|conquering my fear of mountains in 2013|
months travelling. I visited five new countries, all within Europe, and spent a month in Japan and Korea (which I would love to make a yearly habit!). However, the European explorations have showed me that there is sooo much left to explore on my doorstep.
What else was new in 2013? That I did about half of my travels with my partner, which worked better than expected. I need to admit that I am more of a solo traveller though - it's hard to work on the road, sightsee and spend time with your significant other, and I often felt like I was doing everything half-heartedly.
Another change in 2013 was that I did a lot of travel in my native country, Germany. It's much more exciting and varied than I remembered it, and looking at it through the eyes of a non-German definitely changed my perspective. Travel in Germany is wonderful, but I close with the same as last year: London is where my home & heart are (with Japan as a close contender).
Favourite country 2013
Favourite city 2013
Krakow! It managed to catapult itself on the place of my 2nd favourite European city. Whether it's ancient history, sleek modernity or alternative culture, the Polish city completely captivates me. Even though the old town is fairly touristy - but luckily, there's no tourist rip off mentality (yet).
Favourite experience 2013
|Japan, as always!|
Hamburg, Germany's second biggest city and Europe's major port city! I'm from NW-Germany, but my grandparents and great-grandparents hail from North Germany and the Baltics, and recently I've realised how much these customs and culture have influenced me (for a German, I like my pickled fish, beetroot and dill waaaay too much). Apparently I was conceived in Hamburg, had many relatives there and spent a lot of early childhood summers in the place. The best memory of my childhood is going to the giant Toys'R'us and my uncle buying me all the things, and eating fish rolls and roasted almonds at the harbour fun fair in Hamburg. Twenty years later, the grubby port town has grown into a hyper modern metropolis with a healthy mix of multicultural, German and almost Scandinavian charm. Not too mention there's fish everywhere! I will be back soon!
What were your favourite travel experiences this year?
|an the winner is... Krakow!|