Life Vintage Style

Did you know that Napier is called the Art Deco Capital? Can you guess the reason? Jep, everything here is completely devoted to the style of art deco. The predominant architectural style is art deco and can be found all over the city, not only in the city centre with its promenades lined with pretty […]

A Crazy Day to Celebrate a New Year

A little party never killed nobody Fergie – A little…   I have been asked how my birthday was like. Well, I spent it in Napier and since I didn’t know anyone, was my own company. And good company I was: I took myself for a stroll along a sunlit beach, went for dinner and […]

Lesson learned

Memo to me: Make sure you always check the location of the hostel and bus stop before booking. I usually do this, but this time I was too lazy and paid for it. Did you know that Napier has two bus stops for my bus company that are on the opposite sides of town, one […]

Maybe not Rely on Maps too Much

[Angry rant blog post warning.] There I was, innocently studying the map, scanning through brochures and inquiring at the information desk, looking for nice tours and walks that do not require renting a car or asking random strangers for a ride (public transport is basically nonexistent in Taupo). Result: my decision to walk up and […]

How to Hike to Taupo’s Huka Falls

Cloak, that is what gave the city Taupo its name. It is based on a Maori story about a chief who discovered this lake and was reminded by the cliffs of the cloak he wore. The, however, he was tricked by another newcomer, thinking he wasn’t the first to venture into this area and left, […]

Rainy Days in Hamilton

Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to come to Hamilton. A fellow traveller suggested I should visit since it looked “rather beautiful”. This small, rather boring town is actually New Zealand’s fourth largest city and apparently one of the greenest, too. It is a metropolis (which doesn’t show), actually and […]

Silly Travel Anecdote: Auckland

Here is another of my silly little anecdotes. This time it is from the chilly Auckland, which, apparently enjoys the warmest winter in forever (well, technically it is 140 years of record ). But what do I do? Freeze. All. The. Time. So much so, that I had to buy a new coat (despite my […]

Mountain Climbing and Island Hopping

Having shaken off the jetlag, I made my way around Auckland some more and went up Mt Eden, which is completely made up of volcanic stone and offers a spectacular view over Auckland. You can see far and wide and have the breeze brush your face and listen to the leaves rustle on the tropical […]

8 Essential Hong Kong Tips You Need to Know in Advance

8 Essential Hong Kong Tips You Need to Know in Advance

Hong Kong is a very easy country to travel around. It’s friendly, it’s not confusing and it’s very pleasant. However, there are still things and tips I want to tell you about to be super prepared. It just makes the whole process smoother and you can focus on what you came to do: sightseeing and […]

Travel stories from Hong Kong - a land of fog and shining sun

Stories from the Land of Fog and Shining Sun

Ni Hao! What a day! I experienced everything from pouring rain to brooding sunshine and swirling mist and this in cozy, sticky 31°C with loooots of humidity. Add to this endless walks up and down. Well, if anyone wants to lose some weight, I guess that would be a way to do it. Jokes aside, […]

This Is the Worst Time to Visit Paris in Spring

This Is the Worst Time to Visit Paris in Spring

Paris is always a good idea? Well, I found out otherwise. Especially for a visit to Paris in Spring. Spring might be a perfect time to visit but the Easter weekend is the absolute worst time to come over. Be warned when you visit Paris in spring! It seemed that everyone else thought it was […]