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Photo Walk: A Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park - El Capitan Meadow

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to stick with the theme of celebration the 100th birthday of the National Park Services, I’d like to share some photos from my three-day trip to Yosemite with you. It has been a while that I was last there and I can’t wait to go back and see more of the park. While I went through my photos, I tried to remember the names of all the places, hikes, and vista points and failed horribly. I managed to research some of them, however, this is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do in Yosemite National Park. I just figured I’d share some impressions with you.

Tunnel View - Yosemite Valley - Yosemite National Park
Tunnel View – Yosemite National Park
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Review: My year in travel 2016

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I am finally back to writing after a few stressful months of getting settled into a new city and a new grad school. Like last year, I’d like to revisit my travels and the memories I have collected during the year of 2016.

New Years in Portugal

In short, we went to a small town close to Porto to visit some old friends for New Years and of course we all explored Porto together.  I really fell in love with this city and could totally imagine living and studying there. I kind of wish I had found out about Porto before my undergrad was over so I could have considered a study abroad period in Portugal. After a few days in the northern region of Portugal, plenty of delicious homecooked food, and some port wine tastings, my travel buddy and I took the train down South to Lisbon to explore the capital for a few days. Lisbon reminded me of San Francisco in so many ways and even though the weather in January was rather mediocre I had a great time and many adventures in this city.
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Porto
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Top 8 Budget Restaurants in London

Top 8 Restaurants in London

[featured photo by Roberto Trombetta – Creative Commons]

Hi everyone,

I am currently a bit busy with my move to Santa Cruz, CA and starting grad school. I didn’t want to skip a week posting here, though. So I asked Kiran from theswindian.com for a little help and her recommendations on budget restaurants in London. Kiran is one of my favourite food bloggers who I met on Twitter (something I didn’t know was possible until recently). She lives in London and blogs about all things food related. Check out her blog 🙂

Now with no further ado, let’s get started with

The Swindian’s 8 favourite budget restaurants in London

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The US National Parks – a bucket list

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some of my favorite things about the US is the huge number of National Parks. In my opinion, they are taken care of so well, they always make for a good road trip, and the variety of ecosystems and landscapes in the parks never ceases to amaze me. As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year (this week to be exact), I thought it was only appropriate that I told you about the National Parks that are on my bucket list. Well, to be honest, after I got an annual pass for all National Parks for my birthday (greatest gift ever!!), I pretty much put all 58 parks on my list (see infographic below). Talking about all of them in detail would probably be way too much for one blog post. Therefore I proudly present you my top 10 US National Parks:

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Photo Walk: Sutro Baths & Lands End, SF

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the weekend was super rainy here in Southern Germany, which gave me the perfect opportunity to whip out my hard drive, browse through my old photos, and have a little photo editing party. Of course, I could have also worked on the presentation for my final exam but why would I?

After recently publishing my San Francisco/ Bay Area bucket list, I felt the need to show you some of the list items that I have personally seen/ done before. The rainy grey outside my window reminded me of that one day that I decided to go and hike the Sutro Baths/ Lands end trail in San Francisco. It was super grey and foggy that day (what a surprise) and initially I was somewhat disappointed but in the end, it made for some quite dramatic photos.

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100 Things to do in San Francisco

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as promised and to celebrate my imminent move to the San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to share my bucket list for that area with you. Similar to my Berlin bucket list, this one is composed of items from my own list and of things that I have done myself and can strongly recommend. I am planning to edit the list as I go and add links and more recommendations, so come back once in a while. Enjoy!

Food

  1. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
  2. Twirl & Dip Ice Cream Truck
  3. Smitten Ice Cream
  4. The loving cup
  5. Trouble Toast Coffeeshop
  6. Sightglass Coffee
  7. Brunch at Zazie’s
  8. Dynamo Donut in Mission
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10 Things to do and not to do in Prague

Hi everyone,
Prague is a very beautiful and unfortunately also very touristy city. To help you avoid some of the worst tourist traps, I compiled this list of things to do and not to do in Prague. Some of the very famous sights will definitely appear on the not to do list, which doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to cut it out of your itinerary, just take my negative experiences with those spots as a warning. In general, there is a high risk of getting pickpockets in this city, so be careful with your belongings at any time. And last but not least a little disclaimer: We are all different and what is a negative or uncomfortable experience for one of us doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the same for everyone else 😉
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Things to do
1. Strolling through the big park in the western part of the city: This was one of my favorite spots in the whole city. There was plenty to discover in that park and on top of it, you have an amazing view over the city (for free). There are also little cafés for refreshments and some snacks.
Adventure walking: This is what I call walking around a city without a definite aim and an idea how to get there. Prague was a perfect city for random discoveries by walking. I haven’t found any shady areas, so it is super safe to just explore
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A long weekend in Prague

Prague
To celebrate being midway through our allotted time for our Master thesis, a friend of mine and I decided to take a day off. We further decided to use this three-day weekend to go to Prague and explore the city. Best. Decision. Ever. Prague is such a cute and laid back city and definitely always worth a trip. So let me share a little of my weekend.
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Tips for planning & booking a budget trip

Hi everyone,
instead of just talking about all the great places to go, I decided to talk about something different this week: About how to save while planning and booking a trip. So here come the tricks that I found work for me. Let me know what yours are and stay tuned for the next post about how to save money at your vacation destination.
Save on the transportation:

 

  1. Skiplagged, Skyscanner, and Kayak are the websites I like to use to compare airfares. Skiplagged is actually my favorite because you can see the fares for a couple more days than your chosen date, so you can see which dates would be cheaper. Once you’ve identified the cheapest airline, double check the price of the ticket without going through one of these sites. Sometimes that is even cheaper
  2. Book on your tickets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, most likely it will be cheaper than on the weekend.
  3. Before booking your tickets, delete your browser history. Apparently, there are algorithms that increase prices when they notice you are looking for certain tickets
  4. Collecting miles and using them on flights and upgrades really pays off. I am still taking my first steps in that business. However, the Points Guy is a true expert in that matter. Check out his website for tips on how to effectively make use of airline miles.
  5. Consider booking round trips even if you won’t need them. I know, I know, it hurts me too. But one-way tickets are just ridiculously expensive.
  6. Enough about flights, consider other modes of transportation. In Europe, it can be super-affordable to take the train. Check out the inter-rail options, a ticket valid for several weeks that can take you all over Europe. Other train tickets are the cheapest if you buy them exactly three months in advance.
  7. In other countries (the US comes to my mind here), road trips might actually be a fun and cheap alternative. Think about it. The one-way rule applies to a lot of rental cars, too, by the way.
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How to deal with culture shock and homesickness

Hi everyone,
let’s talk about feelings today: especially the nasty ones that come along with homesickness and experiencing culture shock. These are the things everyone who moves to a foreign country has to deal with sooner or later and to different extents of course. However, I feel like everyone gets overwhelmed by these feelings at some point. I myself had a rather mild case of culture shock and barely experienced any homesickness. It did kick me in the butt, though, as soon as everything wasn’t all smiles and sunshine (especially when I had the flu over Christmas and had to stay in my bed for a week). In order to make it easier for other exchange students or expats to deal with these nasty feelings, I collected my tips and tricks of how to handle culture shock and homesickness.
  1. Be aware of the phenomenon culture shock: Do your research and learn about the different stages. That alone can make it easier to deal with, because you know that another phase will come up soon and change everything again.
  2.  Accept it: Don’t deny it, think about what phase you’re actually in, and remember that you’re not the only one experiencing this phenomenon.
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