Donnerstag, 20. Oktober 2016


Cape - Zara | Sweater - Esprit | Jeans - American Eagle | Boots - Tamaris

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Samstag, 15. Oktober 2016


While backpacking through Thailand I learned quite a few things about the people, the
culture and travlling itself I want to share with you. Thought it might be helpful. So here we go.

1. Take the local way. Instead of going by taxi or tucktuck, inform yourself about different ways to get to your
destination. Google will be your best friend! You'll find the cheapest way is as so often public transport like
busses for instance. No surprise but I feel like almost no tourist would consider that option. And they are missing
out on so much! We had the coolest experiences and met the nicest Thais on these trips. And the prices... In
Bangkok we paid 8 Baht to get to the MBK Centre (huge shopping mall) by boat, a tucktuck would have been at
least 150 Baht. The boats use the small canals there and seeing all the wooden houses at the bank gives you a
pretty good impression of the real life in Bangkok. But make sure to be quick when hopping on or off, otherwise you
are stuck on the boat or at the station. To get to the Chatuchak Weekend Market we only paid 8 Baht per person per
way as well, this time for the bus. Just hop in and someone will come and charge you - if there is a vendor at all.

2. Bargain down prices! This really is one thing you have to remeber: Never go for the first offer you
get immediately. Look around, ask at other shops etc. The prices in Thailand are almost always way too high so
go ahead and negotiate. Tell them, you've seen the same product somewhere else for less money. If they
want 200 Baht, don't start with more than half of the price. We saved so much money by doing so
and were able to lower prices even in pharmacies and travel agencies! Pretty cool!

3. Keep safe and make sure you have got everything important in a bum bag while traveling. Because
even though most of the Thais are extremely friendly and helpful, there are - like everywhere in the world -
also a bunch of bad people. Unfortunately, on the way up from Koh Lanta to Bangkok, we experienced
this ourselves. We took a bus over night and at around 9pm we had the strangest stop ever in the middle of
nowhere next to some kind of garage with four or five guys outside. Partly the engine of the bus was off, partly
the bus was driving forwards and backwards for some time. No idea why, the only reason I could come up with
is they wanted to make us think we were driving normally. I was pretty afraid they might steal our big backpacks
which were in the boot of the bus. Or even worse, they might be releasing some substance into the air to make
us unconscious so they could rob us of. Sounds pretty crazy but I had read some reviews beforehand and although
they were mostly positive, one wasn't. A guy stated he got robbed of in an overnight bus and suggested that the
whole choach got kind of drugged since no one noticed anything and he felt really dizzy the next day. Anyway,
the next morning we got literally thrown out of the bus at 6am and after less than five minutes the bus was gone!
This only intensified my strange feeling. And it turned out that they indeed opened our big backpacks -
thankfully nothing was missing. But did they honestly think we would have anything valuable in there? Since no
one is probably that dump we started asking ourselves whether they might have put something in there instead
of taking something out. Not at all realistic but this actually happens quite frequently in South America so it
might as well occur in Thailand. Well, we couldn't find anything when we checked our luggage... But what
upset me even more was the fact that someone obviously went through my small backpack which was laying
next to my head while I slept. Luckily, I had all my important stuff in a bum bag so just 5€ were missing
but still. They even checked my small bag with electronic stuff. I couldn't care less about the money but
that someone came so close to me and went through my personal stuff - and I didn't notice anything
although my sleep is normally not at all tight while traveling - leaves me with the strangest feeling ever!

So be attentive! But guys, the main thing to remember is to enjoy the time and try
out everything! Whether it's food or transport wise. Go for new stuff!

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Dienstag, 11. Oktober 2016


Es ist offiziell - ich bin ein Berliner! Beziehungsweise wohne ich jetzt in Berlin, zugehörig fühle ich mich
noch immer zu Hamburg. Aber ich bin super gespannt, was die Zeit in der Hauptstadt so
mit sich bringt, dass ist einfach ein ganz neues Kapitel meines Lebens.

