10 Songs I can’t live without – Coachella Edition

Coachella is just around the corner. I, myself, don’t really care about it and it’s not really on my bucket list of MUST DO things on this planet, but I know it is for many of you. And I also think that the acts performing at it are definitely some very talented people that I love listening to. That is why I decided to make a new 10 songs I can’t live without Special Edition: The Coachella Edition.

#1 SZA – The Weekend

I already introduced you to one of her songs (Love Galore with Travis Scott) on my last 10 songs post and since I didn’t want to repeat myself, here’s another one of her songs. She’s definitely one of the best new R&B artists out there!

#2 Léon – Tired of Talking

This is actually the third time that you can find Léon on my blog. But she is just too amazing and talented. Can’t wait to see her live at one point!

#3 Alt-J – Taro

Choosing one of there songs was probably one of the hardest things. I am just in love with their music. It’s so soothing and energetic at the same time. I can’t explain it but it instantly makes me melancholic and happy at once.

#4 Tash Sultana – Notion

Another talented young woman that you might have seen on my blog today. Whenever I listen to her songs or watch her perform, I’m always in complete awe. How can someone be so freaking talented?

#5 First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

I’ve seen the two sisters of First Aid Kit at Southside Festival before and they are just wonderful. They reminded me of Julia Stone on stage, so graceful and hippie-esque, floating around as if it was not hard or stressful at all.

#6 HAIM – We want you back

I have a very mixed taste in music. This is a good example of that. But I’m proud of it.

#7 Vance Joy – Call if you need me

I just saw Vance Joy live in Munich 2 weeks ago and whenever I listen to his music, I am transported back to the most amazing time I got to spend in Australia. So it’s a little bitter sweet, but it doesn’t make his music any less great!

#8 Ibeyi – River

Oh Ibeyi ❤

#9 Jacob Banks  – Chainsmoking

I shared his music in my last post as well, but that doesn’t stop me to do it again. Because, I mean, that voice!

#10 Beyonce – Hold up

Okay, Queen B has to be on this list. And I could post her whole Lemonade video here, but I’ll just leave you with one of the amazing songs on that album.

P.S.: Well, this was harder than I though. There are still so many amazing artists missing! But I guess 10 it is for now. 

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

The Best and the Worst Moments experienced on the road.

Traveling is not always fun and great times. But a lot of times it is. This post is supposed to show you how wonderful but also how awful my travels have been at times – and that I survived all of this and learned some valuable lessons from it.

The worst homesickness: The most homesick I felt in San Francisco. This had two reasons I guess, number 1 is that it was one of the first stops on my Around the World Trip that I was actually by myself, and number 2 is, that The US is not really a place for lonely backpackers, especially the big cities. I experienced the same thing in L.A., hostels are more for people who just quickly stop over or for groups of friends that go on weekend trips. So it was very lonely for a bit, but I got over it, because like this post is supposed to show you: There are ups and downs on the road.

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San Francisco, 2013

The best friendship made: That’s a very tough one. There’s one girl though, that I instantly felt connected to and we are still friends and visiting each other, even though it’s been 4 years now (Love you, Bonnie!). I met plenty of wonderful people throughout my journey and I try to keep in touch with most of them, but she’s definitely someone special. And we even only had about a week together on Bali!

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Me and Bonnie at Rock en Seine, 2015

The worst sickness: There are a few. But I guess my bed bugs in Vietnam were the worst. Vietnam in general wasn’t great for my health, I remember one night in Da Lat, I stayed in bed crying, while there was a big family dinner feast happening downstairs because I had stomach cramps. But the bed bugs where something else, especially since I didn’t really know what to do and I got blisters all over and they started swelling up immensly. But luckily it was at the very end of my trip, so I knew if it got worse, I was home soon enough to have someone I actually understand take a look at it.

The time I felt most proud of myself: This is easy, it was on Gili Trawangan. Bali was the first country on my trip that I ended up being by myself for longer than a few days. And especially coming from a surf camp where you have people around you 24/7 and easily get to know them, it was hard for me to arrive at a hostel and come into a completely empty room, not knowing how to meet people. So I had a whole day by myself on Gili T and by the end of it, I was feeling pretty lonely. So I got back to the hostel and heard people upstairs in the bar/common room. I didn’t really know what to do, but I just got upstairs, grabbed a bear from the bar and asked the group to join them. It ended up being a pretty fun night!
And yes, this might sound very “normal” for some of you, but I have a little bit of shyness inside me and things like that require a lot of courage for me.

The worst hangover: Not sure. When I was traveling I was 23/24 and I never really got a hangover. I was basically able to go out 7 days a week. And when I was in Vietnam in 2016, I didn’t get completely wasted since I really wanted to enjoy every day of the two weeks I was there.

