Africa

A Hostel Experience in Essaouira

Essaouira is an oasis, especially when you come straight from Marrakech. It feels like you’re on a Greek island. White houses, blue doors, colorful mosaiques, cute alleys, olives, pomegranates, fish and a very easy going pace. And then you arrive at your hostel, The Atlantic Backpackers Woodstock. More than a hostel it’s like a shelter, a ghetto, a four story …

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Welcome to the Labyrinth of Marrakech – Part 2

I met Lahcen at The Madrassa. We get some mint tea. “I am working in another Riad later tonight. Come by if you like.” Since I have nothing else to do than waiting for my brother to arrive, I might as well. According to Google Maps Riad Dihya is 750 meter away from The Madrassa. As you can see it …

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Welcome to the Marrakech Labyrinth – Part 1

Marrakech: I need to find The Madrassa Hostel. According to the pin on my phone it should be somewhere near the big square. “You are walking the wrong way, the big square is that way,” a guy in his early twenties tells me kindly. I smile and start telling him enthusiastically that I just arrived: “Marrakech is a real maze,” …

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Morocco – The Best Way to Do A Desert Tour

In Marrakech, you will find many tours to the desert. They are all organized by the same company and do the same stuff: Aït Benhaddou, looking at a castle, visit a Berber village, take pictures of a mountain pass and riding on a camel into the desert. Our guide summed it up perfectly a couple of times: “We stop here …

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Exploring the beauty of Tanzania

If your hearts beats faster when seeing wildlife and being surrounded by stunning nature, you definitely need to add Tanzania to your bucketlist. Check out this stunning photo series of Lotte from her Safari trip through Tarangire National Park

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Local night out in Grand Bassam

Lisa is travelling overland through West Africa. Other than decribing what not to miss she tells all about the day to day life that is happening to her while she is exploring not so well-known cultures and countries. In this story, she hits the town in Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast..

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Fernweh

Fernweh, a word that perfectly encompasses everything I feel at this very moment. Fernweh is German for the intense and absolute desire to wander and travel.  In life, the general consensus is, that home is where the heart is. But what if you lost and left your heart all over the world? Sometimes you can feel so lost when travelling; …

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Namibia: the road trip of a lifetime

When I studied in South Africa three years ago, I went on a spring break road trip to Namibia with nine friends. Dutchies, Frenchies, Germans and Americans studying in South Africa and going on a trip to Namibia. I don’t think it gets much more international than that! During this trip we took kayaks over the border, cuddled with Cheetahs, …

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The Boys from Khayelitsha – Volunteering in Cape Town

While studying in Cape Town, I was involved in SHAWCO, a non-profit organization that is doing great work for the kids in the various townships around Cape Town. I was teaching and mentoring eight 4th grade boys from the Khayelitsha Township. On the first photo is my buddy Aviwe, one of the brightest and most eager-to-learn kids I have ever …

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