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A short visit to Yosemite National Park and it’s sad history

My Mom is a huge inspiration for me and she never stops having adventures, here is a guest post by her on her visit to Yosemite National Park: 

My partner and me recently visited my sister who temporarily works in the Silicon Valley and planned a short holiday around a family visit. One of the highlights of our trip was a 2 day visit to Yosemite National Park in North California. The entire park covers an area of 3,026 km2 and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This was very my first visit to a national park in the US and I happened to choose the national park which paved the way to the development of the idea of the national park system in the US. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant to protect the Yosemite Valley, a group of people then successfully lobbied to establish a national park that encompassed Yosemite Valley’s surrounding mountains. Continue reading “A short visit to Yosemite National Park and it’s sad history”

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The Ultimate Vegas Pool Party Guide

Sin city, everyone has to experience it at least once in their lifetime. Its like no other place in the world, the 24/7 parties and non-stop turn ups really shows you what your body is capable off. I never thought I would be able to party all night without any sleep and then do a day trip to the Grand Canyon in scorching heat. Sleep forgets you and your body runs on the energy of good vibes.

By the end of your trip, your soul will have left your body because it just couldn’t cope and for a few weeks after you will probably not be able to look at alcohol again (if you did your trip the right way).

Some of Vegas’s biggest parties happen during the day by the pool side and there are some that are simply a must. I’ll list them here for you with details and just know that I am envious for anyone going this year! Most of the day clubs open by mid-march however, the real season starts from May and I would recommend going then for great parties and performing acts without the excruciating desert heat.

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7 things I learnt in Sweden

1.Sweden is the land of Elks, but they don’t actually like them

I was under the impression that I would stroll out of the airport in Gothenburg, drive a few miles and then start seeing pretty Swedish elks roaming the country roads. I asked where they were in our car journey and received a curious look. No Swedish driver wants to see an Elk as it usually leads to an accident. An having an 500KG Elk fly through your front window is no one’s idea of fun.

Infact, some see the Elks as pests of the forest and once a year in October, it is legal to hunt them. Stands are located across the country that the hunters have to stand on when shooting, you can’t wander or move off them so the hunters stand and wait until an Elk comes into sight. Around 100,000 Elks are hunted each year, but by the next year, this number is back up again.

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Budget Travel Tips and How to Save

I have had a few people ask me how I manage to afford to travel whilst living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Let me tell you, it is not easy and by no means always glamorous. I have spent uncomfortable nights on sleeper buses without a shower for more than 24 hours and have spent 8 hours on a flight without purchasing any meals or drinks. But I made it work just so I can go where I wanted to.

I’ve got a better job now and way better salary but even when I first started out at work, right at the bottom of the ladder, I refused to let that stop me to explore. I am going to start off with a few tips on how you can save up to travel, I promise this is not rocket science and anyone can do it. Then I’ll give a few points on what I consider when booking a holiday, in order to make sure it is as affordable as possible.

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Weekend Getaway in Amsterdam

It is probably the most depressing time of the year, I mean a part from the fact that it is my birthday so I get to celebrate, turning 26 has just brought me into the dark unknown of being in the late twenties. On top of that, the cold wind that harshly slaps me every morning on the way to work has just got me counting down to Summer.

So what does one do when its cold, dark and depressing? Fly away!

Ideally I would have flown to a warm, Caribbean island, but a 45 minute flight to Amsterdam had to do. Now the weather in Amsterdam isn’t exactly the winter escape, especially since its usually a few degrees colder than England but the vibe you get there makes up for it.

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Non-skiers guide to Chamonix

Last Christmas I gave you my heart Chamonix.

Not only was it the first time I got to spend Christmas with my siblings and together with mom in three years, it was also our first ever real winter holiday that didn’t involve visiting our grandparents in Germany and I am glad it was Chamonix. Not many have heard of this little  town by the french alps, overlooked by the pure white peak of Mont Blanc.

While most people come to either climb the mountain or ski, don’t let that put you off if you are not a ski-er or extreme athlete, like me. This city is still a perfect getaway for anyone looking to explore without risking any broken bones. Here is a one stop guide for non-skiers on what you can do here to take in every bit of this picturesque valley. Continue reading “Non-skiers guide to Chamonix”

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Just Outside London – Rye

London is a crazy ball of fun and chaos but sometimes the big city can tire you out, it sure does tire me out once in awhile. Standing outside Vauxhall station queuing amongst a sea of people trying to make my way to work. So you can’t blame me for getting excited for a weekend away with the girls, getting cosy with a few drinks by the fire (which we couldn’t work out) out in the “countryside”.

When my friend first suggested getting an airbnb in Rye, I could only think about delicious German bread. I had never heard of this town. But with pictures of the lovely accommodation we were sold. It just happened to be that Rye turned out to be just as gorgeous, double win. It is a typical coastal English town with cobbled streets and a whole lot of character, just the perfect getaway from the city life. It takes about an hour to reach by train and our airbnb was a 7 minute walk from the station.

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Hvar, Hula Hula and Happiness

It has been quite silent here, my thoughts have been lost between the summer activities and alcohol. On top of that, my 4 year relationship has ended and I just needed space and some me time.

My motto is that if you ever feel lost, a little blue or just shit, book a flight somewhere. The funny (it was not that funny then) thing was I had flights booked to Croatia for our anniversary trip. So the flights were there, the companion was missing.

Then my best friend came to the rescue, my romantic getaway would turn into a single ladies escape.

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Assisi and the boat without a name

I thought I would escape the grey clouds and wet English June by escaping to Italy and for most of it I was lucky but on our day out in Assisi our luck ran out. With Constant showers and threatening skies, I really didn’t want to leave the car. But beautiful cities look pretty with a grey backdrop too.  Assisi isn’t just a holy place, its enchanting allure is enough to make anyone fall in love.  Continue reading “Assisi and the boat without a name”

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Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Home to blue´s biggest legends

I have always wondered what life was like back in the day, strolling into a jazz bar in the 60s listening to the live rhythm that filled the streets, dancing to every beat, without a care in the world. Watching a season of Mad Men took me there, not that I wished I was to be part of that chauvinistic era, I just wanted a taste.

 

New Orleans Jazz

I recently wrote about the things I loved about New Orleans and said I would touch on the jazz and blues in a separate post – well if you havn´t already guessed, here it is. Anyone you ask will tell you that New Orleans is the birth place of Jazz and if you ask them where the best place is to listen to some live music they´ll send you to Frenchmen street. Thats where we spent our first 2 nights, roaming the busy street – including the more rowdy, less classy bourbon street. This was fun and it is worth seeing, however, it is full of tourists and there never is a place  to sit to just appreciate the music. Continue reading “Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Home to blue´s biggest legends”