A sleepover filled with sake & snow monkeys in Hotel Jigokudani Onsen, a traditional Japanese ryokan built in the 1800's. Safe to say this was a hotel for the books.
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St. Thomas, Magens Bay. US Virgin Islands
Blue skies, crystal clear water & plenty of fish in the sea.
I usually travel to St. John when I end up in the US Virgin Islands. I did not have the time to take the short ferry over to this beautiful place, so I ended up in Magens Bay back in St. Thomas. Although usually quite crowded from mega cruise ships, it is easy to beat the crowd by walking to the very end of the beach. It is empty, quiet and filled with locals. The perfect place to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, dive, hike, etc. It is 4$ to enter, there are a few beach bars, clean bathrooms & plenty of sunshine to soak in.
Location: Cancún, Mexico - September 2014.
Thoughts? After residing in Germany for nearly 6 months I have come to realize that waking up and frolicking through the ocean on any giving morning is not exactly an option (insert the cliché saying "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" type of thing). For that I thank TBEX (travel bloggers exchange) for choosing Cancun as this years location for hosting an event in such a sunny location. Although a work trip it was nice to have the option to see the sunrise, or eat decent guacamole. Here are some of my favorite things about my short stay in Mexico!
AN ARTFUL HOTEL
Hotel Casa Turquesa - Boutiquey enough for the anti-corporate, without losing the view.
Picture Donatella Versace in the 80s.
CAVERN CENOTES & TURTLE HATCHING
(how discovery channel of us)
Most importantly, I miss the sunrises & sunsets
I found myself on a flight to Berlin on a Wednesday after a long day of work, I stayed up all night and got on the same flight back to work at 630am the very next day.
We went straight from TXL airport to the House of Weekend rooftop garden - a very cool summer location to watch the sunset in Berlin. It is a place filled with stylish berliners, 'gourmet' bar food, tasty drinks & the perfect lounge music to end the workday or start the evening off right.
Sometimes you just have to do and not think. That's what being young is all about, right? (Plus who doesn't love a sunset and a sunrise on an airplane)
Location: Woyton coffee shop.
The order: Iced cafe latte avec homemade granola and plain yogurt
I greatly appreciate a strong cup of coffee (preferably iced) and a cup of homemade granola in the morning. I often find myself riding my bike along the Rhein 8 min. in the opposite direction of my office just to taste the cold brew "classic on the rocks" Woyton has to offer in düsseldorf.
Café culture isn't about the caffeine kick or the mason jars that it's served in. The ideal coffee shop makes one feel like they are snuggled up on their couch on a gloomy Sunday morning (you all know the feeling). The aromas and sounds remind me of hearing my father grind and brew fresh coffee beans each and every morning before school. Not to mention, sitting and sipping a cup of coffee is the perfect excuse to people watch.
There is something intimate about coffee shops. Perhaps it's the smells, sounds, memories and stories behind each space. Or rather it is because people often find that their cup of coffee, cappuchino, or cafe au lait is a little "pick me up" on any given good, bad or mediocre morning. Simply put, That cup of coffee will never let you down.
Life is too short to sleep, enjoy a cup of coffee and keep on keeping on.
Well, now that I've got your attention you might as well take a gander at the naked beauty of Mallorca, Spain. This 36 hour trip was one for the books - sand, sun & the sea. I booked my flight 3 hours before it took off from Düsseldorf (at 5:30 in the morning.)
The moment I landed I knew I was in for a warm treat --- even though I had no hotel, no phone reception, and absolutely no idea where I was. So where do I begin in a situation like this? I asked the information desk at the airport where the closest beach was (insert clueless american here) the kind man at the desk pointed me in the direction of Playa de Palma (something like that). So I took bus no.21 for about 5 min, got off and aimlessly wandered into a hotel and asked if they had any availability for the night. Voila! I couldn't help but laugh for a couple of minutes when I walked 100m onto Platja Ca'n Pastilla; the white sand on the beach danced effortlessly with the soft waves of the Mediterranean sea - I knew I was in the right place.
The next 8 hours were rather simple - toes in the sand, drink in my hand.
Cheers for the weekend Mallorca, it was a good one.
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Hidden within a side street of Altstadt in Düsseldorf lies a small boutique called Galerie Pearls filled with trinkets and treasures straight out of a little girls imagination. Actually any person from any age with an affinity for the most spectacular and dreamlike tea party would appreciate this space. It is filled with fine china, vintage accessories, decadent cakes with gold icing, crystal chandeliers and monogrammed luggage. Owned by Karin Van Noort, both her buying and personal style is clean, omniscient, and cohesive creating a luxury space for those looking for the perfect table or wall decoration for any room.
Location: Flinger Straße 9 40213 Düsseldorf
A collection of photos from a beautiful weekend of getting lost, riverside sunsets & long runs.
It is hard to believe that just one year ago I was sitting in this same exact seat against the backlit window of the United Lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport. As I sit and sip a delicious mimosa, I watch massive 777 planes take off to Beijing and Mumbai, or local 737's land and depart domestically to locations like Miami or Houston. Every single person has a unique traveling story which is why I find airports so relaxing, some may be traveling for work and many others for pleasure.
It is safe to say a lot has changed since last year - for the better of course! First off, it was exactly one year ago to the day that I was sitting here in Newark Airport launching this concept of a photo journal / blog whilst on my way to study abroad in the south of France. WHEREISPER was born to inspire my friends and followers to dive into the vast world in which we live. Getting out and creating your own stories are far more superior than reading Buzz Feed articles 'top destinations in your 20s' type of thing. With that being said, I have had the absolute best time sharing my journey via photo stories and blog posts with those who are interested. Within the last year alone WHEREISPER has been viewed in nearly 1,300 cities and 100 countries worldwide, a numerical figure that far surpassed any goal I had ever intended for when launching this concept of a website. With destinations like France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, India and Nepal added to the list in 2013, I have much greater plans for travel during the start of summer in 2014. With my relocation to Germany, I am making it a personal goal to take WHEREISPER to the next level and be much more consistent with photo stories & posts making things easier to follow and interesting to read.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from the past year - I am looking forward to sharing what the future holds for me as I start a new chapter in my life.
Cannes, France. June 2013
Sun bathing, Studying & Wine tasting.
Sicily, Italy. July 2013
Sailing on The Yacht Week, Sicilian Road Trips & Volcano Trekking
Sweden. August 2013.
Flying in Gothenburg, Sailing the archipelago, interning & Summer BBQs.
Chamonix, France. December 2013.
Sun, Ski & Snow - need I say more?
Berlin - Dec/Jan 2014.
New York, New York. January 2014.
Arctic Tundras & Sunday Brunches
Munich, Germany & Obertauren, Austria. March 2014.
Beer gardens, Hostels & The Ski Week.
India & Nepal. March 2014.
Overnight trains, Traditional Curry Dishes, Tuk-Tuks, Silk Factories & Elephant Baths.
Alsace, France. April 2014.
Easter, Wine Tastings & The Eiffel Tower.