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Watching a lantern at Himeji Castle, Japan Travel

Looking back on 2019, it was one of the most turbulent years I’ve had recently. 2017 was a year of excitement and adventure, as I quit my job, gave up my apartment and left Germany to travel for a year. 2018 was a year of coming home in which I settled down in Frankfurt. Both of those years were exciting. But 2019 was turbulent in ways that I had never expected. Turns out you don’t have to go travelling around the world for a whole year to experience lots of surprises – for better and for worse.

2019 was also a year of learning. First of all, I switched jobs so there was a lot of training involved. But I also learned a lot of travel lessons.…

Paddling in the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru Peru

“I was born and raised in Iquitos,” Osmar told us. “People from the communities often say that city people can’t be good jungle guides, but that is not true.”

We were sitting in a tiny restaurant in Iquitos, in Northeastern Peru, sipping tree tomato smoothies. The orange drink tasted fruity and slightly acid at the same time, a mixture as exotic as the city. Having arrived from Patagonia the night before, everything seemed new and exciting. The small, colourful houses, the mud roads, the motortaxis honking in the street, the seemingly endless line in front of the ATM we had used earlier.…

Potatoes at Mercado Rodriguez, La Paz, Bolivia Bolivia

Our timing for La Paz was horrible. We arrived the day before election day. Not presidential elections. The country was electing judges, as a local explained to me. But nevertheless, this put the whole country into lockdown. With all shops and most restaurants closed, all borders closed and no public transport, there wasn’t much we could do except for taking long walks on empty streets.

Fortunately, when we arrived the previous day, we had a couple of hours to explore. It was just enough time to take in La Paz’ bustling markets and pick out three favourites that everyone should visit during their stay in the capital.…

Flamingos in the Bolivian Altiplano near Uyuni, Bolivia Bolivia

I have never told any travel stories on this blog before. Almost all of my posts have been about things to do in specific places. But this story is one that I want to share with everyone, because it is one that I enjoyed a lot and also because there are far too many negative stories about the Salar de Uyuni out there.

When I plan a trip, I do a lot of research. I enjoy spending hours in front of a computer, looking up far-away places that I could travel to. I especially enjoy it when it’s four in the morning and I’m having a horrible night shift. It makes me realise that things will be better one day.

There was only one moment during my research that I wondered if I shouldn’t rather keep my job, do more night shifts and keep safe.…