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Why it is worth to visit the most northern city of Germany

Have you ever heard of Flensburg? No? It doesn’t matter, because as an international travel destination, Flensburg is rather unknown. With a population of approximately 90,000, Flensburg is not the biggest city in Germany, but there are many reasons to visit Flensburg.

Here are some tips that you should know as a visitor of Flensburg:

Flensburg is the most northern city of Germany

Flensburg is located directly on the German-Danish border. For this reason, many Danes visit Flensburg for shopping and to experience the Scandinavian culture.

        Flensburg on a map of Germany

Flensburg citizens are handball crazy

Handball is the second best-known team sport in Germany after football and the local team SG Flensburg Handewitt is one of the best handball teams in Europe. The Flens arena is a venue that holds 5000 seats, therefore the atmosphere in the hall is fantastic, especially when the north derby between the SG Flensburg Handewitt and the THW Kiel takes place. Click to see tickets and prices information.

Holger Glandorf a handball player from the SG Flensburg Handewitt in action

The best fish buns are available at the museum harbour at Bens Fischhütte

It is an institution in Flensburg! You can choose between matjes, fried fish and smoked fish such as salmon or mackerel. The fish is served in a warm bun with homemade sauce, fresh salad and onions.

Bens Fischütte

Have you been to Flensburg before? Comment below and let me know how your trip was!

 

Photo Credit: www.plz-suche.org, www.sg-flensburg-handewitt.de, www.facebook.com

 

5 reasons why it pays off to go with a camper van on tour

Do you feel like you just need holidays and just want to travel? Me too. If I was not studying and had enough money available, I would only travel. There are many ways to travel. My dream since my childhood is to own an old VW Bus and travel the whole world with it. For me this is a very special way to get to know new people and cultures and a real adventure.

I’ll tell you 5 reasons why you should travel with a camper van this year.

  1. You start the day with your feet in the sand or in the meadow. If you do it right, you can live in the most fabulous places in the world. There are countless cool hotspots to stay with a mobile home. In some countries it is even possible to camp everywhere.

  1. You can choose your own speed during your holiday and do not spend your time at airports in transfer busses and hotel lobbies.
  1. You like to surf and you want to stay at the best surfing spots. Spend your days and nights on the beach. As soon as the perfect wave arrives you are already there and you can surf it.

  1. You can travel extensively and stay as long as you like in your favourite place.
  1. You are independent and free, do not have to reserve anything and when the weather is lousy you simply continue to travel to another place.

 

If the reasons convinced you, then give me feedback and start your camper van journey!

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Exit Visa: One Last Month Around the States

As I’m sure many international students at Hull and elsewhere will agree, one of the best things about studying abroad is travelling in your free time. This is especially true in the United States, a country that is essentially a continent. So I did just that after my year at the University of Maine came to a close, spending a month journeying across the US until my return to East Yorkshire normality.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood
The hills of San Francisco (Clint Eastwood car chase not pictured)

I started in Boston and caught a dawn flight to Los Angeles. Living in a small New England town for a year meant that the sprawl of LA was an arresting sight. A few days there and further north in San Francisco and I had become accustomed to the heat just as I got to Las Vegas – which was even hotter…

Bright light city gonna set my soul…
A New Orleans streetcar – not named Desire

Surprised at how much I enjoyed Vegas – the clash of garish neon and Nevada sand side by side is weirdly pleasing – I moved onto New Orleans, which affected me greatly. The French Quarter was charming but seemed almost offensive sitting only a twenty minute walk away from neighbourhoods still gutted from Hurricane Katrina, a decade on. It was time to go back to New England and then home. My wallet cried all the flight back, but it was definitely worth it. Maine might be my second home, but that last trip only confirmed that it was the entire country I had fallen in love with. Hopefully your own travel will allow you to say the same.

Maine Attraction: Four Things to Love About the Pine Tree State

Think of Maine – the largest and northernmost of the New England states – and for many people all that comes to mind is Stephen King. This is a real shame, as “Vacationland” boasts attractions that rank with any other state in the union. Here are just a few of these.

Fall

Fall on the University of Maine campus

It’s the one cliche everyone knows about New England, but it really cannot be overstated: their autumns are beautiful. About 90% of Maine is covered in thick forest, and this results in a dazzling orange-red hue wherever you look once the fall rolls around.

