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Entries from January 30th, 2015

05/2015 image of the week: still winter.

January 30th, 2015 by Julia · image of the week

schwäbsche alb, plettenberg, germany, in the very end of january 2015.
Image © by Julia Dreier

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traveling pages: Cheryl Strayed – Wild

January 25th, 2015 by nina · books, review

Cheryl Strayed
Wild – From Lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
First publication 2012
Translated into: over 30 languages

At the age of 26 Cheryl Strayed found herself being lost, divorced and addicted to heroin. After loosing her mum to cancer she decided that it can’t go on like that. So she sold the most things she owned, packed her backpack and left to hike over 1000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. In her 2012 published book Wild she describes her experiences on her hike. From purifying water over nights in the tent and loosing toenails to the amazing people she met on her way. She even finally could mourn the death of her mother.

I read Cheryl Strayed’s book while staying at the Bay Area in California. I even visited the Yosemite National Park where I could see the mountain chain through which the PCT passes. Even though we just did some day tours without hiking backpack I felt closer to Cheryl Strayed as I would have sitting at home in Germany on my sofa. I am really impressed by the courage and the commitment of this young woman. I don’t think that I would have the guts to do what she did.
To me Cheryl Strayed is a role model, a strong and brave woman who faced her fears.
So if you like non fiction travel and adventure books, written by strong and brave women, books that can actually teach you something about life, you should definitively read this book. Read it now and soak up the strength, the bravery and the lesson you can learn from it.

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Kieler Woche // Kiel Week

January 25th, 2015 by sophie · baltic sea, germany, ocean, water

The Kiel Week is an annual event since the end of the 19th century. The sailing regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in the world. Even though the Kiel Week became more and more into a fair, the focus still is on the sailing competitions.Besides that there are over 2.000 events, mostly live music, which are offered to the visitors.

The maritime highlight of the Kiel Week is the so called Windjammerparade. Since 1998 this parade is always on saturday during the festival week. Over 100 tall and and traditional ships, historical steamboats and hundreds of sailing yachts participate in the regatta. There are also numerous sail training and naval ships of other countries attending.

Traditionally the ending of the Kiel Week is the fireworks Sternenzauber at the Fjörde of the Kiel harbor.

June 2014 by Sophie Daum

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4/2015 Image of the Week: seal at the baltic sea

January 23rd, 2015 by sophie · animals, baltic sea, germany, image of the week, nature, ocean, photography

That day I was supposed to catch up with my friend Ines and visit the Flügger Lighthouse. But this little friend prevented us from going. Seals are very special in the baltic sea, so I am very happy, that I witnessed it hanging out at the nature reserve at Fehmarn.

09/2014 at Fehmarn by Sophie Daum

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Nepal memories part 1

January 18th, 2015 by Addy · nepal, reportage

I was sitting on the plane. I had successfully managed my stop in New Delhi and was heading directly towards Nepal. During the flight I was reading my travel guide, which I actually was trying to avoid, since I wanted to get utterly surprised by the country and the people. That may sound risky but in the past I had always handled it like that. Nonetheless, I was reading it this time. It seemed to give a feeling of safety to me. Once the plane started landing, I saw plenty of colorful houses. They lacked roofs and walls but particularly their imperfection makes them beautiful. Leaving the airport building I got welcomed by monkeys and plenty of taxi drivers. At least for the taxi drivers the traveling guide prepared me. With a heavy heart I ignored them and look for the sign with my name. A member of the organization for which I was going to work welcomed me. We drove in silence but it was a silence fulfilled with curiosity that I felt while I was looking out of the window. The air smelled of  heavy car emissions but also like life. At the chaotic main street the driver droped me out. I looked around: Monkeys were climbing around, the horns were blowing permanently (mostly without a reason) and people discussed in front of their tiny stores. The life on the main street was vibrating! I was standing in front of a big iron door, probably the entry for the guesthouse. After opening the heavy door I was amazed. The lawn was perfectly arranged and it smelled wonderfully of Nepali food. I directly headed to the bathroom since I had an appointment to get to know the village, in which I was going to work. I walked down the main street and again ended up standing in front of an iron door, the entry to the village. The children gave me a warm welcome. I guess this was due to their first curiosity as their confidence, which I would notice a few days later, I first had to gain. But for the moment I just enjoyed their sympathy. I came back to my guesthouse in the evening. After a delicious dinner I directly headed to bed but I couldn’t sleep. This might has been due to the flooding of impressions but also due to the barking street dogs who, during the night, replace the blowing horns. I went down to the bookshelf. I found plenty of traveling guides, some political books or children’s books. I went for a vampire novel (not twilight), which calmed me down and led me into a wonderful deep sleep.

Photography by Julia Dreier

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3/2015 Image of the week: Playing with the sunset

January 12th, 2015 by Evangelia · greece, image of the week, life, people, photography, water

Thessaloniki, January 2015

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02/2015 Image of the Week: Soulkitchen

January 9th, 2015 by sophie · germany, hamburg, image of the week

The building was used as film location for the german movie “soulkitchen” by Fatih Akin.
Afterwards it was turned into a venue for concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events.

12/ 2014 //  hamburg – wilhelmsburg © by sophie daum

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January 6th, 2015 by sophie · germany, nature, photography

today is very frosty and i took the chance to shoot in our garden. hope you’ll like it.

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01/2015 image of the week: lonely schwäbsche alb covered with snow.

January 4th, 2015 by Julia · image of the week

schwäbsche alb, albstadt, germany, in the very end of 2014.
Image © by Julia Dreier

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015 by sophie · retomag

Happy New Year, everyone!

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