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Bintang Time on Bali

The best night out: That’s a tough one. One of the best nights I had traveling solo was on Bali, when our surf camp had a huge party one night. The main thing why it was so good had to do with the fact that I knew almost everyone at the party so it felt like a great night out with friends. And we all jumped into the pool at one point and I mean, is there anything better than a party that ends with everyone in a pool?

The worst day and/or night: I don’t know if I ever had an over all bad day, but I definitely had one day that I’ll never forget. One day before I left Sydney to go to Bali, I thought I lost my wallet. I looked everywhere for it, even went back into the stores where I last had it – NOTHING. I unpacked my whole backpack – NOTHING. I searched my friends’ house – NOTHING. I already gave up, when my friends said they needed to go back to one of the stores where I thought I had left it anyways and they would just ask again if it wass there. And yes, it was. The guy I asked before just assumed it was one of the girls’ that worked there and not mine. So awful day turned into a lucky day pretty quickly.

The worst journey: My worst journey was definitely the one from Hoi An, Vietnam to Da Lat, Vietnam. I had a stomach bug and felt sick all throughout the bus rides – that were around 18 hours long in total. And the worst thing about it – all the toilets on the road where literally holes in the ground, so that didn’t help at all.

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Not the best place for stomach cramps.

The most amazing journey: Without a doubt the flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island. When I left Sydney, I had the best view over the beaches and when I got to Lord Howe Island I had the most beautiful view over the most breathtaking island on this planet. And all this even though I thought I might die throughout the whole flight. So, you see, it’s definitely worth it.

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Most shared photo on this blog.

The biggest disappointment:  The Full Moon Party on Koh Phagnan, Thailand. I really wanted to go there, because you hear so much about it, but I just didn’t really have the best time. I enjoyed seeing all the madness, but I didn’t feel like being part of it. It probably had to do with the fact that I wasn’t with great friends but with girls I met two days before that and it’s definitely a different thing. But still, not my cup of tea. But I’m sure I crossed it off my bucket list.

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Full Moon Party, Koh Phangang, 2014

A daytrip from Munich: Partnachklamm Part II

I probably say it a million times, but my favourite thing about Munich truly is the proximity to the mountains, to lakes and to beautiful nature. I don’t take trips to explore the Bavarian countryside enough, but I’ve made it out there again last weekend to a place that I’ve shared with you before – Partnachklamm. But even though you’ve seen it before on here, it’s a completely different experience in the winter.
It’s a gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a place that is around 1.5 hours from Munich by car. There’s also a train connection but it obviously takes a little bit longer and you have to get from there to the Olympic Stadium, where you can park to walk up to the gorge.

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The entrance for the gorge is €5. In the summer, we were able to walk up to a restaurant on the mountain where we had a stunning view over the alps, but unfortunately (or maybe lucky, considering all the snow and slippery stones), the way up there was closed this time. But the gorge itself was impressive enough!

In most parts of Munich, it was freezing cold the last couple of weeks, and Germany was no exception. We had around -20 degrees (especially in the more rural areas, like Garmisch-Partenkirchen), so the most beautiful icicles formed. But see for yourself!

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A few things you might have to consider, when visiting the gorge.

  • Parking spots are “limited”. So it really depends on what time you get there. We arrived around 2pm on a Sunday and had to drive a bit further down to the hospital to get a parking spot. In the end it’s only 5 minutes more to walk, but you gotta know that that’s a possibility – so you’re welcome.
  • In case you were thinking about it, don’t bring your dog. There’s only one way through the gorge, which is pretty narrow and people are walking there in both directions, so it would just be annoying for dogs. And the river is pretty heavy, so it would be dangerous if they decided to jump in or anything.
  • You shouldn’t be claustrophobic. Since it’s a natural gorge, the path is sometimes built into the rocks, so at times you walk through a small, very very dark tunnel and can barely see the person in front of you. It’s not for long, but it’s good to know, just in case.

And now, just to compare: That’s what Partnachklamm looks like in the summer time.

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Partnachklamm, Summer 2016, by author

Photo Friday: A few Days in Singapore

When I was flying from Australia to Vietnam in 2016, I was lucky enough to find a cheap deal with Singapore Airlines, that allowed me to spend two nights in a hotel in Singapore (and with that tick off another country of my list – yay!). Also included in the deal was a Hop on Hop off-Bus-Ticket, which I used excessively. I am not the biggest fan of big cities, where it’s easy to get lost in (I have basically no sense of direction whatsoever) and where you never really know what the right spots to visit are. Especially in a short timeframe like I had over there. That’s why I loved that opportunity!

During the bus tour and my Hop Offs, I tried to fit in as many sights as possible! And here are my favourite photos.

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Theatres in the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay

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Marina Bay

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Helix Bridge

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Little India

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Kampong Glam

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When I got lost with a fellow Girls love Travel lady

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Little India

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Chinese Quarter

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Contrasts

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City Jungle

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