Thailand 1992 – Koh Mat Sum

It’s time for some vintage photographs again! Maybe you have already read my last Thailand post, where I shared some pictures of my Mum’s Thailand trip in the nineties with you. Last time, I published photographs of Koh Phangan, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Today, I will be sharing with you impressions of the island named Koh Mat Sum. Turn on some nice music and imagine walking down these lonely beaches and enjoy the view.

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xx, Sophie

NYC #4 – The (partly) Alternative New York City Travel Guide

Maybe you have already read my first New York City post and know that I travelled to NYC for four days in 2015. Although I had a great time and saw great places and sights, I was (of course) not able to explore many alternative and non-touristy places.

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As you know from my second NYC post, I love to explore cities by foot. This is why I would try to not use the subway and walk through Manhattan next time.
If I go back to this wonderful city in a couple of years, I would like to focus on the alternative things to do.

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Rockefeller Center Ice Skating

This is still very touristy but a few steps from Times Square you will find the Rockefeller Center with its Ice Skating area. The last time I went to New York I desperately wanted to go ice skating, since it was very warm and I thought it would be quite refreshing.

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Visiting a Street Art Gallery

I love arts in general but I am also very interested in Street Art. Graffiti is not only about spraying walls anymore, many artists publish their graffiti in alternative art galleries.
Visiting a Street Art Gallery would be extremely interesting, especially if I could talk to New Yorker artists.

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Thrifting

Since I like to read blogposts about thrifting, especially by Kali Borovic, I would love to go to different Thrift Stores in New York. It is amazing how many great clothes you can find if you just be patient and spend a little more time in Thrift Shops.
Kali’s tips for thrifting and her thrift hauls are awesome and we should all try to live a more sustainable life and buy second hand clothing.

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Going to the gym in SoHo

This may sound weird to many of you but I am obsessed with sports and I love going to the gym. It is not that I always have to have a gym around me but I heard that especially SoHo has many alternative basement gyms to offer. So why not meeting some wannabe celebs in a nice hipster gym?

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Spending my afternoon in Strand Bookstore

Not long ago I found out about this bookstore on the website Goop.com. They describe themselves as a „modern lifestyle brand“ but I still do not know what kind of business they actually are. Anyway, they published something about NYC and mentioned this huge and beloved bookstore. I visited the official website (I linked the website in the heading) and became obsessed with the store without even having visited it before.
I really love to read and although I started using an  e-reader (because it is more comfortable and water resistant), I still enjoy conventional books. If I go to the library or to our local bookstore, I will spend at least two hours reading the caption of minimum thirty books, reading some chapters of books I think I would enjoy and then buying at least three books. Not very minimalistic I guess…

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Exploring China town and Little Italy

When I was in NYC, we just ran through these two municipalities because we obviously did not have much time. But it was really interesting to see all these people on the streets, selling delicious food and Lucky Cats (??)!
However, if I come back, I will spend much more time in these two districts.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please comment down below if you have any ideas or advice on what to do in NYC.

Have a nice weekend and see you soon!
Sophie

 

Paris is always a good idea (Audrey Hepburn) – Five Dream Destinations for 2018

Hello everybody and welcome back!
As you may know, I recently went on a huge festival in Germany where I almost slept on the ground because my matt was so thin. Consequently I did not sleep a lot.
While listening to the rain running down my tent, I thought about my travel plans for 2018.

Since I will be going to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia the next few month, I will probably not be able to afford lots of travelling anymore in 2018. Additionally, I think we should never exaggerate our travelling, as it should be something special.
However, I would like to share with you my top five cities I would love to travel to in 2018. I think I may be able to visit some of these next year, since they are all located in the western part of Europe and Ryan Air usually offers some cheap flights.

Dublin

The reasons why I would like to go to Dublin are rather stereotypical. You probably know what I mean….Irish Pubs, Nature, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle etc.
However, I also think that if you are interested in celtic and norse history, Dublin offers great opportunities to get informed about history and culture.

