If you travel relatively frequently, you will most likely be intimately acquainted with the strange land of The Laundromat. A space filled with a random assortment of people, gathered together in a room full of washing machines, for a single purpose – to have clean, appropriate clothes to wear out in public once again.
Motion sickness is a bitch, especially if you love travelling. It’s actually a miracle that I can travel at all, considering my comorbid conditions – motion sickness, anxiety, and emetophobia (pathological fear of vomiting) – so I thought I’d share some of my own tips and coping mechanisms with my fellow travellers.
Having travelled a fair amount, and also being a passionate amateur photographer, I have learned a lot about taking great travel pictures. I learned mainly by trial and error, and everything I know I want to share with you, so you can make your own travel photos more creative and capture amazing moments without camera catastrophes.
Hannover was the first city I called home in Germany, and it remains one of my favourite cities in the country. Situated in Northern Germany, about 1.5 hours away from Hamburg by car or high-speed train, Hannover is a small and laid-back city that is often overlooked by travellers. Known as the “City of Gardens” in Germany, Hannover is full of beautiful green spaces – public parks, the grand and breathtaking Herrenhauser Royal Gardens, plenty of wide, tree-lined avenues, the Maschsee Lake, and countless beautiful gardens both public and private.
In June 2010, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with my brother. We set off on the “Ultimate European (plus Egypt)” Contiki tour – forty nine days of travelling, 3 continents, 17 countries, and countless life-changing experiences. I kept a journal during the tour, and I’ve decided to transcribe it here as a kind of nostalgic account of my most intense travel experience to date. So, here’s an insider look into travelling Europe with Contiki!
Over the years, I’ve built up a collection of weird and wonderful things seen on my travels and at home. Public transport in Cape Town was my main inspiration, as you can see below. Many of these made me giggle, or think, “Only in South Africa!”. If you enjoy these pictures, be sure to check out my German collection here.
I feel compelled to write about motivations for travel and “obligatory sightseeing” after coming across several scathing TripAdvisor reviews of the statue of Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) in Copenhagen. The majority of reviews expressed disappointment, and some even anger, at their expectations not being met by such a “famous” sight.
The quaint medieval German town of Hamelin (Hameln in German) is perhaps best known for the legendary folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin (Der Rattenfänger von Hameln). The first account of this terrible event was recorded 100 years afterwards in the town’s records, and it is unknown whether there is much truth in it or whether it is merely an entertaining myth.
I arrived in Germany a year ago, in the middle of winter. Having come from summer in South Africa, I was wholly unprepared for the mind numbing freezing-ness of January. As the plane descended, I caught a glimpse of an expansive white and brown landscape – beautiful, and utterly foreign. I got off the plane and literally gasped at the sheer impact of the cold as I walked briskly to the transit bus. My boyfriend (now husband!) was waiting for me at arrivals, and we shared an excited embrace after being apart for almost 4 months. Our trying long distance relationship was almost instantly a distant memory as I went outside to see snow up close for the very first time.
Sitting here in snowy Germany, in the dark at 4:30 pm, it’s hard to believe that we had three weeks of sunny summer bliss at the beginning of December! Marco and I flew home to Cape Town for a holiday and my best friend’s wedding, and the weeks simply flew by, leaving us breathless. We had a fantastic (albeit chaotic) time – here are a few of my favourite places and some of the highlights of our stay: