Hamburg: Das Tor zur Welt

Nothing beats a weekend getaway to catch up with a dear friend and exploring a new city. Here are some impressions from Hamburg, Germany. Despite an introduction to the kitchen of northern Germany, I also made may way to the supermarket to stockpile some delicious Milka chocolate.

– Catherine

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Tulum | Mexico

It’s now already far too long that I am back from Mexico. Whenever I look at the pictures I still can’t believe how beautiful and rich in (mostly to us unknown) history this country is. Such an amazing experience. I want to go back rather sooner than later.

Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayas. It was at its height between the 13th and 15th century and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God are the three most famous buildings.

It’s also allowed to enjoy the beach next to the site – so don’t forget to bring your stuff!

Also watch out for the Iguanas on the Yucatan Peninsula. They are just everywhere. Sometimes its hard to spot them in the grass since they are doing a really good job hiding. And don’t be surprised when you stumble across them in cities, too.

– Catherine

Up

Westminster Cathedral is embedded in one of London’s most hectic places close to Victoria Station.  It’s only a couple of minutes walk from the well-known Westminster Abbey, but by far less known to tourists (maybe even locals?!). The unusual looking church and it’s tower is well worth a visit for all those, who want to see London’s rooftops for a bargain.

Do you love ‘climbing’ up anything that allows you to overlook a city/place as much as I do? The great thing about it is that it puts everything into perspective. All the sudden places become small and you discover new buildings and streets.

The great thing about Westminster Cathedral is that you don’t even have to walk up “nasty” stairs to arrive to the viewing platform at 200-something meters above ground.

Nothing left to say but: Enjoy the view!

– Catherine

Beach

I couldn’t wait any longer to show you these pictures. In fact, it’s going to be a whole series. I have been to Mexico recently. A place I wanted to visit for a very long time. It simply was the perfect holiday.
I don’t only want to share some impressions of this fascinating country, but also do away with a couple of images we Europeans have in our heads when we think about Mexico.

Let the journey begin.

I flew into Cancun (unless you are a great fan of some sort of resort holiday, it is not the place to be – and not genuinely Mexican either). I was admittedly surprised, I didn’t expect to find such an americanised town in the West of the country. However, Cancun is a great place to start if you aspire to explore ‘close’ (here comes the European mindset, which I described earlier with regards to distances) places like Tulumn or Chichen Itza.

Here are some impressions from the beach at Tulumn. Well worth it, no?

– Catherine

Croatia

Fact: Because Austria is so small interesting places abroad can be reached easily and quickly by car. This is maybe one of the reasons why it seems to be more attractive to go to nearby Italy or Croatia on holidays than explore some unknown place at home. Having grown up in the east of the country everything is ‘relatively’ close (yes, for us Austrians driving more than 1 hours in one direction is FAR away – this needs to be stressed here, because if you grew up in the US, Mexico, Brazil or any other massive country your perception of distances is COMPLETELY different).

So, here we are…first brief get-away to Croatia. If you like to soak up the sun, enjoy clear water and some quiet days…your destination.

– Catherine

On a rainy day: Visit the British Museum

It’s wrong to think that the weather in London is always bad. It is not true that it is raining ALL the time. In fact, the chance of rain in the UK is 1:16 – this means it might rain only two days a month. Which is actually not a lot. However, one thing that is true is that the sky is always full of clouds. Or as they nicely call it “white/grey cloud”.

So, in the rare case that it is raining when you visit London here are some suggestions how you could spend your time. London has many great museums. The best thing for sure is, that the permanent exhibitions are for free. However, the temporary ones are relatively expensive (and in case they are very popular – like David Bowie – right now at the V&A it might be hard/er to secure tickets). Hence, a great opportunity to explore something unknown and educate yourself.

Here are some impressions from the British Museum. They also offer free guided tours – check out their website for further information.

– Catherine