In spring 2017, seven years after my previous trip, I finally returned to the United States for another holiday. This time, I crossed the whole country by train: from New York via Chicago and Utah all the way to California.
Vienna and the Wide, Wide World
In October 2016, it was time to explore a region of which I did not know much about before: China. I spent three weeks there, exploring some of the most well-known sights of this country.
In Winter 2016, I got to know the culture of the Mayas (in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). I also had some relaxing days on the beach, and went hiking in the Guatemaltecan highlands.
In autumn 2013, I spent a relaxing holiday in Croatia. In the years 2014 and 2015, however, the focus was more on hiking: in Scandinavia, in the Caucasus, and in the Himalaya.
Thanks to two months of unpaid vacation, I could spend eight weeks in New Zealand in February/March 2013. Again, I really fell in love with this beautiful country and its friendly people.
Between autumn 2010 and summer 2012, I explored Europe on several trips: I have been to the Balkans and the Baltics, to Spain, and to Norway.
On our trip through the Western United States, we experienced pretty much every type of weather imaginable: from hail to rain to snow, from sunshine to strong winds (including a snow storm, and a sand storm). Despite these adverse conditions, however, it was a really great holiday.
In just under eight months, I literally travelled around the globe. The main focus, however, was on New Zealand/South Pacific and Central America, respectively.
The name of the small group tour I booked did indeed live up to its promise: Patagonia XXL.
In the years 2003 to 2006, I was travelling overseas a lot: a term abroad in New York (including a trip through California before the start of the term), a month in Australia, and trips to both Western and Eastern Canada. But I also spent some time abroad in Europe.
At the third (and last) stop of my short stay in Italy, I discovered why my previous stops were not too crowded: Apparently, all tourists are in Verona. Without doubt, this city was the most popular of the ones visited by me. Continue reading In the crowded streets of Verona
San Marino is not only the oldest republic (since 301 AD), and the fifth-smallest country on Earth, but also a very scenic place. Continue reading Visiting the oldest Republic on Earth
I took advantage of today’s public holiday in Austria, and went to Italy for the extended weekend. Today, I explored Bologna. Continue reading The Towers of Bologna
The last three days of my stay in Crete I spent in Loutro. This small town on the South coast can only be reached by ferry or on foot. And even though the weather was a bit rainy on one of the three days, it was a very nice end to my holidays. Continue reading Leisure time in Loutro
So far, I focused on the coast during my stay in Greece. Now, it was time for some inland action, namely the most famous hike in Crete (if not Greece): the Samaria Gorge. Continue reading Gorge(ous) Samaria
Today, I went on a day trip to Stavros for some hiking. The hike turned out to be a different one from the intended, but it was still enjoyable. Continue reading Stavros vs. Bernhard 1:1
I travelled 100 kilometres to the South (by boat), and 100 kilometres to the West (by bus), and am now in Chania, Crete. This town is much more like the Greece I know from my childhood: touristy, but not overly much so. Continue reading Chania, the “real” Greece