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a few days on the farm

   From the Fish River Canyon, we drove back towards the Cape and stayed a few nights at a friend’s farm between the Karoo and the Cederberg. It was so nice to see her again, and we had a great time on the farm, hiking in the surrounding mountains, swimming and relaxing in a beautiful…

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Alle Jahre wieder…

Like every year (except last) we spent Christmas at my parents’ place and enjoyed a couple of days with family and friends. It was so special to see the lights and the decorations on the Christmas tree together, and to open some presents – even though someone thought the wrapping paper was far more interesting…

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catching up: Sommer dahoam

This year I got to spend a good part of summer at my parent’s place with our baby. Our days consisted of time spent around the house and the garden, long walks through the fields, trips to nearby towns and lots of friends’ visits. We also spent a couple of summery days in the mountains,…

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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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a week in Windhoek

In September I attended the UNCCD COP11 in Namibia. It was really nice to be back to Southern Africa and I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit like coming home when I saw the sun rise over the dry hills and thorny bushes of the Kalahari. I stayed with a friend in Windhoek and…

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late summer activities

In early September the weather was still beautiful and we enjoyed a fantastic late summer weekend in Bavaria. One day we swam in the clear, refreshing water of the Starnberger See and took a long sunbath. The next day we hiked up the Breitenstein, some 1600m above sea level, with a spectacular view of the…

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London again

I went to see my friends in London again and met their cute little babygirl for the first time. On Saturday, we hopped on a ferry and went to Greenwich, where we strolled around the parks, enjoyed the views and explored the town. From the hill, the view of the London skyline is quite impressive,…

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scenes of summer

After the pretty miserable weather in spring, summer has actually been quite nice. The only downside is that I had to enjoy the majority of it alone as Björn is still in Botswana. But then I spent most of the weekends with family and friends in Bavaria. After so many years abroad, I really enjoyed…

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Austrian delights

After my trip to Beijing, it was finally time for a reunion with Björn and some much-needed holidays. We drove to Austria to celebrate the beautiful wedding of our friends here and stayed for a few more days in the area, exploring old castles and the green hills and wineyards around Gamlitz. It felt like…

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London on the go

I got to attend a conference in London last week and was lucky enough to spend some time over the weekend with good friends. Ever since I lived in the UK, London has been one of my favorite cities and so I was really happy to be back for a few days. Here are a…

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capitals of Europe

A few pics from Brussels, where I went for a quick work trip last week. I stayed in a cool new hotel near the infamous Place Lux and went out for a few drinks with new and old colleagues. It’s been a while since my Brussels days but somehow it felt like not too much…

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Mountains and Carneval

Last weekend I visited a good friend in Luzern and got to see the Swiss version of carneval, called Fasnacht, when we walked around town on Saturday. It was freezing cold, but sunny – the first time I really saw the sky since I am back in Europe! Luzern is surrounded by water and mountains,…

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and so it ends…

So I’m leaving Botswana today. While I’m very excited about this change and the opportunities that will come with it, my heart is heavy at the thought of leaving this place that has become my home over the last years, and all the people that I have come to known during my stay. I always…

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summer is back camping trip

This past weekend, we went to Botsalano with a group of friends for a night in the bush. Upon entering the reserve, we saw a group of 14 or so rhinos at the waterhole, including two baby rhinos. Apparently, they also have an issue with poaching in the reserve, so the lady at the gate…

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salty seas and starry skies

From the hills of Amman, we went down to the Dead Sea and as I was still battling a cold, the climate there was the perfect cure :) I’d been there once before and as I remembered, it was extremely hot, incredibly salty and very healthy to go for a swim and rub your body…

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