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Combining work and wanderlust: Kindberg-Aumühl and Graz in March

On my way to Austria,

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By the end of March, it was once more time for me to leave the comfort zone. I travelled down to Austria for a training session with a group of customers from the steel industry. Sounds exciting, right? Not being entirely familiar with the topics I was going to teach them, I felt a little nervous. But I managed to make the best out of it and it actually all turned out to be quite fun.

I found myself on a small propeller plane flying through beautiful sunshine and as we approached the Austrian border, I started spotting mountain after mountain and idyllic valleys in between. The airport in Graz is quite small with not more than ten gates. After landing, I headed to the nearby train station where I waited an hour for the next train to arrive. I had just missed the previous one. So I made myself comfortable on one of the chairs, started chatting away with another person and had a look at the vending machine which sells Kägi, which is actually a Swiss chocolate bar. I remember this caught my attention. Then there was also a gipsy family. The youngest daughter kept smiling at me as she was reaching into her bag of crisps.

I changed trains twice and it took me about two hours to reach Kindberg-Aumühl, my final destination. Read more…

Best pizza across Berlin: A selection

My love for pizza is a known fact. Ever since I can remember, pizza has been one of my favourite foods. When I was little, I was particularly fond of pizza salami. Later, I developed a keen interest in all sorts of other types as well. Last year, I came upon one of the best pizzas I’ve tried so far when in Naples, Italy. But let me tell you that Berlin, a foodie paradise in itself, has quite a few great pizza places to offer as well. Here’s a selection:

1. I Due Forni

Pizza @ I Due Forni.

One of my favourites in town. I lack the words to describe it. Go find out for yourself: Read more…

Surprisingly charming

I recently helped some friends move flats. That’s when we came upon the following notice posted in the entry hall of the new building:

Surprisingly charming.

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I guess there have been some parties recently. Or other sources of noise. Oh well, at least I know my friends’ new neighbour has a good sense of humour.

For other interpretations of Surprise have a look here.

Around the world in seven hours: ITB in March

ITB Berlin, March 2017.

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The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show (ITB) takes place in Berlin every year in March. Countries, regions and cities from all over the globe as well as tour operators, booking portals and hotels from up to 180 different countries gather in this huge tourism trade fair.

The first three days of the event are generally reserved to specialist visitors whereas the last two days are open to the general public. That’s how, this year, I decided to take an extended walk around the world in just about seven hours. Read more…

3 Turkish TV series that will keep you up all night

The grey winter months are just perfect for snuggling up with a movie or a series. Why not improve your language skills at the same time? My friends from Turkish class have appreciated the Turkish TV series I recently recommended to them. If you’re into a decent portion of drama, suspense, intrigues and beautiful people, you may be interested in my suggestions as well:

 

Aşkı memnu (~ Forbidden love)

Forbidden love.

Photo courtesy of Ay Yapım.

Bihter marries Adnan, a rich man twice her age, and enjoys being part of Istanbul’s high society. But soon things start getting complicated as she has an affair with Behlül who is like a son to her husband and lives under the same roof with them. But it turns out Nihal, Adnan’s teenage daughter (not Behlül’s real sister), is also in love with Behlül. And she again is loved by Beşir, one of the family’s employees who happens to know more about the affair than he probably should.

And this is just the simple plot so imagine how twisted things can still get. Read more…

Welcoming spring: Madrid in February

The one who loves is the giver, not the one who owns.

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This year’s travel mission is going great so far. Two weeks ago, I found myself on a business trip to Madrid. I was lucky to get to spend a full fifty hours in the Spanish capital.

Apart from working hard, of course, I had the opportunity to explore some corners of this beautiful city. I enjoyed trying some delicious food and being among friendly people. I was welcomed by a bright blue sky and felt the sun caress my cheeks. This felt quite wonderful after its absence throughout the grey winter months in Berlin.

Here’s a list of recommendations for a Madrid stop over: Read more…

Leaving the comfort zone: Ulm in January

As I’ve started a new job this year, January has been filled with lots of information and food for thought. New procedures, new products, new tasks and new colleagues all take some time to adjust to. But I know from previous experiences that leaving the comfort zone generally leads to growth. As someone who’s very fond of adventures, I’ve come to consider growth a basic need for me to enjoy life.

Apart from getting used to my new work environment and fighting an evil flu, I’ve spent some time in Ulm recently. That’s where the main branch of the company I work with is located. The main aim of the trip was for me to take part in an introduction week and to receive a formation on the most relevant topics. In the evenings, though, I’ve had a chance to explore this charming middle-sized Southern German town by the Danube river:

What’s there to know about Ulm?

Ulm is located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, right on the frontier to Bavaria.  The cathedral (Ulmer Münster) is one of its main sights. I also spotted some nice places in the old town when wandering around, among them a lopsided house (to be seen in one of the above pictures). Furthermore, Read more…

Say my name: Turkish pet names on Coke cans

Turkish pet names on Coke cans.

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We already talked about Turkish names here.

You may have noticed that they’re quite meaningful and romantic in many ways.

There’s also a large variety of Turkish pet namesaşkım (my love), canım (my soul) and bitanem (my one and only) being just some of them.

You probably remember the global Coca-Cola marketing campaign that consisted in selling customized bottles and cans that displayed common customer names. That campaign also included printing pet names and was quite successful since most people could identify with them which led to identification with the product itself.

For other interpretations of names, have a look at this week’s Photo Challenge.

Welcome to 2017: Fasten your seat-belts and enjoy the ride

 

Last week, on New Year’s Eve, I did what I do every year: By midnight, I was out with my rucksack enjoying the fireworks. It’s a Colombian tradition to run around the block carrying a suitcase (or a rucksack) when the new year starts in order to being able to travel in the new year.

Since I love travelling, I never skip this tradition. And it has worked out quite well for me so far. I consider myself lucky and thankful to have seen so much of this beautiful world.

Last year, I went to Austria, Italy (twice), Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey and I travelled within Germany as well. This year, I’ve set myself the same mission as in 2014: I’d like to travel somewhere near or far at least once a month. This means I’ll be exploring new areas in Berlin or beyond, within Germany or abroad, in Europe or around the globe.

Let’s go find out where 2017 may take us.

What’s YOUR next travel destination? Or do you have any other upcoming missions?

12 things I learnt throughout 2016

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I can’t believe another year has passed so quickly. Before I start a new chapter of my life in January, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the year 2016, which has been a special one. It has been full of joys (and some tears), full of special people and full of moments to remember.  And there have been quite a few lessons as well.

So this is what 2016 has taught me: Read more…