Acadia National Park

A view from Mount Desert Island, heart of Acadia

Centred on Mount Desert Island (basically the Maine version of Cape Cod – think rich summer houses and tourist traffic in the busy season), Acadia hosts the highest point on the east coast in Cadillac Mountain.

Moxie

The famous (north of New Hampshire) Moxie logo (Image: Moxie)

Originally from Massachusetts but now the state drink of Maine, Moxie is Mainers’ version of Marmite – you either love or hate it. It’s difficult to compare it to anything else – almost bitter, it really offers a unique flavour – but no visit is complete without a sip.

Portland

Fine words at Portland harbour

Voted as one of the best small cities in the US, Portland is Maine’s largest town. The city enjoys a quiet pace of life, cultural events and most importantly, a renowned local shop that sells maple bacon doughnuts.

The best $2.31 you’ll ever spend

So if you ever find yourself in New England, be sure to head due north. Just try to avoid the occasional ice storm!

Parachuting at Banbury!

If you are keen on parachuting, you must not miss Banbury! Maybe you’ve never heard about the town, but it has different beautiful sceneries. Even though there are a lot of places and buildings being redeveloped, it still has a lot of special things, such as old alleys and quiet corners. If you are living in a busy city, I would say that Banbury is a good place to relax.

As a big fan of parachuting, I really like this town because you have a chance to enjoy the most beautiful scenery from up high, and have extremely different feelings.

If you enjoy parachuting and want to have the unique experience in the UK, I think you really can go to Banbury, I believe you will enjoy it. Hinton Skydiving Centre is very popular and the trainers are very professional and friendly!

When I went parachuting, I felt so excited and I would say that it was one of my best experiences. My trainer was very good at teaching me and mentioned what I should do with care. He really gave me a good skydiving lesson. I was so happy I came to Hinton.

I enjoyed the moment I jumped from a plane, and I felt 100% free. There was nothing I needed to worry about. I just wanted to enjoy that moment and to feel the world.

After landing, I felt the world was more big and beautiful than I thought. I enjoy skydiving because it lets me feel more about the world.

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Photo Credit: cotswolds.info, skydivelangar.co.uk, embark.org, skydive.co.uk

Nearly the best way to spend 800 million euros

Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. It is a metropolis with an infamous nightlife named “Reeperbahn”, an enormous harbour and one of the largest contiguous warehouse complexes named “Speicherstadt”. Since 2017 the Speicherstadt get’s a new tourist attraction. In January the city of Hamburg opened one of the most modern and expensive opera houses of the world – the Elbphilharmonie was born. Expensive means: 800 million euros, in words eight hundred million euros! The construction time took about 10 years of German engineering 🙂 The fundament of the Elbphilharmonie was an old warehouse. 

Elbphilharmonie in 2011

The construction progress in 2011. It seemed like a never-ending story…

Not just an opera house

The Elbphilharmonie also includes a luxury hotel, parking lot and private apartments.

Plaza

The outer plaza allows a 360 degree view over the harbour of Hamburg. The entry to the platform is free for everyone. Even if you don’t buy a ticket for a concert.

Inside

The bigger opera hall has space for 2.100 people.  The smaller one has space for 500.

The Tube

One of the longest escalator of the world. 82 meter long and curved.

Finally

Finally, the Elbphilharmonie shines in all it’s glory.

If you are interested in visiting the Elbphilharmonie, whether as a tourist, a concert visitor or a hotel guest, please let a comment!! For the exact place of this building just click here.

Photo Credit: radiohamburg.de, elbphilharmonie.de

My first impression about England

 

 

 

 

Dear all,

I could not do a blog without sharing my own experience in the UK. So I would like to take this occasion to talk about it.

I landed at Manchester airport, my first view from the plane was football fields which was fitting of what I knew and heard about the UK.  From my understanding, football is considered like a religion in this country, and it turns out I was right.

I felt welcomed, which was important, as it made me feel very comfortable in a country I was not too familiar with. Being in a part of the world where weather is not the best, with a culture that is different to the one you know, I was comforted.

What I like about the UK is how differently they do certain things compared to other countries I have been to. One of the examples coming to my mind is the famous red double-decker bus, I have never seen buses like that somewhere else in the world.

