About me


I am Anja! Thank you for visiting! Holiday Golightly is, of course, just a screen name borrowed from one of the greatest writers in history.

This is my little retreat, my luxury, and my place to wallow in Wanderlust, Fernweh and Curiosity. I work full-time and just use my annual leave to travel, so I am pretty good at planning and utilising the time I have to roam the globe.

I am a German ex-transplant to Great Britain (and the United States, for a very brief period).  With advancing  middle age, I remembered my roots and returned to the fold of the fatherland. My English is going down the drain, and as I got asked a lot about good places to visit, as I was the only one of my peers to go off with a backpack beyond my Twenties,  this blog was born out of a desire to share good trips, to stay literate in the English language and do do something useful with my photographs.

It also serves as a home of travel tales, travel tips, and photographs. I try to minimise junk but I love abandoned buildings, old aircraft dumping sites, shipwrecks and stuff like that, so they may find their way in here.

Suffering from homesickness as a child, I was not a born traveller – and growing up in the Eastern Block, my choices were somewhat limited. But growing up in Germany also meant the great privilege of free school and university education, and later on, a scholarship. So I am never going to waste this for anything and I have always worked in my trained profession full-time and like most of us, I have to earn a salary to go travelling!

I did my first “big” trip only between university and my first job – fourteen days of backpacking in Thailand – I felt like I was conquering the world! And I still like that feeling of setting off, seeing new places, not necessarily keeping the comforts of home, but seeking out new places and experiences takes priority over luxury and holiday vibes. I tend to stay off the beaten track and look for little-visited places with history and culture that deserve more recognition, eat and buy local and not have a huge carbon footprint.

But what’s with the Holiday Golightly title?

Breakfast at Tiffany'sWell… Breakfast at Tiffany’s reference, obviously! This is one of my favourite films since I was 10. A cute classic. You could even buy the book in the German Democratic Republic. Its witty bittersweetness was cunningly disguised as a weirdo avant-garde Gothic-styled “Spectrum Library Short Prose” Edition of 1974. The edition was an odd mix of mainly Soviet authors and some less regime-conformist works – such as the first ever print of anything by Sigmund Freud in Eastern Germany (“Mourning and Melancholia”).

Post-1989, I was finally able to read more Truman Capote works, although, compared to the heavily subsidised books in Eastern Germany, books seemed terribly expensive, and I grew to love his works. Like others collect “Le Petit Prince” in different languages and different editions,  I have a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” shelf.  I only have this obsession with Evelyn Waugh, Patrick Hamilton and T.S. Eliot, but they all have heroines less likely to go with leisure travel. Is it wise to name this blog after a thinly disguised Callgirl? Or, as Capote would say, an “American Geisha”? Probably not, but I don’t care. I think it’s genius to have a first name associated with leisure and travel, and a second name associated with an intestinal cleaner. Long may it last.

My style of travel

I have always either studied or worked full time. At present , I get 35 leave days per year – which I think is pretty generous!  I also  work 1-2 weekends per month. I try to go on 1-2 bigger trips per year, and about 2-3 shorter ones. I book pretty much everything, from flights to hotels to rental cars, independent form each other, only sometimes a package deal. I usually travel with a backpack or a small carry-on. I fly and although I’m aware of environmental implications, I am not going to stop flying a few times a year – I usually fly packed budget airlines. They might be the root of all evil, making frequent cheap travel available for everyone. But better a packed low-cost flicht than flying business with all its space, alright. Within Europe, I try to travel by train as much as I can, and when away, I almost always use public transport. So I try to keep the emissions within reason, but green thinking won’t stop me from from travel. I recycle, compost, hardly buy new stuff and and haven’t eaten meat for 30 years.

Despite never having the luxury of unlimited free time, I managed to visit 55 countries, and slowly write my own travel story.

I’m writing this for fun, and I will keep this free much selling stuff. Yes, it’s fun to do a bit of advertising – if I tell you “whoa, this restaurant is great” it’s advertising, right? but if I receive any benefits out if it, I will clearly mark such content as paid advertisement, and trust me, it’s not going to happen too often.  A few articles may contain affiliate links but I work a full-time non-travel, non-marketing, non-blogging show for income – it probably shows, and this isn’t the place for slick photos and sponsored content. All trips are booked by and paid for by myself, so will always be completely honest about a place because I can afford to. If I remember the prices for things, I will tell you, too, and all prices are accurate at the time of writing, but please remember, most of our planet had applied the Capitalist system, so prices are likely to go up over time.  If I stay anywhere without paying because I may have tagged along with my partner or went on a business trip and post pictures, I will say so.

Feel free to drop me a line at mail (at) holiday-golightly (dot) com.


4 thoughts on “About me”

  • Hi Anja. I live in New York City and am planning a trip to Berlin in late October or November of this year. I found your article on Dessau Bauhaus very interesting and helpful. Is there someone you can recommend to do a private tour of these Bauhaus sights in Dessau in English? We would love someone to pick us up in Berlin and do a full day trip to Dessau and then back to Berlin. Or we could arrange our own transportation and meet someone in Dessau for the day. Any guidance or connection would be appreciated. Thanks. Andy Hutcher (andrew.hutcher@gmail.com)

    • Hi Andy, thank you for your comment! I would say a trip to Dessau to see the Bauhaus buildings is really worth it if you are into architecture. I just visited the Bauhaus web site to check and they do about 10-20 tours a day, most of which are in English. The website is here: https://bauhaus-dessau.ticketfritz.de/en/Event/Kachel/fuehrungen3/20657. You can arrange a private guided tour in English. I can enquire for you if you wish a bit closer to the date. I would say it is totally doable as the Bauhaus and Dessau in general are not oversubscribed. I sent you an email with a few more suggestions.

  • Hi Anja,
    Merci viel mal for all the super tips about where to buy fabric in Uzbekistan. I’m after some Suzani to decorate my living room and for bedspreads so the info you’ve provided is very helpful. Hopefully I’ll be able to make the trip this year! Anyway, brilliant blog. Keep up the good work and Bon voyage!

    • Hi, thank you for your comment! For nice vintage Suzani try and visit Urgut on Sunday, honestly. Once you find the suzani sellers, you won’t be able to stop! Take cash (prizes are quoted in dollars, but Euros and Uzbek some were fine) , and find some beautiful suzani.

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