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Entries from September 30th, 2013

New Zealand 2009-2010 Trip to Sydney

September 30th, 2013 by Addy · australia, sydney

It was a bit sad about the friendships in the language school, that people would leave at different times of the year and if you got to know someone better it was likely that he or she had to leave soon. So it was the case with my dear roommate from Hungary. After six weeks in Auckland she left for another six weeks of language school in Brisbane. So me and two guys from my language school decided to meet her, on a long weekend in Sydney. When we arrived it was so lovely to see her again and it was especially nice to see how happy she was when she met one of the guys again, which she had fallen in love with during her stay in Auckland.

Our hostel was in a very busy part of Sydney, a quarter where people made party all night long. On the first day we visited the city center, which was very nice. However I must say that I prefer the comfortable city center of Auckland with its hidden second hand stores and its cozy clubs and bars. Of course we also visited the opera house, which looked impressive but smaller then on the pictures, I had seen before. In the evening we met other former students of our language school, who lived in Sydney now. They had a very luxurious apartment, which they however shared with around 6 or seven other people. The three girls we caught up with lived together in one sleeping room, some of their flatmates even lived in the living room. Later we went into a huge club and it was a great and unique feeling to party there.

The next day we went into a park with kangaroos, coalas and other exotic animals. It was possible to feed the kangaroos but they decided to ignore me and my food the entire time. Afterward we visited the Olympic stadium of Sydney. It was very empty and there was a big screen showing the grand opening show of the Olympic Games of 2000. It was a weird atmosphere as the attraction of the now rarely used station kept living from an event that happened almost 10 years ago.

The next day we were trying to find a beach, which turned out to be a challenge for itself. Finally, already slightly annoyed, we simply took a bus which had written beach on the front. We drove almost an hour and it was very nice to the see the beautiful suburbs of Sydney. When we drove along the coast we hopped off and tough it was still a bit cold we had a very nice and sunny time at the beach. On our last evening we went into a cozy club with a band playing kings of Leon and other music of this style. I enjoyed it as it reminded me of Auckland and I really like tiny clubs where a band plays live music.

All in all I must say that Sydney is a truly beautiful, modern city. The beaches are pretty and they give the city a very nice atmosphere. The buildings are a mix of new architecture and traditional colonial style. I must admit that I was a bit sad coming back to Auckland at the beginning but it did not take long and I realized again what I preferred about New Zealand’s biggest city: It’s more personal.

photography by sophie daum in sydney 2010

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39/2013 Image of the week: Keep on going new ways

September 27th, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, morocco

“The size of your success is determined by the size of your thoughts.” J. W. Goethe

© Julia Dreier

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The Beauty and the East

September 25th, 2013 by Julia · film, interview

Beirut, Libanon: Callomania.

A lot of young people spend a lot of time, money and pain trying to help mother nature by plastic surgeries and cosmetic studios.

A documentary by young,talented belgium journalists: Annelies Roosen, Lisanne Corijn & Lukas Pysson:


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38/2013 View: Aegean sea

September 20th, 2013 by Evangelia · greece, image of the week

Greek island: Tinos, Cyclades.

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“get away from here” – trying to catch the beauty of morocco and its people

September 18th, 2013 by Julia · art, morocco, photography

dear morocco,
you made it very hard taking pictures of you this time.
yours faithfully,

All photographs © Julia Dreier

This media production has been made possible by the journalstic training programme Beyond Your World. Beyond Your World is funded by the European Commission and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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37/2013 Image of the week: “Autumn… coming soon…”

September 13th, 2013 by Jasime · germany, image of the week, photography

Germany, Tegernsee

© Jasime El Ouali

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36/2013 image of the week: kite-surfing in zeeland, netherlands

September 6th, 2013 by sophie · image of the week, netherlands, surfing

a rainy, foggy day watching kitesurfers in zeeland, netherlands.
08/2013 by sophie daum

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September 3rd, 2013 by Addy · article, netherlands

Yesterday I drove, to pick up a friend, through little villages by Grevenbroich. The atmosphere was odd as from the most housing areas you saw grey brown coal power stations with smoking and massive chimneys . The nature appears artificial, obviously created by human hand. The houses, churches and banks are almost made by the same material just as the building company had bought one and the same red clinker, to recreate the villages after they were forced to move .I feel uncomfortable and drive faster. Suddenly I see a travelling office with name “Pust-e-blume”  (dandelion). I do not get the word game, the name sounds nicer then the travelling office appears. In the window of the shop I see advertisement for all-inclusive trips to escape from the desert. That’s what brings me to my actual topic: Holidays.

The most beautiful memories, I have, when I think of the holidays with my families to France or Holland, where I played games with brothers, which only a child’s fantasy can invent or when I sat well-protected in a blanket at the beach and read a book.

With rising age I felt the need to make holidays with my friends. My first trip without parents was with my former girls clique to Ibiza: One week party holiday in a gay hotel. The experience was unique as we came from the countryside and were amazed by the ambiance in the clubs and the music, which able to lead us into trance. The nights started at 2 am and ended in the early morning hours. Holidays, where the day played a secondary role and the main experiences took place at night. A crazy holiday with memories, that can only arise in a girl`s holiday.

My next intensive holiday was my trip to the south island in the probably most impressive country on the other side of the world. I travelled all by myself and enjoyed the liberty and independence, which I had to discover people, landscape and places.

The next holiday trip was, after I worked two months in an orphanage in Nepal, a hiking trip on a  mountain in the Himalayas. I was amazed by the nature and the totally foreign culture. Nevertheless I also discovered the negative consequences of tourism. Backpack carriers with almost 5 backpacks on their back and trash all over the earth, even in 3000 meters height. Nepal is a country with a lot of problems which nonetheless has a lot of potential.

I did not mention my numerous city trips in Europe, where I can talk about different kinds of discovering. I have to admit, that I often tortured myself through all the sight-seeing spots, because I kind felt obliged to it.  A soon as I stood in front of the spot I did not really know what to do with it. A photo to say I was here and perhaps a postcard for friends and family, I liked it best to discover these quarters, which are not that easy to find but promise more surprises.

The last holiday was a camping trip to Holland. It was relaxing with long walks at the beach and can beer outside the tent.  There are so many kinds of holiday and it´s a shame to waste it for an all-inclusive trip with a lot of bad food and animation program in the hotel anlage. Tastes are nevertheless different and it might be a small task in life to find the prefect holiday for oneself.


photography by sophie daum

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