Passend zum neuen Lebensabschnitt habe ich nun auch einen neuen Kalender. In Kooperation
mit Persönlicher Kalender durfte ich ihn mir selbst zusammengestellt und ich bin ganz verliebt.
Der begleitet mich jetzt überall hin, ob durch Berlin oder zurück nach Hamburg!

Kalender - Persönlicher Kalender*

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Dienstag, 27. September 2016

Sonntag, 11. September 2016


We didn't have loads of time in Thailand but wanted to see most of the country so we did quite
some traveling. After flying up to Chiang Mai we took another plane down to Surat Thani four days
later. Bus and ferry got us to Koh Samui where we stayed at the Chaweng Beach, to Koh
Phangan next and then to Koh Tao - we spend two nights on each island "only".

But somehow that was definitely enough, especially for Koh Samui since I didn't like it that much there.
It's not that I didn't enjoy the day we had, it's just that the island is super touristy. But even in
Chaweng you can be surrounded by Thais only if you want to, just get away from the main road and check
out the local market for example. Besides of a nice atmosphere it offers loads of yummy food -
fresh fruits/veges as well as meat sticks, deep fried bananas etc. So good!

On Koh Phangan we met up with a friend of mine from back home and hat the best 24 hours ever. With a
scooter rented at our hotel for 250 Baht (6,30€) we drove to a small beach in the North of the island to
see an amazing sunset.We then made our way through the dark jungle to another tiny beach were we watched
the stars and talked about everything and nothing til 4am. I just love these kind of evenings... At first I was
a bit afraid to go by scooter since it was my first time ever but it was way easier than expected. And
feeling the warm wind and the speed gave me such an amazing feeling of freedom. So shoud
you travel South East Asia, do yourself the favour and rent a scooter, it's so much fun!

Koh Tao was a must for us, the island we were looking forward to the most. It wasn't too clever
to get there on Thai New Year - even though our guesthouse was only five minutes by foot from the pier we
were soaked in water when we arrived - but the traditional water fight on the streets without our backpacks
later on was great! The island is pretty small and everyone is basically "just" hanging out at Sairee Beach in the
West but we loved the chilled atmosphere. Like probably everyone else we HAD to go to Koh Nang Yuan,
the prettiest island ever. It really looks like paradise there and is definitely worth the day trip. Just keep
in mind to take some money with you - the longboat costs 250 Baht (6,30€) per person return, they will charge
you an entrance fee of 100 Baht (2,50€) to get onto the island and since you are not allowed to use your
towel to lay on you will probably end up paying another 150 Baht (2,60€) for two sunbeds with a
parasol. Walk up to the viewpoint, go snorkling (you might be as lucky as we were and see sharks!) and enjoy
the time. But make sure to get to Koh Nang Yuan early in the morning - not later than 8:30am or 9am - in
order to have the island more or less for yourself. Afterwards it is getting extremely crowded.

Our island hopping ended on Koh Lanta, definitely my favourite isle. Getting there was quite a trip (seven hours
on a night boat, eight hours in various busses) but we rewarded ourselves with four nights in a guesthouse
at Klong Nin Beach and loved the relaxed time. But first things first: exploring the island by scooter. Laid-back
Lanta Old Town has got a lot of charm with its wooden houses on stilts over the water and is definitely
worth a visit. It's probably pretty chilled to have a guesthouse there but all the beaches are on the other side of
the island so that's where basically everyone is staying. Again, I was super in love with going everywhere by
scooter - I mean how cool is it to casually jump on it to drive to the tiny restaurant you discovered the day
before in the middle of nowhere to have breakfast?! The last two days were spent at the beach, soaking
up the sun and getting tanned. Watching the sunset, drinking a cocktail and then going for an evening
swim completely naked made me realise that life really isn't too bad after all... It's actually pretty cool.

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