Entries from 'city life'

a day in Porto

During our last night in Portugal we stayed in this beautifully restored townhouse in Porto and spent the day walking through different parts of the city. The mix of old and new, decay and progress, is quite fascinating and I really liked the atmosphere there. The Dom Luis bridge is really impressive from afar and…

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a last hooray

For our “babymoon” we went to London for a few days in late April. It was nice to see our friends and like last year, we managed to visit Kew Gardens. Other than that, we went for looong walks along the canal, enjoyed some really nice Japanese food, and ended up buying a stroller while…

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in the capital of Hungary

For a long weekend in early October, we flew to Budapest and spent a couple of days in the city. We got lucky and enjoyed the clear, crisp air and blue skies while exploring parts of the city. Staying in a small bed&breakfast with a very helpful owner, we ventured to get a feel of…

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exploring Frankfurt and some thoughts on life over here

In the past weeks, I’ve been trying to get to know my new city a little bit more and explored the neighbourhood around my place. On the first really nice and sunny day I biked along the Nidda, a small stream coming from the North, until the old airport in Bonames. It was quite crowded…

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April weekends

When I came back from my final trip to Botswana, I moved into a new flat and spent a lovely weekend with Björn in Frankfurt. We had a relaxing brunch, went to see a flower show and explored the area. The next weekend I joined Björn in Berlin and we enjoyed a few days in…

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Capetown for some nights

When I got a chance to go to beautiful Capetown for some days earlier this week, of course I jumped at the opportunity! Even better, Björn and I got to go there together and spent a fantastic, sunny Sunday exploring the water front and catching up over brunch and dinner with our friend. I stayed…

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quick trip to the big city

Last Sunday we went for a quick trip to Joburg and had lunch at the ever-growing Market on Main. The surrounding streets are becoming more lively as well and we walked around for a bit. I found some pretty cool street art and we had coffee in one of the few über-stylish cafes. It was…

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maputo for beginners

We’ve been to Maputo before and sort of went around the city during our last trip, but of course that doesn’t mean that there were no new things to discover this time. There are some really nice colonial and art deco buildings dotted all over Maputo. The grand old Polana Hotel was impressive and we…

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American Roadtrip Part 3

For the last part of our trip we went to visit my cousin and aunt near Washington, D.C. and got a glorious day to explore a bit of the city. Of course, we had to see the White House and Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, and then walked all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. We…

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the do’s and don’ts of New York City

what we didn’t do we didn’t stay in Manhattan we didn’t see a broadway show we didn’t visit the MOMA we didn’t eat New York Cheesecake we didn’t go up the Empire State Building we didn’t go skating on the ice rink we didn’t visit the Statue of Liberty we didn’t spot any celebrities but…

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more from the weekend

While in Joburg, we also went back to the Market on Main on Sunday. It’s really nice to see that it’s been growing a lot ever since we first went there last year.  Having left the house without breakfast, I was very hungry by the time we got there, and so I was really happy…

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summer nights

We spent a fantastic weekend in Pretoria and Joburg, and had a great time at the Jozifest on Saturday. It took place in Newtown, in an old industrial area, and there were bands, DJs, dancing and a great atmosphere with an interesting crowd. Okay, I must admit that I didn’t know any of the acts,…

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rooftop rally

We spent a lot of time in Stonetown climbing stairs in various buildings to enjoy the stunning views on the many open rooftop spaces the city has to offer. For breakfast at our hotel, we sat down to this view.The House of Wonders offered these fantastic views over the city and the water.From the tower-like…

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art in the night

I attended the opening of an exhibition at the Thapong Visual Art Centre last Tuesday and it was one of the best events I have been to in quite some time. The centre was packed with people, the art was beautiful and interesting, there were music, drinks and good conversations all in the same place….

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Jozi again

We went to Joburg for the weekend and got some nice views of the city in its autumn colors. Many of the trees have put on brownish leafs and when it is not overcast, the air is crisp and clean, especially in the mornings. Apart from spending a lot of times in the shopping malls,…

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