An other thing I like is the pub culture, the atmosphere inside is very hearty and friendly with cheap  pints. Watching a rugby game in was a great thing to do, and you can feel a strong passion of English people, particularly, during a crunch day.

In my experience, the hardest thing is eating my dinner very early, I guess it means that everything is going well for me! I look forward to discovering more the land of Shakespeare!

Keep Calm

When in Rome…

Although I had been to Rome before, I have recently gained a close friend in Milan. So naturally I put down my pencil at Uni and grabbed my passport. She packed her bags and met me in the beautiful city of Rome for an incredible ‘girls day out’.

The Colosseum 

Upon having incredible history behind the Colosseum, the area surrounding it is beautiful. Of course this area was a prime place to take pictures and enjoy a glass of Italian wine under the sunset. Remains of the Colosseum make for a great walk to and from the next site. 

The Vatican

Since we were visiting at the beginning of January, all Christmas decorations were getting taken down including the large tree in the middle of the square. This required a crane and several people to help take down hundreds of ornaments. Although we did not have time to go through the church, I would recommend having a ticket prior to visiting in order to skip the line and pay a more reasonable price.

The River Tiber

One of the longest rivers in Italy is the Tiber and along this river holds some of the most magnificent views in all of Europe. History fills the street from B.C. to today. Live entertainment is in the air and varies from pianists, to guitarist and singers to violinist surrounding the church. The entrance fee is very reasonable and the view from the top is over the entire city center.

Trevi Fountain

Of course visiting the Trevi Fountain was mandatory. After tossing a euro in the fountain, we were able to find a ‘hole in the wall’ Italian restaurant with homemade noodles, freshly made sauce and great red wine. Overall the trip to Italy was ‘magnifico’!

Let me know your experiences and suggestions below!

Bahamas on a Budget

    View from my window of Nassau port

 The Bahamas really is heaven on Earth and the great thing is it’s so cheap! Here are some amazing things to do when you’re on a budget…

                                                   Junkanoo Beach 

An idyllic beach situated just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Its pure white sands provide a comfortable place to lay and bask in the hot temperatures. When you’ve had enough of relaxing, the turquoise waters await to help you cool down. Drinks can be brought to you; we got a selection of 4 beers for $5 served in ice. We were lucky enough to catch Junkanoo festival too, which was fun!

A hidden gem, cheap drinks and away from the tourist areas.

      A stroll

A stroll costs nothing and the Island of Nassau provides plenty of beautiful scenery to take your breath away. Stopping for the occasional swim at one of the picturesque shorelines can help relieve your feet.

Cute little boats we came across on our walks.

       Window Shopping

Okay maybe you’d be tempted to spend money but honestly Nassau hosts some beautiful shopping outlets. It is more than possible to walk down the colourful streets and look at the bespoke jewellery, homemade cigars and local rum without buying it. And if you do have some spending money, you’ll be sure to catch a bargain with its duty-free prices

Source: Cruise Critic

You could step on this island with nothing in your pockets and still have the time of your life.  Discover more. 


 

Spain in One Day!

Between a hectic schedule, assignment due dates, and being on a students’ budget…traveling is nearly impossible. Luckily I have put my time studying in England to good use and have managed to visit many countries without breaking the bank. One of the most memorable places I have been to was Barcelona, Spain.

Cathedral of Barcelona

We woke up in the morning and walked out to this beautiful church. This is in the middle of the city across from the Gothic Quarter and markets filled with the Spanish culture surround the area of the church. Everything from this church was accessible via foot or metro. We had the perfect Airbnb location!

Sagrada Familia Basilica

One site that was considered a ‘must see’ was the Sagrada Familia. I have never been a fan of museums or tours, but prefer to see as many places as possible while experiencing the culture of the destination. However, this is a place I would love to go on a tour of in the near future. I couldn’t capture how large this church was in a photo, but simply seeing the size was breathtaking.

Santa Maria de Montserrat

Santa Maria de Montserrat was almost an entire day worth of beautiful views. A cable car was taken to the top of the mountain where a variety of hikes were taken, a informative museum was found, and several monuments were on display. The photo above was the main reason for visiting the Montserrat and upon arrival the monument had a 7 foot tall fence surrounding it with a police officer keeping watch. With a lot of dedication, a little creativity and a ton of speed the photo was able to happen behind the officers back. Below are a few pictures taken at the Montserrat as well.

Let me know your experiences and suggestions below!