Madrid

Maybe you stumbled across my Spain posts (click & click) and already know that I travelled to Barcelona three years ago. But I would also love to go to Madrid next year, since it is Spain’s capital and I recently found out that Madrid is the third-largest city in the EU! We used to talk a lot about Madrid in Spanish class and I learned a lot about the city’s sights and history, which is the reason why I am extremely interested in Spain’s capital.

Lisbon

Firstly, only looking at these pictures causes wanderlust. Secondly, I think I should sign up for a Portuguese language course. Learning the language, exploring the city, taking amazing photographs and visiting Sintra, a small town near Lisbon would be a great experience.
After having explored Lisbon, I would like to go surfing in Ericeira, a municipality 50km to the northwest of Lisbon.

Prague

I really want to go to Prague since I read a blogpost about a Prague trip in 2012.
The historical centre of Prague must be very pretty and romantic.
Additionally, wandering around, having coffee in one of the little street cafés and going on a boat trip on the Vltava sounds very nice to me.

Paris

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
– Ernest Hemingway

I think Hemingway and Audrey are right, Paris is simply wonderful. I went to Paris five years ago when I took part in an student exchange with people from Lille, which is in the north of France. We went on a day trip to the capital of France but unfortunately we neither walked down the Champs-Élysées, nor we visited the Louvre.
This is the reason why I feel that I have never been to Paris before, consequently I would highly appreciate a weekend trip to Paris. I mean, „Paris is always a good idea“ right?!

Which cities would YOU like to travel to in 2018?

Have a nice week and stay tuned!
Sophie

 

Disclaimer: These pictures were not taken by me. I found them on Pinterest and created a new Pin Board for pictures I am using on my blog. If you are interested in the sources and the blogs where I got these pictures from, please visit my Pinterest and have a look at those blogs and the great people who took these shots.
If you are the owner of one of these pretty photographs, please send me an e-mail and I will delete the picture if you want me to. 

 

Why do we travel and can it teach us how to be happy?

Why do we spend tons of money on flights and hostels?
Why do we spend hours and hours of our precious time on airplanes?
Why do some of us feel a constant feeling of wanderlust?
And why do I think that travelling will make me happy?

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My friend and I used to talk a lot about travelling and especially happiness.
He often said that he would not understand why people would travel in order to become happy.
And honestly, I do not know the answer. And I am doing exactly the same thing.

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Does travelling make us happy?

As far as I know, many people travel in order to escape their daily life, in order to declutter their head and to be mindful about what they are doing.
In addition, many people hit the road because they want to find themselves and to find happiness.

But does that really make sense?
Partly, I guess.

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Maybe you have already read my post about Solo Travel, where I talked about my expectations and what benefits you will have from Solo Travelling.
Personally I feel that the best part is that while travelling (no matter if you are travelling solo or in a group), you will have to push yourself out of the comfort zone.
You will be confronted with certain obstacles and you will learn to solve problems.

While learning to be mindful you will probably get to know yourself even better.

It is very interesting to observe, how people behave when they are in another country.
We are acting differently when we travel, since our experiences in a foreign country are probably not similar at all to our everyday life.

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Can travelling teach us how to be happy?

To my mind, this question is very difficult. Personally, I think that you cannot learn to be happy, only because you spent some time abroad.
Happiness is way more complex than this.
Yes, you will be very happy while travelling, but we can only escape our reality for a certain time and sooner or later, we will return home and realise that we just ran away from our problems.

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We have to learn that happiness does not depend on our residence.

Travelling changes our views on things and it will make us happy for a while.
However, we have to learn how to develop a permanent happy mindset, in order to stay happy. Happiness begins in our heads.

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Benefits from travelling

Anyway, there are so many great benefits you will have from travelling.
Meeting new people, making friends, discovering new places, learning from other people, learning how to deal with problems, learning to be mindful, lightheartedness, getting to know other cultures, talking to locals, eventually learning new languages and so on.
Travelling feeds our souls, it challenges us and gives us unpayable memories and experiences.
I hope that I will learn to be happy with what I have and with who I am.

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This topic is very important to me, although I cannot find the right words to express what I feel. Sometimes it is hard to translate thoughts into a writing.
Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading this and I also hope you like the pictures I added to this post.

Have a great week and be happy :)!

Xx, Sophie

 

 

 

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