Travel Books: My recommendations and where to save the money

Travel Books: My recommendations and where to save the money

At the moment, we cannot travel. Depending where you are and what profession you are in, chances are you are spending more time at home. So, time to read these excellent travel books!  And although you may not be able to  travel, you will never…

To mask or not to mask? Can a simple face mask protect you from coronavirus?

To mask or not to mask? Can a simple face mask protect you from coronavirus?

So, Sunday is Corona Rant Day. However today it’s not so much as a rant.  I’ll give you my two Euro cents on whether to wear a face mask. After a relatively ordered, well-oiled week here in Berlin, I feel almost calm and ordered myself.…

A new reality or virus rant? A snapshot, 29 March 2020

A new reality or virus rant? A snapshot, 29 March 2020

Everyone and their dog are writing #coronavirus diaries now. Heck, I want one too. I’d rather call it a virus rant.  And I will not write something every day. Reasons are below. I cannot think about writing or posting any meaningful or useful travel posts…

Shopping in Jordan and how to find the best souvenirs

Shopping in Jordan and how to find the best souvenirs

Shopping in Jordan is  good for your purse! But does it mean there is nothing for the casual traveller to buy, or are things so cheap that you barely spend any money? Well…. a bit of both! I don’t want to knock the shopping in…

Social Distancing is the New Going Out: a snapshot, 16. March 2020

Social Distancing is the New Going Out: a snapshot, 16. March 2020

This blog is “normally” a travel blog, my playground to relax from my job, which has nothing, but absolutely nothing to do with travel. Except, we cannot really travel anywhere at present but to work and the nearest grocery shop or pharmacy. I live on…

Travel ban, pah! Try living in existing socialism

Travel ban, pah! Try living in existing socialism

At present, our travels are grounded or on hold. There is a travel ban for many countries. Its the virus that now appears to travel faster. It shuts down travel more efficiently than we have dared to think even a month ago  in Europe. It…

Should I stay or should I go? Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and travel

Should I stay or should I go? Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and travel

This  post on Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and travel was initially published on 29 February and last updated on 13  March, 2010. As the situation changes nearly on the hour, and there is now (21 March 2020) an almost world-wide travel ban, I have decided to stop…

In the German Pharmacy: Cruelty-free German cosmetics

In the German Pharmacy: Cruelty-free German cosmetics

I’m taking a break from travel! Only a short one, and nothing coronavirus -related (yet).  I still hope to stick to all my travel plans, applying my watchful waiting policy to travel-related things. I occasionally write about subjects loosely related with travel, which err on…

Hand Sanitizer alternatives or: Lifesavers in your cupboard?

Hand Sanitizer alternatives or: Lifesavers in your cupboard?

As the general anxiety around coronavirus is spreading and face masks of all kinds and hand disinfection is nowhere to be had, it is hard not to fall into a panic. Maybe breathe. And consider how you can be well prepared. So, let’s look at…

What’s in my Travel Medical Kit?

What’s in my Travel Medical Kit?

After lots of general and cultural travel posts, you may have noticed some more healthy travel posts creeping up –  and there may be more in the future. This one is on composing your travel medical kit! There are a lot of posts on the…

Review: Pera Palace Hotel , Istanbul

Review: Pera Palace Hotel , Istanbul

It took several weeks of umm-ing and ahh-ing  to finally  steer away from our usual mid-range accommodation budget and to book  the Pera Palace Hotel for our Istanbul visit. As much as holidays sometimes means to stretch out on huge comfy beds with the whitest,…

Where to go in Greece if you love animals

Where to go in Greece if you love animals

This post is about recommended destination in Greece for animal lovers. However, some of the information on this site applies to most travel destinations. Why a Greece for animal lovers post? I like animals. Especially cats. The sight of a stray cat evokes strong wishes…

My Visa-free Russia Trip

My Visa-free Russia Trip

Now that I have returned from Russia, I cannot wait to give you the full report on my visa-free Russia trip! I booked this a few months ago when I figured out I can visit Russia without a visa, if only for a relatively short…

My decade of travel in pictures

My decade of travel in pictures

Hallo and Happy New Year to you! May 2020 bring you health, happiness and prosperity! How was your start into 2020? And have you thought about your decade of travel? Honestly, I am kind of glad it’s over now. Too much reflection can be a…

My Traditional Japanese Ceramics Dream Trip

My Traditional Japanese Ceramics Dream Trip

(written November 2017, updated December 2019)  I love Japan, and I love beautiful things. So it comes as a surprise that I have never been deeply into the art of Japanese ceramics. Until now! Japanese Ceramics are worth seeking out I was lucky enough to…