreditch is like walking from one world into the next. In a good way. A delicious place, where we enjoyed some wine and cheese and loved it!
  • Honest Burgers. A London burger chain that offers gluten free bread and (yummy!) vegetarian options – perfect!
  • Comptoir Libanese. Another London chain, this time for Libanese food. Stepping into the restaurant is like walking into a very colourful scene from The Arabian Nights – a very beautiful one. So impressive!
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    Comtpoir Libanese

     

#3 What else?
Obviously, London has way more to offer than Eating and Shopping. That’s why here are a few tips what you might want to do while there.

  • Once I was there, I visited  a little gallery called Creative Debuts, where an exhibition called “Girls, uninterrupted” took place, which showed a collection of art pieces inspired by women, feminism and female empowerment. It showed the art of wonderful artist, such has Jess Farran, Lita Poliakova or Sophie Brampton. The gallery still exists, so just check out what’s on while you’re there.
    Girls uninterrupted exhibition
    Girls uninterrupted exhibition
  • Tate Modern. It’s a very famous museum that is part of the Tate Gallery. It shows a mix of temporary and permanent exhibitions and is an impressive museum in itself.
  • Design Museum. It’s a museum in Kensington that’s free of charge for the permanent exhibitions. It’s actually quite interesting to find out how design is defined and that even tube-maps, weapons or street signs are design in a way.

    Design Museum, Kensington
    Design Museum, Kensington
  • Street Art tour. I’ve done that before and wrote a blogpost about it, definitely check it out if you are interested in Street Art and want to learn a bit more about the artists and their techniques.
  • Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch. They have live music every night and the vibe in there is something I’ve never found in Munich. Plus, they serve food there as well. More infos here.
    Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
    Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
  • Primrose Hill. It’s a little park close to cute streets, cafés and shops, where you have a wonderful view over London’s skyline. Perfect for a little picnick or stroll.
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    Primrose Hill
  • Junkyard Gold ClubIt’s an indoor mini golf place with a twist. I’ve been to a few mini golf places and it always feels a bit old-fashioned. Here, it’s all about the party feeling around it with delicious drinks, neon lights and cool music. Defo go there if you’ve got some time! One course has around 9 holes so doesn’t even take too long either.

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    Us at Junkyard Golf, Course: Gary

  • A Comedy Show. We went to a show at the Vault Festival by a friend of a friend’s (Tom Haughton) which was extremely funny. The place itself is really cool since it’s an old train station that’s not in use anymore. That’s not on for long anymore, but I’m sure there are plenty of cool Comedy shows around to visit!
  • Musicals. London’s very well-known for its musical. I haven’t been to one in ages there, but if you are into that, definitely check the offers out! There are also some places where you can buy cheap tickets the day of the show, in case there are seats left.

I feel like I should have so many more tips for you, since I’ve been to London multiple times. But I guess I don’t have the best memory after all. I’ll make sure to collect it from now on, because I’ll definitely be back as soon as possible!

Photo Friday: Plane Views

Like I’ve mentioned in my Fun Facts Post, I hate flying. But there’s one thing that always beats the anxiety at least for a little while: The views.
This is why I decided to collect my favourite ones in one post. Here we go.

Amalfiküste

Amalfi Coast

Amerika

Somewhere over America

Bondi

Bondi Beach from above

Chile 1

On our way to Chile

Chile 2

The Andes

Chile 3

Once again on our way to Chile

Deutschland

German neatness from above

Dublin 2

Sunsets are the best

Dublin

Gloomy Dublin

Hamburg

Hamburg, you beauty

Lord Howe

Number One Plane View

Sydney

SYDNEY

Vietnam

On my way back home from Vietnam

What’s your favourite Plane View Photo? Link me to them on Instagram or whatever and I’ll make sure to check them out!

10 Fun Facts about me

It’s been over two years since I’ve started this blog and because of that I felt like it’s about time for you guys to know a few more personal (fun) facts about me.

#1 I’m very superstitious.
Example: There are Lion statues in Munich at the entrance to the Residenz at Odeonsplatz and people say that you have to touch their nose for good luck. I literally can’t pass them without doing it.
I also remember that when my necklace got stolen in Vietnam last year, I was convinced something bad was about to happen. (It didn’t.)

#2 I only drink sparkling water.
Which can be a problem in many countries. But I’m improving!

#3 I start eating new food whenever I go traveling.
I am super picky with food. But traveling helps me overcome that. When I came back from my first solo trip to Canada (I was 16), I suddenly ate salad. After Australia I loved cheese. And so on and so on. (Let’s not get into the fact that I didn’t like cheese until I was 19. I don’t get it either.)

#4 My addiction is Matcha.IMG_1860
I love Matcha Lattes. But you could not get me to drink coffee ever. And trust me, I’ve tried.

#5 I HATE flying but I’ve been on hundreds of planes already.IMG_4398

I actually just found out what’s the reason behind that fear the other day: When I was around 8 years old my grandma said to me before we left to go to the US for the first time that she just hopes we won’t crash. Or something along those lines. And apparently that’s what triggered it all. But I’m working on it and meditation definitely helps.

#6 I’ve had bed bugs before – twice.
Once in a hostel in Sydney, Australia and once in a hostel in Saigon, Vietnam. It’s awful. Can’t recommend it 😀

#7 I’ve been kicked off a campsite in Australia once.
Read the full story here.

#8 I hate hick-ups.
This is something that most of my friends find very odd about me. I’m not the biggest fan of others having hick-ups, but I can handle it. But once it hits me, I need to leave immediately and walk around. Ideally I do that until it’s gone but you know how persistent hick-ups can be but at least I need to handle it by myself before I face others with that awkwardness.

#9 I would choose Asian food over everything.
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Yes, I know, Asian food is a broad term. And if I had to choose a particular Asian food it would be a tie between Thai and Vietnamese I guess. Summer Rolls vs. Pad Thai? That’s tough..

#10 I am a walker.
I always check how long it’ll take me to walk from A to B. If it’s under an hour and I’ve got time, I normally walk. Especially because I just hate waiting around, especially for trains and busses, I’m too impatient for it.