Bavaria and Occitanie with a chance of Far East Dreaming:  my travel outlook for 2020

Bavaria and Occitanie with a chance of Far East Dreaming: my travel outlook for 2020

As my “MySharona” Diary is nicely emptying out, with an occasional wave of contacts flooding into my clinic, I am picking up hope that travel may be possible again this year and that travel outlook for 2020 might not be so bleak now. As crowds 

Learn to sail  – which courses are best?

Learn to sail – which courses are best?

In my late 30’s,  I did finally learn to sail. It is certainly possible to start something new  later in life.  Combined with the great outdoor exercise and seeing new places, sailing is a fabulous sport if you love water. I have always loved water 

Sailing in Scotland for Advanced Beginners: RYA Day Skipper Course

Sailing in Scotland for Advanced Beginners: RYA Day Skipper Course

It took me nearly ten years of living on a large island, and over five years of living close to the sea to be bitten by the sailing bug. Which eventually led me to Sailing in Scotland. Why? I honestly think it was a combination 

Learn to Sail on a RYA Competent Crew Course in Gibraltar

Learn to Sail on a RYA Competent Crew Course in Gibraltar

Throw back to late summer 2012, and a boat trip through the Vieux Port: As we glided past moored sailing yachts against the backdrop of a sunny Marseille, I decided that I must learn to sail. I have always liked water, and anything on or 

Florence in high season – mad, bad and dangerous for you?

Florence in high season – mad, bad and dangerous for you?

This mad dog is back from Florence! So, what is Florence in high season like? After seeing to the killer migraine and draining a few humongous blisters, I now want to tell you all about it. Is Florence in high season a good idea? As 

Budapest Sugar Rush: Grand Cafes and Sweet Patisseries

Budapest Sugar Rush: Grand Cafes and Sweet Patisseries

What could be better in winter than to soak in hot thermal waters and enjoy some very fine cakes? Budapest is perfect for this, and I will show you some of the best Budapest cafes! As a child, my family and I would visit Hungary 

Coronacrafts, or:  My venture into first time natural soap making

Coronacrafts, or: My venture into first time natural soap making

I am not stuck at home, having to work at the hospital every day. It’s a mixed blessing. I do some “hot site” work as well as having to work really close to patients and risk exposure to COVID-19. But…  I get out, I get 

How I colour hair naturally

How I colour hair naturally

Hallo! Just in case your hair needs a colour and cut while we’re all under SARS-CoV-related restrictions… today I show you how you I colour hair naturally! The past two weeks I have been torn between producing travel posts in times when most of us 

Healthy vegetarian meals with few ingredients

Healthy vegetarian meals with few ingredients

While all travel has pretty much ground to a halt and we’re asked to stay at home, I’ve been trying to stay healthy and cook healthy vegetarian meals with few ingredients to minimise my shopping. Here in Germany, every one waited with baited breath for 19th 

How I stay healthy during  COVID-19 pandemic

How I stay healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

As I cracked open a bottle of wine and a chocolate Easter egg  this weekend, I promised myself to stay mindful on what have been some of the best days, recently, health-wise. So, having learned a little from these very strange weeks indeed, here is 

Via Dolorosa: a somewhat crowded pilgrimage

Via Dolorosa: a somewhat crowded pilgrimage

Just in time for Easter, here comes an account of my last day in Jerusalem!  As my flight would leave von Tel Aviv the next morning, I squeezed in visits  to Rachel’s Tomb, the Mount of Olives, and parts of the Via Dolorosa. I admit 

Coronavirus and 2020 travel plans

Coronavirus and 2020 travel plans

I just found this in my “Drafts” Folder and thought “…uiiiih, I haven’t posted this yet?” Well, this blog is my hobby. Excuse me if I got a bit slack with the timely posting of time-critical posts. Posting this now seems like a bit of 

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